Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne

july 26 – 30, 2020

Imperial, South Yarra


(Until early bird price ends)

Our stand-up comedy course runs over 5-evenings from Sunday to Thursday, 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, from July 26 to 30, 2020. You’ll get the SHKK comedy manual, our complementary online course, video of your graduating performance, and loads of one-on-one coaching from our resident comedy coach, Brad Oakes, our returning alumnus, Sam Serna, and guest celebrity comedian, Christine Basil!

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Student and Concession – $450 + GST

Early Bird – $500 + GST (before July 12 only)

Bring-a-Mate-Rate – $800 + GST (2 people)

Full Fee – $700 + GST


Pre-Course:  Online stand-up comedy 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 Greg Fleet, this stand-up comedy course includes video 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, 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 alumnus.

Day 4: Wednesday - The Close and Graduation Preparation


Receive your own full colour physical manual AND online course access, filled with advice, jokes and links to videos, as well as a video of your final performance.

Closing your set strong is this night's goal, as well as putting the extra polish on tomorrow night's graduation performance. This is where the chaos of writing is converted into a succinct 5-minute set.

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 professional stand-up comedians, Christine Basil and Brad Oakes. Watch previous graduation videos by clicking here.

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Graduates who of the Hard Knock Knocks stand-up comedy course 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 Stand-up Comedy Course Coaches

Resident Comedy Coach - Brad Oakes

Brad Oakes Comedian

The resident comedy coach is responsible for moving our nervous nobodies into confident comedians, throughout the five night stand-up comedy course. This month the resident comedy coach is veteran comedian Brad Oakes. Brad is considered by many to be comedy royalty, and has over 29 years of stand-up comedy experience. He has performed on Australian classic comedy shows, which include The Comedy Company, Jimeoin, Full Frontal, and Hey Hey It’s Saturday. Learn more about his career by listening to his podcast interview.

Celebrity Guest Comedian - Christine Basil

Christine Basil - Stand-up comedianThe Hard Knock Knocks is not only about learning the skills required to become a stand-up comedian, but also connecting with some of Australia's most accomplished comedians and learning first hand how they overcame challenges and built their stand-up comedy career. Each month we invite a celebrity stand-up comedian to coach and perform with our students. In July we welcome the amazing Christine Basil. Learn more about Christine by listening to her podcast interview.

Returning Alumnus - Sam Serna

Sam Serna - School of Hard Knock Knocks

At each course we pay a previous graduate (alumni) to perform at the Hard Knock Knocks graduation. This is how we give back to the community, and ensure that post-graduation our students continue learning. We also pay our students to perform at Punchlines Comedy Club in Port Melbourne, Adelaide Fringe Festival and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. This month the returning alumna is Sam Serna. 


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    Brisbane (Coming soon!)