will franken

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

Returning to Edinburgh for 2014; 10:40pm, Out of the Box in the Caves! NEW SHOW. . .THE STUFF THEY PUT IN SLEEP

But before that, Tuesday, 13th May, come out to The Firestation in Windsor for a special, one-night-only live performance of two original Will Franken playlettes: Tea-Time Cowboy; being the tale of an Anglophilic Missouri chicken plant employee who chases a posh Brit all the way to London to seek his fame, fortune, and poetic homeland and instead finds football hooliganism, heroin addiction, and American-styled pasty eating contests FOLLOWED BY THE ENGLISH PREMIERE OF Dieter Und Sheila At The International Youth Hostel; being the tale of a shy, cerebral, and stoically rigid Prussian lad attempting to win the heart of a loose Australian woman only to find that cheap vodka and an Aussie accent can get the job done much quicker than Wagnerian opera! TICKETS ON SALE SOON. . .Produced by Laughing Coyote. . .visit laughingcoyotecomedy.com for more info. . .

International Press / Praise →

Wednesday, 2nd April

The Stoke Pub

The Stoke Pub; 103 Stoke Road; Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4JN


Thursday, 3rd April

Clapham Comedy Club

Bread & Roses, Clapham Common; 68 Clapham Manor Street; SW4 6DZ


Saturday, 5th April

Escape Comedy Club

Comedy Club, Unit 1, Olde English Road, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3RR


Tuesday, 8th April

Crown Comedy Chertsey

Crown Hotel (Windsor Room); 7 London Street; Chertsey, Surrey; KT16 8AP


Wednesday, 9th April

The Comedy Biscuit

The Gem Bar; 10 Beak Street; W1F 8QE


Saturday, 12th April (1st Show)

Bromley Comedy

Churchill Theatre; Bromley, Kent; BR1 1HA


Saturday, 12th April (2nd Show)

Monkey Business Comedy

The Sir Richard Steele; 97 Haverstock Hill Road; Chalk Farm, NW3


Monday, 14th April

Square Hole Comedy

The Red Deer; 18 Pitt Street; Sheffield, S1 4DD


Sunday, 20th April

Sunday Special

Up the Creek, 302 Creek Road; Greenwich, London; SE10 9SW


Thursday, 24th April

Thrillhouse Comedy

Mary & Archie; 200 Burton Road; West Didsbury, Manchester; M20 2LW


Saturday, 26th April

Crack Comedy

The Theodore Bullfrog Pub; 26 John Adam Street; Charing Cross; London; WC2N 6HL


Saturday, 3rd May

TouMazeing Festival, Norway

The Comedy Box; Misjonsveien 58a, 4024 Stavanger, Norway (details to follow)

Monday, 5th May

The Alternative Comedy Memorial Society

Soho Theatre; 21 Dean Street; London; W1D 3NE


Wednesday, 7th May through Friday, 9th May

Estonia Comedy Festival. . .(details to follow). . .

Tuesday, 13th March


Firestation Centre for Arts & Culture; The Old Court; St. Leonard's Road; Windsor; SL4 3BL



Friday, 16th May

Banana Cabaret

The Bedford; 77 Bedford Hill; Balham, London; SW12



Tuesday, 20th May

Artificial Light Comedy

Upstairs at the Phoenix; 122 Gosford Street; Coventry; CV1 5DL


Friday, 23rd May

Private Gig; I'm sorry, invite only. . .

Redhill, Surrey. . .


Saturday, 24th May

How The Light Gets In Festival

Globe-At-Hay; Newport Street; Hay-on-Wye; Hereford; HR3 5BG

(details to follow. . .)

Saturday, 31st May

The Glee Club, Oxford

The Glee Club; Hythe Bridge Street; Oxford; OX1 2EW


Thursday, 26th June

Edinburgh Preview

The Harrison Pub; 28 Harrison Street; Kings Cross; WC1H 8JF


Thursday, 3rd July

Coachload of Comedy

The Coach and Four; 69-71 Alderley Road; Wilmslow; SK9 1PA


Saturday, 5th July

Monkey Business Comedy

The Sir Richard Steele; 97 Haverstock Hill Road; Chalk Farm; NW3


Saturday, 19th July

Edinburgh Preview in Maidenhead. . .more information to follow

1st through 25th of August

Returning to The Caves, 10:40pm nightly, for brand-new show entitled "The Stuff They Put In Sleep"!

Thursday, 28th August

The Clown's Pocket

The Duke; Old Market Street; Neath, Neath Port Talbot, Wales, SA11 3NA


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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

$20.00 (includes domestic shipping)

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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