100 episodes

Learning stand-up comedy? Hitting the open mic circuit, but improving your skills way too slowly? Are you looking for that edge to improve your stand-up comedy skills to fast track your comedy career? If so, then this is the comedy podcast for you. The School of Hard Knock Knocks (SHKK) podcast interviews some of Australia’s most experienced stand-up comedians, and finds out why, how, and where they began their careers. We also draw out career advancing advice, so you don’t have to make all the same mistakes they did!

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    • 5.0 • 16 Ratings

Learning stand-up comedy? Hitting the open mic circuit, but improving your skills way too slowly? Are you looking for that edge to improve your stand-up comedy skills to fast track your comedy career? If so, then this is the comedy podcast for you. The School of Hard Knock Knocks (SHKK) podcast interviews some of Australia’s most experienced stand-up comedians, and finds out why, how, and where they began their careers. We also draw out career advancing advice, so you don’t have to make all the same mistakes they did!

    101: Tom Siegert - Fighting for Comedy

    101: Tom Siegert - Fighting for Comedy

    Comedian Tom Siegert got his comedy spark at the Gershwin Room in St Kilda. His muse was the legendary comedian Greg Fleet. Today, Tom’s an established comedian in his own right, having performed on TV and at comedy festivals around Australia, as well as hosting his own podcast, Good Banter, with fellow comedian Evan Hocking.

    In this School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast, host Steve Davis digs deep into Tom’s evolution from one-liner comedian to story teller, as well as his creation of the comedy character – The Suburban Footballer. And on the topic of Aussie Rules, you’ll also hear how Tom stood up to protect his comedy against formidable Eddie McGuire – former host and president of The Footy Show and Collingwood Football, respectively.

    And if you enjoy this podcast, you might also like to see Comedian Tom Siegert at the 2022 Melbourne International Comedy Festival at The Rubber Chicken in South Melbourne, April 21 to 24. In the mean time, be sure to join our Facebook group The School of Hard Knock Knocks Community. This group will help you stay abreast of upcoming courses, stand-up comedy shows and general advice for comedy performers.

     

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    • 35 min
    100: Katie Burch – Avoiding the waffle and being cruel

    100: Katie Burch – Avoiding the waffle and being cruel

    Comedian Katie Burch didn't want to work at NASA or work towards world peace. She wanted to be a comedian, and a dark comedian at that.

     

    In this 100th episode of the School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast, host Steve Davis chats with former National Raw Comedy Finalist Katie Burch about what it takes to be a successful comedian, her life in a cult, and why appealing to a woke crowd isn't great for your comedy career. She also highlights the importance of suffering in the creation of jokes - or at least her preferred form of cruel dark comedy

     

    And if you enjoy this podcast, be sure to join our Facebook group The School of Hard Knock Knocks Community to stay abreast of upcoming courses, shows at The Rubber Chicken in South Melbourne, and general advice for comedy performers.

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    • 22 min
    099: Ashley Fils-Aime – Reinventing yourself in comedy

    099: Ashley Fils-Aime – Reinventing yourself in comedy

    Haitian-American comedian Ashley Fils-Aime had it all. International tours, sold out shows, and supporting a mega comedian for 11 years. But he stepped away, for love.

    In this School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast episode you'll learn how Ashley had to reinvent himself throughout life. First, growing up with grandparents in Haiti, schooling in Florida, being homeless, being the support act of Pablo Francisco, and then going it alone in Australia.

    This is not only a podcast about comedy. Host Steve Davis and comedian Ashley Fils-Aime drops some serious philosophical bombs, son. You'll get that reference later. So sit back and enjoy, this episode.

    And if you enjoyed this episode, be sure to listen to previous interviews with some of Australia, and the world's funniest comedians. Or head over to our School of Hard Knock Knocks Community Page on Facebook. You'll be kept up to date on future episodes, shows at The Rubber Chicken, and upcoming stand-up comedy courses at The School of Hard Knock Knocks.

     

     

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    • 43 min
    098: Wayne Deakin – Overcoming the wilful ignorance in comedy

    098: Wayne Deakin – Overcoming the wilful ignorance in comedy

    When you start out in comedy, you're looking for stuff that is funny. When you get good, you find stuff you want to talk about, and make that funny. So says comedian Wayne Deakin, a 20 plus year veteran of stand-up comedy who has performed in London, New York, Las Vegas, Montreal, all over Australia, AND to Aussie troops in the Middle East.

    In this School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast episode straight shooter 'Deaks' shares his philosophy on taboo topics, discusses the wilful ignorance of audiences, and shares great advice for up and comers who prefer to perform more edgy topics.

    And if you enjoy this interview with comedian Wayne Deakin, you might be interested to learn that he's our guest comedy coach at the School of Hard Knock Knocks stand-up comedy course in Melbourne this September. Check out www.schoolofhardknockknocks.com for more information and to sign up.

    And now, here's host Steve Davis, and comedian Wayne Deakin

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    • 32 min
    097: Lewis Spears – The consummate professional behind the 'Spears' brand

    097: Lewis Spears – The consummate professional behind the 'Spears' brand

    By dying, Prince Phillip helped sell out comedian Lewis Spears' last week of his Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) show. Morbid, yes. But also, totally on brand. And totally orchestrated. Yes, mainstream media, like the Daily Mail who called Spears a monster, was played by this true professional. 

    In this School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast interview, host Steve Davis delves deep into the business mind behind the 'Spears brand', finds out what it takes to build a following of over half a million subscribers, why every show finishes with debrief and not a beer, and how ultimately to succeed in stand-up comedy today, it takes a team effort.

    If you're in the comedy scene and know 'someone' who is incredible at stand-up, but just not doing very well, then this is the podcast interview they need to hear. Comedian Lewis Spears succinctly puts the 'business' into 'show business'. 

    And if you enjoy this interview, then meet the man in person at The Rubber Chicken this June 18. Comedian Lewis Spears is joined by comedians Matt O'Neill and the legendary Chris Wainhouse for the Dark Comedy Special. Tickets are on sale now, so visit www.therubberchicken.com.au.

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    • 39 min
    096: Charles Firth – Exposing truths and undermining power structures with satire

    096: Charles Firth – Exposing truths and undermining power structures with satire

    Six and a half million people a month consume The Chaser's content. That's some seriously sought-after satire!

    In this School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast episode, host and Chaser fanboy, Steve Davis, chats with The Chaser's, Charles Firth, about creating headlines and the editorial process, adopting your enemy's voice, and how AI is developing a 'sense' of humour.

    If you like ruffling features, taking the piss, and dystopian fairy tales, then you'll love this interview with Charles Firth.

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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

PaddyJH ,

Comed-ucation

Telling podcast for getting in the heads of great comedians! Really liked Steve Hughes insights on Australian media and mental health. A must listen!

SenecaPi ,

A must listen

If you are interested in comedy whether as performer or a an audience member then this podcast must be on your list!

annamurph73 ,

Well worth a listen

If you’re thinking about doing standup then this podcast should be a must. I’ve been doing standup for about three years and this is great to hear the experiences from some great comedians paving the way!

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