Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne WITH BEV KILLICK


March 19 – 23, 2023

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 March 19 to 23, 2023. You’ll get the Hard Knock Knocks 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, Brad Oakes our returning alumna, Lisa Gatenby, and guest comedy coach, Bev Killick.


PRICES:

Student and Concession – $500 + GST

Early Bird – $600 + GST (before March 12 only)

Bring-a-Mate-Rate – $900 + GST (2 people)

Full Fee – $800 + GST

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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, Bev Killick, 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, Lisa Gatenby.

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 March with Bev Killick

joe lester
joe lester
November 24, 2023.
would 100% recommend! Even if you don't want to pursue comedy as a career, if you love a challenge & trying something new then defs give it a go 🙂
Australia India Chamber of Commerce
Australia India Chamber of Commerce
November 2, 2023.
What sets the Hard Knock Knocks comedy school in Melbourne apart is the fact that professional comedians, some of whom are featured on Australian television, serve as coaches. Their guidance provides invaluable real-world insights into the comedy industry, making the learning experience even more enriching. This dynamic blend of experienced mentors and diverse talent nurtures a thriving comedy scene. As a result, the school continues to be a launching pad for Indian-Australian comedians and others, helping them perfect their craft and connect with a broader audience, making it a hub of creativity and humor in the comedy landscape.
Emmy Bee
Emmy Bee
October 5, 2023.
Had the amazing privilege of learning stand up at Hard Knock Knocks. Couldn’t recommend a better place. Would do it again in a heart beat.
r p
r p
October 1, 2023.
An amazing experience. Highly recommend for anyone. along with learning comedy in's and out's, getting stage time experience you'll also face some fears, grow as a person and have a opportunity to network with people in the local and national comedy scene.
Thomas Galtieri
Thomas Galtieri
September 30, 2023.
Awesome course, learned so much about comedy in a short time. Everyone was knowledgeable and accommodating. Great place, great vibes and all around fun experience. Thanks!
Alec Fry “Frydentity” Comedy
Alec Fry “Frydentity” Comedy
September 6, 2023.
The HKKCS is excellent for anyone who wants to learn stand-up comedy, and even experienced comedians too. Morry & Brad help you to get started, or to get better! Such a great environment to find your style, experiment and support & be supported by like minded people. If I hadn't recently done it ...I'd be rushing out to sign-up, asap! (but I can live vicariously through you ...so go do it, and let me read your posts)
Josh Vinen
Josh Vinen
August 28, 2023.
Highly recommend The School of Hard Knock Knocks Scariest thing I’ve ever done but with the leadership of Brad and Morry and the hilarious other students we all managed to have a laugh and get a laugh. Also shout out to Gregg fleet and Kru for being hilarious and sharing their knowledge and wisdom. Anyone thinking about doing the course… just do it!
Ed Thomas
Ed Thomas
August 27, 2023.
Cannot recommend this experience enough. There's no better thrill than having something you've worked hard on come to fruition in front of a crowd. Great coaches, supportive environment, laughs - plenty
Gemma Davidson
Gemma Davidson
August 26, 2023.
This is a wonderful course to get your confidence up on stage. Morry and Brad were lovely to work with and it’s a very supportive environment. Would recommend to anyone wanting to try stand up or just become more confident with public speaking.
Ana
Ana
August 25, 2023.
Really enjoyed the course and would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in doing stand up for the first time. The content is informative and interesting and all of the coaches really do have a world of knowledge to share. Overall great experience


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

Brad Oakes - Resident Comedy Coach

Brad Oakes ComedianComedian Brad Oakes is considered by many to be comedy royalty, and has over 30 years of stand-up comedy experience. Brad has performed on Australian classic comedy shows, which include The Comedy Company, Jimeoin, Full Frontal, and Hey Hey It’s Saturday. Brad also featured in the School of Hard Knock Knocks' comedy-drama, 'Is This Thing On?' Brad will also MC at the graduation, ensuring the audience is hot before the graduates perform. Learn more about Brad  by clicking here.

Bev Killick - Celebrity Guest Comedian

Bev Killick Comedian

Each month we invite a guest veteran comedian to meet the comedy students and talk about their career in comedy. The guest comedian also headlines at the graduation.

Bev Killick is from the bold and brassy school of stand up, delivering a non-stop energetic set every time. As soon as she blast’s her way on stage, you know you’re in for a treat. Bev is likeable, bawdy and real and has worked with Weird Al Yankovic, Wayne Brady, Gina Riley and Jane Turner as a guest cameo on Kath and Kim. 

Lisa Doherty – Returning Alumna

Lisa Gatenby Comedian

At each course we invite a previous graduate (alumni) to perform at the Hard Knock Knocks graduation. In March 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.


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    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!)