Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne WITH George Kapaniaris
June 18 – 22, 2023
Only 5 spots left
(Until early bird price ends)
Student and Concession – $500 + GST
Early Bird – $600 + GST (before June 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, George Kapaniaris, 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, Aarti Vincent.
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.
Meet Your Comedy Coaches
Brad Oakes - Resident Comedy Coach
George Kapiniaris - Celebrity Guest Comedian
If you lived in Australia during the late eighties and early nineties, then no doubt you know Australian comedian George Kapiniaris. An actor by training, George, or Kappa or G-Kap, as he is known around the block, first played the serious part of ‘DJ’ in The Flying Doctors before creating the comically slapstick character Memo in the stage show, ‘Wogs out of Work’, and later TV show, ‘Acropolis Now’. George will be sharing his wisdom with the comedy students and headlining at the graduation. Learn more about George by clicking here.
Lisa Doherty – Returning Alumna
At each course we invite a previous graduate (alumni) to perform at the Hard Knock Knocks graduation. In February it's Aarti Vincent, 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.