Q: Where are the courses locations
A:Courses are held in :
Sydney: Star Bar Comedy Theatre, 600 George (5 Min walk from Townhall Station) Sydney CBD. (Formely Planet Hollywood-across from Event Cinemas.
Melbourne: Ether Conference Centre 265-281 Little Bourke St
Adelaide: Miller Apartments Business Centre 16 Hindley Street, Adelaide
Canberra: The Griffin Centre G/07/20 Genge St
Q: What are the Times and days of the courses?
A: Sydney CBD Star Bar- Intro to stand up course- Saturdays from 1pm- 5pm.
5 Week Complete Industry Course- Saturdays 1pm-4pm
Melbourne 5 Day Complete Course Sun-Thur, 6:30pm-10pm / Thur- 7:30pm is the Graduation Ceremony
Adelaide 5 Day Complete Course Sun-Thur, 6:30pm-10pm / Thur- 7:30pm is the Graduation Ceremony /
Canberra 5 Day Complete Industry Course Sun-Thur, 6:30pm-9:30pm / Thur- 7:30pm is the Graduation Ceremony
Q: We hear you’re closing down, is this true?
A: Not really, only our Perth and Brisbane Schools. The Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra Schools will stay open,
Q: Are there age restrictions?
A: Yes. Age 13 to 100
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 5 week / 5 Day courses across the country since 2008 and our prices start at $220.00 ( book early and save up to $75 off the regular course price)
Our 1 day / Intro to stand up comedy courses (Syd only)
Hey we’ve trained hundreds of students in both Sydney ,Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra and now Perth. We know comics (more so then 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. We even offer you an early booking discount to save $75.00 to $100 off of that price and deposits, which reserves your seat and gives u up to 8 weeks prior to start of course to pay off your balance. 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.
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 5 day, complete industry course, which covers it all, but in less time. Our 1 day course Cost: $225.00
Q: Do you offer intermediate and advance classes?
A:. We believe comedy is 10% theory and 90% hands on training. Our 5 week and 5 day courses are designed that way. We up-date 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 !
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. They are then placed 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 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: Any success stories?
A: Oh yea baby. Graduates Michele Betts ( Semi-finals quest for the best and winner Comedy Court competitions,Performed Adelaide Fringe 2011/2012, picked up by A-List Agency), Ivy Latimer, Billy D’arcy and Katie Burch (2011/201/2017 Graduates, ALL finalist in the NSW Raw Comedy competitions and ALL featured on the televised National Grand Finals) KABBA,Performed in Adelaide and Melbourne Festivals and is a corporate favourite. 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, Aus 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, 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 2 recent TV pilots for an overseas and local comedy and games shows such as minute to win it and Family Feud, The Observer Effect (SBS) and the new TV show Studio 10. We point U in the right direction for stand up competitions that will give you stage time in a positive environment like Quest for the best, Raw Comedy, Green faces, Fast $100 and Comedy Court and explain why u should avoid comps like Australia’s Got Talent who haven’t worked the bugs out yet. Fingers crossed they’ll get it together soon. 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, 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), Michele Betts and Ade Norman (Aus), Michael Connell and Arron Pratt ( VIC/QLD) , Christian Elderfield and Freddie McManus (UK) Robbie G (VIC) 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.
Ade Norman: Another seasoned professional from the early days of the Sydney comedy scene. Having started about the same time as some of Sydneys biggest comedy headliners, boy does he have stories to tell and methods to teach. Also a regular on the Sydney Comedy Scene, a great MC as well plus a surprise guest host of Quick…Some Comedy Quick and Fast $100 Comedy shows in Sydney.
Michele Betts is a former graduate, who in a very short time, has been signed by A-list management, performed at the Adelaide Fringe 2011,2014, 2015, 2016 opened for Fat Pizza/Houso’s in 2012 in Adelaide, Headlined her own show at 2012 Sydney Fringe plus lots more!
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 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’s currently the MC and Executive producer for Australia’s only patented Live audience digital voting stand up comedy show and competition! Comedy Court. Now in it’s 8th year running. Plus he produces other shows i.e Quick, Some Comedy Quick , Comedy for lunch, Bonkerz Comedy Clubs, Fast $100 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 and |Brisbane) His comedy club in Sydney was the only comedy club selected by MasterCard for it’s 2015 Mastercard Priceless Campaign