May 18, 19 & 20, 2018

Mozart Hall, Warrnambool

(Early bird tickets end)

THE SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCK KNOCKS (SHKK) is coming to Warrnambool! Our three day intensive course from Friday May 18 to Sunday May 20, 2018, will help catapult your stand-up comedy career. 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 guest comedian, and Warrnambool’s own, CJ Fortuna. Our School of Hard Knock Knocks’ alumnus, Scott Walker, will also be sharing his wisdom about the Geelong and Melbourne open mic scene.


Student and Concession – $150 + GST

Early Bird – $200 + GST (before May 4 only)

Full Fee – $300 + GST

Friday 18, 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm: The Basics & 3 Types of Joke Structure

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, and then developing new material using three different joke structures.


Saturday 19, 11 am – 5 pm: Preparation, Generating Content, Building Confidence and Delivery

Learn to understand your audience, recognise taboo topics and create your own original funny material. Gain confidence and start to modify your delivery to build tension, energy, and polish your story telling technique.


Sunday 20, 12 noon – 5 pm: Controlling a Room & The Close (with CJ Fortuna)

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.

Sunday 20, 5 pm – 7 pm: Thursday – Graduation Night and Performance 
(with CJ Fortuna, Ben Horowitz, and Scott Walker)

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 CJ Fortuna, Ben Horowitz, and Scott Walker, to a paying audience. Receive your own personal HD video of your performance too!

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 17 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.

CJ Fortuna – Guest Comedian

TV commercials, movies, stage and stand-up comedy – not to forget, although he’s prefer that you did, an appearance on Hey Hey, It’s Saturday’s ‘Red Faces‘ – makes  CJ Fortuna a man of many talents. More recently, he’s starred in the stand-up comedy movie, The Heckler, the screwball comedy, Spin Out, won Best Actor at the Japanese Short Film Festival for Big City, and featured in a web series called Hactresses. This man is busy. Listen to his podcast interview to learn more about his comedy background.

Scott Walker – SHKK Alumni

Scott Walker is a School of Hard Knock Knocks alumnus who has chalked up an incredible number of hours on the Open Mic circuit in both Geelong and Melbourne. British born, and with a deep understanding of Aussie culture, Scott combines his wit and musical ability to tell tales that are quite unexpected. Scott has also competed at Raw Comedy and is an incredibly generous person, sharing insights and stories and helping you find your feet as a new comedian. Watch Scott Warlker’s set by clicking here.

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