Class Comedians provides an
extra-curricular learning opportunity for senior secondary school
students in the comedy genre. In a nutshell - we teach funny kids
how to do it proper!
It's an initiative of the NZ Comedy Trust, and has been running
since it's conception in 2001. This 3-month programme combines the
experience and know-how of professional comedians and industry
experts to deliver a well-rounded introduction to the comedy
industry. The highlight of the programme is a showcase performance
as part of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival.
Class Comedians is a
real community affair: NZ Comedy Trust runs the programme with
support from local funders. Professional comedians host the
in-school concerts, facilitate the workshops and act as
mentors/tutors throughout the programme.
The NZ Comedy Trust was established in 1995 to support and
assist in the development of New Zealand's live Comedy Industry.
The Trust's major initiative outside of Class Comedians is the New
Zealand International Comedy Festival.
Contributors to Class Comedians include, but are certainly not
limited to Dai Henwood, Ben Hurley, Steve Wrigley, Te Radar, Rhys
Mathewson and Michele A'Court. They all offer a unique insight to
the comedy industry, and inspire 'funny' kids to consider the full
gamut of career opportunities available.
Notable graduates of this programme so far include:
Rhys Mathewson, written into NZ history in 2010, as the youngest
ever recipient of the coveted Billy
T Award at 19 years of age. Since then Rhys has appeared on
C4's The Jono Project, TV3's WannaBEN, 7 Days, Would I Lie to You
and AotearoHA. Rhys was nominated for Best Male Comedian at the
2010 NZ Comedy Guild Awards. He's now come full circle to be the
Head Tutor for Class Comedians 2012, ready to pass on his knowledge
and experience to future comedy stars.
Rose Matafeo, U Live host and 2012 Billy T Nominee