Melbourne, Australia, January 16, 2018 --(PR.com
)-- One thing is different in this year’s 2018 RAW Comedy heats. While there is still a strong buzz of competition in the air, many of the wannabe comedians know each other well – very well in fact. That’s because many, 15 to be specific, are alumni of the School of Hard Knock Knocks.
The comedy school, which only started in March 2016, has since graduated over 80 comedians, mostly in Melbourne, but also Geelong and Wagga Wagga. A number of students have even flown from Sydney to do the course – such is its draw.
And this attraction can be linked to the calibre of comedians who teach the classes. Richard Stubbs, now back on the stand-up comedy circuit after 12 years at the ABC Radio, is one such comedian. As guest comedian in October last year, "Stubbsy" was so impressed by the course structure and content that he’s back again this May. He, and the other guest comedians share their journey as a comedian, but also critique the comedy newcomers, which allows for rapid improvement.
Jeff Green, Dave O’Neil, Glynn Nicholas, and Chris Franklin, have also been guest comedians, for a course that imbeds theory with a loads of practice. Graduates also get to return to the school and perform at monthly showcases – often as a paid middle bracket act – and therefore improve their skills through stage time.
Founded by comedy veteran, Ben Horowitz, and training & development expert, Morry Morgan, the School of Hard Knock Knocks runs from Sunday to Wednesday, with a graduation performance in front of 80 to 100 paying audience members on Thursday. Each course takes 12 students and each receive an HD video of their final performance. In 2018, it’s estimated that the comedy school will graduate another 100 more comedians.