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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

Sarah Franken (nee Will Franken) brings her one-woman show "Who Keeps Making All These People?" to London's Museum of Comedy for three weeks in November. Get your tickets by the clicking the word "here" HERE

For more information, see "Shows" below. . .

WINNER: ThreeWeeks Editors' Award 2014

WINNER: Barry Award: Best Performer 2014

Win With Sarah (nee Will) Franken!

International Press / Praise →

Sunday, 20th September

The Sunday Night Laugh-In

The Stand; 5 York Place; Edinburgh, Scotland; EH1 3EB


Monday, 21st September

Old Rope

The Phoenix; 37 Cavendish Square; London; W1G 0PP


Thursday, 24th September


Kosmonaut; 10 Tariff Street; Manchester; M1 2FF


Friday, 25th September

The Ha Ha Club

Burscough: Wharf; Liverpool Road North; Burscough, Lancashire; L40 5TN


Sunday, 27th September

Silly Billies Comedy Club

Live Theatre; Broad Chare, Quayside; Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 3DQ


Thursday, 8th October

Somewhere in London. . .details to follow. . .

Saturday, 17th October

Somewhere in Berlin. . .details to follow. . .

Tuesday, 20th October

Stand-Up At Rits Cafe

Rits Cafe; A. Dansaertstraat 70; Brussels, Belgium


Friday, 23rd October

Lonestar Comedy

Hythe Imperial; Kazzbar; Princess Parade; Hythe; CT21 6AE


Thursday, 29th October

Spotlight Comedy Club

Winding Wheel; Holywell Street; Chesterfield; S41 7SA


Saturday, 31st October

Laughing Pod Comedy Club

The Woodman's Arms; Rayleigh Road; Thundersley; Essex SS7 3TA


Wednesday, 4th November to Saturday, 28th November (off Sun, Mon, Tues)

One-Woman Show "Who Keeps Making All These People?"

The Museum of Comedy; The Undercroft; St. George's Church; Bloomsbury Way; London WC1A 2SR (Getcha tickets here by clicking the word "here" HERE)


Wednesday, 11th November

Big Mouth Comedy Club

Seven Stars Hotel; The Plains; Totnes; Devon TQ9 5DD


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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

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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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