Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne WITH Chris Franklin


OCTOBER 23 – 27, 2022

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 October 23 to 27, 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, Hannah Sainty, and guest comedy coach, Chris Franklin.


PRICES:

Student and Concession – $500 + GST

Early Bird – $600 + GST (before October 9 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, Chris Franklin, meet the other HKK 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, Hannah Sainty.

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 Melbourne this October with Chris Franklin

simon cawood
simon cawood
October 29, 2022.
Wether your new to stand up or have been doing it for a while it’s an awesome course
Karla Dondio
Karla Dondio
August 31, 2022.
Whether you are burning to do stand up or just want a fun challenge, I can’t recommend this course highly enough. CJ and Morry really understand comedy and provide an incredibly supportive environment. So many laughs and graduation is a hoot. Best thing I’ve done aside from giving birth to my three cats.
Antonie Ng
Antonie Ng
July 29, 2022.
Last night was bloody epic. Huge congratulations to myself and the fellow course graduates. A HUGE thank you to Christine and Morry for the guidance throughout, could not have done it without your guy’s support. Told all my mates about the course and experience, it was unreal. Thanks again team!!
Kurt O'Brien
Kurt O'Brien
June 26, 2022.
I recently completed the one week course in Melbourne. In just 5 days the team took me from someone without material, who wasn’t sure if I could be funny, too nervous to get on stage at an open mic to having a 5 minute set that I know is funny, tested on stage! I also now have the tools and methodology I need to write new material Really happy with the course, the instructors and also the great group of people that I met. A great way to start in comedy, when you don’t know how to start
Virginia Hollands
Virginia Hollands
June 25, 2022.
Such a great experience! Kind, welcoming, and professional, I left with real skills and comedy experience. And a whole lot of new friends.
James Busuttil
James Busuttil
June 24, 2022.
Awesome experience with a great crew and coaches
Trang Nguyen
Trang Nguyen
June 24, 2022.
Such a great comedy school that's been very well put together and genuine trainers! I went into the course as a complete beginner, and within 5-days, I had learnt the fundamentals to put together a 5-minute set and perform it publicly! Would highly recommend to anyone who wants to start their stand-up comedy career, improve their speaking/presentation skills, challenge themselves or simply have fun!
Darren Bianchi
Darren Bianchi
May 27, 2022.
What a class! What a crew! What a Venue! What a night! What a buzz! Don't hesitate to take this master class.......
Ronak Narayan
Ronak Narayan
May 17, 2022.
It's been a couple of weeks now since I completed the comedy course and looking back I can honestly say it was a phenomenal experience. It has done wonders for my public confidence, and the pay-off of hearing an audience laughing at your jokes at the graduation is incomparable. The teachers are knowledgeable and helpful, and it's also a great way of making the right contacts in 'the industry'. For all of those wondering if they should take the leap, I highly recommend it!


BONUS!

Not only will you learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne, but you'll also get the opportunity to perform at Festivals around Australia, as well as at The Rubber Chicken, supporting headliner comedians.

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.

Chris Franklin - Celebrity Guest Comedian

Chris Franklin ComedianAustralian comedian Chris Franklin is one of Australia’s most recognisable stand-up comedians. He also has an inseparable relationship with his flannel shirts. The self described bogan, who has performed his beer swilling larrikin humour all over Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Scotland and even war torn Afghanistan, is one of the most well recognised Australian stand-up comedians today, thanks to early success at Raw Comedy and, surprisingly, the ARIAs. Learn more about Chris by clicking here.

Hannah Sainty – Returning Alumna

Comedian Hannah Sainty

At each course we invite a previous graduate (alumni) to perform at the Hard Knock Knocks graduation. In October it's Hannah Sainty, 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 currently hold workshops in the following capital cities:

    Adelaide

    Melbourne

    Sydney

    Brisbane (Coming soon!)