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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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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!

    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
    095: Ian McFadyen – Creating an Australian sketch comedy national treasure

    095: Ian McFadyen – Creating an Australian sketch comedy national treasure

    In 1988 The Comedy Company changed the face of Australian sketch comedy. Kylie Mole, Uncle Arthur, Con the Fruiterer, and Colin Carpenter became part of the Australian lexicon. So too their creators - Mary-Anne Faye, Glenn Robbins, Mark Mitchell and Kym Gyngell, as well as Russell Gilbert, Tim Smith and, the group's founder, Ian McFadyen. You know them as comedy royalty. What you don't know is that it all started with a loaned hammer.

    In this School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast episodes, host Steve Davis interviews The Comedy Company creator, Ian McFadyen, as they name-drop down Australian comedy memory lane. You'll learn how a poorly funded comedy show beat the 800-pound gorilla of the time, 60 Minutes, how the 'writers room' generated ideas, and ultimately learn how serendipity created this national treasure.

    And if you're interested in learning how to write comedy sketches, then stay tuned. In 2021 the School of Hard Knock Knocks is launching our sketch writing course. Learn how to write, edit and even produce your own sketch show, with help from veteran comedy writers and directors. Best of all, your comedy will be turned into an actual Australian sketch comedy web series!

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    • 1 hr 33 min
    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!

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    • 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

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    • 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?'.

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    • 38 min

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