Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne

october 25 – 29, 2020

Imperial, South Yarra

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(Until early bird price ends)

Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne this October over 5-evenings from Sunday to Thursday, 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, from October 25 to 29, 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 alumna, Ellen Mahoney, and guest comedy coach, Jeff Green.



Student and Concession – $450 + GST

Early Bird – $500 + GST (before October 11 only)

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

Full Fee – $700 + 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 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, Jeff Green, 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, Ellen Mahoney.

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! You can't funny learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne without performing 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.

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Graduates of the School of Hard Knock Knocks 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

Resident Comedy Coach

Brad Oakes Comedian

The resident comedy coach is responsible for moving our nervous nobodies into confident comedians, throughout the five night 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, and is guaranteed to make any event, whether formal or informal, a hilarious night out. 

Learn more about Brad Oakes by listening to his podcast interview.

Jeff Green - Celebrity Guest Comedian

Jeff Green Comedian

Jeff Green is one of the biggest comedy acts in Australia. After concurring the UK, British-born Jeff Green moved to Melbourne, where he has been a regular feature at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala, as well as selling out his own comedy show runs, both in Australia and back in the UK. Getting coached by Jeff Green is definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity, so don't miss out. 

Learn more about Jeff by listening to his podcast interview.

Ellen Mahoney – Returning Alumnus

Ellen Mahoney comedian

At each course we invite a previous graduate (alumni) to perform at the School of Hard Knock Knocks graduation. In October it's Ellen Mahoney, who'll be providing insights into the open mic comedy circuit, how to network within the comedy industry, and her comedy advice post-graduation.

Once you learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne this October you too have the opportunity to be paid to return as guest alumni.


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