076: Gabe Hogan – Raw comedy, radio and cliques

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Comedian Gabe Hogan has been a Raw Comedy state finalists twice. She’s also built a solid comedy career that has extended into commercial radio. In this School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast interview, Gabe talks about that initial comedic journey, advice for Raw Comedy competitors, and the importance and dangers of comedy cliques. If you’re curious about how to start …

068: Dave O’Neil – Producing ‘Dave’ for Pilot Week

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Dave O’Neil has been performing stand-up comedy for an incredible 29 years. It was only fitting that a TV show about his life should be made, and in this School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast Dave O’Neil and host Morry Morgan talk about producing ‘Dave‘ – the show about Dave. We discuss the politics of the TV world, casting stand-up …

066: Simon Hughes – The new king of comedy

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Simon Hughes runs Kings of Comedy, a comedy room in the heart of Melbourne. He’s also an up and coming stand-up comedian. A class clown at school, Simon was naturally drawn to entertainment – until drug addiction turned his world upside down. But Simon has bounced back, and even turned his traumatic experience into a Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) …

063: Chris Wainhouse – Dark humour and the importance of taboos

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New Zealand born, Brisbane raised, and globally travelled, Chris Wainhouse, has been in the comedy game for over 20 years. The son of a fundamental Christian mother, it should come as no surprise for those that know Chris’s material, that his views are somewhat different – after all, he called his most recent Melbourne International Comedy Festival show (MICF) ‘The …

Comedian, Dilruk Jayasinha, Wins Logie Award

Comedian and actor, Dilruk Jayasinha, has taken out the ‘Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New Talent’, at the 2018 Logie Awards, held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, beating out dramatic actors, including two from ‘Home and Away’. Dilruk, whose Twitter account (@Dilrukj) went on radio silence, later resurfaced on Channel 9’s YouTube channel, apologising for not thanking the voters …

053: Gavin Sempel – The hard road to Raw Comedy

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Australian comedian Gavin Sempel is one of the hardest working new comedians in Australia. At the age of 18, in March 2016, Gavin began his stand-up comedy career by enrolling in the very first School of Hard Knock Knocks course. Two years later, almost to this day, he’s done close to 300 open mic, curated, and paid gigs all around …

016: Dave O’Neil – From Captain Cocoa to Captaining Aussie Comedy

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Chances are you’ve laughed at a Australian comedian Dave O’Neil jokes. This is because not only is he a seasoned stand-up comedian, but dave’s been writing for Australian TV comedy shows since 1994 – television shows such as Jimeoin, The Eric Bana Show Live, Full Frontal, Totally Full Frontal, The Mick Molloy Show, The Micallef Program, and most recently Open …

Who is your favourite Aussie male comedian?

The Aussie larrikin has long been part of our culture. Paul Hogan, Barry Humphries, and Garry McDonald paved the international way for other Australian men to follow, and in doing so, helped mature the industry. Today, the Australian male comedian has many personalities, and tackles a broader array of topics – from politics, sexuality, sport, and family life. We’ve gathered …