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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!

    094: Simon Kennedy – Crossing the line and the Art of Happiness

    094: Simon Kennedy – Crossing the line and the Art of Happiness

    In comedy timing is everything. But when you're a radio host, you manage time like a fine art. So says Sydney based comedian Simon Kennedy, a former radio host and 20 year veteran of stand-up comedy.

    In this School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast episode, host Steve Davis talks to comedian Simon Kennedy about MCing comedy, 'cancel culture', the green-room hypocrisy, empathy, and sadly his mum's passing in the September 11 attacks. Simon also opens up about his own comedy career, his love of competition in comedy, and adapting to Covid-19 with pantless Zoom comedy. Yes, for Simon constraint is the mother of invention.

    And if you enjoyed this School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast episode then be sure to subscribe by clicking here. Or just as good, join our Facebook community and stay abreast of upcoming shows, courses and podcasts.

    But if that's not enough, and you'd like to try stand-up comedy, the School of Hard Knock Knocks runs stand-up comedy courses in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. Graduates also get the opportunity to perform at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) and Adelaide Fringe Festival. Click here to register your interest with the team and join our mailing list. Courses run monthly, and our alumni is one of the biggest comedy communities in Australia. We even produced a comedy-drama called 'Is This Thing On?'. Check it out!

    • 42 min
    093: Daniel Muggleton – Comedy during Covid and Three Stripes

    093: Daniel Muggleton – Comedy during Covid and Three Stripes

    Comedian Daniel Muggleton is known for the three stripe Adidas tracksuit and big moustache. For the past two years Daniel has been based in the UK and, no-thanks to Covid-19, he's back in Australia.

    In this School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast episode host Steve Davis and Daniel Muggleton, also known as Muggo to his Aussie mates, talk about stereotypes, the importance of setting the scene, the UK comedy circuit, touring with comedian Steve Hofstetter and the 'Nowhere Comedy Club' - an online comedy platform that doesn't suck. They also talk about Daniel's special 'Three Stripes' and not being afraid of publishing your comedy online.

    Rating: Explicit

    • 36 min
    092: Stig Wemyss – Is This Thing On?

    092: Stig Wemyss – Is This Thing On?

    Stig Wemyss is the director and co-producer of 'Is This Thing On?', a six-episode comedy drama that follows 10 comedy newbies undertaking a souped-up stand-up comedy course, as they get coached and challenged by some of Australia's most iconic stand-up comedians.

    In this School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast, host Steve Davis talks to Stig about how the show came to be, its premise, how he managed to capture all of the drama within the metaphorical pressure cooker, as well as reminisce about getting nude. Full transparency, Steve Davis goes full monty.

    If you've ever wondered what it takes to be a stand-up comedian, then listen to this podcast, and then watch episode 1 of 'Is This Thing On?'.

    • 38 min
    091: Scott Dikkers - Pointing out stupidity with The Onion

    091: Scott Dikkers - Pointing out stupidity with The Onion

    "When you've got someone laughing, you've got them agreeing with you, whether they know it or not." So says Scott Dikkers, founder of The Onion, quite possibly the world's most famous satirical publication.

    In this School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast, host Steve Davis chats with Scott Dikkers about the serendipity of cheap paper, comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable, taboos, and accepting criticism, all while being a benevolent dictator. Scott also talks about his new book, 'How to Write Funny.'

    If you love writing satire, enjoy reading satire, or have ever laughed, then you'll enjoy this interview with Scott Dikkers. 

    • 38 min
    090: Morry Morgan - Coronavirus and comedy

    090: Morry Morgan - Coronavirus and comedy

    Morry Morgan likes to be the centre of attention. The co-founder of the the School of Hard Knock Knocks, and former host of this very podcast, he has now placed himself into the centre of the Coronavirus crisis, trapping himself in Beijing, China. At least that's how we see it.

    In this School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast episode, old and new hosts, Morry and Steve, discuss the founding of the school, his favourite graduates, upcoming Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival shows, and living under quarantine in a high rise in Beijing. 

    • 31 min
    089: Jason Chong - Discipline, game shows and Tarago Tests

    089: Jason Chong - Discipline, game shows and Tarago Tests

    You probably didn't know that Adelaide Comic of the Year, Jason Chong, kick started his own stand-up comedy career by attending a stand-up comedy course. That was twenty years ago. Since then he's become a regular face of Adelaide comedy, on stage, TV and radio.
    In this School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast episode, host Steve Davis talks to Jason about discipline, getting gigs, the Tarago Test, and The Black Box Experiment. Jason also shares a tip from his very first stand-up comedy lesson - keep asking 'but what do you mean?' Listen to find out what he means.

    • 29 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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