Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne WITH dOUG CHAPPEL


JULY  25 – 29, 2021

The Rubber Chicken,
South Melbourne


Only 2 spots left

(Until course starts)


Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne over 5-evenings from Sunday to Thursday, 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, from July 25 to 29, 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 alumnus, Kaylyne Grant, and guest comedy coach, Doug Chappel.


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PRICES:

Student and Concession – $500 + GST

Early Bird – $600 + GST (before July 11 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, Kaylyne Grant.

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 this July in Melbourne with Doug Chappel

Karla Dondio
Karla Dondio
August 31, 2022.
Verified
Whether you are burning to do stand up or just want a fun challenge, I can’t recommend this course highly enough. CJ and Morry really understand comedy and provide an incredibly supportive environment. So many laughs and graduation is a hoot. Best thing I’ve done aside from giving birth to my three cats.
Antonie Ng
Antonie Ng
July 29, 2022.
Verified
Last night was bloody epic. Huge congratulations to myself and the fellow course graduates. A HUGE thank you to Christine and Morry for the guidance throughout, could not have done it without your guy’s support. Told all my mates about the course and experience, it was unreal. Thanks again team!!
Kurt O'Brien
Kurt O'Brien
June 26, 2022.
Verified
I recently completed the one week course in Melbourne. In just 5 days the team took me from someone without material, who wasn’t sure if I could be funny, too nervous to get on stage at an open mic to having a 5 minute set that I know is funny, tested on stage! I also now have the tools and methodology I need to write new material Really happy with the course, the instructors and also the great group of people that I met. A great way to start in comedy, when you don’t know how to start
Virginia Hollands
Virginia Hollands
June 25, 2022.
Verified
Such a great experience! Kind, welcoming, and professional, I left with real skills and comedy experience. And a whole lot of new friends.
James Busuttil
James Busuttil
June 24, 2022.
Verified
Awesome experience with a great crew and coaches
Trang Nguyen
Trang Nguyen
June 24, 2022.
Verified
Such a great comedy school that's been very well put together and genuine trainers! I went into the course as a complete beginner, and within 5-days, I had learnt the fundamentals to put together a 5-minute set and perform it publicly! Would highly recommend to anyone who wants to start their stand-up comedy career, improve their speaking/presentation skills, challenge themselves or simply have fun!
Darren Bianchi
Darren Bianchi
May 27, 2022.
Verified
What a class! What a crew! What a Venue! What a night! What a buzz! Don't hesitate to take this master class.......
Ronak Narayan
Ronak Narayan
May 17, 2022.
Verified
It's been a couple of weeks now since I completed the comedy course and looking back I can honestly say it was a phenomenal experience. It has done wonders for my public confidence, and the pay-off of hearing an audience laughing at your jokes at the graduation is incomparable. The teachers are knowledgeable and helpful, and it's also a great way of making the right contacts in 'the industry'. For all of those wondering if they should take the leap, I highly recommend it!
Andrew Maraldo
Andrew Maraldo
May 2, 2022.
Verified
I've just completed my second ever set and couldn't have imagined doing it without this course. The course is a great combo of "go with the flow" and theory.
Ed Ferris
Ed Ferris
May 2, 2022.
Verified
A well thought out well delivered course presented by a knowledgeable team. If you’ve ever thought about trying stand-up, or just want to improve your public speaking, this is the course for you. I would recommend Hard Knock Knocks to anyone.


BONUS!

Not only will you learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne, but you'll also get the opportunity to perform at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and Sydney Fringe Festival as part of ‘The Best Of’ show, produced every year. Be part of a life changing experience AND get paid for the privilege!

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 Australia's most accomplished comedians (although he was born in New Zealand). The Raw Comedy winner in 1999, Chris has performed is a regular headline act at some of the world's most prestigious comedy venues including The Sydney Comedy Store, Melbourne's Comedy Club, The Classic in Auckland and Jongluers in the UK. He also regularly headlines in Singapore, Jakarta, Malaysia and Hong Kong - a testament to his cultural diversity. Learn more about Chris by clicking here

Doug Chappel - Celebrity Guest Comedian

Comedian Doug ChappelAustralian 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

Kaylyne Grant – Returning Alumna

Kaylyne Grant

At each course we invite a previous graduate (alumni) to perform at the School of Hard Knock Knocks graduation. In May it's Kaylene, 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 open mic circuit.

Watch Kaylyne's graduation video by clicking here


    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:

    Adelaide

    Melbourne

    Sydney

    Brisbane (Coming soon!)