Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne WITH RICHARD STUBBS

MAY 22 – 26, 2022

The Rubber Chicken,
South Melbourne

Only 3 spots left

(Until course begins)

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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 May 22 to 26, 2022. 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, Brad Oakes, our returning alumna, Ryan Gallagher, and guest comedy coach, Richard Stubbs.


Student and Concession – $500 + GST

Early Bird – $600 + GST (before May 8 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, Brad Oakes, 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 Doherty.

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 May with Richard Stubbs

Vince Malcomb
Vince Malcomb
April 29, 2024.
I totally enjoyed the classes, Learning to write jokes, and then going up on the stage and working out how to tell them, culminating in a five minute, Sat at the end of the week in front of friends and family. Both Brad and Morry were easy to get along with, knowledgeable and funny. 10/10 would suggest this course, even if you don't want to become a stand-up comedian, it will help you writing speeches dealing with people in general.
Thomas Bergin
Thomas Bergin
April 28, 2024.
This was such a rewarding and fun experience. I would highly recommend it! Brilliant coaches and facilitated very well
Rebecca Douglas
Rebecca Douglas
April 26, 2024.
Great course. I felt really supported by Morry and Brad plus Bev and Nathan. They were all very open and willing to share their expertise in a calm and constructive way. All were incredibly helpful in settling my nerves before the big show. Fantastic space to learn and experiment with stand-up. Definitely would recommend!
Suzanne Fagan
Suzanne Fagan
April 26, 2024.
Thank you so much to the KK team! Morry and Brad! utmost respect for their guidance and experience and making the course fun!!! This is the best thing I have done for my self esteem and confidence in more than 11 years! So much fun, I met ace like Minded people and excellent value for money !!! Do yourself a favour book into this course ASAP !!! I’m going back soon! Bring it on!!! Still on a high from our graduation last night ! Best buzz ever!!! Thanks SKK!!!
Jethro Reed
Jethro Reed
April 2, 2024.
This course was super fun and I learned so much during it. So much experience and knowledge that got passed along to us which was amazing!!!
christopher venizelos
christopher venizelos
March 31, 2024.
I just finish this course and I found it Spectacular!!! all the advice that the coaches give, will help you get better not just at comedy but public speaking as well which in turn boosts up the confidence as well. could not recommend enough!
hieu billy
hieu billy
March 31, 2024.
Great energy good crew and a wealth of knowledge and experience
Natasha Venizelos
Natasha Venizelos
March 30, 2024.
Under absolutely NO circumstances would I do this course myself… It takes way more courage than I possess. However, I purchased this as a birthday present for my brother. Initially, I booked the wrong month somehow and missed the original course date, and after explaining the mix-up, they kindly re-booked the class, which I was beyond grateful for. The owner was very pleasant to deal with. It was so wonderful to watch my brother's confidence grow, he had an absolute blast! Very proud big sister moment seeing him get up on stage.
William Cain
William Cain
March 16, 2024.
Bunch of legends, great course! Would highly recommend. Doesn't matter if it's just a once off for fun or if you're trying to get serious about comedy it is well worth your time.
Claire Tao (Claire)
Claire Tao (Claire)
March 1, 2024.
Highly recommended! I had an incredible learning experience with Morry & Brad! They were incredibly supportive and encouraging. Thanks to them, I learned how to write jokes, craft punchlines, and perform on stage. The best part is that English is my second language, yet they were incredibly patient with me. Additionally, I made many supportive and wonderful friends in the class! I have never met such a funny and delightful bunch of people before at one spot. Thank you so much, Hard Knock Knocks, for making my dream come true! Taking this course was a truly fantastic experience, and I would definitely do it again! 强烈推荐!我在Morry和Brad的指导下获得了非常棒的学习体验!他们非常支持和鼓励我。通过他们的教导,我学会了如何编写笑话、构思笑点以及如何在舞台上演讲。英语是我的第二语言,但他们对我非常有耐心。此外,我在课堂上还结交了许多支持我和非常棒的朋友!我以前从未遇到过这么有趣和令人愉快的一群人! 非常感谢Hard Knock Knocks!让我的梦想成为现实!参加这个课程真的是一次丰富的经历,我肯定会再次参加! Ps: Morry/ 莫瑞 can speak Chinese! Claire


Not only will you learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne, but you'll also get the opportunity to perform at the Rubber Chicken and launch your comedy career at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe, or Sydney Fringe Festival.

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 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.

Richard Stubbs- Celebrity Guest Comedian

Comedian Richard StubbsAustralian comedian Richard Stubbs started his stand-up comedy career in 1983. A year later he began his long running radio presenter career, that saw him broadcast at 3XY, TripleM, 101.1 TT FM (now KIIS FM), 774 ABC, and most recently 3AW. In between, Richard also appeared on and hosted Hey Hey It’s Saturday and performed sold-out shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He's quite possibly one of Australia's most successful comedians.

Ryan Gallagher – Returning Alumnus

Ryan GallagherYou know Ryan Gallagher from Married at First Sign (MAFS) and I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. Since then he's gone on to develop his stand-up comedy career, performing to well over 500 and touring Australia with comedy veterans, including Chris Wainhouse and David Tulk. He's also a graduate of the Hard Knock Knocks comedy school and is our returning alumni for May.


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