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Putting Smiles on the Faces of Dead People

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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. Relax as Will leads you in and out of a series of bizarre vignettes: Whitney Houston loses her mind in the studio; a Scottish Blake enthusiast is convinced of the evil of the alphabet; a little boy's school has burned down and he's blaming the sun; a suspender falls in love with a cabaret singing stapler; and a pagan god assumes the body of a human college instructor so that he may bring the gift of questions to a Third-World tribe that only speaks in statements. This compilation also contains the original "River By Three Trees". (The box set or individual volumes can be purchased by contacting Will Franken directly).


  1. Alicia Touched Me
  2. He Doesn't Read. . .Blake
  3. That Sound
  4. Hummingbird!
  5. How My School Burned Down
  6. Making Bail
  7. I'm Not Rappaportish
  8. I'm In Love With A French Girl
  9. The River By Three Trees
  10. The Suspender/Stapler Thing
  11. Pandemonium Cerebrum
  12. Whitney's Compromise
  13. Girl Soup
  14. Zaephel Goes Amongst The Mustard-Devillers
  15. Lament For Alicia