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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 to Edinburgh for the fifth time with his most surreal work yet: Little Joe

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WINNER: ThreeWeeks Editors' Award 2014

WINNER: Barry Award: Best Performer 2014

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International Press / Praise →

 

Thursday, 4th August through Sunday, 28th August

BRAND-NEW SHOW AT THE EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL: LITTLE JOE

My most surreal work yet. The best thing I've ever written. Tickets are available by clicking the link here.

Monday, 15th August

Spiked at The Stand

Stand Comedy Club, 5 York Place, Edinburgh; EH1 3EB

10:00

Friday, 9th September

Stand-Up at St. George's

St. George's Theatre; King Street; Great Yarmouth NR30 2PG

8:00pm

Tuesday, 13th September

XS Malarkey

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

8:00pm

Friday, 16th September

Private Gig in Edinburgh. . .

Saturday, 17th September

Top Secret Comedy Club

Cafe Mode; 170 Drury Lane; Covent Garden, London; WC2B 5PD

8:00pm

Thursday, 22nd September

Top Secret Comedy Club

Cafe Mode; 170 Drury Lane; Covent Garden, London; WC2B 5PD

8:00pm

Saturday, 24th September

Top Secret Comedy Club

 

Private gig in Edinburgh. . .

Wednesday, 12th October

Comedy at Rhodes

1-3 South Road; Bishop's Stortford; Hertfordshire County; CM23 3JG

7:30pm

Thursday, 24th November

Two shows this night in the Oldham area. . .details to follow. . .

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Podcasts

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.

Television

 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!

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that's not the reason I'm doing this

That’s Not The Reason I’m Doing This

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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...

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

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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...

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