"WHO IS MELBOURNE'S FUNNIEST ACCOUNTANT?" COMPETITION
MAY 16 – 20, 2020
Imperial, South Yarra
Only 12 spots
(Until early bird price ends)
Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne over 5-evenings from Sunday to Thursday, 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, from May 16 to 20, 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, Brad Oakes, and our guest comedian and previous accountant, Anthony 'Lehmo' Lehmann. PLUS, we'll crown Melbourne's Funniest Accountant for 2021!
Early Bird – $600 + GST (before May 2 only)
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, Anthony 'Lehmo' Lehmann, 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 alumni.
Day 4: Wednesday - The Close, Competition 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 - Competition Performance
The moment you have been working toward! Perform your stand-up comedy routine in front of family and friends, conquer your fears and compete to see who is crowned Melbourne's Funniest Accountant for 2021! Watch previous graduation videos by clicking here.
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
Brad Oakes - Resident Comedy Coach
The resident comedy coach is responsible for developing our nervous nobodies into confident comedians. Comedian 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 School of 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.
Lehmo - Guest Comedian
The School of 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 August we welcome the amazing comedian, Lehmo, one of Australia’s favourite comedians – both on stage and on TV. Star on Utopia, That’s Not My Dog, and a regular on The Project, comedian Lehmo’s comedy naturally dabbles in satire, showmanship, and current affairs. He’s also one of my favourite Aussie comedians, making this last show of 2018 all that extra special. Listen to his podcast interview.
Michael Tucker - Returning Alumnus
At each course we invite a previous graduate (alumni) to perform at the School of Hard Knock Knocks graduation. This ensures that all graduates get to meet a comedian that can introduce them to the local scene and comedians, and avoid the politics of the open mic stand-up comedy scene. This month it's Michael Tucker, who's performed in Melbourne and Adelaide as part of 'The Best Of' at the School of Hard Knock Knocks. He's also a practising accountant!
CONTACT US TODAY
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We currently hold workshops in the following capital cities:
Brisbane (Coming soon!)