Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne WITH Chris Wainhouse
January 23 – 27, 2022
(Until early bird price ends)
Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne over 5-evenings from Sunday to Thursday, 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, from January 23 to 27, 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, Christine Basil, our returning alumna, Lisa Gatenby, and guest comedy coach, Chris Wainhouse.
Student and Concession – $500 + GST
Early Bird – $600 + GST (before January 9 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 start writing solid jokes with our proven stand-up comedy structure, as well as creating jokes from thin air with some creative writing techniques.
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 get input on your set from our guest comedian, Chris Wainhouse, as well as meet the other SHKK alumni and develop more of your original material.
Day 4: Wednesday - The Close, Graduation Preparation and Photo Headshots
Closing your set strong is this night's goal, as well as putting the extra polish on tomorrow night's graduation performance. Our returning alumna, Lisa Gatenby, will also drop in and talk to you about life after graduation, the open mic circuit, and how to get gigs!
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.
Not only will you learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne, but you'll also get the opportunity to perform (and get paid to do so) at Punchlines Comedy Club - upstairs at The Rubber Chicken. And from there, the options to perform at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe and Sydney the Sydney Fringe Festival.
Meet Your Comedy Coaches
Christine Basil - Resident Comedy Coach
The resident comedy coach is responsible for developing our nervous nobodies into confident comedians. Comedian Christine Basil is a patient and experienced comedy coach, and has worked in the industry for over 25 years. Learn more about her experience by clicking here.
Chris Wainhouse - Celebrity Guest Comedian
Lisa Gatenby – Returning Alumna
CONTACT US TODAY
Start your comedy journey today.
We are available to chat, any day of the week, via the chat button below or phone. Otherwise, we are contactable by email.
We currently hold workshops in the following capital cities:
Brisbane (Coming soon!)