November 25 – 29, 2018

Imperial, South Yarra

(Until course starts)

THE SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCK KNOCKS (SHKK) 5-evenings stand-up comedy course runs from Sunday to Thursday, 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, from November 25 to 29, 2018. You’ll get the SHKK comedy manual, video of your graduating performance, and lots of coaching from the SHKK co-founder, Ben Horowitz,  and celebrity comedian, Jeff Green, as well as input from SHKK alumnus, Michael Tucker.


Student and Concession – $400 + GST

Early Bird – $450 + GST (before November 11 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 Jeff Green)

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 legendary Jeff Green.


Day 3: Tuesday – The Opener (with Michael Tucker)

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, Raw Comedy, and life after graduation.


Day 4: Wednesday – The Heckler and The Closer

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 Jeff Green, Ben Horowitz, and Michael Tucker)

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 Jeff Green, Ben Horowitz, and Michael Tucker, to a paying audience.

Learn stand-up comedy with Jeff Green

For more information, email morry@schoolofhardknockknocks.com 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. Over the past 15 years, 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.

Jeff Green – Guest Comedian

20 year veteran of comedy, Jeff Green is a UK TV celebrity, successful author and award winning comedian. His recent UK appearances include Celebrity Masterchef (twice) and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow. He’s regarded by the Guardian as “one of the best comedians in the land” and this year, performed ‘Honestly!’ to mostly sold out shows at the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival – receiving a 9/10 from In Review.

WATCH Jeff performing last year at the Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala.

Michael Tucker – Returning Alumnus

Michael Tucker 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 November returning alumnus is Scottish Michael Tucker. Michael has competed at three Raw Comedy events, performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF), and will be sharing his experiences on the third day of the course. 

WATCH Michael Tucker’s performance at the School of Hard Knock Knocks.

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