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

The Stuff They Put In Sleep is coming to Edinburgh 2014; my most fluidly insane, absurdly bipolar, multicharactered schizoid triumph yet. Returning to the Caves at 10:40pm nightly. . .

. . .there, in that shadowy netherworld on the fringe of the Fringe, I will ignite a violent explosion of my kaleidoscopic subconscious. . .

Not for the faint of heart, culturally hypersensitive, or irredeemably thick.

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International Press / Praise →

Saturday, 28th June

Angel Comedy

The Camden Head; 2 Camden Walk; Camden Passage; Angel, Islington; N1 8DY

8:00pm

Wednesday, 2nd July

Comedy Barskit

The Slaughtered Lamb; 34-35 Great Sutton Street; London; EC1V 0DX

8:00pm

Thursday, 3rd July

Coachload of Comedy

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

8:00pm

Friday, 4th July

Comedy at the Yard

The Yard; 32 South Street; Alderley Edge; SK9 7ES

8:30pm

Saturday, 5th July

Monkey Business Comedy

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

8:00pm

Tuesday, 8th July

Headlining JQ Comedy Night

Rose Villa Tavern; 172 Warstone Lane; Birmingham; B18 6JW

8:30pm

Wednesday, 9th July

BRAND NEW ONE MAN SHOW: "THE STUFF THEY PUT IN SLEEP"

Fat Penguin; The Patrick Kavanaugh; 142 Trafalgar Road; Moseley, Birmingham; B13 8BX

8:00pm

Thursday, 10th July

BRAND NEW ONE MAN SHOW: "THE STUFF THEY PUT IN SLEEP"

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

8:00pm

Saturday, 12th July (1st Show) Mid Powys Comedy Festival

BRAND NEW ONE-MAN SHOW: "THE STUFF THEY PUT IN SLEEP"

Erwood Station Craft Centre; Llandeillo Graban; Builth Wells, Powys; LD2 3SJ

4:30pm

Saturday 12th July (2nd Show) Mid Powys Comedy Festival

BRAND NEW ONE-MAN SHOW: "THE STUFF THEY PUT IN SLEEP"

The Old Mill; 40-44 High Street; Llandidloes; SY18 6BZ

7:30pm

Sunday, 13th July

Comedy Workshop In Wales! I'll be teaching character development, mimicry, sketch construction. . .it'll be fun, fun, fun!

Wednesday, 16th July

Headlining The Comedy Den

Porter's; Harlech Court; Bute Terrace; Cardiff; CF10 2FE

8:00pm

Thursday, 17th July

G&B Comedy

The Constitution; 42 St. Pancras Way; London; NW1 0QT

8:00pm

Saturday, 19th July

BRAND-NEW ONE MAN SHOW: "THE STUFF THEY PUT IN SLEEP"

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts; Altwood Road; Maidenhead; Berkshire; SL6 4PF

8:00pm

Friday, 25th July

BRAND-NEW ONE MAN SHOW: "THE STUFF THEY PUT IN SLEEP"

Aces & Eights; 156-158 Fortress Road; Tufnell Park; London; NW5 2HP

7:00pm

Tuesday, 29th July

BRAND-NEW ONE MAN SHOW: "THE STUFF THEY PUT IN SLEEP"

The Seagull Theatre; 19-75 Morton Road; Oulton Broad; Lowestoft, Suffolk; NR33 0JH

8:00pm

£5

Thursday, 31st July through Sunday, 24th August (off 12th August)

EDINBURGH 2014 SHOW: "THE STUFF THEY PUT IN SLEEP"

Just the Tonic At The Caves; Just Out Of The Box; 8-12 Niddry Street South; Edinburgh; Scotland EH1 1NS

10:40pm nightly  (get your tickets now by clicking here!)

Monday, 12th August

Beat Nightclub

The Coach and Four; 69 Cowgate; Edinburgh, Scotland; EH1 1YH

7:30pm

Thursday, 28th August

The Clown's Pocket

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

8:00pm

Monday, 1st September

BRAND-NEW ONE MAN SHOW: "THE STUFF THEY PUT IN SLEEP"

The Old Joint Stock Theatre; 4 Temple Row W; Birmingham; B2 5NY

8:00pm

Friday, 5th September

Laugh Local

Chorlton Irish Club; 17 High Street; Chorlton; M21 9DJ

8:30pm

Thursday, 25th September

We Love Comedy

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

8:00pm

Wednesday, 8th October

The Brum-Com Fest: BRAND-NEW ONE MAN SHOW "THE STUFF THEY PUT IN SLEEP"

The Jewellery Quarter Comedy Club; Two Towers Brewery; 1, 51 Mott Street; Birmingham B19 3HE

Details to follow. . .

Wednesday, 22nd October

Will Franken's Belgium Debut! Stand-Up Antwerp

English Language Comedy Cellar; Wolstraat 7; Antwerp

8:00pm

12 Euros

Sunday, 26th October

Oppo Comedy

Channings Hotel; 20 Pembroke Road; City of Bristol; Avon BS8 3BB

8:00pm

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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

$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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