October 22 – 26, 2017

Imperial, South Yarra

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 22 to 26. You’ll get the SHKK comedy manual, video of your graduating performance, and lots of coaching from a 16 year veteran of the comedy circuit, Ben Horowitz, guest comedian Dave Ivkovic, and the legendary Richard Stubbs.


Student and Concession – $300 + GST

Early Bird – $350 + GST (before October 13 only)

Bring-a-Mate-Rate – $500 + GST (2 people)

Full Fee – $600 + GST

Day 1 – Sunday: The Basics & Joke Structure

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: Preparation & Generating Content (with Richard Stubbs)

Learn to gauge your audience and how to recognise and manage taboo topics while learning confidence building/ fear smashing techniques, and get critiqued by guest comedian Richard Stubbs.

Day 3 – Tuesday: Building Confidence & Delivery

Learn to perform confidently, polish your material, and practice your graduation set.

Day 4 – Wednesday:  Controlling a Room & The Close(with Dave Ivkovic)

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 Dave Ivkovic and Richard Stubbs)

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, Dave Ivkovic and Richard Stubbs, to a paying audience. Receive a video of your performance and be officially invited into the SHKK Alumni!

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.

Richard Stubbs – Guest Comedian

Richard Stubbs’ comedy career spans 30 years. Starting at Melbourne’s ‘Last Laugh’ in 1983, and including a stand-up comedy career that has seen him perform in every comedy room imaginable including those in Montreal, Los Angeles, London, New York and throughout Australia, where he’s completed sell-out seasons at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

‘Stubbsy’ is well known for his radio career, initially on 3XY then Triple M, and then back to 774ABC, and has also appeared on television, namely Hey Hey It’s Saturday, The Midday Show, Tonite Live, Studio 10, and Today, amongst many others. But most importantly, he hasn’t lost any of his wit and charm behind a stand-up mic, performing his anecdotal comedy.

Dave Ivkovic – Guest Comedian

Dave Ivkovic started on the stand up circuit as a dare in 1997 and has never looked back. With a quick wit and childlike charm Dave is bound to tickle the funny bone of any audience. He regularly performs as MC and support act at all the major comedy clubs in Victoria, including The Comic’s Lounge and The Comedy Club, as well as comedy clubs and private functions all around Australia. Dave has also heard nationwide on radio via Austereos Homegrown and has appeared in many films, TV shows and theatre productions. In his time on the Melbourne comedy scene Dave has had the privilege of working with and befriending some of Australia’s best comedians including Dave Hughes, Dave Grant, Pete Hellier, Pommy Johnson, Colin Cole and others.

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