Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne WITH DOUG CHAPPEL

OCTOBER 24 – 28, 2021

The Rubber Chicken,
South Melbourne

4 spots left

(Until course starts)


Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne over 5-evenings from Sunday to Thursday, 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, from October 24 to 28, 2021. 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, Chris Wainhouse, our returning alumna, Lisa Doherty, and guest comedy coach, Doug Chappel.


Student and Concession – $500 + GST

Early Bird – $600 + GST (before March 7 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, Doug Chappel, 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 Melbourne this October 2021

Miriam Sandkuhler
Miriam Sandkuhler
February 8, 2024.
What a fantastic experience! A professional and polished organisation - we received lots of great feedback and advice throughout the course and with each practice. Recommended for anyone who wants to try something different and learn the technical side of comedy.
James Wallace
James Wallace
February 2, 2024.
Great course, very valuable lessons for beginners and also experienced comedians. Morry and Brad are excellent teachers and I would highly recommend this course to anyone thinking about getting into comedy
January 30, 2024.
I had such an amazing time with the coaches and my new comedy friends here! Within a week, I found my voice that I didn’t know I was missing!! Joining their course was the best thing I’ve done in ages. It’s totally worth checking out.:))
Mary Prior
Mary Prior
January 28, 2024.
Terrifying performing but Lots of Fun.
Ramanan Balamukundan
Ramanan Balamukundan
January 26, 2024.
If you wanna learn joke writing, hard knocks comedy school is the best place to go
Roger Turney
Roger Turney
January 2, 2024.
Very supportive, challenging and constructive advice on ‘how to’ deliver standup comedy. Thoroughly enjoyable experience and at times I was a little out of my comfort zone. Great experience for a 70 year old.
May Warburton
May Warburton
November 24, 2023.
Hard knock knocks Comedy course is such a great experience and has boosted my confidence 10000x and I had the best time preforming and meeting an amazing group of people. If you are thinking of signing up, do it now!
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.


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

Chris Wainhouse - Resident Comedy Coach

Chris Wainhouse ComedianThe resident comedy coach is responsible for developing our nervous nobodies into confident comedians. Comedian Chris Wainhouse is one of the most successful comedians in Australia, having won Raw Comedy in 1999, and travelled the world performing at shows and festivals. He has a wit is dark, yet refreshing, and he's an awesome comedy coach. Learn more about Chris by clicking here

Doug Chappel - Celebrity Guest Comedian

Comedian Doug Chappel

Australian comedian Doug Chappel is one of Australia’s most loved and well travelled stand-up comedians. If he's not MCing at The Comic's Lounge in Melbourne, then he's performing around the country at pubs, clubs and event mining clubs. He's even performed for Australian troops in Afghanistan, Dubai and the Solomon Islands. Doug will be sharing his journey with the comedy students, as well as headlining at the graduation to cap off a fantastic show. Learn more about Doug by clicking here

Lisa Doherty – Returning Alumna

Comedian Lisa Doherty

At each course we invite a previous graduate (alumni) to perform at the School of Hard Knock Knocks graduation. In October it's Lisa Doherty, 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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    Brisbane (Coming soon!)