Thursday, December 9, 2010

Will Franken at The Sacramento Comedy Spot

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A night of comedy with
Will Franken
With special guest Ray Molina

When: Friday, January 14th, 2011 @ 9pm
Where: Sacramento Comedy Spot, 1050 20th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
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How Much: $15
Phone: (916) 402-4757

"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
"Best Comedian" -SF Weekly
"Best alternative to psychedelic drugs" -SF Bay Guardian
"A demented, one-man Monty Python" -Ars Nova

Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal- Alternative Show and Best of the Fest
HBO Comedy Festival- 1st Runner-up for The Andy Kaufman Award
The World Stands Up, BBC tv appearance, London

Will Franken's strange life story is the kind that standup comedians dream of having and independent filmmakers dream of concocting.

A brilliant and hilarious youngster with a penchant for psychedelic drugs, 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. Franken's Big Apple existence was also marked by highs and lows, from nailing a lucrative gig as the mascot of online library Questia, to teaching social studies and English at a middle school in Harlem. He was a fixture in Greenwich Village’s alternative theatre scene.

The bumpy life continued as Franken, broke but determined to make a name for himself in comedy, came to San Francisco from New York by way of North Carolina -- with $300 to his name and no housing or employment prospects. Between spending nights in his car at the Berkeley Marina and days looking for typist work, 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.

Franken established himself as a San Francisco cult figure and was selected “Best Comedian” by SF Weekly and “Best Alternative to Psychedelic Drugs” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. named him one of the Top 25 People to Watch Nationwide. His solo show Good Luck With It debuted at the New York Fringe Festival to rave reviews by the New York Times, and had an extended run at San Francisco’s Marsh Theater.

“Madonna reinvents herself every year. I reinvent myself every two minutes," Franken says. You can see that principle at work in both his comedy and his life: Always keep moving because things are bound to get -- in the words of a San Francisco Bay Guardian article about Franken -- more "bizarre and fabulous."

And opening the show:
Ray Molina is a comedian's comedian. He is one of the sharpest writers on the scene today and his deadpan delivery is perfect for his often dark subject matter.

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