Class Comedians, Auckland

It’s a full week ahead. The Class Comedians programme is starting up again this week, with the first workshop happening at Wellington High School. An initiative of the NZ Comedy Trust, Class Comedians gets performers into schools doing shows and running workshops to introduce high school students to stand up comedy and speaking in public. Some great comedians have come from the project, including Billy T Award winners Rhys Mathewson (the youngest ever Billy T Award winner) and Rose Matafeo. As well as Heidi O’Loughlin, the creative force behind Edinburgh hit Fan Fiction Comedy.

A Wellington success, and former student of Wellington High, is James Malcolm, who went on to win the Raw Comedy Quest in 2014. I’m looking forward to seeing who comes through for 2015, Class Comedians and Raw Quest are definite highlights of my comedy year.

Along with performing in a high school this week, I’m also MCing the Massey University School of Creative Arts orientation event, and am then heading up for a run of gigs in Auckland, eight gigs in total. Always nice to return to the home of NZ comedy, the Classic Comedy bar on Queen St.
Prepping for my Fringe Fest show is going well, I’m looking forward to sharing some of my favourite overseas tales, along with a couple of old stories, and a couple of new ones.

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