NEWS FLASH: Five of the 11 graduates have made it through to the state finals of the raw comedy; three from Victoria, and two from NSW.
The Hard Knock Knocks comedy school, founded by Melburnian Morry Morgan, has announced it has 11 graduates through to the next round of the national comedy competition, Raw Comedy. Eight Victorians, two from NSW, and a Queenslander, secured their places into the next round of Australia’s largest comedy competition by each performing a ‘tight five’ in front of audiences and judges, and outshining hundreds of others keen to take home the converted national trophy at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
This is not the comedy school’s first success. Previous graduates of the Hard Knock Knocks Comedy School, Chetan Singh and Gavin Sempel, have gone on to win their respective State Finals and then compete at the national finals.
Hard Knock Knocks’ founder Morry Morgan says that what separates his school’s graduates from the other amateur comedians who enter the competition is structure and continued support post course.
The School’s guest comedy coaches include veteran comedians Richard Stubbs, Jack Levi (aka Elliot Goblet), Lemo and Bev Killick. And resident comedy coach, Bradford Oakes, who has over 33 years experience in performing and writing comedy, has a bar named after him at the comedy venue, The Rubber Chicken. He can also boast that he has personally coached four of this year’s heat winners.
The national grand final of Raw Comedy is scheduled for April 23 at The Melbourne Town Hall.