May 26 – 30, 2019

Imperial, South Yarra

(Time until course begins)

LEARN STAND-UP COMEDY over 5-evenings from Sunday to Thursday, 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, from May 26 to 30, 2019. You’ll get the SHKK comedy manual, our complementary online course, video of your graduating performance, and lots of coaching from the loveable Evan Hocking and David Tulk, as well as input from SHKK alumna, Lisa Gatenby.

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Student and Concession – $400 + GST

Early Bird – $450 + GST (before May 12 only)

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

Full Fee – $700 + GST

Day 1:  Sunday – The Basics & Finding yourself (with Evan Hocking)

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 guest comedian David Tulk)

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 David Tulk.


Day 3: Tuesday – The Opener (with Lisa Gatenby)

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 breaking into the paid comedy scene, and comedy festivals with School of Hard Knock Knocks alumna, Lisa Gatenby.


Day 4: Wednesday – The Heckler and The Closer (with Evan Hocking)

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 Evan Hocking, David Tulk, and Lisa Gatenby)

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 Evan Hocking, David Tulk, and Lisa Gatenby, to a paying audience.

Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne with David Tulk

For more information, email morry@schoolofhardknockknocks.com or call 1300 06 8882.

Meet Your Teachers

Evan Hocking – Resident Comedy Coach

Evan Hocking is one of the few ‘nice guys’ of the stand-up comedy biz. A cross between Dave Hughes and Dave O’Neil, Evan is a regular comedian on the Australian circuit, regularly performing alongside Chris Franklin and the Nelson Twins.

Evan is a patient and generous comedy coach, supporting the growth of our comedy newbies over the five day course.

David Tulk – Guest Comedian

David Tulk Comedian

David Tulk doesn’t pull punches with his stand-up comedy. Loveable in reality, on stage, his stand-up comedy is cutting, scandalous, and borderline offensive. But you’ll forgive him immediately.

In May, David Tulk is our guest comedian, introducing his style to the newcomers of comedy, helping with their sets, and providing advice which will fast track their career.

Lisa Gatenby – Returning Alumna

Lisa Gatenby 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 May returning alumna is Lisa Gatenby. Since graduating from SHKK in 2018, Lisa has become a regular face at open mic events, comedy festivals, and even runs her own comedy room in Footscray. Lisa will be sharing her recent experience competing at RAW Comedy, as well as how best to get on stage at open mic rooms around Melbourne. 

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