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When not pointing out how the world spins on Gruen, you’ll find Wil Anderson touring the clubs and theatres of the world, building a formidable following in the US, UK, Canada and beyond. His Australian tours fill our biggest theatres, earning him five People's Choice Awards at the Melbourne Comedy Festival.

There is no doubt that Wil is a world class comedian at the top of his craft. His stand up is a densely written, high-speed ride through one of the world's most wonderful comedic imaginations.

Wil Anderson

Comedian/Writer/Broadcaster/Presenter

Wil is a stand up first and foremost, touring Australia and the world at every opportunity, performing more than a hundred shows a year. His stand up is a densely written, high-speed ride through one of the most wonderful comedic imaginations in the world. Politics, pop and the banal come together in a Wil Anderson routine, always delivered with more conviction and enthusiasm than any man’s vocal chords can take.

 

Since 2008 Wil has hosted ABC TV's highest rating program The Gruen Transfer series- a role that saw him nominated for a Gold Logie in 2010, and spawned spin offs, Gruen Nation, Gruen Sweat and Gruen Planet. In 2013, Gruen Nation did a 4 week special, looking in depth into the Australian Election Campaign.

After a year off in 2014, Gruen made a much anticipated return to our screens in the second half of 2015. The latest 2016 series of Gruen has been a smash hit, consistently being one of the most watched television programs in Australia and a critical success.

 

The last few years have really seen Wil return to focussing on his stand up. He has performed in every corner of the USA, as well as Canada, Ireland, Edinburgh, and in London’s West End. In 2013, Wil was invited to perform at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, performing alongside some of the world’s best comedians. Whilst there, he hosted a television special for Channel 7, Wil Does Montreal, giving us behind the scenes access to this prestigious festival and some of its performers. He performed at this festival three years running.

In conjunction with his live work, Wil has discovered another love – podcasting. His very popular TOFOP Podcast, which he hosts with friend Charlie Clausen, has one of the highest download rates for a comedy podcast. The podcast is so successful, they have been invited to attend and participate in the invite only LA Podcast Festival. Wil has also started up a second podcast Wilosophy – where he gets interesting guests on the show to talk about their philosophy on life. Guests have included Adam Spencer, Dr Karl, Judith Lucy and Todd Sampson.

 

2014 was set to be the year to beat – after an epic year of live shows across the globe, Wil ended his tour with two sell-out shows in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall where he received standing ovations each night, but then 2015 happened…

 

2015 marked Wil’s 20th year at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, as well as winning his 5th People’s Choice Award. So he celebrated by adding to his schedule and doing two shows. Only an idiot would attempt two brand-new shows in one festival, and Wil is just that idiot. It ran for three shows only, or as Wil liked to call it – Preview, Opening Night and Closing Night.

 

2016’s live show Fire At Wil played at every major comedy festival in the country and received some of the best reviews Wil has ever had – which is saying something for one of the most critically acclaimed and popular comedians of our life time. 

 

“…dry, self-deprecating, politically incorrect and crude, there are

not many areas of our society at which Wil Anderson is not willing to take a crack. And thank goodness, because in his hands pretty much everything has a funny side” - Daily Telegraph

 

“surprisingly heartfelt, regularly courageous and consistently funny…brilliant” - The Age

 

“superbly crass, irreverent, smart, manic, soulful and consistently hilarious” - The Sun-Herald

 

“A sharp and pacy torrent of jokes delivered with a skill that’s worth savouring”- The List, Edinburgh

 

“Like Adam Hills on speed, Australian comedian Wil Anderson’s new show is brilliant… an hour in his company flies by all too quickly” - The Stage, Edinburgh

 

“What a funny Aussie. Wil Anderson’s fast-paced routine is bursting with laughs and energy…there is enough material here to fill two hours making the one he has sprint by…a higher laugh-per-minute rate than anyone I have seen before… ‘Ando’ is a comic gem”

Three Weeks, Edinburgh

 

“If you ever have the chance, go and see Wil Anderson live. I could have sat there all night if laughing so hard didn’t hurt so much...”
City News

 

“Anderson has a sharp brain, quick tongue and is up there with the best of them”- The Drum

 

”A sharp blend of idealism and cynicism. Fresh, energetic and articulate.” The Age, Melbourne

 

 “Anderson is, without doubt, one of the nation’s finest comedic talents” Adelaide Advertiser

 

“Anderson is among the funniest comedians we have...” Sydney Morning Herald

 

“Anderson is the eternal naughty boy you can’t help liking” The Australian

 

“Wound up tighter than a spring and barely pausing for breath during his one-hour set, Wil Anderson is manic, likeable, passionate…”

The Age, Melbourne

 

“A comic juggernaut of current affairs.” Sydney Morning Herald

 

“An hour long spiel that is absolutely packed with jokes, wisecracks, good vibes and a certain amount of attitude” Adelaide Advertiser

 

Television

2015-16 ABC TV Gruen (Host and Executive Producer)
2015 Comedy Channel JFL Australia (stand up)
2014 Network Seven Wil Does Montreal - JFL Gala Special (host)
2014 Network TEN The Project (fill in host)
2013 Foxtel Stand Ups Sit Down - pilot (guest)
2013 Network Seven Wil Does Montreal - JFL Gala Special (host)
2013 ABC TV Gruen Nation (host)
2013 Network Ten The Project (fill in host)
2011-NOW ABC TV Gruen Planet (Host)
2012 ABC TV Gruen Sweat (Host)
2012 NETWORK TEN The Project (Host)
2011-2012 NETWORK TEN Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala (Stand Up Appearance)
2011-2012 NZ TV3 Seven Days (regular panellist)
2008-2011 ABC TV Gruen Transfer (Host)
2011 ABC TV Gruen Planet (Host)
2011 ABC TV Wilosophy (Stand up Special of DVD Recording)
2011 NZ TV2 Comedy Christmas Cracker Gala (Stand Up Appearance)
2011 NZ TV3 Seven Days (regular panellist)
2011 NZ TV3 New Zealand Comedy Festival Gala (Stand Up Appearance)
2011 Network TEN Good News Week (Regular Panellist)
2011 E! Netwok Chelsea Lately (Regular Guest)
2011 Network TEN Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala (Stand Up Appearance)
2011 Channel 31 Studio A live (guest)
2010 ABC TV Gruen Nation (Host)
2010 E! Netwok Chelsea Lately (Regular Guest)
2010 Network TEN Good News Week (Regular Panellist)
2010 NZ TV3 New Zealand Comedy Festival Gala (Stand Up Appearance)
2010 NZ TV3 Seven Days (Panellist)
2010 Comedy Channel WILOSOPHY (Stand-Up Show Special)
2009-2010 Network TEN Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala (Stand Up Appearance x2)
2009 NZ TV3 New Zealand Comedy Festival Xmas Gala (Stand Up Appearance)
2009 Network TEN 7PM Project (Guest Host)
2009 NZ TV3 Seven Days (Panellist)
2009 Comedy Channel WILOSOPHY (Stand Up Show Special)
2009 Network TEN ROVE (Guest)
2009 E! Network Chelsea Lately (Guest)
2009 Network TEN Talkin’ Bout Your Generation (Contestant)
2009 Nine Network 2009 Logie Awards (Presenter)
2009 ABC TV RAW Comedy Finals (Host)
2009 Network TEN Montreal Just For Laughs: Britcom Special (Host)
2009 Network TEN Good News Week (Regular Panellist)
2008 ABC TV The Gruen Transfer (Host)
2008 Network TEN Good News Week (Panellist)
2007-2008 Network TEN Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala (Stand Up Appearance x2)
2007 Network TEN ROVE (Stand Up Spot)
2007 ABC TV The Sideshow – (Stand Up Spot)
2001-2006 ABC TV The Glass House (Host and Writer)
2006 ABC TV Head to Head – Celebrity Episode (Panellist)
2006 Network TEN Just For Laughs Special (Host)
2006 Network TEN Rove {LIVE} – Stand Up spot
2005-2006 Network TEN Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala (Stand Up Appearance x 2)
2005 Network TEN The 2005 International Comedy Festival. Just For Laughs (Host)
2004 Network TEN Just For Laughs Comedy Festival (Host)
2004 Network TEN Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala (Stand Up Appearance)
2003 Nine Network World Comedy Tour (Stand Up Appearance) also for Pay-TV in USA, UK and Canada
2003 Network TEN Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala (Stand Up Appearance)
2002 Network TEN Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala (Host)
2002 ABC TV Raw Comedy Final (Host with Corinne Grant & Dave Hughes)
2000-2003 ABC TV The Fat (Regular Panellist)
1998-2001 Nine/Network TEN Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala (Stand Up Appearance x 4)
1999 Nine Network Super Debates
1999 Channel 7 World Cup Comedy
1999 ABC TV Standing Up (Stand Up Appearance)
1997 thecomedychannel Mouthing Off (Panellist - Several Appearances)
1997-2000 ABC-TV/Network Ten Good News Week (Regular Panellist

 

Radio

2016 2Day FM Breakfast with Rove & Sam (occassional co-host)
2011 Radio Q Qantas National Inflight radio Smile High Club (Guest host)
2007-2008 Triple M National Drive Show “Wil and Lehmo” (Host)
2000- 2004 Triple J Triple J Breakfast (Host with Adam Spencer)
1999 Triple J Triple J Breakfast (Weekly Guest and occasional Co-host with Adam Spencer)

 ** Wil has also made various publicity appearances on a variety of radio networks.

 

Live Shows

2016 Fire at Wil Adelaide Fringe, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Perth Comedy Festival, Sydney Opera House
2016 FreeWil Underbelly Hong Kong
2015 FreeWil Adelaide Fringe, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Perth, Sydney, Soho Theatre London
2015 Political Wil Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Giant Dwarf Sydney
2014 Wiluminati Adelaide Fringe, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, JFL Montreal, Perth, Darwin, Sydney Opera House
2013 GoodWil Adelaide Fringe, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Perth, Enmore Theatre, Canberra, Soho Theatre London, Dee Why RSL, Sutherland Entertainment Centre
2012 Wilarious Adelaide Fringe, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Udderbelly, Perth Octagon, Sydney Comedy Store
2011 Man Vs Wil Adelaide Fringe, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, New Zealand Comedy Festival (Auckland and Wellington), Sydney Comedy Store (8 week season), Perth, Astor Theatre. Regional: Rockhampton, Townsville, Newcastle, Gold Coast, Darwin, Bathurst, Canberra, Nowra, Castlemaine, Sale.
2010 Wilful Misconduct Adelaide Fringe, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, New Zealand Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival and Octagon Theatre Perth, Sydney Comedy Store (return sell out season), Brisbane Sit Down Comedy Club (return season)
2009 Wilosophy National Tour as well as Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, NZ Comedy festival, Sydney Opera House, Edinburgh Fringe Festival
2008 Wilosophy Octagon Theatre – Perth, Powerhouse Theatre - Brisbane
2008 Wil Anderson Live in London Riverside Studios - London
2008 BeWILdered – Solo Show National Tour
2007 Wil Of God – Solo Show National Tour
2006 Wil Communication – Solo Show National Tour
2006 I am the Wilrus – Solo Show Edinburgh Fringe Festival
2005 Kill Wil – Solo Show National Tour
2004 Wil Anderson & Adam Spencer – The Last Time Hi Fi Bar – Melbourne, Theatre Royal – Hobart, Thebarton Theatre – Adelaide, Octagon Theatre – Perth, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre – Wollongong, City Hall – Newcastle, Enmore Theatre – Sydney
2003 Licence To Wil – Solo Show Sydney Opera House. Adelaide Fringe, Octagon Theatre Perth, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The Brisbane Powerhouse, Darwin Festival
2003 Jagged Little Wil – Solo Show Adelaide Festival Centre, The Brisbane Powerhouse, Sydney Opera House, Octagon Theatre Perth, Parramatta, Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2002 Wil By Mouth – Solo Show Belvoir St Theatre – Sydney, Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2001 Wil of Fortune – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2000 5 thirty – with Adam Spencer Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2000 Who Wants To Be A Wilionaire – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The Valhalla – Sydney
1999 Terra Wilius – Solo Show Melbourne Fringe Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival
1999 Wilennium – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The Globe – Sydney, Edinburgh Fringe Festival
1999 Stand Up Season at the Adelaide Festival Centre with Tripod
1998 I Am The Wilrus – Solo Show Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival
1997 Show Pony – 10 Week Season with Corinne Grant Builder’s Arms Hotel – Melbourne
1997 Diet Life – Solo Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival

 

Other Notable Live Work

2016 The Dollop Podcast - Australian Tour (Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra Guest)
2015-16 LA Podfest - TOFOP Live
2014-15 Just For Laughs Festival Montreal 
2014 Melbourne Comedy Festival Opening Night Gala (spot)
2013 Just For Laughs Festival Montreal 
2013 Sydney Comedy Festival Gala (spot)
2012 Southbank Festival London Wilarious
2012 Cats Laugh Festival, Kilkenny Ireland
2011 Just for Laughs Gala – Sydney Opera house (only local act on bill)
2011 Largo at the Coronet, Los Angeles – solo show
2011 Cats Laugh Festival, Kilkenny Ireland
2011 E4 Udderbelly Festival – Southbank, London – solo show
2011 In Conversation with Alan Ball – Sydney Opera House (interviewer)
2010 & 2011 Splendour in the Grass – Forum Host
2010 & 2011 NZ Comedy Festival Gala
2010 Campbelltown Arts Centre Comedy @ C’town
2010 In Conversation with Joss Whedon – Sydney Opera House (interviewer)
2009 NZ Comedy Festival Christmas Gala
2009 Wil Anderson Live - In Stitches – Qld Performing Arts Centre
2007 Laugh Out Loud – Sydney Writer’s Festival
2004, 2005 -2006 + 2009 Just For Laughs - Montreal
2003 + 2005 Hobart Comedy Festival
2002 Busselton Comedy Festival
2001 Livid Music Festival
2002 Big Laugh Comedy Festival, Parramatta
2001 The Falls Festival
2000 Offshore Festival

 ** Wil is in high demand as a stand up comedian and has headlined in virtually every major venue across the country.

 

Writing

2011 GQ Magazine Australia – regular contributor
2009 Friendly Fire – A collection of Columns published by Random House
2008 - 2009 Sunday Magazine – Sunday Roast (Fortnightly Column)
2006 Survival of the Dumbest debut book published by Random House
2004 – 2007 Sunday Magazine – Sunday Roast (Weekly Column)
2005 – Now In London Magazine – Monthly Column (UK based)
2001 – 2003 Cosmopolitan (Monthly Column)
1998 – 1999 The Australian, Melbourne Extra (Weekly Column)
1997 The Big Issue (Fortnightly Column)

 

Corporate

Various clients including Adelaide Film Festival, Microsoft, Optus, YouTube, AdShel, BT, British Airways. L’oreal, Microsoft, Chrysler, Holden, ING Direct, the Institute of Public Administration Australia, Hanimex, Mobil, NAB, Mortgage Industry Australia, Suncorp-Metway, Sydney Airport Corporation, Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney Swans, Toyota & Whybin Lawrence Advertising.

 

Recordings

2015 Aussie Comedian DVD Boxset with Dave Hughes and Adam Hills through Universal
2015 Wiluminati DVD released and distributed through Univeral
2009 Wilosophy DVD released and distributed through Universal
2009 The Gruen Transfer: Season 2 DVD, released by ABC Enterprises
2008 The Gruen Transfer: Season 1 DVD, released by ABC Enterprises
2007 MICF: Best of Gala DVD Collection
2006 Release of The Best of The Glass House (2002-2006) DVD by ABC Enterprises and distributed through Roadshow Entertainment
2001 Release of the Melbourne Comedy Festival CD compilation through Rubber Music, distributed by BMG Australia

 

Podcast

2012-15 LA Podcast Festival (invited to participate)
2013-NOW Wilosophy Hosted by Wil Anderson
2010-NOW TOFOP (thirty odd foot of pod) hosted by Wil Anderson and Charlie Clausen
2011 WTF with Marc Maron podcast - Wil Anderson was a guest

 

Live Theatre

1999/2000 A Midsummer’s Nights Dream (Principle Cast Member) Royal Botanic Gardens – Melbourne

 

Awards

2015 Winner of Melbourne International Comedy Festival Bulmers People's Choice Award
2014 Winner of Melbourne International Comedy Festival Bulmers People's Choice Award
2014 Nominee AACTA - Best Comedy or Light Entertainment Show Gruen Nation
2012 Winner of Melbourne International Comedy Festival Bulmers People’s Choice Award
2012 Nominee Helpmann Award – Best Comedy Performer
2012 Nominee for AACTA Award “Best Light Entertainment Series” for The Gruen Sweat
2011 Winner of Melbourne International Comedy Festival Bulmers People’s Choice Award
2011 Nominee Helpmann Award – Best Comedy Performer
2010 Winner of GQ Man Of The Year “Media Personality”
2010 Winner of Melbourne International Comedy Festival Bulmers People’s Choice Award
2010 Winner of Helpmann Award – Best Comedy Performer
2010 Nominee for Melbourne International Comedy Festival Barry Award
2010 2009 TV Week Logie Awards - Nominated for Gold Logie
2008 Winner GQ Man Of The Year “Comedic Talent”
2008 Nominee GQ Man Of The Year “Radio Presenter”
2008 Nominee GQ Man Of The Year “TV Presenter”
2008 Nominee Australian Commercial Radio Awards “Best New Talent”
2008 Nominee Australian Commercial Radio Awards “Best Sketch”
2008 Nominee, The Gruen Transfer, “Best Light Entertainment Series”
2007 Nominee GQ Man Of The Year “Radio Presenter”
2007 Nominee GQ Man Of The Year “Comedic Talent”
2007 Nominee Logie Award, The Glass House, “Most Oustanding Comedy Program
2007 Nominee Logie Award. “Most Popoular TV Presenter”
2006 Nominee AFI Awards, The Glass House, “Best Light Entertainment Series"
2006 Nominee Logie Award, The Glass House, “Most Outstanding Comedy Program”
2006 Nominee Logie Award, The Glass House, “Most Popular Light Entertainment Program”
2005 Winner AFI Awards, The Glass House, “Best Light Entertainment Series”
2004 Winner AFI Awards, The Glass House, “Best Light Entertainment Series”
1999 Nominee Perrier Award, Edinburgh Fringe, “Best Newcomer”

 

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Last Updated: September 2016