March 24 – 28, 2019

Imperial, South Yarra

(Early bird price finishes)

LEARN STAND-UP COMEDY over 5-evenings from Sunday to Thursday, 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, from March 24 to 28, 2019. You’ll get the SHKK comedy manual, our complementary online course, video of your graduating performance, and lots of coaching from the SHKK co-founder, Ben Horowitz, and hilarious comedian, Katie Burch, as well as input from SHKK alumnus, Jaiden Jagger.


Student and Concession – $400 + GST

Early Bird – $450 + GST (before March 10 only)

Bring-a-Mate-Rate – $600 + GST (2 people)

Full Fee – $700 + GST

Day 1:  Sunday – The Basics & Finding yourself (with Ben Horowitz)

Introduction to the basics of stand-up comedy and the jargon of the comedic industry before launching into the deep end with your very own mini set.


Day 2:  Monday – Your Audience and Taboos (with Katie Burch)

Learn to gauge your audience and how to recognise and manage taboo topics while learning confidence building/ fear smashing techniques. You’ll also get input on your set from the Katie Burch.


Day 3: Tuesday – The Opener (with Jaiden Jagger)

Learn to write a strong open to your comedy set. Tonight students will also have the opportunity to refine some of their own writing, and learn about the open mic circuit, and life after graduation.


Day 4: Wednesday – The Heckler and The Closer (with Ben Horowitz)

Practice delivering your set as well as building skills to deal with the dreaded (or welcomed) heckler before polishing a strong close to your set ready for tomorrow’s graduation ceremony.


Receive your own full colour #SHKK manual, filled with advice, jokes and links to videos, as well as a video of your final performance.


Day 5: Thursday – Graduation Night and Performance 
(with Ben Horowitz, Katie Burch, and Jaiden Jagger)

The moment you have been working toward! Perform your stand-up comedy routine in front of family and friends, conquer your fears and perform alongside Katie Burch, Ben Horowitz, and Jaiden Jagger, to a paying audience.

For more information, email or call 1300 06 8882.

Meet Your Teachers

Ben Horowitz – Resident Teacher

Ben_Horowitz_headshotBen Horowitz has played every possible room imaginable, and some that are not. Since 2001, Ben has performed to audiences as large as 3000, and as small as three. He’s performed at comedy clubs, RSL clubs, and music festivals, alongside comic greats, like Greg Fleet, Chris Franklin, Brad Oakes, and the Nelson Twins. He’s headlined and MCed, killing it on stage and also bombing. And that’s what makes Ben an ideal comedy teacher – he’s experienced the best and worst the comedy circuit has to offer.

WATCH Ben Horowitz perform.

Katie Burch – Guest Comedian

Katie Butch Comedian

Katie Burch is a Raw Comedy National Grand Final Finalist. She’s also been invited to perform at The 2015 Montreux Comedy Festival in Switzerland on the Televised International Gala held at the prestigious Stravinski Auditorium in Geneva in front of 4000 people, and is the face of ‘Who is in the car?‘.

Dry, bullet proof and absolutely hilarious material make one thing certain, Katie is one of the most booked comedians in the country. Now she uses her unique experience and comic voice to delight critics across the country.

WATCH her Raw Final stand-up set.

Jaiden Jagger- Returning Alumna

Jaiden Jagger ComedianEvery month the School of Hard Knock Knocks invites an alumni to return and perform as the ‘middle bracket’, as well as share their experiences on the comedy circuit. The March returning alumnus is Jaiden Jagger. Jaiden is a political correctness’s worst nightmare. Cute, innocent, and eloquent, Jaiden leads the audience into a false sense of sensibilities, before challenging their morals and self beliefs.

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