will franken at ars nova

Okay – so I KNOW I posted about Will Franken when he did FRINGENYC back in 2005 and gave him a rave review. For some reason I can’t find the post in my archives. Maybe I posted to one of my other blogs that I had back then. I don’t know. But I remember calling up the folks at Westbeth Entertainment and telling them to snag him before it was too late. They didnt’ bite and, well, its too late, I think.

Don’t you miss him! He’s on the way to megasuperstardom because he’s freakin’ hilarious.


“Manic brilliance”  –The New York Daily News

Will Franken’s outrageous wit will drive you to the brink of hysteria in his latest solo show. Tackling topics from the sacrosanct to the obscure, this is Franken doing what he does best: inhabiting a myriad of characters at lightning speed like a demented, one-man Monty Python. Praised by the New York Times for his “erudite wit and highly developed sense of the absurd” and recently dubbed San Francisco’s “Best Alternative to Psychedelic Drugs,” Franken hits the Ars Nova stage for one night only.

About Will Franken

Will Franken’s strange life story is the kind that standup comedians dream of having and independent filmmakers dream of concocting. Franken came head to head with a tyrannical father and a stiff Midwestern hometown before fleeing both to seek fame and fortune in New York City — earning an Associate’s degree in Acting and a Master’s degree in English en route. He quickly became a fixture in New York’s Greenwich Village’s alternative theatre scene.

Determined to make a name for himself in comedy, Franken went to San Francisco from New York by way of North Carolina. Once in San Francisco, Franken hit every open mic show and poetry slam he could find. In less than three years, his determination paid off as he quickly built a solid reputation as one of San Francisco’s most original comedic acts. He was selected “Best Comedian” by SF Weekly and “Best Alternative to Psychedelic Drugs” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian in 2005. Tribe.net named him one of the Top 25 People to Watch Nationwide the same year. His solo show Good Luck With It debuted at the New York International Fringe Festival to rave reviews by the New York Times, and ran at San Francisco’s Marsh Theater in late 2005.

In late 2007, Franken’s east coast fan base was thrilled to learn that he had re-relocated to New York City. After consecutive sold-out one-man shows at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and appearances at numerous other performance spaces large and small, Franken continues to wow audiences and increase his legion of fans.

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