Wil Anderson is quite possibly my favourite stand-up comedian. Not surprisingly, he’s Australian. He’s also really good looking. One of the reasons I like him so much is that his values mesh with my own: he is pro-choice, anti-death penalty, pro-women’s rights, and pro-gay rights, not to mention a vegetarian and a cat lover. How could I not like this man?
Wil is pretty famous in Australia, not just from his stand-up but also as a TV presenter. Currently he is the host of the brilliant ABC panel show The Gruen Transfer, that deconstructs advertising. Before that, he hosted The Glass House, another panel show that had Corinne Grant and Dave Hughes as team captains. He’s also been a radio presenter, first on Triple J with Adam Spencer then on Triple M with Lehmo. Though he’s not on the radio nowadays, he does have a weekly podcast with Charlie Clausen, called 30 Odd Foot of Pod. In addition to all this, he’s written two books (Survival of the Dumbest and Friendly Fire) and this year his stand-up show Wilful Misconduct was nominated for the Barry Award and won the People’s Choice award at the MICF (and rightfully so!).
Wil is an incredible stand-up comedian. He has done 14 stand-up shows (all puns on his name, like Wilosophy and I Am the Wilrus… ouch) and is one of Australia’s best comedians. Love him or hate him, laugh with him or at him, but whatever you do, don’t confuse him with Adam Hills.
Here’s an aggregate of YouTube clips:
MICF Gala (2006) At the very least, watch this one:
The Glasshouse – Ockerettes (2006)
The Sideshow (2007)
MICF Gala (2007)
MICF Gala (2008)
The Gruen Transfer: The Pitch to invade New Zealand (2008)
New Zealand Comedy Festival (2009)
Sample from Wilosophy (2009)
Surviving the Holidays with Lewis Black (2009)
Just for Laughs Gala (2009?)
MICF Gala (2010)