Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne WITH Gerry Masi


July 24 – 28, 2022

The Rubber Chicken,
South Melbourne


6 spots left

(Until course starts)


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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 July 24 to 28, 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 alumnus, Jeremy Dooley, and guest comedy coach, Gerry Masi, aka Mad Dog Malcolm Cummings.


PRICES:

Student and Concession – $500 + GST

Early Bird – $600 + GST (before July 10 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, Gerry Masi, 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 alumnus, Jeremy Dooley.

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 July in Melbourne

The Ben Murphy
The Ben Murphy
June 30, 2024.
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This was one of the most fun and educational experiences I have ever had. I have been a professional stage performer around the world for 20+ years so was doubtful I would learn anything of note with a 5 day course. I was so wrong! I am revitalised and discovered so many new techniques and ideas. It was brilliant Even if you don't see standup as a career, the tools, confidence, structure and thoughts taught here, with Morray and Brad, will help with so many things from:- work presentations, public speaking, making your mates laugh and more. I could not recommend it more. Plus I made a class of hilarious new friends for life . I'm still on a high from the showcase night. Wow.
Suzanne Fagan
Suzanne Fagan
June 11, 2024.
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The Comedy knock knocks course has been the best thing I have done for myself esteem in a long time. I experience depression and anxiety , i user humour to deflect and make others and myself lighten up! I’ve always been told that I am funny yet didn’t truly believe it in myself.! This course proved that I have what it takes to make people laugh professionally! This is exceptionally important for me in building myself confidence. I would do this course again in a heartbeat, and for anybody particular people that are struggling with mental health. This is one of the best things to increase your self-esteem inclusion and community connection. Thank you Morry Morgan Brad and Bev Killick for your support and absolute professionalism. Oh I also forgot to mention Adam who was an amazing photographer who made us feel so welcome with our head shots.! - Suzanne Fagan
Tibor Deheny
Tibor Deheny
May 26, 2024.
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My objective was to find out what Stand Up is all about, having considered it the ultimate challenge for me. Recommended by one of its alumni, I was certainly not disappointed. The expertise shared by Morry Morgan, Caveman Cavie and the indefatigable Brad Oakes was just awesomely informative and inspiring! And it was backed up by a workbook rich in detail on this wonderfully creative art. In short it was a blast and worth every dollar!
Julian Rapkins
Julian Rapkins
May 25, 2024.
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For many years, I've wanted to "have a go" at stand-up... throughout my working life, I've presented topics in all sorts of interesting locations and scenarios - but feared truly having to "entertain" people. So, I jumped on line, and got talking with Morry at HKKCS and he was so encouraging, it prompted me to act... There's every chance you may be feeling the same. Well, after 5 days of intensive coaching and learning, I got to hone my skills and learn how to actually tell a joke or a story... that's funny to a room full of strangers... Huge "Thank you" to Morry & Brad - gun motivators and funnymen... Worth every dollar and more.. !!
Ash Maher
Ash Maher
May 24, 2024.
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I had the most incredible time at this course. Brad and Morry thoroughly built up my confidence. They thought me how to create content and how to edit and refine my jokes. I learned so much about mic skills and stage presence. Together with the other students I laughed the whole week through. To top it all off, we had a ripper of a show!
Lt Rockzo
Lt Rockzo
May 24, 2024.
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Excellent Experience into the world Stand Up Comedy . A laughter adventure
Vince Malcomb
Vince Malcomb
April 29, 2024.
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I totally enjoyed the classes, Learning to write jokes, and then going up on the stage and working out how to tell them, culminating in a five minute, Sat at the end of the week in front of friends and family. Both Brad and Morry were easy to get along with, knowledgeable and funny. 10/10 would suggest this course, even if you don't want to become a stand-up comedian, it will help you writing speeches dealing with people in general.
Thomas Bergin
Thomas Bergin
April 28, 2024.
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This was such a rewarding and fun experience. I would highly recommend it! Brilliant coaches and facilitated very well
Rebecca Douglas
Rebecca Douglas
April 26, 2024.
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Great course. I felt really supported by Morry and Brad plus Bev and Nathan. They were all very open and willing to share their expertise in a calm and constructive way. All were incredibly helpful in settling my nerves before the big show. Fantastic space to learn and experiment with stand-up. Definitely would recommend!
Suzanne Fagan
Suzanne Fagan
April 26, 2024.
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Thank you so much to the KK team! Morry and Brad! utmost respect for their guidance and experience and making the course fun!!! This is the best thing I have done for my self esteem and confidence in more than 11 years! So much fun, I met ace like Minded people and excellent value for money !!! Do yourself a favour book into this course ASAP !!! I’m going back soon! Bring it on!!! Still on a high from our graduation last night ! Best buzz ever!!! Thanks SKK!!!


BONUS!

Not only will you learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne, but you'll also get the opportunity to perform at the Rubber Chicken's comedy room, Punchlines Comedy Club. We also run shows at festivals around Australia as part of our 'Best Of' program. 

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.

Gerry Masi - Celebrity Guest Comedian

Gerry Masi ComedianThe guest comedy coach helps the comedy students refine their material further, and is the headliner at the graduation.  And in this course, you kind of get two resident comedy coaches for the price of one! A wig, flairs, and a fake moustache, and Gerry Masi becomes Mad Dog Malcolm Cummings. Mad Dog is part crooner, part playboy, with a light splattering of sleaze. Together, he’s a hilarious 1970s character, that is all too familiar. Gerry will be sharing his comedy writing and character development throughout the course.

Jeremy Dooley – Returning Alumnus

Jeremy Dooley Comedian

At each course we invite a previous graduate (alumni) to perform at the Hard Knock Knocks graduation. In July it's Jeremy Dooley, who'll be providing insights into the open mic comedy circuit, how to network within the comedy industry, and his experience from his recent run at the 2022 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. 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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    We currently hold workshops in the following capital cities:

    Adelaide

    Melbourne

    Sydney

    Brisbane (Coming soon!)