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

Will Franken is bringing is double award-winning, five-star receiving ass southwards! "The Stuff They Put In Sleep" comes southward, one night only, to The Quadrant in Brighton!

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WINNER: ThreeWeeks Editors' Award Winner 2014

WINNER: Barry Award: Best Performer 2014

Win With Will Franken!

International Press / Praise →

Tuesday, 16th September

Matthew Kelly Returns

The Harrison Pub; 28 Harrison Street; London; WC1H 8JF


Thursday, 18th September


The Museum of Comedy; The Undercroft; St. George's Church; Bloomsbury Way; London; WC1A 2SR


£10 (get your tickets by clicking here!)

Friday, 19th September (1st Show)

The Lansdowne Club

The Lansdowne Club; 9 Fitzmaurice Place; Mayfair; London; W1J 5JD


Friday, 19th September (2nd Show)

Confuse Comedy

BL-NK; 37 East Road; Shoreditch; London; N1 6AZ


Wednesday, 24th September

Ellis & Rose's Brainwash Club

The Backyard Comedy Club; 231 Cambridge Heath Road; London; E2 0EL


Thursday, 25th September

We Love Comedy

Balham Bowls Club; 7-9 Ramsden Road; Balham; SW12 8QX


Friday, 26th September

Comedy Cottage

The Harlequin Theatre; Warwick Quadrant; Redhill; Surrey; RH1 1NN



Thursday, 2nd October

Manilla Road Comedy

The Victoria; 48 John Bright Street; Birmingham; B1 1BN


Friday, 3rd October

Kill For A Seat Comedy

Llanelli Y Ffwrnes; Park Street; Llanelli; Carmarthenshire, UK, SA15 3YE


Monday, 6th October

Hello Comedy

Catford Constitutional Club; Catford Broadway; London; SE6 4SP


Monday, 13th October

Somewhere in Shoreditch. . .details to follow. . .

Wednesday, 22nd October

Will Franken's Belgium Debut! Stand-Up Antwerp

English Language Comedy Cellar; Wolstraat 7; Antwerp


12 Euros

Thursday, 23rd October

Somewhere in Sutton. . .details to follow. . .

Monday, 27th October to Saturday, 1st November

Leading people nightly through the terrifying fields of Letchworth Garden City as part of Fire & Fright. . .more info here! MORE INFO HERE!

Monday, 3rd November


The Quadrant; 12-13 North Street Quadrant; Brighton; BN1 3GJ


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Tuesday, 4th November (1st Show)

The Goodfather Comedy

The Comedy Pub; 7 Oxendon Street; London; SW1Y 4EE


Tuesday, 4th November (2nd Show)

Gits And Shiggles

The Half Moon; 93 Lower Richmond Road; SW15 1EU



Thursday, 6th November

Highfield Inn Comedy Night

Highfield Inn; 578 Ripponden Road; Oldham; OL4 2LN



Friday, 7th November

Comedy Night @ The ACE

The ACE Centre; Cross Street; Nelson, Lancashire, BB9 7NN


Saturday, 8th November

Last Minute Comedy Club

Woodside Hall; Walsworth Road; Hitchin; SG4 9SP



Wednesday, 12th November

Twisted Comedy Night

The Frog and Bucket; 102 Oldham Street; Manchester; M4 1LJ



Thursday, 13th November

Comedy Mash-Up

The Prince of Wales; 467-469 Brixton Road; London; SW9 8HH


Thursday, 20th November

Stand Up Thursday

Ty Golchi; Ffordd Caernarfon; Bangor; Gwynedd; Wales; LL57 4BT



Sunday, 30th November

The Lancaster Comedy Club

The Borough; 5 Dalton Square; Lancaster; LA1 1PP


Saturday, 6th December

Zip Zip Comedy Night

The Proud Archivist; 2-10 Hertford Road; London; N1 5SH


Monday, 19th January

The Good Ship

The Good Ship; 289 Kilburn High Road; NW6 7JR



Saturday, 24th January


Somewhere in Aylsebury. . .details to follow. . .

Thursday, 23rd April to Saturday, 25th April

Somewhere in Norway. . .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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