Teen Comedy Workshops

Do you love stand-up comedy? Think you’re funny?

Learn the art of comedy from award-winning professional comedian, Neil Thornton.

You don’t need any experience or prepared material. You don’t even need to be a class clown! Just bring your sense of humour.

Together, we will:

  • Find funny ideas and craft them into great jokes
  • Build your stage presence
  • Overcome stage fright
  • Get funnier
  • Have fun!

During class we will write, practice, edit, play games, perform for each other, and most of all laugh—with the ultimate goal of building from scratch, a 5-minute “set” to perform  for your friends and family. This  “set” will take place at Rātā on the last Saturday afternoon/evening after the workshops and will be run like a pop-up comedy club for the participants’ friends and family. 


  • Regular practice on the mic with constructive “Growth Mindset” feedback
  • Writing and brainstorming exercises
  • Lessons in crafting and delivering jokes
  • Improv games and other fun theatre exercises

Timetable and Enrolment


Term 1 2022
Start: Saturday 19th February
Finish: Saturday 12th March
1.30-3.30 each day followed by a performance evening on the last day. ( 4 sessions)


Scots College Creative and Performing Arts Centre Drama Rooms


Neil Thornton

Target Market

Teens who are at High School/College

(incl GST)

$350 for 4 sessions



About Neil Thornton

Neil Thornton: Is a comedian, teacher, and founder of the NZ Comedy School. In addition to his career as a stand-up comedian, Neil Thornton has been teaching for close to 30 years. He taught courses at the high school and university level in Creative Writing, Composition, Creative Nonfiction, Technical Writing, and Effective Presentations. For most of his professional life.

After moving to New York City in 2007, Neil became a working stand-up comic, performing everywhere from NYC to Washington D.C., Provincetown, Fire Island, and more recently Japan, Australia, Edinburgh, and beyond. In 2014, what was supposed to be a six-month adventure in New Zealand has turned into a permanent home.

Since then, Neil has made a big impact on the New Zealand comedy circuit as he tours up and down the country and all over the world, entertaining audiences with his battles of understanding different cultures and finding his own identity.

He’s a regular at The Classic in Auckland and appeared in the TV3 comedy special “After Hours.”

In 2017, he launched the NZ Comedy School and has graduated hundreds of students all over New Zealand, many of whom are now working comedians.


Best Comedian, 2020 Wellington Comedy Awards
Best Male Comedian, 2020 Cartel Comedy Awards
Best Industry Helper, 2018, 2019, 2020 Wellington Comedy Awards (for the NZ Comedy School)

Our Location

Rātā Studios
Based at Scots College
1 Monorgan Road
Wellington 6022
Rātā Studios
Based at Scots College
PO Box 15064
Wellington 6243