Graduate Highlight: Daniel Tohill

Each week the School of Hard Knock Knocks highlights one of our recent graduates from our Adelaide, Melbourne or Sydney courses. This week, it’s Daniel Tohill from Melbourne. Daniel Tohill attended the November 2020 stand-up comedy course in Melbourne with guest comedian Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann and resident comedy coach, Brad Oakes. This was the last graduation for 2020, and one …

Generating Ideas for Comedy

Generating Ideas for Stand-up Comedy

Generating ideas for stand-up comedy is difficult at the best of times. Just about any topic is open game, but that freedom doesn’t make joke writing easier. If anything, the brain needs constraint to help flex the creative muscle. Here’s four constraints that we use at the School of Hard Knock Knocks to help our students generate ideas for stand-up …

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The Stand-up Comedy Disruptors proving you can teach stand-up comedy

When it comes to becoming a stand-up comedian, 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. Then repeat. Do that for three or four years, night after night, and you might have a shot at the big time. Maybe. That’s how Christine …

Richard Stubbs - Comedy Poster

Photographic headshots now included in stand-up comedy course

Since January 2021, stand-up comedy students at the School of Hard Knock Knocks will each receive a photography package as part of the standard comedy course. Photographer and former graduate of the School of Hard Knock Knocks, Adam Sparnon, has been shooting headshots and body shot photos at each course which are vital for comedy posters, particularly with the comedy …

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5 Reasons Comedy Can Make You a Better Leader

“YES, AND…” is the rule-of-thumb response in improv comedy. It’s also a great way to lead. The ‘yes’ immediately encourages the acceptance of the contributions added by others, rather than shutting down the views of others, and the ‘and’ opens the contribution for further positive refinement. The words ‘no’ and ‘but’ are the polar opposites. Listening to others is a valuable leadership skill. Comedy can …

Marshall Mullen Comedian

The Open Mic Comedy Rooms List – Sydney

(Updated 19 September, 2022) Practice is essential to a stand-up comedy career. Sure, the Hard Knock Knocks stand-up comedy course will allow you to hit the ground running, but even we acknowledge that it’s still no substitute for getting up on stage, trialling your material, and bombing – often. Here’s a regularly updated list of open mic comedy rooms in …

Kim Le Comedian

The Open Mic Comedy Rooms List – Adelaide

The Covid Crisis is over for South Australia, but sadly not all the open mic comedy rooms in Adelaide have reopened. Here’s the latest updated Adelaide open mic comedy nights as of October 30, 2020. If you know of other open mic comedy rooms in Adelaide, or can recommend an update, please contact us. MONDAYS Nothing TUESDAYS Cranker Comedy, Crown …

Teach Stand-up Comedy with Ben Horowitz

Can you teach someone how to be funny?

Can you teach someone how to be funny?  Theoretically, yes. The funny bone is not a womb. It’s not present in some people, but not in others. However, there is a definite pre-existing condition that gives a clear indication, like height for a jockey or basketballer, that a career in comedy is more likely.  So what is that condition that …