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, and absurdist one-man sketch comedy show tae the Glasgow Comedy Festival on 20th March! See shows for details!

WINNER: ThreeWeeks Editors' Award Winner 2014

WINNER: Barry Award: Best Performer 2014

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International Press / Praise →

Thursday, 22nd January

Joke Thieves

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


Saturday, 24th January


Queen's Park Arts Centre; Aylesbury; Buckinghamshire; HP21 7RT



Sunday, 1st February

Corky's Comedy Club

Corky's Bar; 597 Liverpool Road; Irlam, Manchester; M44 5BE


Tuesday, 3rd February

The Goodfather Comedy

The Comedy Pub; 7 Oxendon Street; Leicester Square, London; SW1Y 4EE



Thursday, 5th February

Joke Thieves

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


Thursday, 12th February

The Comedy Den

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


Monday, 16th February

Winkwell Comedy Night

The Three Horseshoes; Winkwell; Hemel Hempstead; Hertfordshire; HP1 2RZ


Wednesday, 25th February

Joking Aside

Hysteria; 578 Kingsland Road; Dalston, London; E8 4AH


Friday, 27th February

The Staindrop Comedy Night

The Staindrop Lodge; Lane End; Chapeltown; Sheffield; S35 3UH



Wednesday, 4th March

Maesteg Town Hall Comedy Club

Maesteg Town Hall; Talbot Street; Maesteg, Wales, CF34 9DA


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 Chester. . .details to follow. . .

Tuesday, 19th May

XS Malarkey

Pub/Zoo; 126 Grosvenor Street; Manchester, M1 7HL



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


Sunday, 21st June

Comedy Night

The Greys Pub; 105 Southover Street; Hanover, Brighton; BN2 9UA


Tuesday, 30th June

Edinburgh Preview. . .somewhere in Chertsey. . .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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