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
— 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
Will Franken brings his patently insane, surreal, and absurdist one-man sketch comedy show tae the Glasgow Comedy Festival on 20th March! See shows for details!
WINNER: ThreeWeeks Editors' Award Winner 2014
WINNER: Barry Award: Best Performer 2014
Win With Will Franken!
Thursday, 22nd January
Leicester Square Theatre; 6 Leicester Place; London; WC2H 7BX
Saturday, 24th January
BRAND-NEW ONE MAN SHOW: "THE STUFF THEY PUT IN SLEEP"
Queen's Park Arts Centre; Aylesbury; Buckinghamshire; HP21 7RT
Sunday, 1st February
Corky's Comedy Club
Corky's Bar; 597 Liverpool Road; Irlam, Manchester; M44 5BE
Tuesday, 3rd February
The Goodfather Comedy
The Comedy Pub; 7 Oxendon Street; Leicester Square, London; SW1Y 4EE
Thursday, 5th February
Swindon Art Centre; Devizes Road; Swindon; SN1 4BJ
Thursday, 12th February
The Comedy Den
Porter's Cardiff; Harlech Court; Cardiff; CF10 2FE
Monday, 16th February
Winkwell Comedy Night
The Three Horseshoes; Winkwell; Hemel Hempstead; Hertfordshire; HP1 2RZ
Wednesday, 25th February
Hysteria; 578 Kingsland Road; Dalston, London; E8 4AH
Friday, 27th February
The Staindrop Comedy Night
The Staindrop Lodge; Lane End; Chapeltown; Sheffield; S35 3UH
Wednesday, 4th March
Maesteg Town Hall Comedy Club
Maesteg Town Hall; Talbot Street; Maesteg, Wales, CF34 9DA
Friday, 20th March
Glasgow Comedy Festival: BRAND-NEW ONE MAN SHOW!
Blackfriars Basement; 36 Bell Street; Glasgow; G1 1LG
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Friday, 17th April to Saturday, 18th April
TouMazing Comedy Festival
Tou Scene; Kvitsoygt 25; 4014 Stavanger; Norway
Friday, 24th April to Saturday, 25th April
Bergen Comedy Festival
ONE-MAN SHOW ON FRIDAY
CLUB SET ON SATURDAY. . .more details to follow. . .
Thursday, 30th April
Cranleigh Arts Centre; 1 High Street; Cranleigh GU6 8AS
Friday, 1st May
Somewhere in Chester. . .details to follow. . .
Tuesday, 19th May
Pub/Zoo; 126 Grosvenor Street; Manchester, M1 7HL
Wednesday, 3rd June
The Court Theatre; Station Road; Tring, Hertfordshire; HP23 5QY
Thursday, 4th June
Cornerstone Arts Centre; 25 Station Road; Didcot OX11 7NE
Sunday, 21st June
The Greys Pub; 105 Southover Street; Hanover, Brighton; BN2 9UA
Tuesday, 30th June
Edinburgh Preview. . .somewhere in Chertsey. . .details to follow. . .
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!!!!
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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...
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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...
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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...