"WHO IS MELBOURNE'S FUNNIEST ACCOUNTANT?" COMPETITION


MAY 16 – 20, 2020

Imperial, South Yarra


Only 12 spots

(Until early bird price ends)


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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!

PRICES:

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

Anthony Littlechild - headshot photographer

 Students receive portrait head and body shots from photographer and cinematographer, Anthony Littlechild.

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.

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Karla Dondio
Karla Dondio
August 31, 2022.
Verified
Whether you are burning to do stand up or just want a fun challenge, I can’t recommend this course highly enough. CJ and Morry really understand comedy and provide an incredibly supportive environment. So many laughs and graduation is a hoot. Best thing I’ve done aside from giving birth to my three cats.
Antonie Ng
Antonie Ng
July 29, 2022.
Verified
Last night was bloody epic. Huge congratulations to myself and the fellow course graduates. A HUGE thank you to Christine and Morry for the guidance throughout, could not have done it without your guy’s support. Told all my mates about the course and experience, it was unreal. Thanks again team!!
Kurt O'Brien
Kurt O'Brien
June 26, 2022.
Verified
I recently completed the one week course in Melbourne. In just 5 days the team took me from someone without material, who wasn’t sure if I could be funny, too nervous to get on stage at an open mic to having a 5 minute set that I know is funny, tested on stage! I also now have the tools and methodology I need to write new material Really happy with the course, the instructors and also the great group of people that I met. A great way to start in comedy, when you don’t know how to start
Virginia Hollands
Virginia Hollands
June 25, 2022.
Verified
Such a great experience! Kind, welcoming, and professional, I left with real skills and comedy experience. And a whole lot of new friends.
James Busuttil
James Busuttil
June 24, 2022.
Verified
Awesome experience with a great crew and coaches
Trang Nguyen
Trang Nguyen
June 24, 2022.
Verified
Such a great comedy school that's been very well put together and genuine trainers! I went into the course as a complete beginner, and within 5-days, I had learnt the fundamentals to put together a 5-minute set and perform it publicly! Would highly recommend to anyone who wants to start their stand-up comedy career, improve their speaking/presentation skills, challenge themselves or simply have fun!
Darren Bianchi
Darren Bianchi
May 27, 2022.
Verified
What a class! What a crew! What a Venue! What a night! What a buzz! Don't hesitate to take this master class.......
Ronak Narayan
Ronak Narayan
May 17, 2022.
Verified
It's been a couple of weeks now since I completed the comedy course and looking back I can honestly say it was a phenomenal experience. It has done wonders for my public confidence, and the pay-off of hearing an audience laughing at your jokes at the graduation is incomparable. The teachers are knowledgeable and helpful, and it's also a great way of making the right contacts in 'the industry'. For all of those wondering if they should take the leap, I highly recommend it!
Andrew Maraldo
Andrew Maraldo
May 2, 2022.
Verified
I've just completed my second ever set and couldn't have imagined doing it without this course. The course is a great combo of "go with the flow" and theory.
Ed Ferris
Ed Ferris
May 2, 2022.
Verified
A well thought out well delivered course presented by a knowledgeable team. If you’ve ever thought about trying stand-up, or just want to improve your public speaking, this is the course for you. I would recommend Hard Knock Knocks to anyone.


BONUS!

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

Brad Oakes Comedian

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

Comedian Lehmo

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

Michael Tucker Comedian

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!


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    We currently hold workshops in the following capital cities:

    Adelaide

    Melbourne

    Sydney

    Brisbane (Coming soon!)