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I saw the comedian Will Franken at Upright Citizens Brigade a few months ago, and I’m still reeling from, marveling at, trying to process the hilarity, erudition and outrageousness of Franken’s mind and his eerie gift for projecting dozens (multiple, manifold dozens!) of personalities in a single performance. Download his podcast. Listen to an interview he did with Jesse Thorn of The Sound of Young America (completely coincidentally, I appear as a voice at the beginning of this recording). Watch some videos. If you’re still not convinced, read this Gothamist interview. And see him live. The next New York show is this Saturday, Feb. 16, at Karma Lounge, 51st 1st Ave. (between 3rd and 4th Sts.), 8 p.m. And I’m not just promoting a friend; I don’t even know him yet. But please take my word for it—his talent and imagination are well out of the ordinary.


Hello Emily,

Mr. Franken wishes to express his deepest gratitude for your appreciation of his art and your promotion of his upcoming shows. Please also note that he has recently finished the latest installment of his inventive podcast “Things We Did Before Reality,” entitled “BANG!,” which can be accessed here.

We look forward to seeing you at future performances. Please do say hello.


Stealth Johnson
Personal Secretary to Wm. Franken

Well, that’s very nice to hear, Stealth! Wait, where did you go?

Note to readers: Will Franken is freakishly gifted.

I’m so jealous that you saw Franken. I’ve been meaning to see him for about a year, and he played the UCB Theater a month or two ago and I happened to be out of town, drat.

Come back to NYC soon, Will! And bring Stealth with you!

I return with happy tidings as Will Franken will perform an hour show at the Sidewalk Cafe (94 Avenue A, East Village), on Wednesday April 16 at 9pm.

The best part, the show is free!! (We will be “passing the hat” afterwards for voluntary contributions)

Tell all your friends!


P.S. For up-to-date showtime information, please click on the “shows” link at www.willfranken.com

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