June 2 – 6, 2019

The Duke of Brunswick, Adelaide

(Until course begins)

THE SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCK KNOCKS (SHKK) 5-evenings stand-up comedy course runs from Sunday to Thursday, 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, from June 2 to 6, 2018. You’ll get the SHKK comedy manual, video of your graduating performance, and lots of coaching from the resident comedian, Glynn Nicholas,  our guest comedian, Mad Dog Malcolm (aka Gerry Masi), as well as input from our SHKK alumnus, Graham Turnbull.

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Student and Concession – $400 + GST

Early Bird – $450 + GST (before May 19 only)

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

Full Fee – $700 + GST

Day 1:  Sunday – The Basics & Finding yourself (with Glynn Nicholas)

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 time to learn the ‘Normal-Normal-Twist’ technique and get your creative juices flowing!


Day 2:  Monday – Your Audience and Taboos (with Gerry Masi)

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 our guest comedian, Gerry Masi.


Day 3: Tuesday – The Opener (with Graham Turbull)

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 the open mic circuit, the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and life after graduation with alumnus Graham Turnbull.


Day 4: Wednesday – The Heckler and The Closer (with Glynn Nicholas)

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 Glynn Nicholas, Gerry Masi, and Graham Turnbull)

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 Glynn Nicholas, our guest comedian, Gerry Masi, and returning alumnus, Graham Turnbull.

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

Meet Your Teachers

Glynn Nicholas – Resident Comedy Coach

Glynn Nicholas is a comedy genius, in performing, writing, and producing. Made famous by his regular appearances on the ABC’s ‘The Big Gig’, and shortly after in his own time slot with ‘The Glynn Nicholas Show’, this is a man who can see the funny in even the most poignant and stressful situations. That’s why he believes the role of comedy is one of the most important jobs in the world. Most recently, Glynn was the main star of ‘Is This Thing On?‘, a documentary/reality TV show about 10 budding stand-up comedians.

LISTEN to Glynn’s interview on the School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast episode.

Mad Dog Malcolm (aka Gerry Masi) – Guest Comedian

Adelaide’s own Mad Dog Malcolm (aka Gerry Masi) is one part crooner, one part used car salesman, but all ladies’ man. Combining witty one liners, audience involvement, and a smooth jazz singer’s voice, Mad Dog is an incredibly entertaining performer. And he’s our resident comedian for the month of March at the Adelaide School of Hard Knock Knocks. Don’t miss out on having this truly multi-skilled comedian coach you in stand-up comedy.

WATCH Mad Dog in action.

Graham Turnbull – Returning Alumnus

Graham Turnbull ComedianSince graduating from the School of Hard Knock Knocks in December 2018, Graham has been a prolific new comedian in Adelaide, performing at Cranker Comedy, and the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Graham is our returning alumnus, who will share his personal journey after graduating, discuss the open mic scene in Adelaide, and also share his experience as a new comedian.

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