"WHO IS MELBOURNE'S FUNNIEST LAWYER?" COMPETITION


JANUARY 17 – 21, 2020

Imperial, South Yarra


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(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 January 17 to 21, 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 practising lawyer, Michael Shafar. PLUS, we'll crown Melbourne's Funniest Lawyer for 2021!

PRICES:

Early Bird – $600 + GST (before Jan 10 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, Michael Shafar, 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 Lawyer for 2021! Watch previous graduation videos by clicking here.

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Shaun Stevens
Shaun Stevens
December 25, 2022.
Morry & Brad made me feel extremely welcome on day one. Getting up and doing my first set was nerve racking but after doing it and getting laughs from the others in the course, I relaxed immediately. Jaryd Goundrey & Richard Stubbs were the comedy coaches during the week and I learnt so much from both of them. Tips, techniques and learning about the industry. The confidence I gained from the experience has been immense. Morry, as a facilitator, was extremely knowledgeable and helpful throughout the week. At the graduation performance, even though I was nervous, I remembered my whole set, which was an exhilarating experience. I’d been pushed by my wife & Jaryd Goundrey to do this course and I can’t recommend it enough for up and comers, professionals who need a tune-up with their skills or even newbies to the scene. Thanks for an exhilarating week and help with my performance. It’s re-ignited my passion for stand-up comedy as prior to this course, I had done one open mic. Since the course, myself and another of the alumnis have been going to open mic nights at the rubber chicken. I’ve loved learning about how to write stand up and the different styles of comedy. “10% of comedy is writing, the rest is rewriting” -Jeff Green Thanks again to Morry, Brad, Jaryd & Richard for everything! Here’s to bigger and better things for Shaun Stevens…..watch this space 😁😁😁
Aarti Vincent
Aarti Vincent
November 30, 2022.
Once you do the course you become a part of a wonderful supportive community of funny people who have each other’s back. The coaches are very giving. Brad shares the wealth of his knowledge even when he is not taking the class, basically he never stops teaching. Thank you, SHKK!
Shervin Amirtabar
Shervin Amirtabar
November 30, 2022.
It was a great experience to attend the comedy school! Met a lot of awesome people, learnt from the greatests and built up the confidence to perform. Highly recommend it to anyone who's thinking of giving stand up comedy a go!
Sarah Michaels
Sarah Michaels
November 6, 2022.
This course was def gave me the push I needed to get up on stage, I learnt so much in such a short time. This is only the beginning for me.
simon cawood
simon cawood
October 29, 2022.
Wether your new to stand up or have been doing it for a while it’s an awesome course
Karla Dondio
Karla Dondio
August 31, 2022.
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.
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.
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.
Such a great experience! Kind, welcoming, and professional, I left with real skills and comedy experience. And a whole lot of new friends.


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.

Michael Shafar - Guest Comedian

Comedian Michael Shafar

Comedian Michael Shafar is a stand-up comic and writer for The Project on Network Ten. But this success hasn’t happened overnight. Like most stand-up comedians it started off with bombing at his first open mic, and then two years of performing at every opportunity that presented itself. His next step was hosting ‘The Leak’ on community television station, Channel 31, before climbing the ranks to the ABC and commercial television. Learn more about Michael by clicking here.

Will Billings - Returning Alumnus

Comedian Will Billings

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 Will Billings, who's both a new stand-up comedian and a new graduate of the law. With any luck, within a year he'll be practising and have his own one-man show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival!


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    We currently hold workshops in the following capital cities:

    Adelaide

    Melbourne

    Sydney

    Brisbane (Coming soon!)