October 21 – 25, 2018

Imperial, South Yarra

(Until course begins)

THE SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCK KNOCKS (SHKK) 5-evening stand-up comedy course runs from Sunday to Thursday, 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, from October 21 to 25, 2018. You’ll get the SHKK comedy manual, video of your graduating performance, and lots of coaching from a 17 year veteran of the comedy circuit, Ben Horowitz, and celebrity comedian, George Kapiniaris!


Student and Concession – $400 + GST

Early Bird – $450 + GST (before October 7 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 George Kapiniaris)

Learn to gauge your audience and how to recognise and manage taboo topics while learning confidence building/ fear smashing techniques.

Day 3: Tuesday – The Opener (with Paul Sharplin)

Learn to write a strong open to your comedy set. Tonight students will also have the opportunity to refine some of their own writing, plus learn about the open mic scene with our guest, Paul Sharplin.

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 George Kapiniaris, Ben Horowitz, and Thalia-Joan)

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 Ben Horowitz, and two other professional comedians, to a paying audience. Plus receive a video of your performance!

Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne with George Kapiniaris

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.

George Kapiniaris – Guest Comedian

George_Kapiniaris_headshotMovies, theatre, TV soap operas & drama, and of course, stand-up comedy. George Kapiniaris has done it all. And he’s been influencing Australian culture in the process. Best known for writing and acting roles in ‘Wogs out of Work’, which debuted in 1987 at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, this stage show launched his TV comedy career in a show by the same name. George’s next TV success was writing and performing in another comedy TV show, Acropolis Now. This show won his fellow performer, Mary Coustas, the 1993 Logie for Most Popular Comedy Performer for her role as Effie.

WATCH stand-up set.

Thalia-Joan – Returning Alumnas

Thalia-Joan ComedianSydney-based comedian, Thalia-Joan, is our returning alumnas for the October course. Thalia-Joan is a regular on the comedy scene in Sydney, and run her own Monday open mic comedy room, The Argyle Comedy Club. This year, she also appeared in the show, ‘Is This Thing On?‘, and has performed alongside comedy greats, including Glynn Nicholas and Greg Fleet.

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