March 25 – 29, 2018

Imperial, South Yarra

(Early bird tickets end)

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 March 25 to 29, 2018. You’ll get the SHKK comedy manual, video of your graduating performance, and lots of coaching from a 16 year veteran of the comedy circuit – Ben Horowitz, as well as veteran comedian Brad Oakes, and SHKK alumna, Catherine Scullin.

PRICES:

Student and Concession – $300 + GST

Early Bird – $350 + GST (before March 9 only)

Bring-a-Mate-Rate – $500 + GST (2 people)

Full Fee – $600 + GST

Day 1:  Sunday – The Basics & Finding yourself

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 Catherine Scullin)

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 from alumna, Catherine Scullin.

 

Day 3: Tuesday – The Opener (with Brad Oakes)

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.

 

Day 4: Wednesday – The Heckler and The Closer

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.

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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 and Catherine Scullin)

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 Ben Horowitz, Brad Oakes and our selected alumna, Catherine Scullin, to a paying audience. Receive feedback from our panel of judges and 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 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.

Brad Oakes – Guest Comedian

Brad_Oakes_headshotBrad 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.

WATCH stand-up set.

Catherine Scullin – Alumna

Catherine Scullin is a graduate of the School of Hard Knock Knocks and is a regular performer at open mic rooms around Melbourne. Originally from New Zealand, Catherine’s personal stories, from dating to menopause, and everything in between, make her a very loveable stand-up comedian. In 2018, Catherine also entered into Raw Comedy, and so will be sharing this personal journey with the students during the course.



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