Comedy, Hosts/MC's, Media
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.
"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."
"Anderson is among the funniest comedians we have..."
Sydney Morning Herald
“A sharp and pacy torrent of jokes delivered with a skill that’s worth savouring.”
The List, Edinburgh