Mick Perrin Worldwide presents
Things We Did Before Reality
The one-man ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ makes his London debut at the Soho Theatre
from 28th February – 9th March 2013
“The most whistle-stop character comedy that you’re likely to see….”
**** The Independent
Will Franken, the unique, critically acclaimed satirist and high-speed, quick-change character comedian returns to the UK with his London debut at The Soho Theatre from 28th February to 9th March 2013.
His unique form of theatrical comedy is all contained in his one-man sketch roller coaster of mind-blowing and gut-busting hilarity.
See Will’s never-ending quest to illustrate the comedic pitfalls of the perceived reality by utilizing his uncanny acting ability, razor-sharp wit, and general disdain for political correctness.
Will employs his prolific and fevered imagination to bring to life such alternate comedic realities as parents of pick-axe murdered children forming their own specialized support group (POPAMC) to keep out the parents of fire-axe murdered children (POFAMC); Stephen Hawking expressing gratitude at an AA meeting as he no longer “needs to get high to discuss the event horizon”; and a well-meaning but misguided Victorian-era social worker distributing condoms to protect prostitutes from Jack the Ripper – all this and much more as Franken ‘flits in and out of personas – so restlessly, in fact, that it starts to look like a psychiatric condition’ (The Guardian)
Named Best Comedian by the San Francisco Weekly and “Best Alternative to Psychedelic Drugs” by the Bay Guardian, Will is a one-man “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” served American style. He has appeared on BBC America’s The World Stands Up and has been featured in numerous international comedy festivals including Montreal’s prestigious Just For Laughs. In the USA, 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 Theatre. In the UK, ‘Things We Did Before Reality’ debuted at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to rave reviews across the board, before transferring to London’s Soho Theatre this spring.
What the press have said about Things We Did Before Reality…
“…simply hilarious” **** The Times
“The most whistle-stop character comedy that you’re likely to see….” **** The Independent
“The sharp-clawed satire on US culture and liberal piety, and the constant upending of what it is we think we’re watching, make for a unique and compelling hour” **** The Guardian
“…fresh and funny routines” **** Sunday Times Culture
“He gallops along a comedic road less travelled and has found the sweet spot where absurdism and satire combine, both super-sweet and surgically sharp.” **** The Scotsman
“Will Franken is an astounding character comedian who makes almost everyone else in his field look like lazy chancers” **** Chortle
“This is masterful, mind-altering comedy that pokes fun at the world without standing loftily outside it.”
“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
“San Francisco has nurtured many of comedy’s biggest names, and this guy is destined to be one of them”
“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”
“Best Alternative to Psychedelic Drugs” San Francisco Bay Guardian
“It’s probably the funniest thing I’ve seen all year” NYTheatre.com
“Quite simply, he does the smartest comedy I’ve ever seen” The Oakland Tribune
Podcast series: willfranken.libsyn.com
Will Franken: Things We Did Before Reality
28th February – 9th March 2013 (not 3rd March)
Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London, W1D 3NE
28 Feb – 2 Mar £10; 4 – 9 Mar Mon – Wed £15 (£12.50); Thurs – Sat £17.50 (£15)
Box Office: 020 7478 0100 or www.sohotheatre.com