Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne in April 2023 with pro comedians


Sun Apr 23 2023 at 06:30 pm to Thu Apr 27 2023 at 09:30 pm


The Rubber Chicken | South Melbourne, VI

Run by professional comedians at The Rubber Chicken comedy pub, this course is ideal for comedians of the future, or bucket list tickers!
About this Event

Learn stand-up comedy over 5-evenings from Sunday to Thursday, 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, from April 23 to 27, 2023. You’ll get:

  • the Hard Knock Knocks comedy manual,
  • 12 months access to the Hard Knock Knocks online comedy course,
  • an HD-video of your graduating performance,
  • a set of professional head and body shot photographs to help with your marketing,
  • PLUS, free access to ALL comedy shows at The Rubber Chicken Comedy Pub in South Melbourne!

You'll also get one-on-one coaching from our resident comedy coach and guest comedy coach. Plus you'll get to meet our alumni, who will help you find your feet after graduation in the cut-throat world of open mic comedy.

“It was simply the best thing I’ve done career wise.” – , National Raw Comedy Finalist and SHKK alumni
Pre-Course: Online course access

Access the entire content on your phone or PC ahead of the course. This online course includes videos, activities and discussion, narrated by Greg Fleet, 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

Introduction to the basics of stand-up comedy and the jargon of the comedic industry before launching into the deep end with your very own mini set. Then, it’s time to learn the ‘Normal-Normal-Twist’ and 'Nonsense-in-all-seriousness" techniques and get your creative juices flowing!

Day 2: Monday – Generating Content and Building Confidence

You'll be learning how to create jokes from scratch, using the 'Random Word Generator' and 'Omitting a Given' techniques. And again, you'll be up on stage performing.

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 the comedy industry from our guest comedy coach. You'll also learn how to deal with a heckler.

Day 4: Wednesday – The Close, Graduation Preparation and 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 – 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 three professional stand-up comedians. Watch previous graduation videos by clicking here.

Post Course: Punchlines Comedy Club and Festivals

Graduates of the Hard Knock Knocks Comedy School also get the opportunity to be paid to perform at the Hard Knock Knocks' own comedy pub, Punchlines Comedy Club at The Rubber Chicken.

Watch all 6 episodes of the Hard Knock Knocks' own comedy-drama, 'Is This Thing On?':


Where is it happening?

The Rubber Chicken, 256 Moray Street, South Melbourne, Australia

Event Location & Nearby Stays:


AUD 500.00 to AUD 900.00

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