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How do you kill in stand-up comedy? Know your AUDIENCE!

A comedian could kill on one night, but bomb on another, with the only difference being the audience. Conducting an AUDIENCE analysis, ahead of your gig, is one way you can increase the chance that you will kill in stand-up comedy. Here’s the eight letters of the acronym explained: Attentiveness Comedians are not always the centre of attention. Sometimes it’s …

Community funds comedy drama about learning stand-up

One part comedy, one part drama, and one part documentary, the School of Hard Knock Knocks (SHKK) has launched episode one and two of ‘Is This Thing On?‘, a show about learning stand-up comedy. The brainchild of SHKK co-founder, Morry Morgan, and partly funded by the SHKK alumni, this six-part, 30-minute TV show transforms ten budding stand-up comedians into confident …

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Stand-up comedy school hires Australia’s funniest stand-up comedians

Some of the Australia’s funniest stand-up comedians coach the School of Hard Knock Knocks comedy courses around Australia. Actually, that’s not entirely true. We also have funny Brits (Jeff Green and Glynn Nicholas), Japanese (Mayumi Nobetsu) and did you know that Greg Fleet is actually an American?! These hilarious comics provide advice, give feedback, and share their comedic journeys. They …

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Life on the Australian comedy circuit

The Australian comedy circuit is tough. Unlike the US, where large comedy-club-supporting cities are separated by a few hours drive, it can take a day, or longer to get to the next audience in Oz. Worst still, these towns (yes, normally towns), are not linked by air, but by long, boring single lane roads and zero visual inspiration. How to …

079: Julia Clarke – From Adelaide Raw to Edinburgh Fringe

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Australian comedian Julia Clarke has achieved much in first nine years of stand-up comedy. A two time winner of South Australia Raw Comedy, and Edinburgh Fringe Festival performer, Julia is also one of the nicest stand-up comedians on the Adelaide comedy scene. In this School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast episode, comedian Julia Clarke and host Morry Morgan discuss getting …

077: Chris Franklin – Laughs of Launnie and Aussie comedy festivals

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Chris Franklin is a stalwart of Australian comedy. A 21 year comic veteran, Chris has not only witnessed the comedy industry grow, but has been instrumental in that growth. And so it should come to no surprise that Chris is behind the latest Australian comedy festival, ‘Laughs of Launnie‘. From March 18 to 24, 2019, and smack bang between the …

072: Marc Ryan – Bogans and Raw Comedy

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Australian comedian Marc Ryan is a self diagnosed bogan. He’s also a State winner, and national finalist of Raw Comedy. And through his success, Marc has been able to go full time – although not without some serious thought. In this School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast, host Morry Morgan and comedian Marc Ryan discuss Raw Comedy, building a comedy …

The Raw Story with Ben Horowitz

Comedian Ben Horowitz knows Raw Comedy well – he entered three times. His first brush with the amateur competition was in 2002, and although he did pick up two footy club gigs immediately after, he got no further. “The gig was huge,” says Ben reminiscing of his first brush with fame. “There were over 500 people in the audience, and …