Comedian Will Franken has been called San Francisco’s “Best Comedian” by the SF Weekly and the “Best Alternative to Psychedelic Drugs” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Franken’s comedic style is rooted in the British sketch comedy tradition and he will portray a wide variety of bizarre characters and situations in a single show. In a single routine he can mix high-brow references to John Milton with scathing social commentary and low-brow scatological humor. In short, one never knows what to expect from Franken and he’s been quoted as saying, “Madonna reinvents herself every year. I reinvent myself every two minutes.”
Franken came to San Francisco from New York in the early 2000s and hit every open mic and poetry slam in the Bay Area until he solidified his reputation as a original albeit surreal comedic talent. After several years in the Bay Area, Franken re-located to the East Coast in 2007, so it’s a special treat that he’s decided to spend his 38th birthday in the city where he built his career.
Franken will be performing this Thursday, June 30 at the legendary Purple Onion and will be unveiling a number of new pieces for this very special performance. These will include a narrative on his first trip to Disneyland at age 37 and his new one-man opus: “Dieter Und Shiela at the International Youth Hostel” described as “a love story about a shy German etymologist and an Australian girl of ill-repute.”
This is a rare opportunity to catch a very special talent on a very special day so be sure to pick up your tickets here and get ready for a night you won’t soon forget.