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Thornton SM SQ14


“The Capital’s Funniest Bear” - Express Magazine

Neil Thornton is a fierce and funny comedian who has performed all over the world: New York City comedy clubs, the Edinburgh Fringe, and once at a gay nudist resort. In New Zealand he's headlined at The Classic Comedy Club and performed in hamlets in the middle of nowhere South Island for confused sheep farmers. He appears occasionally on the "The Project" and was featured on the TV3 comedy special "After Hours.” His shows "Ursus Americanus,” "Bearly Kiwi,” “Hangry Americans” and “Cynics Guide to Enlightenment" were hits at the New Zealand Fringe and NZ International Comedy Festival. He’s also the founder of NZ Comedy School, giving new comics the skills and confidence to pursue the craft he loves so much.

“Thornton is just a master of the craft of comedy.” - Theatreview

"A bold performer with intelligent material. Constantly amusing and thought-provoking." - Ruminator

"I laughed until I cried and nearly got thrown out for snorting into my beer." - The Residents


2020 Best Comedian, Wellington Comedy Awards

2020 Best Male Comedian, Cartel Comedy Awards

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