New Zealand Comedy School
New Zealand's only complete course in comedy

Testimonials

Cailin

“Neil provided me with a safe space to just get up and start performing, which was invaluable to me. I always looked forward to going to class and was really proud of my work at the end. I wouldn't have been able to do that without Neil's guidance.”

- Cailin Neil

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Grace

"Comedy School: cheaper than therapy and way more effective! Not only did comedy school make me way funnier but I'm also a better science communicator with my new skills!”

- Grace Leung

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Myles

"Neil creates a safe and supportive environment to give comedy a go. His sources, experience, and knowledge help you leap far ahead from the stumbling blocks avoiding novice mistakes through his guidance. He’s just a good sort."

- Myles McGuire

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Lindy

“From the first session to the last Neill creates a supportive environment with plenty of positive and constructive feedback. The graduation show we performed for family and friends was a fantastic experience with everyone in the class being supportive. Unsurprisingly lots of laughs were had throughout.”

- Lindy Monrad

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Natalie

"Neil's Comedy School gave me the tools and the support to be a confident stand-up comic. I could not recommend him more highly as a mentor.”

- Natalie Scott

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Carrie

“Neil is a great teacher of the writing process, and I love his translation of performance nervousness as ‘excitement.’”

- Carrie Buckmaster

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Malcolm

"Neil knows so many vital techniques and is unusually adept at applying a positive, growth mindset to ease people into the world of stand up comedy and connect them with skills they may not have realised they possessed. This is the real deal. Do it."

- Malcolm Aitken

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Kirk

"Neil taught me a new form of public performance - the art of telling a joke. His coaching and feedback helped me to understand how to structure a joke for maximum impact, taking it from a meandering tale to a set up and PUNCH!"

- Kirk Jackson

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