Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne with Ashley Fils-Aime
July 21 – 25, 2024
Roxy's, 2 Alfred Place,
12 spots left
(Until early bird price ends)
Student and Concession – $500 + GST
Early Bird – $600 + GST (before July 7 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 get input on your set from our guest comedian, American Ashley Fils-Aime, meet the other Hard Knock Knocks 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, Eli Pascoe.
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. 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.
Your Comedy Coaches
Resident Comedy Coach - Brad Oakes
Guest Celebrity Comedian - Ashley Fils-Aime
Haitian-American comedian Ashley Fils-Aime had it all. International tours, sold out shows, and supporting a mega-comedian, Pablo Francisco, for 11 years. Then he discovered love, and became an Australian!
If you've ever wanted to know more about the American comedy circuit, and get comedy advice from a truly international comedian, then this is your chance. Learn more about Ashley by clicking here.
Returning Alumna - Eli Pascoe
Each comedy course, we invite a previous graduate (we call them alumni) to talk to the next batch of stand-up comedians. They share advice for getting gigs, help identify the most relevant comedy rooms, and provide sage advice on how to avoid the politics of the comedy industry. Plus, the returning alumni gets to perform at the graduation night alongside the graduates. This month that returning alumna is Eli Pascoe.