December 2 – 6, 2018

The Forresters, Surry Hills

(Early bird price finishes)

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 December 2 to 6, 2018. You’ll get the SHKK comedy manual, video of your graduating performance, and lots of coaching from the resident comedian, Ben Horowitz, celebrity comedian Mick Meredith, as well as input from SHKK alumna, Thalia-Joan.


Student and Concession – $400 + GST

Early Bird – $450 + GST (before November 18 only)

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

Full Fee – $700 + GST

Day 1:  Sunday – The Basics & Finding yourself (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.


Day 2:  Monday – Your Audience and Taboos (with Mick Meredith)

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 Mick Meredith.


Day 3: Tuesday – The Opener (with Thalia-Joan)

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, her role on ‘Is This Thing On?‘, and life after graduation.


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 Mick Meredith, Ben Horowitz, and Thalia-Joan)

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 Mick Meredith, Ben Horowitz, and Thalia-Joan, to a paying audience.

Learn stand-up comedy in Sydney

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.

Mick Meredith – Guest Comedian

Mick Meredith ComedianWith over a quarter century on stage Mick Meredith is part joke teller and part guitar slinging song monster. Mick’s shows are a rapid-fire comical commentary of stories, songs, gags and guitarings. Mick began his musical to comedy journey at the legendary Sandringham Hotel, Newtown in the 80’s playing in rock bands before switching to comedy in the 90’s. Micks’ ability to entertain any audience from teens up to nans & pops is something not every comic can do and surely proves what a versatile act he truly is.

WATCH Mick perform on The Footy Show

Thalia-Joan – Returning Alumnas

Thalia-Joan ComedianSydney-based comedian, Thalia-Joan, is our returning alumnas for the October course. Thalia-Joan is a regular on the comedy scene in Sydney, and run her own Monday open mic comedy room, The Argyle Comedy Club. This year, she also appeared in the show, ‘Is This Thing On?‘, and has performed alongside comedy greats, including Glynn Nicholas and Greg Fleet.

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