One of the original Bears of Comedy, Neil performed his unique brand of smart and furious comedy in New York City, Washington D.C., Provincetown, Fire Island, and the Poconos. He was the originator of New York's sold-out all-bear comedy revue, "Funny. Furry. Fierce.” which went on to be a massive hit at Bearweek New Zealand, and he was one of the founders of "MAULED: The Bears of Comedy” in Provincetown.
Since moving to New Zealand a few years ago, he’s performed in Australia, Japan, and throughout New Zealand, from major bear and pride festivals to tiny hamlets in the middle of nowhere for confused sheep farmers. His shows "Ursus Americanus,” "Bearly Kiwi,” “Hangry Americans” and “Cynics Guide to Enlightenment" were a hit at New Zealand Fringe Festivals and International Comedy Festivals. He makes regular appearances on the New Zealand television comedy news show The Project and was featured on the TV3 comedy special After Hours.
"A bold performer with intelligent material. Constantly amusing and thought-provoking." - ruminator.co.nz
“Thornton is just a master of the craft of comedy – the room is totally unified and he knows how to follow our responses.” - Theatreview
"Really, really good. Do yourself a favour and go see it…this is fun night out." - Theatreview