September 22 – 26, 2019

Imperial, South Yarra

8 spots left

(Time until course starts)

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, Brad Oakes, and our celebrity guest comedian, Richard Stubbs. Plus, our returning alumnus, Alex Keen.

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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 Brad Oakes)

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 Richard Stubbs)

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, the famous Richard Stubbs.


Day 3: Tuesday – The Opener (with Alex Keen)

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 alumnus, Alex Keen.


Day 4: Wednesday – The Heckler and The Closer (with Brad Oakes)

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 Brad Oakes, Richard Stubbs, and Alex Keen)

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.

Learn stand-up comedy with Richard Stubbs - Melbourne - 2019

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

Meet Your Comedy Coaches

Brad Oakes – Resident Comedy Coach

Brad Oakes Comedian

Brad Oakes is an actor, writer and stand-up comedian, who has worked on Australia’s most iconic comedy TV shows, including Hey Hey It’s Saturday, Comedy Company, Jimeoin, and Full Frontal. He has been performing stand-up comedy since 1989, and has performed on Rove Live, Hey Hey It’s Saturday, and in his own shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He has also directed other great comedians, including Corinne Grant, Lehmo, Geraldine Hickey and Harley Breen. Most recently, Brad was the guest comedian on the comedy documentary ‘Is This thing On?‘, to be aired in 2019.

WATCH Brad Oakes perform.

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.

Alex Keen – Returning Alumni

Alex Keen 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. 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! This month, the returning alumnus is the very funny Alex Keen.

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