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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 brings his show "Who Keeps Making All These People?" to Dave's Leicester Festival and the Glasgow International Comedy Festival and elsewhere. . .!

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

Will Franken also turns instructor on 17 January in West London when he rolls out his unique satire workship: "From The Classics To The Clubs: Bringing The Rebellion Of Satire Back To Comedy"; more information to be found in Bruce Dessau's (London Evening Standard) coverage by clicking here

WINNER: ThreeWeeks Editors' Award 2014

WINNER: Barry Award: Best Performer 2014

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International Press / Praise →

Saturday, 12th December

Bromley Comedy Club

Churchill Theatre; High Street; Bromley, Kent; BR1 1HA

8:00pm

Sunday, 10th January

Keighley Comedy Club

Cafe Choux Choux; Keighley Railway Station Forecourt; Keighley, West Yorkshire; BD21 4HP

8:00pm

Sunday, 17th January

SATIRE WORKSHOP: "FROM THE CLASSICS TO THE CLUBS: BRINGING THE REBELLION OF SATIRE BACK TO COMEDY"

Mama Biashara Performance Space; West 12; Shepherd's Bush Green; London W12 8PP

12:00pm to 16:00pm

For bookings and information please contact:

Arlene Greenhouse Promotions – “Bespoke Comedy Services”

07977 970813 or email greenhouseeffect@btinternet.com

Click here for more information!

Sunday, 31st January

The Lancaster Comedy Club

The Borough; 5 Dalton Square; Lancaster LA1 1PP

8:00pm

Friday, 5th February

Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival: (My One-Hour Show: "Who Keeps Making All These People?")

BrewDog; 8 Friar Lane; Leicester; LE1 5RA

8:30pm

£5 click here for tickets!

Saturday, 6th February

Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival: (My One-Hour Show: "Who Keeps Making All These People?")

BrewDog; 8 Friar Lane; Leicester; LE1 5RA

8:30pm

£5 click here for tickets!

Tuesday, 9th February

Stand-Up pa Klubbscenen

Latter; Holmens Gate 1; 0250 Oslo, Norway

9:00pm

Thursday, 11th February

Stand-Up Bergen

Ricks Teater; Veiten 3; 5012 Bergen, Norway

8:00pm

Friday, 12th February

Stand-Up Bergen

Ricks Teater; Veiten 3; 5012 Bergen, Norway

8:00pm

Saturday, 13th February

Stand-Up pa Klubbscenen

Latter; Holmens Gate 1; 0250 Oslo, Norway

10:30pm

Tuesday, 15th March

Comedy Box Norway

Comedy Box; Soregata 29; Stavanger, Norway

8:00pm

Wednesday, 16th March

Comedy Box Norway

Comedy Box; Soregata 29; Stavanger, Norway

8:00pm

Saturday, 19th March

Glasgow International Comedy Festival: One Hour Show: "Who Keeps Making All These People?"

Blackfriars; 36 Bell Street; The Merchant City; Glasgow; G1 1LG

9:15pm

For tickets click here!

Friday, 27th May

Comedy Box Norway: Stavanger Comedy Festival; 1 Hour Show

Comedy Box; Soregata 29; Stavanger, Norway

8:00pm

Saturday, 28th May

Comedy Box Norway: Stavanger Comedy Festival; 1 Hour Show

Comedy Box; Soregata 29; Stavanger, Norway

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.

Or subscribe on iTunes.

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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