Learn stand-up comedy in Adelaide WITH Mickey D

JUNE 12 – 16, 2022

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Learn stand-up comedy in Adelaide over 5-evenings from Sunday to Thursday, 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, from June 12 to 16, 2022. You’ll get the SHKK comedy manual, our complementary online course, video of your graduating performance, professional headshots for future marketing, and loads of one-on-one coaching from our resident comedy coach, Gerry Masi (aka Mad Dog Malcolm Cummins), our returning alumnus and RAW Comedy winner, Delhi Buoy, and guest comedy coach, Mickey D.


Student and Concession – $500 + GST

Early Bird – $600 + GST (before May 29 only)

Bring-a-Mate-Rate – $900 + GST (2 people)

Full Fee – $800 + GST


Pre-Course:  Online course access

Access the entire School of Hard Knock Knocks stand-up comedy curriculum ahead of the face-to-face course via your phone or PC. Narrated by the legendary comedian Greg Fleet, this online course includes videos examples, audio advice, activities and feedback to ensure you don't feel like a noob on day one. Learn more by clicking here.

Day 1:  Sunday - The Basics, Finding Yourself, Joke Structure and Preparation

Get introduced to the basics of stand-up comedy and the jargon of the comedic industry before jumping into the deep end with your very own mini comedy set. Then, it's time to learn the 'Normal-Normal-Twist' technique, and developing your own original jokes, before trialling them on stage and giving them a polish.

Day 2:  Monday - Generating Content and Building Confidence

Learn to gauge your audience and how to recognise and manage taboo topics while learning confidence building/fear smashing techniques. You’ll also get input on your set from our guest comedian, Mickey D, meet the other SHKK alumni and develop more of your original material.

Day 3: Tuesday - Delivery and Controlling a Room

Learn to write a strong open to your comedy set. Tonight students will also have the opportunity to refine some of their own writing, and learn about the open mic circuit, the Australian comedy festivals, such as Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festivals, as well as life after graduation, with a visit from our returning alumnus, Delhi Buoy.

Day 4: Wednesday - The Close, Graduation Preparation and Photo Headshots

School of Hard Knock Knocks graduates headshots

Students receive portrait head and body shots.

Closing your set strong is this night's goal, as well as putting the extra polish on tomorrow night's graduation performance. You'll also model for professional headshots, that are vital for comedy event posters or even acting jobs!

Day 5: Thursday - Graduation Night and Performance

The moment you have been working toward! Perform your stand-up comedy routine in front of family and friends, conquer your fears and perform alongside three professional stand-up comedians. Watch previous graduation videos by clicking here.

Learn stand-up comedy in Adelaide in June

Thomas Galtieri
Thomas Galtieri
September 30, 2023.
Awesome course, learned so much about comedy in a short time. Everyone was knowledgeable and accommodating. Great place, great vibes and all around fun experience. Thanks!
Alec Fry “Frydentity” Comedy
Alec Fry “Frydentity” Comedy
September 6, 2023.
The HKKCS is excellent for anyone who wants to learn stand-up comedy, and even experienced comedians too. Morry & Brad help you to get started, or to get better! Such a great environment to find your style, experiment and support & be supported by like minded people. If I hadn't recently done it ...I'd be rushing out to sign-up, asap! (but I can live vicariously through you ...so go do it, and let me read your posts)
Josh Vinen
Josh Vinen
August 28, 2023.
Highly recommend The School of Hard Knock Knocks Scariest thing I’ve ever done but with the leadership of Brad and Morry and the hilarious other students we all managed to have a laugh and get a laugh. Also shout out to Gregg fleet and Kru for being hilarious and sharing their knowledge and wisdom. Anyone thinking about doing the course… just do it!
Ed Thomas
Ed Thomas
August 27, 2023.
Cannot recommend this experience enough. There's no better thrill than having something you've worked hard on come to fruition in front of a crowd. Great coaches, supportive environment, laughs - plenty
Gemma Davidson
Gemma Davidson
August 26, 2023.
This is a wonderful course to get your confidence up on stage. Morry and Brad were lovely to work with and it’s a very supportive environment. Would recommend to anyone wanting to try stand up or just become more confident with public speaking.
August 25, 2023.
Really enjoyed the course and would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in doing stand up for the first time. The content is informative and interesting and all of the coaches really do have a world of knowledge to share. Overall great experience
Rafferty Dall
Rafferty Dall
August 25, 2023.
I’m a DJ and my first ever full MC gig, I completely bombed with a flat joke. This course has given me the confidence/skills I need for future times on the mic. It has also helped me realise that I am funny and it’s unlocked a love a stand-up that I will continue for many years. Thank you guys!
Adele Moleta
Adele Moleta
July 31, 2023.
Learnt heaps and it gave me the confidence and push to perform my first stand up comedy show. Feel very grateful that this course exists.
Eva Rees
Eva Rees
July 29, 2023.
went from having never done comedy before to feeling comfortable delivering original jokes to a packed room after only 5 days. highly recommend for anyone who is wanting to challenge themselves in a way that is also completely safe - not to mention great fun!
Alfonso Gosal
Alfonso Gosal
July 28, 2023.
A nice group of mentors. Definetely a lot of content one was given, but all mentors were able to provide great directions to fit each students capabilities 10/10


Not only will you learn stand-up comedy in Adelaide, but you'll also get the opportunity to perform at the Rubber Chicken in Melbourne, as well as join other graduates to perform at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe, and Sydney Fringe festivals.

Meet Your Comedy Coaches

Gerry Masi - Resident Comedy Coach

Gerry Masi ComedianThe resident comedy coach is responsible for developing our nervous nobodies into confident comedians. And in this course, you kind of get two resident comedy coaches for the price of one! A wig, flairs, and a fake moustache, and Gerry Masi becomes Mad Dog Malcolm Cummings. Mad Dog is part crooner, part playboy, with a light splattering of sleaze. Together, he’s a hilarious 1970s character, that is all too familiar. Gerry will be sharing his comedy writing and character development throughout the course.

Mickey D - Celebrity Guest Comedian

Mickey D ComedianAustralian comedian Mickey D, aka Mick Dwyer, was a broke 17 year old when he stepped up on stage at Raw Comedy. Since then, he’s toured the world, conquering the UK, and been trained by the SAS. Mick is one dangerous comedian. Learn more about Mickey D by clicking here.

Delhi Buoy – Returning Alumnus

Comedian Delhi Buoy

At each course we invite a previous graduate (alumni) to perform at the Hard Knock Knocks graduation. In June it's Delhi Buoy, fresh from his incredible National RAW Comedy Grand Final at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. So not only will you learn stand-up comedy, you'll start to build a network of comedians who are already performing in the comedy circuit.


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