Learn stand-up comedy in Wonthaggi WITH brad oakes
september 17 – 21, 2023
Wonthaggi Workmen's Club
12 spots left
(Until early bird price ends)
Learn stand-up comedy in Wonthaggi over 5-evenings from Sunday to Thursday, 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, from September 17 to 21, 2022. 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, Sheany and guest comedy coach, Ben Horowitz.
Student and Concession – $500 + GST
Early Bird – $600 + GST (before Sep 3 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, Ben Horowitz, 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, Sheany.
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.
Meet Your Comedy Coaches
Brad Oakes - Resident Comedy Coach
Ben Horowitz - Guest Comedian
Ben Horowitz has been a professional comedian for almost 20 years, and is one of the original founders of the Hard Knock Knocks comedy school.
When Ben's not coaching comedy he's performing in Melbourne and regional Victoria. Over the winter months he's most often up at the ski resorts and during summer he's performing at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Watch his set by clicking here.
Sheany – Returning Alumnus
At each course we invite a previous graduate (alumni) to perform at the Hard Knock Knocks graduation. In September it's Sheany, 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 Wonthaggi, you'll start to build a network of comedians across Victoria who are already performing in the comedy circuit.