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What elevates Mr. Franken above your garden-variety comedian is an erudite wit and a highly developed sense of the absurd.

— The New York Times

Simply hilarious.

— The Times of London

I cannot remember one moment of this show that wasn't funny. I am still laughing.

— The Scotsman

You can't take your eyes off these inspired outpourings.

— UK Guardian

Best Alternative to Psychedelic Drugs.

— San Francisco Bay Guardian

Will Franken is an astounding character comedian who makes almost everyone else in his field look like lazy chancers.

— Chortle UK

Quite simply, he does the smartest comedy I’ve ever seen. I laughed so hard when I discovered his act that my ribs couldn’t contain it all.

— The Oakland Tribune

Franken wanders through a parallel-universe city populated by hipsters who challenge John Milton to poetry slams and crass marketers of women’s empowerment symposia, among other fun-house imaginings.

— The Onion

This is a supremely talented comedy actor, and each of his characters lives and breathes, however absurdly they do it.

— The Scotsman

It’s more acting than stand-up, and no race, minority, nor pet cause is safe. It belongs in some London theater and it’s way too good for cable TV.

— David Downs, Gelf Magazine

Every Will Franken show is like watching a cast of thousands, with a potpourri of voices and characters.

— San Francisco Chronicle

Instead of delivering one-liners, Franken simply becomes these diverse characters, something that a generic stand-up comic would be hard-pressed to replicate.

— San Francisco Herald

A hilarious, dryly intelligent comedian.

— The Reno News and Review

domestic praise → ← international praise

Will Franken returns with a brand-new, patently insane, surreal, and absurdist one-man sketch comedy show tae the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 9pm nightly at the The Stand! This year's title. . ."Who Keeps Making All These People?"

WINNER: ThreeWeeks Editors' Award Winner 2014

WINNER: Barry Award: Best Performer 2014

Win With Will Franken!

International Press / Praise →

Friday, 20th March

Glasgow Comedy Festival: BRAND-NEW ONE MAN SHOW!

Blackfriars Basement; 36 Bell Street; Glasgow; G1 1LG




Saturday, 21st March

Norden Cricket Club

Woodhouse Lane; Norden; Rochdale; OL12 7SD


Thursday, 26th March

Class Comedy

Ye Olde Swan; Summer Road; Thames Ditton; Surrey KT7 0QQ


Friday, 27th March (1st Show)


The Bath Brew House; 14 James Street West; Bath; BA1 2BX


Friday, 27th March (2nd Show)

Comedy Shed

Newport Riverfront Theatre; Bristol Packet Wharf; Newport, South Wales; NP20 1HG


Saturday, 28th March

Comedy at the Hollybush

The Holly Bush; 52 Newtown Lane; Cradley Heath; Birmingham; B64 5EA


Wednesday, 15th April

The Spectacular Spectrum of Now

The Star of Kings; 126 York Way; London; N1 0AX


Friday, 17th April to Saturday, 18th April

TouMazing Comedy Festival

Tou Scene; Kvitsoygt 25; 4014 Stavanger; Norway

8:00pm nightly

Monday, 20th April

Somewhere in Putney. . .details to follow. . .

Thursday, 23rd April

Comedy Night

The Boughey Arms; Nantwich Road; Audley; Stoke-on-Trent; Staffordshire; ST7 8DH


Friday, 24th April to Saturday, 25th April

Bergen Comedy Festival


CLUB SET ON SATURDAY. . .more details to follow. . .

Friday, 1st May

Somewhere in Chester. . .details to follow. . .

Tuesday, 19th May

XS Malarkey

Pub/Zoo; 126 Grosvenor Street; Manchester, M1 7HL



Friday, 22nd May


The Hall; 10 China Street; Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 1EX


£7/£5 Concessions

Thursday, 28th May

Comedy Revenge in Penge

The Bridge House Theatre; 2 High Street; London; SE20 8RZ


Saturday, 13th June

I Want A Comedy Night

Brewary Arts; 122A Highgate, Kendal; LA9 4HE


Sunday, 14th June

I Want A Comedy Night

Old Gate Bar & Restaurant; 1-5 Old Gate; Hebden Bridge, HX7 8JP


Wednesday, 17th June

Ireland Tour, Night the First (more details to follow. . .)

Thursday, 18th June

Ireland Tour, Night the Second (more details to follow. . .)

Friday, 19th June

Ireland Tour, Night the Third (more details to follow. . .)

Saturday, 20th June

Ireland Tour, Night the Fourth (more details to follow. . .)

Sunday, 21st June

Comedy Night

The Greys Pub; 105 Southover Street; Hanover, Brighton; BN2 9UA


Tuesday, 30th June

Edinburgh Preview. . .somewhere in Chertsey. . .details to follow. . .

Sunday, 26th July

OPPO Comedy

The Portcullis; 3 Wellington Terrace; Bristol; BS8 4LE


Friday, 7th August to Monday, 31st August

Edinburgh Fringe at The Stand 5, 9pm: NEW SHOW: "WHO KEEPS MAKING ALL THESE PEOPLE?". . .more details to follow. . .

Friday, 23rd October

Somewhere in Kent. . .details to follow. . .

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Listen to Will's new podcast series, Strollers as well as the original Things We Did Before Reality.

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Hear a clip from the first, second or third episode.


 Watch Will's performance on England's The World Stands Up Programme!

 “Dear NBC, I would like to audition for Last Comic Standing, but where should I go? What should I do? What does it mean to audition for Last Comic Standing? Will there be water there at the place I audition? What if I get sick the day of the audition? I have been divorced, is that okay? Signed Josh–I mean, Will Franken.”

After I sent the e-mail back, I waited and waited and waited. I looked at the computer screen for minutes, then hours, until the very next day when, right in front of my eyes–A NEW E-MAIL APPEARED!!!!

Read about Will's try-out for NBC's Last Comic Standing!




that's not the reason I'm doing this

That’s Not The Reason I’m Doing This

$20.00 (includes domestic shipping)

Ever the nomadic and oftentimes undefinable entertainer — a comedy club here, a rock club there — Will Franken the wanderer found a home for the fullest expression of his talents to date in the theatre. More...

Concert To Benefit The Victims Of My Father

Concert To Benefit The Victims Of My Father

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This live CD contains some of Will's best-known pieces. Laugh along with audiences as Will frolics and cavorts from character to character like a caged animal finally released into his natural habitat: the stage. More...

Putting Smiles On The Faces Of Dead People

Putting Smiles On The Faces Of Dead People

$18.00 (includes domestic shipping)

In the summer of 1997, a close friend convinced Will Franken to take some student loan money and purchase a small home recording studio. The result, over the course of two years — between Missouri and New York and North Carolina--was a 19 hour, 17 CD box set — of which Putting Smiles On The Faces Of Dead People is but one in a series of best-of volumes from that period. This 72 minute compilation contains some of Will's personal favorites, many of which — owing to the level of studio complexity inherent in purely audio comedy — he has never performed live. The studio Will is different from the live Will — even more cerebral, even more surreal — but still hilarious.More...

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