Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne WITH Chris Wainhouse

January 23 – 27, 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 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 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

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. 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.

Learn stand-up comedy with Chris Wainhouse - January 2022


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

Christine Basil - Stand-up comedianThe 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

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, and travelled the world performing at shows and festivals. He has a wit is dark, yet refreshing, and he's an awesome comedy coach. Learn more about Chris by clicking here.

Lisa Gatenby – Returning Alumna

Lisa Gatenby ComedianAt each course we invite a previous graduate (alumni) to perform at the Hard Knock Knocks graduation. In October it's Lisa Gatenby, 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.


    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!)