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Franken has a bionic ear for hot air. He'll undercut right-wing jingoism and left-wing piety alike... Simply hilarious.

— The Times of London

You can’t take your eyes off these inspired outpourings

— UK Guardian

Will Franken is an astounding character comedian who makes almost everyone else in his field look like lazy chancers.

— Chortle UK

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

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Check out the shows below and you'll see Will Franken is in the North of England again -- as well as Scotland, Surrey, Wales, and his old home of London.

Also, Will Franken is the proud recipient of the 2017 Blake Society Tithe Grant Award for his letter written in the voice of the visionary contrarian, William Blake. See the happy Will Franken next to a life masque of his hero by clicking HERE and see the letter written from judge Tracy Chevalier to the winner (as well as a link to Will's own award-winning letter) by clicking HERE

WINNER: Blake Society Tithe Grant Award 2017

WINNER: ThreeWeeks Editors' Award 2014

WINNER: Barry Award: Best Performer 2014

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Friday, 13 July at 7:00 pm

Eastbourne Comedy Festival

Come one, come all. A rare opportunity to see me in action, for an entire hour no less. It's all happening in Eastbourne tomorrow night. Life meets laughter where the land meets the sea.


Tuesday, 14 May

Comedy Unleashed / Back Yard Comedy Club

231 Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green, E2 0EL


Saturday, 27 April

Four Good Comedians

Blue Sky Cafe; Ambassador Hall; Rear of 236 High Street; Bangor; LL57 1PA


Thursday, 25 April

Comedy at RAF Cosford

Sorry, you have to be serving in the RAF and stationed in Cosford to see this gig.


Tuesday, 16 April

Hoxton Comedy Club

The Iron Stag; 45-47 Hoxton Square; London; N1 6PD


Saturday, 13 April

Kick Back Comedy

The Boiler Room; 13 Stoke Fields; Guildford; Surrey; GU1 4LS


Thursday, 4 April

Crackbird Comedy

The Junkyard; 25 Chapel Street; Hamilton; South Lanarkshire; ML3 6AP



Tuesday, 2 April

Raw Guffaw

The Troqueer Arms; 152 Troqueer Road; Dumfries; DG2 7DF



Saturday, 30 March

Saturday Night Live

The Comedy Lounge; 112-116 George Street; Hull; HU1 3AA


Friday, 29 March (second show)

Funny Friday

The Comedy Lounge; 112-116 George Street; Hull; HU1 3AA


Friday, 29 March (first show)

Barnstormers Comedy

Ropery Hall; The Ropewalk; 56 Maltkiln Road; Barton-upon-Humber; DN18 5JW



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Listen to Will's old podcast series, Strollers as well as the original Things We Did Before Reality.

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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