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Meet the Aussie comedy company that pays its customers

It should be a joke, but it’s so successful. One Aussie company, the School of Hard Knock Knocks, has turned the traditional business model of suppliers being paid by customers on its head.…

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Comedy Advice

How do you enter Raw Comedy 2020?

Are you thinking to enter Raw Comedy 2020? You can register NOW by clicking clicking here. Got no idea what Raw Comedy is?  Well, what you should know is that Raw Comedy is Australia’s…

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Interview

Jeff Green – Building a comedy career, twice!

Listen to the audio of this interview by clicking here. Morry Morgan: Jeff Green. Thank you very much for your time today. Jeff Green: Hello Morry. Well, we know each other anyway, because I’ve…

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Interview

Fady Kassab – Winning Raw Comedy from the back of his head

The audio interview of this transcript is available here. Steve D.: Fady Kassab, welcome to the School Of Hard Knock Knocks podcast. Fady Kassab: Thanks for having me. Excited to be here. Steve…

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Comedy Advice

Life on the Australian comedy circuit

The Aussie comedian’s journey 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…

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086: Lee Ton – Where are you from from?

What does it take to create a one-man comedy show? In this podcast episode, graduate of the School of Hard Knock Knocks, Lee Ton, shares how he harnessed peer group pressure and advice from…

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Interview

Gavin Sempel – The hard road to Raw Comedy

The audio interview of this transcript is available here. Morry: Comedian Gavin Sempel is one of the hardest working new comics in Australia. At the age of 18, in March 2016, Gavin Sempel began his…

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084: Viet Bui – Vietnam to VB

Alumnus Viet Bui, or ‘VB’ as he’s known on the comedy circuit, is one of the School of Hard Knock Knocks most active comedy graduates, performing constantly in his home city of…

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Interview

Nikki Osborne – Go hard or go home

The audio interview of this transcript is available here. Morry: In her very first Melbourne International Comedy Festival show, Nikki Was Born, not only sold out, but also managed to attract over…

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082: Cam Knight – Wistful wisdom and pissing in dishwashers

What are the ingredients to become a stand-up comedian? For Cam Knight it was larrikinism, peer group pressure, and The Life of Brian. In this School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast, host Steve Davis…

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Interview

David Tulk – ‘No Filter’ but still lovable

The audio interview of this transcript is available here. David Tulk is a lovable comedian – which is a surprise, because his comedy is antagonistic, biting and sometimes plain rude. And yet,…

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MICF Review – Charisa Bossinakis – Paquito

Comedian Charisa Bossinakis is young, attractive and intelligent – and uses these traits to work the room and build rapport. Her latest hour show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival…

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MICF Review – Michael Shafar – 50/50

Comedian Micheal Shafar is a sublimely charismatic and genuinely likeable performer with the kind of comedy that is relatable, hilarious and full of honest observations that I guarantee would even…

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MICF Review – Willem Richards – Like to Play Pretend?

An inspiring and energetic performance was enjoyed by those attending Willem Richards’ ‘Like to Play Pretend?’ at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival. This…

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Comedy Advice

How do you perform at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) in 2020?

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, or MICF for short, was 33 years old this year. Only two other festivals are bigger – the Montreal ‘Just For Laughs’ festival at number…

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MICF Review – Game Boys – Cinematic Universe

Highly entertaining from start to finish, Game Boys – Cinematic Universe takes you from all the way back in time in a galaxy far, far away, to theme parks featuring cloned dinosaurs and prehistoric…

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078: Seizure Kaiser – Overcoming the politics of stand-up comedy

Sydney based Seizure Kaiser is not afraid to broach edgy topics in his comedy. And performing stand-up is only one of his talents, since he’s also a comedy producer and promoter. In this School…

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

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…

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076: Gabe Hogan – Raw comedy, radio and cliques

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…

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Comedy Advice

Raw Comedy 2019 Advice

Are you thinking of entering Raw Comedy in 2020? Check out this more recent article here. Got no idea what I’m talking about? Well, what you should know is thaw Raw Comedy is Australia’s…

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Comedy Advice

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…

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069: Jeff Green – Building a comedy career, twice

 If there’s a single take away message from this interview, then it’s about embracing change. British born comedian, Jeff Green, was at the top of his game in the UK, performing as an…

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066: Simon Hughes – The new king of comedy

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…

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064: Kieran Butler – The life of a satirist, antagonist and contrarian comedian

 Kieran Butler is a political satirist, comedic antagonist, and a general contrarian. Heavily influenced by the Aussie alternative rock band, Tism, Kieran Butler is not afraid of speaking his mind…

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

 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…

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062: Nadine Sparks – From improv to stand-up comedy

Nadine Sparks loves learning comedy. At aged 12 she began learning improvisation comedy, including a course at 18 at the highly respected NIDA, then performing with Improv Conspiracy, before…

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061: Lee Ton – Persistence pays for a comedy career

Lee Ton first tried his hand at stand-up comedy in 2008. Ten years later, and with a couple of comedy courses under his belt, Lee has found himself performing at the Melbourne International Comedy…

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055: Nikki Osborne – Go hard or go home

 In her very first Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) show, Nikki Osborne not only sold out, but also managed to attract over 100,000 dollars of free, or ‘earned’,…

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MICF Review – Carvin H Goldstone – The Other South African Comedian

There’s few topics that are taboo when you’re part Indian, Zulu, Jewish, and plump. And in a display of misdirection, acting, and observational comedy, Carvin H Goldstone seamlessly and…

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MICF Review – Cameron James – Chilled Out/Fired Up

Several months ago I had the pleasure of being introduced to the comedy of Cameron James. He was the crowd pleasing headliner, performing at Riverina Comedy Club in Wagga Wagga, to a massively warm…

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Blog

The Stand-up Comedy Disruptors

When it comes to stand-up comedy, not much has changed in the last 30 years. Turn up to a pub that runs an open mic night, perform five minutes of embarrassing jokes – repeat. Do that for three…

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MICF Review – The Kagools – Kula

Two ladies from cities in the UK most Australians have never heard of, wearing an item of clothing most Australians wont know, driving vehicles most Australians have never seen. And yet The Kagools…

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MICF Review – Gavin Sempel – Plain and Sempel

For someone so lightly framed, Gavin Sempel’s humour packs a punch. Indeed, the seemingly incidental goings on in most people’s lives, become highly visible targets, ripe for the Sempel comedic…

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MICF Review – Alex Edelman – Just for Us

Edelman is one of the rising stars of stand-up, winning the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer (a difficult trick for an American), he’s supported Ricky Gervais, and has a special on…

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MICF Review – Rich Hall

The “Cranky Yank”, a true seasoned professional with an impressive CV including performances on Saturday Night Live, is able to have the audience laughing by mocking the politically correct…

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054: Cameron James – Building a comedy brand with your own hands

Sometimes anonymity can give you the courage to try something scary. That was the case for Cameron James, the Newcastle born comedian whose first open mic was at Comedy on Edge in Sydney, where he…

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053: Gavin Sempel – The hard road to Raw Comedy

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…

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MICF Review – Phil Wang – Kinabalu

Few comedians could successfully weave the Human Papillomavirus, or HPV, and male feminism into a hilarious joke. But that’s no problem for ‘Old Wang’. The Malaysian born Brit, who…

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051: Adam Jacobs – The best daze of his life and more

Adam Jacobs has popped the cherry of quite a few first time stand-up comedians. You see he runs an open mic night at Highlander Bar, in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, and has helped hundreds of…

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Blog

“The Best Of” at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival

A total of 39 graduates of the School of Hard Knock Knocks will be performing at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) this year. Each of the 12 shows, starting on April 5 and concluding…

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048: Damian Callinan – Espy zero to Wagga Wagga hero

 Damian Callinan is one of Australia’s most versatile performers. Actor, writer and comedian all rolled into one. As you’ll hear in this School of Hard Knock Knocks’ podcast…

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047: The Kagools – Building a comedic brand on slapstick

The Kagools are an award winning, mute physical comedy duo from the UK. Off stage they are the talkative Claire Ford and Nicky Wilkinson. In this interview you’ll learn about the dangers of…

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046: Adam Rozenbachs – Bringing comedy from Carlton to Kabul

Adam Rozenbachs has an impressive comedic resume that includes writing, broadcasting, acting, and of course stand-up. His humour has been known to be cutting at times, and in this interview Morry and…

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045: Leon Huxtable – A Raw Comedy time machine

Love comedy AND want to travel in time? Then you’ll love this episode, with Leon Huxtable, fellow Auscast Network podcaster, from ‘Yeah! G’day‘ – and budding comedian…

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044: Tegan Higginbotham – Class Clowns to celebrity comedian

Tegan Higginbotham started comedy when in high school, through the Class Clowns competition. Today, just shy of 30, Tegan has an impressive comedy resume, which includes writing columns, improv,…

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041: Mike Goldstein – From chasing tail to comedy tales

American born Mike Goldstein isn’t in Kansas anymore. Sydney first, then Perth, and now Melbourne, the part Christian, part Jewish, with a dash of Sri Lankan (Yep! You read right!), has been…

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039: Josh Earl – From Tassie to television

Josh Earl knows first hand the roller coaster ride that is comedy. Serendipitously launching his stand-up comedy career with Rod Quantock in Tasmania, Josh moved to Melbourne, where he had a regular…

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038: Kelly Fastuca – American Green Cards, Chinese Whispers, and Aussie Naivety

American Green Cards, Chinese Whispers, and Aussie Naivety…

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037: Zack Dyer – Winning RAW Comedy with confidence

It takes confidence to win RAW Comedy. …

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036: Matt Okine – Life after RAW

There is a life after RAW Comedy, and it's incredible!…

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