Welcome to Australia’s School of Stand up Comedy’s Final Year of Training.
That’s right, after nearly 1400+ students and 12 years of professional training, we’re closing our doors for good in Dec 2023 for our National Courses. (Sydney Courses will continue) Congratulations to our recent March and August Sydney Graduating Class (2023) and a Melbourne March Graduating Class (2023) and Brisbane (Oct 12th) . Our Final Prices for National School Classes has been reduced from $599.99 to $399.99 Note: Our Final Classes in each city for 2023 will be $399.99 or $499.99 with Bonus pack. Were extremely proud that we’ve had more students in the Top 5 Televised Raw Comedy Competition Finals, More students that have performed on Aus Got Talent, More students who have signed with a talent agency, More students that have performed in America, Canada, New Zealand and Asia, More students selected for TV Commercials and TV show pilots (Like LOL on Prime). We are proud of our students and are happy to list those who have put their heart and soul into the industry, on our website. When you talk to our competitors, ask them, how many have they had. Thanks to all the students, venues, conference centers, festivals, promoters and comedians who have supported and work with our school for over 12 years, across the country and of course, the students who have trained, and performed in our classes and comedy clubs in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane. Over the last 12 years, our graduates have gone on to perform at hundreds of venues across the country. Most students, after graduation, hit the open mic and comedy club scene and for their first 2 -3 gigs, they invite on the average, 2-3 paying guest, who buy tickets, drinks, meals and play pokies etc, which has helped contribute thousands of dollars to help sustain the industry, across the country. ( Both open mic and professional comedy rooms, a lot of our graduates have performed in both), We’re very proud of that, as well as, training and introducing a whole new line up of undiscovered comedic talent to the comedy scene. We’ve had several graduates perform on AGT, SBS, TV Commercials and 3 Graduates who made the top 3 in the Melb Televised Raw Comedy Competitions. (See below for a list of just a few of our amazing graduates). In 2023, we plan on going out with a comedy bang. Offering Student Cash Back for referrals (u could end up getting your seat for FREE!) and Bonus Joke writing tools with our Bonus Package. Over the holidays, we’ve taken the time to update and improve our Final course curriculums, flipcharts and workbooks with new and updated information such as: The question of money in stand-up comedy. Who, what, when and how much and Festivals, to do or not to do. Pros and cons and how to do them successfully + 3 things that guarantee Promoters/Club Owners will give you more spots + Comic Branding (My name is my fame) plus don’t forget, for those of you who want to test the waters first, we’ve launched our first online comedy course “Intro to Stand up Comedy” We will continue our professional training course in Sydney. So in 2024 you still have time for that career change, or tick off on your bucket list or give funnier presentations or speeches or if you just like making people laugh, Aus school of stand up comedy’s in Sydney Kicks off again in Feb 2024.
Thanks again to everyone who has passed through our doors in the last 12 years and to all the club owners, Professional Comedian guest instructors, promoters, hotels and conference rooms, who have assisted and allowed us to train and perform at your venues and to the students, who, without them, there wouldn’t have been an Aus School of Stand up Comedy
Now accepting PAYPAL 4 or . You can now spread your payments over 2 months!
What will u learn? Here’s just a few of the things we offer our students. Don’t forget our Special Guest Comic Instructors and Festival Show Promoters, don’t just show up at Graduation, they work with each student one on one in class and also perform with them at graduation to give further feedback and assistance. (We’re the only school that offers this- see below for the full class curriculum)
PLUS Much Much Much More (See below)
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Book our Bonus Pack Seats to receive a Free Custom Aus School of Stand up Comedy Joke Notebook and Pen Set or a Free Copy of our Best Selling Book “So you wanna be a Stand up Comic?-15 things to know and do”.
We will of course be doing our best to insure a safe and healthy environment.
Since 2008, we’ve trained more men and women to be stand up comics, than all the other stand up schools combined (Over 1,400+). We’re the school, the others schools, gets their ideas from and that’s because, we don’t just run a school, we also own and operate comedy clubs in Sydney plus themed shows across the country. Our students are the most respected graduates in the country. Why? Results, that’s why. We didn’t become the #1 school in Australia because we were the easiest. We don’t write your jokes, we show you how to do it yourself and we don’t pay you before you have the experience, stage time and a solid 15-20 mins of tested material to sustain it. Remember (as Donte’ always says) “It’s your attitude, not your aptitude that determines your altitude”!
Several of our graduates have made it to the top 3 in the Televised Raw Comedy Completions in Melbourne i.e Ivy Latimore, Billy D’arcy and Katie Burch (Melbourne Comedy Festival- we believe they were robbed, they should have won). Other graduates have performed and are regulars at The Comedy Store (Sydney), such as Billy D’arcy, WAKA and Andrew Barnett. Several have performed on (AGT) Australia’s Got Talent “ Bill Ledingham” and “JOE White” to name a few.
At Aus school of Stand up Comedy, our students are the Stars in our graduation shows. Yes, some schools will offer a ” Special Guest Comic” who shows up only at graduation. Making the graduation more about the guest comics and less about the graduates. At our School, our special guest comics are also Instructors who work with each student in the classroom, giving industry insight, pointers, tips, helping with sets, punchlines, timing, delivery etc. Yes, they also perform with the students at grad night as well but more so, to see the students put all their hard work in class, on stage in front of a live audience. Our special guest Comics and Promoter instructors, are also there to give feedback after the live performance and discuss their progress from the classroom to the stage. Once again, our graduations are not about “Special Guest Comics” performing on the night” it’s about the students who are the real stars. Our Main instructor is Donte D1, Founder of Aus School of Stand up Comedy, Owner of BonkerZ Comedy Clubs and Comedians R Us Hire Service in Sydney and author of the the books ” So you wanna be a Stand up Comic?-15 things to do before and during” and ” How not to lose Money at Comedy and Fringe Festivals”
Other graduates have gone on to win 20 local and national comedy competitions and perform at every Comedy and Fringe Festival across the country. Some graduates like “ Joe White” have headlined and toured each major Australian city plus Canada and is a regular at the Comics lounge In Melb. He’s an occasional guest instructor for another Melbourne comedy school, “School of Hard Knock Knocks” which by the way, was founded and started by one of our former graduates. Joe is also a special guest instructor at their Melb school as well.
Another one of our former graduates “Kevin Mcisaac”, has gone on to do several TV Commercials like Dimetapp and KFC and Frida Deguise, one of Australia’s first Muslim comedian, who now has her own traveling solo show. An extremely funny Japanese Comic named WAKA, tours Australia and Japan. Other Graduates to look out for are Jamal Abdul ( Raw Competition State Finalist & Stand up and be counted competition winner) , Michele Betts ( Picked up by A-list management shortly after graduating) and KABBA (A regularly featured Comic in shows, Corporate and Charity events). We’ve also been asked to supply comics and audiences for ‘Minute to win it’, Just for Laughs, Dave Hughes TV Show, ‘Family Feud’, ‘The Observer Effect’ (SBS), A new Fox studios production for Amazon Prime starring Rebel Wilson (LOL) and ‘Studio 10’ and so on and so on. Heck, we’ve even trained one of TV’s Housewives of Melbourne (try to guess which one)
We don’t record and upload our graduates performing to Google, true professionals know that immediately dates their material and makes it old and unusable again. We only record our graduates, live in class each day, for training and review purposes, and then we record their actual live graduation show, which each student gets a professionally edited copy of the show for their own personal use. Also watching someone in a video clip is not the same as watching them live.
We do however, love and are very proud of the fact that other schools and some of our former students who have started their own schools, (The founder of School of Hard Knocks Knocks in Melb for example is a former Aus School of Stand up Comedy Graduate). They study what we do and have gone on to make the Stand up comedy teaching industry, more structured and better organized. The fact that our students have gone on to start their own schools and even use some of our graduates to teach, means that after 12 years, we’re still the # 1 School in the country.
Also, our special guest comic performers at our graduations are also instructors in our schools, they don’t just show up at graduation to perform with you, our instructors are with you from day 1 to check, train and perfect your progress and routine, plus they put their money where their mouth is and perform with the students in our graduation show. That’s where our school differs from other schools.
This course was designed to take you step by step into the mind and world of the stand up comic. Some schools claim you can’t teach stand up comedy. That’s a myth. Stand up comedy is a method and an Art form, in it’s own right. That method can be taught (i.e Microphone technique, stage presence, delivery, timing etc) . Teaching someone to be funny is another thing altogether.
How does our school differ from other schools? Our instructors are from around the world, (USA/NZ/UK/Africa/Asia and Aus) we just don’t prepare you for your local area, our curriculum prepares you for Local, National and International performances. The art of user friendly performances differs in Australia, USA, The UK and even Asia. Plus unlike some schools, our instructors, perform live at each graduation so not only do you experience their knowledge and current and in real-time industry experiences, but you get to see them put there money where their mouth is and perform live with the students. Both the students and the Instructors love this, we at Aus School of Stand up Comedy, wouldn’t have it any other way.
With our New Booking Process all seats are fully transferable to any remaining date in the year of booking. We have, however had to reduce our numbers in regards to class room capacity for each course, so unfortunately, a limited amount of students will now be accepted. However, If you do miss out on getting a seat in one of our up and coming courses, we encourage everyone to seek professional training where every you can find it. We believe, overall, this will make the industry better, more structured and more professional. Do your research and compare curriculums. Each school will specialize in different things.
Our Courses are now offered 5 times a year in Sydney. Note: Only 8-10 students per class. We prefer Quality over quantity.
Are there age restrictions?
Yes. Sydney + 13
Got more questions about our courses in 2023? CLICK HERE
Complete Industry Comedy Course Curriculum:
- Where and How to find and write great material
- 3 things that guarantee Promoters/Club Owners will give you more spots (New for 2022)
- Step by step joke writing techniques
- Instructions and tips from some of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide’s hottest award winning comics and show promoters, who work with students from start to finish and not just at graduation
- Fine tuning and sharpening your performance skills, Comedy Pitfalls & Traps.
- Proper mic etiquette and pointers to make sure you’re always heard clearly
- Branding (How important is it and how to increase it for free) New for 2022
- Avoiding the 5 major comedy pitfalls / traps
- Educational vintage and current DVD footage of Comedians and classic stand up routines
- Improv vs Stand up. Pros & Cons and exercises to help master them both
- Finding Your On Stage Persona, Stand up Tips and insider secrets, List of Open Mic Comic Venues in Syd / Vic / Canberra / Brisbane / Adelaide to perfect your trade.
- Understanding the different Comedic Styles and where u will fit in
- What is an assembly line comic?
- Comedy tips and pointers to get your foot in door and keep it there!
- What are the several types of comedic performers?
- What are comics paid? (New for 2023)
- Pros and Cons of festivals (New for 2023)
- How to guarantee promoters will give you more spots at their venues (New for 2024)
- Simple methods to get your name out there. Branding (New for 2024)
- Footage of former graduates in action across Australia
- Optional graduation performance
- Getting past your stage fear
- Bombing on stage and why it’s good
- Our 5 plus 3 program ( 4/5 Days classroom Training and 2/3 live work experience gigs for graduates)
- 5 different stand up comedy shows to perfect your comedic styles (BonkerZ Catch A Rising Comic Comedy Clubs -Sydney,
- Instructions and tips from some of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide’s hottest award winning comics and promoters!
- Now you can select A Certificate of Completion (if U only want to learn the theory) or a Graduation Certificate (If u want to perform live with work experience).
- Optional Professional Graduation Performance on DVD or USB
- FREE VIC/SYD/ACT/QLD/SA Open Mic Clubs and Competition booking Info
- FREE refreshments (Tea and Coffee) Sydney
- New – We’ve added 2 1/2 hrs more to each course! Now over 15hrs (Longest in the country with grad pack)
- New – More instructors from USA, NZ, Aus and The UK (Male and Female over 35 Total years of experience- Only 1 School offers this)
- New – In class filming and playback each day, to help improve and sharpen your skills instantly. (The first and only school to offer this)
- New – Smaller Classes and More instructors
- New – The JHC “It helps improve your memory”
- We highly recommend performing at graduation, it will be the most supportive and best audience you will have to start off.
Now with Lot’s and Lot’s of New Stuff, including longer and larger classes, more industry info, real time student video filming, more stage practice time and instructors! and check out our new Stand up Comedy and Comedy/Fringe Festival Books.
NEW for 2023– All course seats are now transferable to any remaining date in your year of booking . plus All Grad students who complete the full industry course, get to perform at all future graduation shows in their local city as well as (Just give us a call and quote your student # and we’ll slot u in our next up and coming graduation show! Easy! –
All Students in all cities can now choose to attend and perform at Graduation (with our Grad pack) or select a certificate of completion (Theory and classroom performance only) Click here for more info https://www.comedyintheraw.com.au/shop/graduation-packages/
Not sure if stand up comedy is for you? May we suggest starting with our NEW online Intro course 101 or make a smaller investment by purchasing our latest books on “How to be a stand up comic” and “How not to lose money at Fringe and Comedy Festivals.” Maybe comedy is not for you, a small investment of $22.99 – $27.99 now, could save you hundreds if not thousands later. Written by the owner of BonkerZ Comedy Clubs and founder of Aus School of Stand up Comedy
“So you wanna be stand up comic?” – 15 things to consider before and during.
” How NOT to lose money at Fringe and Comedy Festivals“