September 23 – 27, 2018

Imperial, South Yarra

(Course starts)

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 September 23 to 27, 2018. You’ll get the SHKK comedy manual, video of your graduating performance, and lots of coaching from the legendary Greg Fleet, SHKK co-founder, Ben Horowitz, as well as guest alumnus, Steve Makki.


Student and Concession – $400 + GST

Early Bird – $450 + GST (before September 9 only)

Bring-a-Mate-Rate – $600 + GST (2 people)

Full Fee – $700 + GST

Day 1:  Sunday – The Basics, Finding yourself & Joke Structure (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. Then it’s on to joke structure.


Day 2:  Monday – Your Audience & Taboos (with Steve Makki)

Learn to gauge your audience and how to recognise and manage taboo topics while learning confidence building/ fear smashing techniques. Learn about the open mic circuit and Raw Comedy with Steve Makki.


Day 3: Tuesday – The Opener (with Greg Fleet)

Learn to write a strong open to your comedy set. Tonight students will also have the opportunity to refine some of their own writing with our guest comedian, Greg Fleet.


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 Greg Fleet, Ben Horowitz & Steve Makki)

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 Greg Fleet, Ben Horowitz and Steve Makki. Receive your very own video of your performance.

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

Meet Your Teachers

Ben Horowitz – Resident Coach

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.

Greg Fleet – Guest Comedian

Greg Fleet’s onscreen and offscreen behaviour has made him the iconic bad boy of Australian comedy. While he had a guest appearance in The Flying Doctors, he is more notable for killing long-term Neighbours character, Daphne, in a car accident (*high five*).  Since then Greg has over 25 acting credits to his name and has been a regular on the stand-up circuit, having performed and appeared on Full Frontal, Rove Live and Spicks and Specks. More recently, he has teamed up with comedian Jim Jefferies and Alex Williamson in the Australian cult-classic underground zombie comedy film Me and My Mates vs the Zombie Apocalypse. Most recently, he was a guest comedy coach on ‘Is This Thing On?

WATCH his stand-up set.

Steve Makki – Returning Alumnus

Steve Makki’s comedy style is neurotic, out of control, and incredibly hilarious. Graduating from the School of Hard Knock Knocks in 2017, Steve has gone on to compete in the preliminary finals of Raw Comedy, and appeared in the stand-up comedy documentary, ‘Is This Thing On?‘. Reserved off stage, Steve is incredibly animated on stage, and takes comedy to the ludicrous edge of logic – a skill few comedians can manage.

WATCH his stand-up set.

their website