Why should you learn stand-up

Why Should You Learn Stand-up Comedy?

There’s many reasons why you should learn stand-up comedy with the School of Hard Knock Knocks. So which category do you fit into? The Future Comic The most obvious reason is that you want to be a stand-up comedian. And that’s a great reason. Melbourne is comedy central in Australia, thanks mostly to the ‘Melbourne International Comedy Festival’ every March, …

Monica Rosenfeld

Graduate highlight: Monica Rosenfeld

Each month the Hard Knock Knocks comedy school highlights one of our graduates from our Adelaide, Melbourne or Sydney courses. This week, it’s Monica Rosenfeld from Sydney. Monica is a Professional Speaker and workshop facilitator, helping leaders and teams communicate with confidence, clarity and charisma. She always loved watching comedy, and kept noticing things in life that would make great stand-up material. …

Dark Comedy

Australia’s Top 5 Dark Comedians

Australia is home to some stellar dark comedians. Before we get into our top five however, what even is dark comedy? As a somewhat controversial topic, it is often misunderstood. What is dark comedy? Mental health struggles, addiction, divorce, death, you name it. If’s clearly not reminding you of rainbows and unicorns, then it’s most likely ‘dark’. And it’s not …

Delhi Buoy - Raw Comedy - Hard Knock Knocks Comedy School Graduate

Hard Knock Knocks Alumni, Delhi Buoy, makes 2022 RAW National Finals

Delhi Buoy, the comedic alias of Indian-born, South Australian Chetan Singh, took out Runners Up at the Raw Comedy National Finals at the 2022 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Alexandra Hudson from New South Wales and Bron Lewis from Queensland were awarded joint-winners, in a Raw Comedy first. He may not have won, but it was a hell of a journey, …

Jeremy Dooley - Hard Knock Knocks Comedy School

Graduate highlight: Jeremy Dooley

Each week the Hard Knock Knocks comedy school highlights one of our graduates from our Adelaide, Melbourne or Sydney courses. This week, it’s Jeremy Dooley from Melbourne. Jeremy attended the Hard Knock Knocks Comedy School in early 2021, before gigging around Victoria – which would have been interstate if not for the timing of COVID! Hard Knocks Knocks was not Jeremy’s first …

Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2022

7 grads with shows at the 2022 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) is the largest stand-alone comedy festival in the world, and the second-largest international comedy festival on the planet. Typically running for four weeks from March through April, it plays host to thousands of the best local and international comedians. A good chunk of those comedians are alumni from our very own Hard Knock Knocks …

5 must watch Australian comedy web series

7 must watch Australian comedy web series

If there’s one thing that’s been great about lockdown, it’s that we’re all accustomed to watching shows on platforms other than free-to-air network TV. And this has opened up a whole world of alternative comedy, made by Aussies for Aussies. So what are the best Australian comedy web series to get us through lockdown – or awful summer programming on …

Three Top Comedy Venues in Melbourne

Top 3 stand-up comedy clubs in Melbourne

Melbourne is undoubtedly the comedy capital of Australia. The Melbourne International Comedy Festival generates in excess $17 million Aussie dollarydoos, and more people watch a stand-up comedy show during the festival than attend the AFL Grand Final series. With those numbers, it’s surprising that there’s only three dedicated comedy clubs in Melbourne. But conveniently, they are located north, central and …

Ben and Morry at The Rubber Chicken - South Melbourne

Comedy school builds comedy hub in South Melbourne

There’s a new stand-up comedy venue in Melbourne, and it’s ‘south of the river’! It’s the ‘The Rubber Chicken‘, and it aims to be Australia’s first comedy hub. Those familiar with Melbourne’s comedy scene will recognise the names of comedy disruptors, Ben Horowitz and Morry Morgan. Since 2016, the duo have been helping build Melbourne’s stand-up comedy industry, first with …

Random Words for Comedy

Creating new jokes with ‘Random Words’

Creating new jokes from scratch is one of the hardest parts of stand-up comedy. Our brains are hardwired for repetition, patterns, and habits. This is where random words can help. Using a random word generator helps our thinking jump two or more steps away from the obvious. And that’s where the humour can be found. Follow these steps: Step 1: …