September 22 – 26, 2019

Imperial, South Yarra

(Time until early bird price ends)

LEARN STAND-UP COMEDY over 5-evenings from Sunday to Thursday, 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, from September 22 to 26, 2019. You’ll get the SHKK comedy manual, our complementary online course, video of your graduating performance, and lots of coaching from our resident comedy coach, guest comedian, and returning alumni.

Buy stand-up comedy course tickets


Student and Concession – $450 + GST

Early Bird – $500 + GST (before September 8 only)

Bring-a-Mate-Rate – $800 + GST (2 people)

Full Fee – $700 + GST

Day 1:  Sunday – The Basics & Finding yourself (with resident comedy coach)

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)

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 guest comedian.


Day 3: Tuesday – The Opener (with returning alumni)

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 guest alumni.


Day 4: Wednesday – The Heckler and The Closer (with resident comedy coach)

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 resident comedy coach, guest comedian, and returning alumni)

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 three professional comedians, to a paying audience.

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

Meet Your Comedy Coaches

Resident Comedy Coach

Comedian To Be Announced

Our resident comedy coach is a veteran of comedy, and solid guide as you learn and practice new skills over the five-day course. They are also connected to the stand-up comedy industry, meaning you’ll be making valuable connections that will help you with your comedy career upon course completion.

Resident comedy coaches have included Evan Hocking, Ben Horowitz, Dave Ivkovic, Gerry Masi, Glynn Nicholas, Brad Oakes, and Dane Simpson.

Guest Celebrity Comedian

Each School of Hard Knock Knocks stand-up comedy course, we invite a celebrity comedian to help coach the course. These guests provide their insights into a successful stand-up comedy career, share anecdotes of their trials and tribulations, and provide specific advice to stand-up sets. The guest comedian also headlines at the graduation, ensuring an awesome night out for our audience.

Returning Alumni

Comedian To Be AnnouncedEvery 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. We do this to give back to our growing comedy community, by providing valuable experience as well as money! That’s right, everyone gets paid!

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