Will Franken's Grandpa, It's Not Fitting: Funny, Insightful Comedic Show
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Featured review from David Z.
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Will Franken is a comic genius, but this is a rollercoaster of a show, full of hilarious highs and boring, bewildering lows. We attended on opening night; it might be best to wait a few weeks until Franken gets his act together. Until then, this show is recommended for Franken fans only.
Quotes & Highlights
- "[a] highly developed sense of the absurd," <em>--The New York Times</em>
- “Franken is that rare species – an independent thinker with a healthy sense of the absurd and a complete and utter lack of political correctness. Not to mention being funny." <em>--SF Gate </em>
Grandpa, It's Not Fitting is an aberration...an anomaly...an anachronism. Put simply, it just doesn’t fit. Fit what? you might ask. Well, apart from anything else, one might say that Grandpa, It's Not Fitting doesn’t “fit” the traditional mold of one-man shows. But then again, solo performer Will Franken doesn’t fit the mold of traditional one-men. Rugged, coarse, sandpapery and brittle, Will Franken has been described as smooth as a porcelain China doll, soft as an ungrown baby, and delicate as a daffodil’s stamen. I suppose one could say Will Franken doesn’t even fit himself. And he’s definitely never fit in anywhere else.
Audiences will get a look ahead at the final broadcast of the Christian faith held in Westminster Abbey, as well as a sneak preview of the hit Broadway smash, Mrs. Wit. They’ll stop and visit everybody’s favorite political prisoner, Too-koo Moo-moo, and – if there’s time – log in some flight-hours with 9-year-old airline pilot Captain Griffin. There will be some political chants from the Common Book of Chants, and we'll get all nice and screwed-up and cheated out of our life savings by the Lord of Scientology. Grandpa, It's Not Fitting might not fit the mainstream, but it just might fit you!
Born and raised in Missouri, Will Franken worked as an actor, English teacher, typist and convenience store clerk before heading to California in 2002 to try his hand at comedy. Five years later, he is celebrated as one of the most innovative performers to come out of San Francisco in recent years. He brings life’s inherent weirdness to the stage, poking fun at a broad range of cultural strongholds. Franken recently made his television debut on “The World Stands Up,” a showcase of UK, American and Australian comedians. He has also appeared on Air America’s “Marc Maron Show” and was a semifinalist in the San Francisco International Comedy Competition. Franken performed his last solo show Good Luck With It to capacity crowds in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.