Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne with gabe hogan

August 20, 21, 27 & 28 (Weekends)

The Rubber Chicken,
South Melbourne

Only 4 spots left!

(Until early bird price ends)

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Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne over 4 afternoons on August 20, 21, 27 and 28 starting at 2pm and finishing at 6pm.  You’ll get the Hard Knock Knocks 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 alumnus, Dan Kappa, and guest comedy coach, Gabe Hogan.


Student and Concession – $500 + GST

Early Bird – $600 + GST (before August 6 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: Saturday 20 August (2pm - 6pm) – The Basics, Finding Yourself, Joke Structure and Preparation

Introduction to the basics of stand-up comedy and the jargon of the comedic industry before launching into the deep end with your very own mini set. Then, it’s time to learn the ‘Normal-Normal-Twist’ technique and get your creative juices flowing! You'll also learn the secret to building confidence.

Day 2: Sunday 21 August (2pm - 6pm) – Delivery and Controlling a Room

This day is about Delivery and Controlling a Room. You'll start to use Volume. Tone, Speed and Pauses. You'll also get introduced to the comedy industry as a new comer from our alumnus, Dan Kappa.

Day 3: Saturday 27 August (2pm - 6pm) – Body Language, the Close and Headshots

You'll be learning to control your body language, make a strong close, and also have headshots taken for your very own marketing posters. And you'll have loads of feedback from our comedy coaches in preparation for tomorrow's graduation.

Day 4: Sunday 28 August (2pm - 6pm) – The Graduation

School of Hard Knock Knocks graduates headshots

Students receive portrait head and body shots.

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 professional stand-up comedians. Watch previous graduation videos by clicking here.

Post Course: Punchlines Comedy Club and Festivals

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 in August

Sarah Michaels
Sarah Michaels
November 6, 2022.
This course was def gave me the push I needed to get up on stage, I learnt so much in such a short time. This is only the beginning for me.
simon cawood
simon cawood
October 29, 2022.
Wether your new to stand up or have been doing it for a while it’s an awesome course
Karla Dondio
Karla Dondio
August 31, 2022.
Whether you are burning to do stand up or just want a fun challenge, I can’t recommend this course highly enough. CJ and Morry really understand comedy and provide an incredibly supportive environment. So many laughs and graduation is a hoot. Best thing I’ve done aside from giving birth to my three cats.
Antonie Ng
Antonie Ng
July 29, 2022.
Last night was bloody epic. Huge congratulations to myself and the fellow course graduates. A HUGE thank you to Christine and Morry for the guidance throughout, could not have done it without your guy’s support. Told all my mates about the course and experience, it was unreal. Thanks again team!!
Kurt O'Brien
Kurt O'Brien
June 26, 2022.
I recently completed the one week course in Melbourne. In just 5 days the team took me from someone without material, who wasn’t sure if I could be funny, too nervous to get on stage at an open mic to having a 5 minute set that I know is funny, tested on stage! I also now have the tools and methodology I need to write new material Really happy with the course, the instructors and also the great group of people that I met. A great way to start in comedy, when you don’t know how to start
Virginia Hollands
Virginia Hollands
June 25, 2022.
Such a great experience! Kind, welcoming, and professional, I left with real skills and comedy experience. And a whole lot of new friends.
James Busuttil
James Busuttil
June 24, 2022.
Awesome experience with a great crew and coaches
Trang Nguyen
Trang Nguyen
June 24, 2022.
Such a great comedy school that's been very well put together and genuine trainers! I went into the course as a complete beginner, and within 5-days, I had learnt the fundamentals to put together a 5-minute set and perform it publicly! Would highly recommend to anyone who wants to start their stand-up comedy career, improve their speaking/presentation skills, challenge themselves or simply have fun!
Darren Bianchi
Darren Bianchi
May 27, 2022.
What a class! What a crew! What a Venue! What a night! What a buzz! Don't hesitate to take this master class.......


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.

Gabe Hogan - Celebrity Guest Comedian

Gage Hogan 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.

Dan Kappa – Returning Alumnus

Dan Kappa

At each course we invite a previous graduate (alumni) to perform at the Hard Knock Knocks graduation. In August it's Dan Kappa, 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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    Brisbane (Coming soon!)