Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne WITH CJ Fortuna


APRIL 24 – 28, 2022

The Rubber Chicken,
South Melbourne


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Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne over 5-evenings from Sunday to Thursday, 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, from April 24 to 28, 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, CJ Fortuna, our returning alumna, Lisa Doherty, and guest comedy coach, Brad Oakes.


PRICES:

Student and Concession – $500 + GST

Early Bird – $600 + GST (before April 10 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, Brad Oakes, 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 alumna, Lisa Doherty.

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 Melbourne, April 2022

Ronak Narayan
Ronak Narayan
May 17, 2022.
Verified
It's been a couple of weeks now since I completed the comedy course and looking back I can honestly say it was a phenomenal experience. It has done wonders for my public confidence, and the pay-off of hearing an audience laughing at your jokes at the graduation is incomparable. The teachers are knowledgeable and helpful, and it's also a great way of making the right contacts in 'the industry'. For all of those wondering if they should take the leap, I highly recommend it!
Andrew Maraldo
Andrew Maraldo
May 2, 2022.
Verified
I've just completed my second ever set and couldn't have imagined doing it without this course. The course is a great combo of "go with the flow" and theory.
Ed Ferris
Ed Ferris
May 2, 2022.
Verified
A well thought out well delivered course presented by a knowledgeable team. If you’ve ever thought about trying stand-up, or just want to improve your public speaking, this is the course for you. I would recommend Hard Knock Knocks to anyone.
Tully'z Kitchen
Tully'z Kitchen
May 2, 2022.
Verified
Fantastic!! If you want to learn stand up comedy and want to have some seriously good training this is the place. Professional, inclusive, supportive and very organised.
Punchlines Comedy
Punchlines Comedy
May 2, 2022.
Verified
The Hard Knock Knocks has helped close to 500 new comedians get their feet onto a stage. It's from this pool of new talent that we watch for future stars, and put them on stage with famous headliners. When ever you attend a Punchlines Comedy show, there will always be a graduate of the Hard Knock Knocks supporting.
Julie crews
Julie crews
April 30, 2022.
Verified
This course will exceed any expectations you may have about what it will deliver! It is a transformative experience and really places you way ourside your comfort zone in a fun and supportive way. Full credit to Morry, C J and Brad who are masters of their craft! This course should be at the top of everyone's list!
lj w
lj w
April 30, 2022.
Verified
To be honest I wasn’t sure if I should do the course at first or if I should just work it out at open mics. Then I realised - there’s no other art form where I’d expect the artist to just work it out. So I signed up and I’m so glad I did. It was well worth it. For me it was more than just learning about joke structure. It was the confidence I gained from getting proper feedback (which you don’t get at open mics). Signing up has also meant networking, and ongoing support, from other alumni. If you’re thinking about trying stand up (or have done some but want to improve), I highly recommend this course.
Zach Bres
Zach Bres
April 30, 2022.
Verified
This course was the best money I have ever spent. Invaluable feedback and guidance from skilled comedians and industry professionals. It was a supportive environment to help refine material, practice microphone technique and get used to being on a stage in front of other people. The opportunity to take what you have learnt and perform a 5 minute set for a live audience is amazing and has given me much more confidence to step into the world of open mics. For anyone like me, who wants to try and bomb-proof themselves (as much as possible) before taking the stage for the first time, I couldn’t recommend this course higher.
Trav Bell
Trav Bell
April 12, 2022.
Verified
After procrastinating for many years about ticking stand-up comedy gig off my Bucket List, I finally trusted The School of Hard Knock Knocks to get it done. What was super uncomfortable became really comfortable. I learned way more than I thought I would. I’ll be forever grateful. Thanks 🙏 guys. Highly recommend this course as the best way to scratch your comedy itch!
Trix Arial
Trix Arial
April 11, 2022.
Verified
Did the course in February 2022. For those interested in getting into comedy this is the perfect introduction into joke writing techniques and building a solid 5 minute recital. The course also connects you with other comics post graduation, so if you're having a hard time navigating the open mic scene, there are plenty of fellow graduates and veterans who can offer a helping hand.


BONUS!

Not only will you learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne, but you'll also get the opportunity to perform at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and Sydney Fringe Festival as part of ‘The Best Of’ show, produced every year. Be part of a life changing experience AND get paid for the privilege!

Meet Your Comedy Coaches

CJ Fortuna - Resident Comedy Coach

Comedian CJ FortunaThe resident comedy coach is responsible for developing our nervous nobodies into confident comedians. Comedian CJ Fortuna is one of the most skilled comedy performer, having performed on TV commercials, movies, stage and stand-up comedy – not to forget, although he’s prefer that you did, an appearance on Hey Hey, It’s Saturday’s ‘Red Faces‘. More recently, he’s starred in the stand-up comedy movie, The Heckler, the screwball comedy, Spin Out, won Best Actor at the Japanese Short Film Festival for Big City, and featured in a web series called Hactresses. You're in safe hands with CJ.

Brad Oakes - Celebrity Guest Comedian

Brad Oakes ComedianComedian Brad Oakes is considered by many to be comedy royalty, and has over 30 years of stand-up comedy experience. Brad has performed on Australian classic comedy shows, which include The Comedy Company, Jimeoin, Full Frontal, and Hey Hey It’s Saturday. Brad also featured in the School of Hard Knock Knocks' comedy-drama, 'Is This Thing On?' Brad will also MC at the graduation, ensuring the audience is hot before the graduates perform. Learn more about Brad  by clicking here.

Lisa Doherty – Returning Alumna

Comedian Lisa Doherty

At each course we invite a previous graduate (alumni) to perform at the School of Hard Knock Knocks graduation. In October it's Lisa Doherty, who'll also be providing insights into the open mic comedy circuit, how to network within the comedy industry, and comedy advice post-graduation. So not only will you learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne, you'll start to build a network of comedians who are already performing in the comedy circuit.


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    We currently hold workshops in the following capital cities:

    Adelaide

    Melbourne

    Sydney

    Brisbane (Coming soon!)