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 returns to Edinburgh for the fifth time with his most surreal work yet: "Little Joe"

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

Also, following on the successes of his last two workshops, Will Franken return on 8th May to provide another course: "Raising The Dead: Using Sketch Comedy To Breathe Life Into Stand-Up"

See "Shows" Below for more info. . .

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International Press / Praise →

Tuesday, 26th April (1st Show)

Loose Brie's Comedy Showcase Show

The Canvas Cafe; 42 Hanbury Street; E1 5JL


Tuesday, 26th April (2nd Show)


The Miller Pub; 96 Snowfields Road; London Bridge; SE1 3SS


Friday, 29th April

Blue Giraffe Comedy

The Hollybush; Cradley Heath; West Mids; B64 5EA


Sunday, 1st May (1st Show)

The Heatons Comedy Club

The Heatons Sports Club; Green Lane; Heaton Moor; Stockport; SK4 2NF


Sunday, 1st May (2nd Show)

Didsbury Comedy Club

Didsbury Cricket Club; Wilmslow Road; Didsbury; M20 2ZY


Tuesday, 3rd May

Crown The Knave Comedy Night

Mug House; 1-3 Tooley Street; SE1 2PF


Thursday, 5th May

Stand and Deliver Comedy

Smokin' Billy's Bar-B-Q; 61, St. Mary's Butts; Reading; RG1 2LG


Sunday, 8th May


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

13:00pm to 17:00pm

For bookings and information please contact: Arlene Greenhouse Promotions – “Bespoke Comedy Services” 07977 970813 or email greenhouseeffect@btinternet.com

Tuesday, 10th May

The Burning Duck Comedy Club

The Black Swan; 23 Peasholme Green; York; Y01 7PR


Saturday, 14th May

Euxton CC Night of Comedy

Euxton Cricket Club; Balshaw Park; Southport Road; Euxton; PR7 6DD


Wednesday, 18th May

Smirk Experience

Hixter; 16 Great Guildford Street; SE1 0HS


Thursday, 26th May

Somewhere in Pinner. . .details to follow. . .

Friday, 27th May

Comedy Box Norway: Stavanger Comedy Festival; 1 Hour Show

Comedy Box; Soregata 29; Stavanger, Norway


Saturday, 28th May

Comedy Box Norway: Stavanger Comedy Festival; 1 Hour Show

Comedy Box; Soregata 29; Stavanger, Norway


Thursday, 9th June

Brand-New One-Man Show: "Little Joe"

The Deaf Institute; 135 Grosvenor Street; Manchester; M1 7HE


Friday, 10th June

Brand-New One-Man Show: "Little Joe"

Neath, Wales. . .details to follow. . .

Friday, 24th June

City Limits Comedy Club

Coburg Street; Cork, Ireland


Saturday, 25th June

City Limits Comedy Club

Coburg Street; Cork, Ireland


Thursday, 30th June

Brand-New One-Man Show: "Little Joe"

The Hexagon Theatre; Cannon Hill Park; Birmingham; B12 9QH


Saturday, 16th July

Plymouth Comedy

The Plymouth Athenaeum; Derrys Cross; Plymouth; PL1 2SW


Wednesday, 27th July

Brand-New One-Man Show: "Little Joe"

The Patrick Kavanagh; 142 Trafalgar Road; Birmingham; B13 8BX


Friday, 29th July

Stand-Up For Chester

Chester Town Hall; Northgate Street; Chester; CH1 2HJ



Tuesday, 13th September

XS Malarkey

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


Friday, 16th September

Private Gig in Edinburgh. . .

Saturday, 17th September

Top Secret Comedy Club

Cafe Mode; 170 Drury Lane; Covent Garden, London; WC2B 5PD


Thursday, 22nd September

Top Secret Comedy Club

Cafe Mode; 170 Drury Lane; Covent Garden, London; WC2B 5PD


Wednesday, 12th October

Comedy at Rhodes

1-3 South Road; Bishop's Stortford; Hertfordshire County; CM23 3JG


Thursday, 24th November

Two shows this night in the Oldham area. . .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.

Or subscribe on iTunes.

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

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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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