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080: Joe Wong - No straight line to comedy success

There's no straight line in building a stand-up comedy career. And this fact is highlighted in my interview with Korean Chinese comedian, now an American citizen, Joe Wong. In this School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast interview, you'll learn how Joe moved from Jilin Province in China, became a chemical engineer, and then performed at the White House. He's performed stand-up on David Letterman's The Late Show, Ellen DeGeneres show 'Ellen', and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert - just to name...


079: Julia Clarke - From Adelaide Raw to Edinburgh Fringe

Julia Clarke has achieved much in her eight years of stand-up comedy. A two time winner of South Australia Raw Comedy, and Edinburgh Fringe Festival performer, Julia is also one of the nicest stand-up comedians on the Adelaide comedy scene. In this School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast episode, comedian Julia Clarke and I discuss getting in trouble with the cops, burning celluloid, and advice for up and coming comedians. And if you'd like to get more advice from Julia , then the good news is...


078: Seizure Kaiser - Overcoming the politics of stand-up comedy

Sydney based [Seizure Kaiser]( (no, that's not his given name) is not afraid to broach edgy topics in his comedy. And performing stand-up is only one of his talents. He's also a comedy producer and promoter. In this School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast episode Seizure Kaiser and I discuss the difference between 'racist jokes' and 'jokes about racism', performing comedy well outside political correctness, and forgetting the haters. Yeah, we discuss the politics of...


077: Chris Franklin - Laughs of Launnie and Aussie comedy festivals

Chris Franklin is a stalwart of Australian comedy. A 21 year comic veteran, Chris has not only witnessed the comedy industry grow, but has been instrumental in that growth. And so it should come to no surprise that Chris is behind the latest Australian comedy festival, '[Laughs of Launnie]('. From March 18 to 24, and smack bang between the Adelaide Fringe Festival and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Laughs of Launnie has already attracted high...


076: Gabe Hogan - Raw comedy, radio and cliques

Comedian Gabe Hogan has been a Raw Comed[y]( state finalists twice. She's also built a solid comedy career that has extended into commercial radio. In this School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast interview, Gabe talks about that initial comedic journey, advice for Raw Comedy competitors, and the importance and dangers of comedy cliques. If you're curious about how to start a stand-up comedy career, then this is the podcast for you. And on that topic, the School...


075: Lehmo - The comedic journey from balls to sails

Lehmo is one of Australia's favourite comedians - both on stage and on TV. Star on Utopia, That's Not My Dog, and a regular on The Project, Lehmo's comedy naturally dabbles in satire, showmanship, and current affairs. He's also one of my favourite Aussie comedians, making this last show of 2018 all that extra special. In this School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast episode, Anthony 'Lehmo' Lehmann discloses his original, and embarrassing, nickname, his journey from Adelaide's Rundle Mall 'balls'...


074: Julia Wilson - Combative comedy

It's fair to say that Julia Wilson is not afraid of conflict - both verbal and physical. Prior to her 17 year career as a stand-up comedian, Julia was a truckie, a bouncer and bodyguard. More recently, she's also got into NFL, American Football, and in a big way too! She's quite possibly the toughest woman in comedy. In this [School of Hard Knock Knocks]( podcast episode, Julia talks about her tough persona, being 'punchy-as-fuck' in her comedy routine, some...


073: Mick Meredith - From The Footy Show to Comedy Cruises

It was a stand-up comedy course, and a dare from a mate, that got [Mick Meredith]( started in comedy. One moment a Sydney muso playing bass, the next Mick was a successful stand-up comedian, and soon after striking it big with a regular spot on Nine Network's The Footy Show. In this [School of Hard Knock Knocks]( podcast you'll learn how Mick went from open mics to TV, life on the high sea as a cruise comedian, and the benefits of...


072: Marc Ryan - Bogans and Raw Comedy

Adelaide comedian, [Marc Ryan]( is a self diagnosed bogan. He's also a state winner, and national finalist of Raw Comedy, and through his success has been able to go full time - although not without some serious thought. In this School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast, we discuss Raw, building a comedy career, supportive wives, and the Adelaide Fringe Festival. We also talk about the upcoming [School of Hard Knock...


071: Michael Connell - The intellectual's comedian

You can't say a bad thing about comedian [Michael Connell]( He's quite possibly the nicest guy in stand-up comedy, if not the world. He's also got an incredible intellect, which makes him a formidable comedian. In this podcast Michael talks about his achievements in Class Clowns, Australia's Got Talent, and Green Faces. We also talk about his passion for philosophy, remembering sets, moving to Brisbane and entertaining sick kids. And while I have your...


070: Kim Le - Complex cognitive comedy

Adelaide-based Kim Le is one of those annoying high achievers. A qualified psychiatrist, Kim is also a blackbelt, speaks multiple languages, is an awarded keynote speaker, and now he's excelling in stand-up comedy. He's also a graduate of the [School of Hard Knock Knocks]( and was the middle bracket at the most recent Adelaide graduation, alongside [Glynn Nicholas]( and Gerry Masi (aka Mad Dog...


069: Jeff Green - Building a comedy career, twice

If there's a single take away message from this interview, then it's about embracing change. British born comedian, [Jeff Green]( was at the top of his game in the UK, performing as an equal with comedy greats, featuring on TV and radio, and even living next door to Ricky Gervais. His career, fame, comedy connections, and bank balance were bigger than a London double decker. And then things changed. In this podcast, you'll learn how Jeff rolled...


068: Dave O'Neil - Producing 'Dave' for Pilot Week

Dave O'Neil has been performing stand-up comedy for an incredible 29 years. It was only fitting that a TV show about his life should be made, and in this School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast Dave and I talk about producing 'Dave' - the show about 'Dave'. We discuss the politics of the TV world, casting stand-up comedians as actor, podcasting, and the financial benefits of bring a comedy writer and not performer. And one more thing, Dave is most certainly NOT starting his own stand-up comedy...


067: Gerry Masi - Character comedy with Mad Dog Malcolm

A wig, flairs, and a fake moustache, and [Mad Dog Malcolm Cummins]( was born. The creation of Adelaide comedian and musician, Gerry Masi, Mad Dog is part crooner, part playboy, with a light splattering of sleaze. Together, he's a hilarious 1970s character, that is all too familiar. In this interview we talk call backs, one liners, getting away with 'inappropriate' humour, his band, [Lucifer's Lounge](, and being a...


066: Simon Hughes - The new king of comedy

Simon Hughes runs [Kings of Comedy](, a comedy room in the heart of Melbourne. He's also an up and coming stand-up comedian. A class clown at school, Simon was naturally drawn to entertainment - until drug addiction turned his world upside down. But Simon has bounced back, and even turned his traumatic experience into a Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) and [Sydney Fringe...


065: Rik Roberts - Comedy under Christian constraints

Rik Roberts runs the [School of Laughs]( But not in Australia. Rik is Kentucky born and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee, which will explain our two contrasting accents. As you can guess, like the [School of Hard Knock Knocks](, the School of Laughs is a stand-up comedy school. That's where the similarities end. Rik, in contrast to just about all of our previous interviewees identifies as a Christian comedian. In this [School of...


064: Kieran Butler - The life of a satirist, antagonist and contrarian comedian

[Kieran Butler]( is a political satirist, comedic antagonist, and a general contrarian. Heavily influenced by the Aussie alternative rock band, TISM, Kieran Butler is not afraid of speaking his mind and challenging the status quo. But many of you already know this. For those that aren't familiar with Kieran and his work, you'll enjoy this emotionally charged interview, where we delve into the importance of being able to joke about taboos, the politics of the comedy...


063: Chris Wainhouse - Dark humour and the importance of taboos

New Zealand born, Brisbane raised, and globally travelled, Chris Wainhouse, has been in the comedy game for over 20 years. The son of a fundamental Christian mother, it should come as no surprise for those that know Chris's material, that his views are somewhat different - after all, he called his most recent Melbourne International Comedy Festival show (MICF) 'The AntiChris'. Yeah, he's going to hell. In this School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast Chris Wainhouse and Morry Morgan talk about...


062: Nadine Sparks - From improv to stand-up comedy

Nadine Sparks loves learning comedy. At aged 12 she began learning improvisation comedy, including a course at 18 at the highly respected NIDA, then performing with Improv Conspiracy, before travelling to the US to learn the Chicago method. And then seven years ago Nadine did a stand-up comedy course, and this resulted in her first five-minute performance at the Exford Hotel. Since then she's performed for five seasons at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, as well as other...


061: Lee Ton - Persistence pays for a comedy career

Lee Ton first tried his hand at stand-up comedy in 2008\. Ten years later, and with a couple of comedy courses under his belt, Lee has found himself performing at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF), headlining with Richard Stubbs, and being specially cast for a reality stand-up comedy TV show, "[Is This Thing On?](". Lee's recent success has been sudden, but as you'll hear in this School...