Q: Where are the courses locations
A: Courses are held in :
Sydney: Star Bar Comedy Theatre 600 George st, Sydney. (Formerly Planet Hollywood-across from Event Cinemas. 2 Min walk from Town Hall Station)
Melbourne: ibis Melbourne Little Bourke Street 600 Little Bourke Street. Melbourne
Adelaide: Miller Apartments Business Centre 16 Hindley Street, Adelaide
Canberra: Canberra Apartment Hotel 2 Akuna street, Canberra ACT 2601
Q: What are the Times and days of the courses?
A: Sydney: Intro to Stand up Comedy Course- Saturdays from 1pm- 4pm.
Sydney: 4/5 Day Complete Industry Course –
5 Weeks / 1 day per week : Saturday, 1pm – 4pm
5 Day consecutively: Sunday – Thursday, 6:30pm- 9:30pm
Melbourne: 4/5 Day Complete Course Sun-Thur, 6:30pm-10pm / Thur- 7:30pm is the Graduation Ceremony @ Cafe Bella
Adelaide: 4/5 Day Complete Course Sun-Thur, 6:30pm-10pm / Thur- 7:30pm is the Graduation Ceremony /
Canberra: 4/5 Day Complete Industry Course Sun-Thur, 6:30pm-9:30pm / Thur- 7:30pm is the Graduation Ceremony
Q: Are there age restrictions?
A: Yes. Age 13 to 100
Q: How many students do you take per course and why?
A: We only take 8 students per class. Yes, we know other schools pile them in, but for us, 8 gives all the students and the instructors, lots of one on one time, without loosing that group feeling. Over the last 9 years, we’ve found this number to be just the right mix for classroom feedback, personal filming of routines, individual evaluations and for teachers to find out each student’s individual needs and requirements.We’re into quality, not quantity
Q: Is it possible to teach people how to be funny?
A: No, but we can help U find out if U are plus help those who are already a bit funny, sharpen their skills to become even funnier!
Q: Some other courses cost an arm and a leg. What is the cost of this course and what are the major differences?
A: We’ve been running our 4/5 Day complete courses across the country since 2008 and our prices start at $199.99. (8th Year Anniversary Sale)
Our 1 day / Intro to stand up comedy courses (Syd only) is only $149.99!
Hey we’ve trained hundreds of students in both Sydney ,Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra and Perth.
We know comics (more so than anyone else) have very little money, so we’ve designed several quality courses, that won’t send you to the poor house, before you even get started.
You’ll find that our prices are not only fair, but our courses run longer and are more informative. Trust me, you’ll make very little to no money in the beginning doing stand up comedy, so you might as well start saving now.
Our courses are taught every 12-14 weeks (Syd) every 6 months (Vic and ACT.) Stand up comedy is 10% theory and 90% hands-on, so our students spend minimum amount of time, in the classroom and maximum time on stage perfecting their craft.
With our vast national comedy club, open mike venue info, we help you get on more stages, faster, across the country. Plus all graduates in all cities, get guaranteed spots in our Sydney Comedy Clubs year round!
Q: The 5 week complete course sounds great, but I don’t always have a lot of time. Do you have something shorter?
A: Yes, for those who are short for time or just want to test the waters, we have our Intro to Stand up Comedy 1-Day Course in Sydney only, which covers the fundamentals of stand up comedy, writing tips and gives a quick insight into the industry. Or, you can try the 4/5 day, complete industry course, which covers it all in less than 1 week. Our 1 day course cost is: $149.99 and the 4/5 day Complete course is $199.99
Q: Do you offer intermediate and advance classes?
A:. Yes. We believe comedy is 10% theory and 90% hands on training. Our 4/ 5 day courses are designed that way. We update our curriculum’s every 3 -6 months to keep up with the ever changing stand up comedy industry. Covering the who’s, what’s and where’s plus the do’s and don’ts.
Teaching stand up comedy shouldn’t and doesn’t need to take 6 or 10 weeks. Listen, this isn’t rocket science. It’s Comedy!
Anyway, who wants to spend a lifetime in a classroom to learn something that is mostly learned outside of the classroom? We give you what you need to be the best, in the classroom, but you’ll only ever become the best , once you leave the classroom and we won’t hold you back !
NEW for 2020 Australia’s School of Stand up Comedy Advance Course (APEC) Advance Performance Enhancement Course
Q: What happens after graduation? Most schools give u a piece of paper, a few free tickets and kick u out into the streets.
A: Well so do we (ha) – just kidding! All of our Full course completing graduates have the option to perform live a minimum of 2 – 3 times in front of mostly sold out crowds. 1 in front of friends and family at our graduation ceremony (optional, a nearly always sold out event),There they will be filmed and a Free DVD made of their performance. We don’t post our graduates performing on line, those in the industry know, this dates their material instantly, which means if it’s their funniest joke, it instantly becomes old. We believe in placing our students in one of our live Sydney shows or if in other cities, a comedy venue near you.
Our policy is 5 weeks of training and 5 weeks of helping to launch your new career or hobby (Syd). No other school can offer you all this ! (Note: The Optional DVD, Graduation and Work experience does not apply to our Intro to stand up comedy course)
Q: How important is it to attend all classes?
A: Very. All work experience after you graduate, bonus live gigs and your certificate of completion, all depend on you attending every class and on time. Plus because we don’t just run the school but are also promoters of several comedy shows across Australia, your attendance record helps us determine your future gigs with our company
Q: Some schools show former students performing live, why doesn’t Australia’s School of Stand up comedy do that?
A: Most experience comics and schools would never put up a comic’s routine on google for 2 main reasons. 1. Unless you’re a big named comic with several 1 hour DVD’s for sale in stores or online, whatever you show, immediately becomes old, worn out and not usable very fast. If comics try using the material live, lots of people will go “Oh yeah, we already saw this routine or heard this joke on google” and 2. Hopefully the routine or jokes you see on Google are the comics best material, if it’s not, it could damage the comics career before he or she, even gets started. Video footage (Unless you’re an established comedian like Seinfeld, or Eddie Murphy) really doesn’t give you the same feeling as a live performance. So it’s for these reasons, Australia’s School of Stand up Comedy,doesn’t place it’s students performances on Google and never will.
Q: Any success stories?
A: Oh yea baby. Graduates Jamal Abdul (Winner Bondi Comedy Competition) Michele Betts ( Semi-finals quest for the best and winner Comedy Court competitions,Performed Adelaide Fringe 2011/2012, picked up by A-List Agency), Andrew Barnett (Regular at Sydney Comedy Store), Ivy Latimer, Billy D’arcy and Katie Burch (2011/2012/2017 Graduates), were ALL finalists in the NSW Raw Comedy competitions and ALL featured on the televised National Grand Finals. The Very funny “KABBA”, he has performed in Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne Festivals and is a corporate favourite. 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 tour each major Australian city plus toured and performed in Canada. He now teaches at another Melbourne Comedy school, which was also started by one of our former students, he’s also appeared on Aus Got Talent. Another of our 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. 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) 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)
Bill Ledingham (Selected and performed on Aus Got talent 2013) and recently in the 2013 Comedy on The Rox’s ” Quest for the best” stand up comedy competition, we had over 20 graduates compete, of that 20, 6 made it to the semi-finals and 3 made it into the finals plus lots of our students have performed at the Laugh Garage, Comedy Store, Boat shed, Australia’s Got Talent and many many more Comedy Venues!
Hey, don’t just take our word for it, in class you can check out the DVD footage of our graduates in action across Australia! Plus because we promote several comedy nights each week, and not just 1, we also give our students the chance to Host or MC some of our promoted comedy shows across Sydney (if u got what it takes). Not many people can do both, (Host and Stand up) but if you can, and we believe (after several live performances) you got what it takes, we put you to work. No other school can offer you that.
Q: In regards to the stand up comedy industry, what else can the courses offer me?
A: Lots! Our name says it all. Australia’s School of Stand up Comedy is the most respected School in the industry. This didn’t happen over night, in 2019 we celebrate our 8th year of professional training across Australia. Yes, we know there are a lot of schools with weird sounding names, but don’t be fooled, there is only 1 professional Aus School of Stand up Comedy. We help and encourage all of our graduates to net work and support each other after the course finishes. We give u fast insight into other open mic, stand up comedy nights, in Syd, VIC, Qld and SA and how to get in to them. We’ve also started getting first hand industry information before it gets main stream and also asked to supply comedians and audience members for numerous shows such as TV pilots for overseas and local comedy and games shows such as ‘Minute to win it’, Just for Laughs, Dave Hughes TV Show, ‘Family Feud’, ‘The Observer Effect’ (SBS) and ‘Studio 10’.
We point U in the right direction for stand up competitions that will give you stage time in a positive environment like Raw Comedy and explain why u should avoid comps like Australia’s Got Talent who haven’t worked the bugs out yet (But they are getting there).
We have been asked to supply comics for filming, Plus we’ve had 4 film directors and 2 film producers, sit in, interview and even film some of our students for up and coming projects. On occasion, International Comedians Stop by the courses, to give the students worldly insight into the industry. For example, for our 2016 Melbourne course, International Comedian “Tanyalee Davis” stopped by to answer question and talk about the industry. She even took time from her Melbourne Comedy Festival Show, to see the students perform at their graduation.Sometimes it not a matter of just free tickets to a show, or standing on a stage where a star has stood, that, for the most part, won’t help your career.
To truly get better and be the best, you need industry insight, respect in the industry, variety of comedic styles and locations and lot’s and lot’s of on the job training. We offer our students 2/3 separate comedy nights in Sydney ,Melbourne and Adelaide to practice their new trade, plus SA Grads get to perform in a live show at The Adelaide Fringe each year, no other school can offer that!
Q: Who are the instructors? What experience do they have?
A: Your instructors are Donte D1 (USA) and/or other super talented and funny guest instructors such as Marty Bright (Syd), Oliver Phomanavah (Asia/Syd), Christina Van Look, Sam Menzies, Michael Connell, Arron Pratt ( VIC/QLD), Robbie G (VIC), Joe White, Tshaka and special guest instructor in Adelaide Seb Carboncini. Combined, They have over 60 years of Stand up comedy, competition, corporate and stage experience. and to make our courses fun and informative, our instructors have experience not only in Australia, The UK and America as well. Giving you the best of all industries. This of course is because comedy styles in the USA are different than those in Australia or the UK, We believe students should know not only the differences of doing stand up from state to state, (some of our instructors are from and have performed in USA, SA, QLD and Vic) but also what to look for and prepare for in other countries. We don’t just train you for 1 location locally, we train you for hundreds of locations around the world.
International Comic Guests and Instructors:
Tanyalee Davis (USA) .Several USA TV shows, a documentary + Apollo Theatre UK. Stopped by the Melb Class 2016 for Q&A and pointers
Oliver Phomanvah, Author, Teacher and Winner of the Quest for the best $5,000 stand up competition, Comedy Court stand up competition and has performed at nearly every comedy club in Sydney and a few in Melbourne and Adelaide. He’s also a member of the A-list comic squad and currently appears on the Footy Show as a sometimes guest street interviewer. He also helped create the course curriculum
Robbie G – Melbourne. Raised in a deep Southern Italian Calabrese family, that respect meant everything. A fluent italian speaker touches on cultural aspects of being italian and the humorous side of life which makes for interesting comedy material. 11 years of hitting the comedy pavements, running shows and comedy workshops, has certainly earnt the respect by his peers. Robbie believes that comedy is all about taking the audience on that journey to make them forget about the problems of life.
“When I make people laugh, well…… it just doesnt get any better than that!”
Seb Carboncini – Adelaide. He has performed in most comedy rooms in Adelaide including the Rhino Room, The Ark, The Marion Hotel, The Crown n Anchor and more. Seb also ran his own Character Comedy room, Character Jam from 2006-12. His unique comedy style has seen him perform in Melbourne, Sydney, London and Edinburgh and the festival circuit. Seb has done 6 solo shows at the Adelaide Fringe and has run his own shed at the Royal Adelaide Croquet Club for the last 2 years. In 2010 his Fringe show ‘So You Think You Can Get F#%*ed Up’ was given an honourable mention in the Best Comedy category. Seb has also run comedy workshops that have resulted in shows for people with disabilities and mental health issues. He currently runs a successful performing company, Seb Services, which sees him gigging 3-4 times per week.
Marty Bright: Another seasoned professional. Marty Has preformed all over the country, with his solo show ” Brighter Side of Life” he is a regular on the comedy scene and has performed in nearly every major festival in the country. You can catch Marty sometimes MCing at BonkerZ Comedy Clubs in Sydney.
Michael Connell, currently resides in Brisbane. He’s performed all over Australia plus NZ, UK and Ireland. You may have caught him live on TV’s “Rove” and “The Foosy Show” or you just may have his CD or DVD. He’s a winner of the Campus Clowns and Class Clowns Competitions plus headlines his own shows at the Melbourne Comedy Festivals. Now based in Brisbane, Michael bring his unique style and knowledge of both Brisbane and Melbourne’s, comedy scenes to our brisbane courses.
Aaron Pratt, started performing stand up comedy at the ripe age of 32 in September 2012, shortly after he realised that his life was more like a sitcom than reality. His unique humour was forged in the fiery pits of South Auckland (aka Mordor). This 6’2”, 180kg, Polynesian powerhouse will bring the house down, the structural support beams and any other aspect of the establishment not rated for his big laughs or excess body mass.
A sometime surprise guest instructor is Donte M D1 from America. He’s performed at the Comedy Store and Comedy Act theatre in Los Angeles, The Long Beach California Comedy Festival, Joe Behars and Sandy Hackett’s Comedy lounge (Las Vegas Nev) At the age of 15, he was one of the first acts to perform at the newly opened improve in Las Vegas (That’s him in the photo, handsome kid). He went on to produce two Stand up Comedy nights in Las Vegas (Comedy at the Cal and Comedy in the Raw at Doc and Eddies nite club.)
He was the creator and executive producer of Australia’s only patented live audience digital voting stand up comedy show and competition (Comedy Court) Plus he has created and produces other shows such as Quick, Some Comedy Quick , Comedy for lunch, Bonkerz Comedy Clubs, Fast $100, BOGOF Comedy Tuesdays, $10 Dollar Comedy Clubs and is a promoter for City of Sydney RSL. Sutherland Entertainment Centre, Hard Rock Cafe and Riverside Theatre in Parramatta. He’s also the founder of Australia’s School of Stand up Comedy (Syd, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra and |Brisbane) His current comedy club ” BonkerZ” in Sydney was the only comedy club in Australia, selected by MasterCard for it’s 2015 Mastercard Priceless Campaign
Christina Van Look, has performed all across Australia and America. Performing clubs in New York with some of Americans well known comedy circuit comedians. She’s probably one of the busiest female comics in Sydney. We liked, well respected and darn funny.
Sam Menzies, “The Mad Man of Comedy” is a regular on the comedy scene, when Sam hits the stage, the energy in the room goes up 10 notches. His style and energy is a wake up call in class and on stage. Catch him where ever you can, but be quick.
Joe White, originally from Ethiopia, now living in Melb, has toured and headlined rooms across Australia and Canada, featured on several TV Shows including Aus Got Talent, is co-host of a radio program, and is a regular in Melbourne’s Comics Lounge. Joe is also a former graduate.