Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne with Rusty Berther
May 19 – 23, 2024
Roxy's, 2 Alfred Place,
12 spots left
(Until early bird price ends)
Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne over 5-evenings from Sunday to Thursday, 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, from May 19 to 23, 2024. 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 alumnus, Cavie and celebrity comedian, Rusty Berther of the Scared Weird Little Guys.
Student and Concession – $500 + GST
Early Bird – $600 + GST (before May 5 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, Rusty Berther (Scared Weird Little Guys), 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
Comedian 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 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.
Guest Celebrity Comedian - Rusty Berther
Rusty Berther spent over 20 years touring the world as part of the musical comedy duo Scared Weird Little Guys. Drawing from his own unique experiences and a long list of friends in the comedy industry, he decided it was time to share some of these stories that are usually only told backstage or in a tour van so that everyone could laugh (or flinch) along. With the Scaredies having played over 4500 shows in pubs, festivals, comedy clubs, footy clubs, prisons, stadiums, cruise ships, schools and everything in between, few people would be more qualified to write about bad gigs.
Returning Alumnus - Cavie
Each comedy course we invite back a previous graduate (we call them alumni) to talk to the students about 'life after Hard Knock Knocks. These sessions are invaluable in learning the lay of the land, and meeting new comedians who have connections within the current open mic comedy scene. In May, prepare to be captivated by Tim ‘Caveman’ Barrot, the comedian who has lived a life that most can only dream of. His experiences have shaped him into a sought-after performer, bringing laughter and joy to audiences around the world.