Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne with David Tulk
March 24 – 28, 2024
Roxy's, 2 Alfred Place,
Only 9 spots left
(Until early bird price ends)
Student and Concession – $500 + GST
Early Bird – $600 + GST (before March 10 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, David Tulk, 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 alumnus.
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
Veteran Guest Comedian - David Tulk
Comedian David Tulk has been performing stand-up comedy for the past 19 years, and today he’s a regular feature at comedy rooms around Australia. A straight talker, Tulk’s rough edges are emphasised by the titles of his productions, namely his Melbourne International Comedy Festival show ‘David Tulk has No Filter‘ and his YouTube video series, “Some People Are Just Arseholes.“ Dave is also a comedy actor, having appeared Network 10's 'Dave' and the ABC's MetroSexual. Learn more about David by clicking here.
Returning Alumnus - Delhi Buoy
Delhi Buoy, the comedic alias of Indian-born, South Australian Chetan Singh, took out Runners Up at the Raw Comedy National Finals at the 2022 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Delhi Buoy is our returning alumnus for the March stand-up comedy course, and will be a great asset for those thinking of competing in Raw Comedy in 2024.