Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne WITH DOUG CHAPPEL

February 20 – 24, 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 February 20 to 24, 2021. 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, Chris Wainhouse, our returning alumna, Krutika Harale, and guest comedy coach, Doug Chappel.


Student and Concession – $500 + GST

Early Bird – $600 + GST (before February 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:  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, Doug Chappel, 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 with Doug Chappel - February 2022


Not only will you learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne, but you'll also get the opportunity to perform paid gigs at the Rubber Chicken - Melbourne's comedy pub, which will prepare you for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF), Adelaide Fringe, and Sydney Fringe. 

Meet Your Comedy Coaches

Chris Wainhouse - Resident Comedy Coach

Chris Wainhouse ComedianThe resident comedy coach is responsible for developing our nervous nobodies into confident comedians. Comedian Chris Wainhouse is one of the most successful comedians in Australia, having won Raw Comedy in 1999, won 'Comedian of the Year', and 'Comic's Choice' at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. , Chris has also travelled the world performing at shows and festivals. His wit is dark, yet refreshing, and he's an awesome comedy coach. Learn more about Chris by clicking here

Doug Chappel - Celebrity Guest Comedian

Comedian Doug Chappel

Australian comedian Doug Chappel is one of Australia’s most loved and well travelled stand-up comedians. If he's not MCing at The Comic's Lounge in Melbourne, then he's performing around the country at pubs, clubs and event mining clubs. He's even performed for Australian troops in Afghanistan, Dubai and the Solomon Islands. Doug will be sharing his journey with the comedy students, as well as headlining at the graduation to cap off a fantastic show. Learn more about Doug by clicking here

Krutika Harale – Returning Alumna

Krutika Harale

At each course we invite a previous graduate (alumni) to perform at the School of Hard Knock Knocks graduation. In February it's Krutika Harale, 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 and Sydney, you'll start to build a network of comedians who are already performing in the comedy circuit.


    Start your comedy journey today.

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    We currently hold workshops in the following capital cities:




    Brisbane (Coming soon!)