February 3 – 7, 2019

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 February 3 to 7, 2018. You’ll get the SHKK comedy manual, video of your graduating performance, and lots of coaching from the resident comedian, Ben Horowitz, our guest comedian, Julia Wilson, as well as input from SHKK alumna, Stacey Martin.


Student and Concession – $400 + GST

Early Bird – $450 + GST (before January 13 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 Julia Wilson)

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, Julia Wilson.


Day 3: Tuesday – The Opener (with Stacey Martin)

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 Ben Horowitz, Julia Wilson, and Stacey Martin)

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 our guest comedian, Julia Wilson, Ben Horowitz, and Stacey Martin, to a paying audience.

For more information, email 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.

Watch his comedy quickie.

Julia Wilson – Guest Comedian

Julia Wilson Comedian

It’s fair to say that Julia Wilson is not afraid of conflict – both verbal and physical. Prior to her 17 year career as a stand-up comedian, Julia was a truckie, a bouncer and bodyguard. More recently, she’s also got into NFL, American Football, and in a big way too! She’s quite possibly the toughest woman in comedy. She’s also hilarious, and has performed her straight forward comedy around the world.

Listen to her podcast interview.

Stacey Martin – Returning Alumnas

Stacey Martin comedianSydney-based comedian and keynote speaker, Stacey Martin, is our returning alumnas for the February course. Stacey was not only a graduate of the School of Hard Knock Knocks, but was also a cast member of ‘Is This Thing On?‘, and has performed alongside comedy greats, including Glynn Nicholas and Greg Fleet.

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