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 brings his patently insane, surreal, multi-voiced one-man show all over Britain and beyond. . .from Aylesbury to Glasgow to Estonia to Bergen. . .see "shows" for details!

WINNER: ThreeWeeks Editors' Award Winner 2014

WINNER: Barry Award: Best Performer 2014

Win With Will Franken!

International Press / Praise →

Thursday, 11th December

Hecklers' Comedy

The West End Centre; 48 Queens Road; Aldershot, Hampshire; GU11 3JD


Saturday, 13th December


Tallinna Linnateater; Hobuveski; Lai 47; Tallinn, Estonia; 10133


Saturday, 20th December (1st Show)

Zip Zip Comedy

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


Saturday, 20th December (2nd Show)

Monkey Business

Tolli Bar; 327 Kentish Town Road; London; NW5


Monday, 29th December

Camden Comedy Club

The Camden Head; 100 Camden High Street; London; NW1 0LU


Thursday, 8th January

Somewhere in Swindon. . .details to follow. . .

Monday, 19th January

The Good Ship

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



Tuesday, 20th January

Artificial Light

The Phoenix; 122 Gosford Street; Coventry; CV1 5DL


Thursday, 22nd January

Joke Thieves

Leicester Square Theatre; 6 Leicester Place; London; WC2H 7BX


Friday, 23rd January

Tickled Pig

Old Red Lion Theatre; 418 St. John Street; London; EC1V 4NJ



Saturday, 24th January


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

Thursday, 29th January

Joke Thieves

Civic Centre; Port Talbot; Wales; SA13 1PJ


Thursday, 5th February

Joke Thieves

Swindon Art Centre; Devizes Road; Swindon; SN1 4BJ


Wednesday, 11th February

The Comedy Den

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


Friday, 27th February

Somewhere in Sheffield. . .details to follow. . .

Friday, 20th March

Glasgow Comedy Festival: BRAND-NEW ONE MAN SHOW!

Blackfriars Basement; 36 Bell Street; Glasgow; G1 1LG




Friday, 17th April to Saturday, 18th April

TouMazing Comedy Festival

Tou Scene; Kvitsoygt 25; 4014 Stavanger; Norway

8:00pm nightly

Friday, 24th April to Saturday, 25th April

Bergen Comedy Festival


CLUB SET ON SATURDAY. . .more details to follow. . .

Thursday, 30th April

Joke Thieves

Cranleigh Arts Centre; 1 High Street; Cranleigh GU6 8AS


Friday, 1st May

Somewhere in Bangor, Wales. . .details to follow. . .

Wednesday, 3rd June

Joke Thieves

The Court Theatre; Station Road; Tring, Hertfordshire; HP23 5QY


Thursday, 4th June

Joke Thieves

Cornerstone Arts Centre; 25 Station Road; Didcot OX11 7NE


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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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