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Tape Face

Biography

Tape Face

Awards & competitions

Tape Face

Appearances & credits

Tape Face

Biography

Mime with noise, stand-up with no talking – drama with no acting. Tape Face has to be seen to be believed.

“The Boy With Tape on His Face is utterly spectacular! Endlessly inventive, hysterically funny. Sublime physical lunacy – fight for a ticket.” – Tim Arthur, Time Out

 

A former circus and street performer in his native New Zealand, Sam Wills began performing as the unique silent stand up, The Boy With Tape On His Face in 2008. A runaway success in the Antipodes, racking up multiple award winning performances, including ‘Best Show’, ‘Best Show Concept’, ‘People’s Choice’, and a nomination for ‘Best Newcomer’ at Melbourne Comedy Festival.

“A truly magical experience” – ★★★★★Chortle

 

Now living in the UK, ‘Tape Face’ brought his magical brand of physical comedy and unbelievable feats of the imagination to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2010, where the show was an unmitigated debut success, receiving a Foster’s Award nomination for Best Newcomer.

“It’s a pleasure to see great vaudevillian routines reinvented and invested with real personality…. Wills is the last word in silent comedy” – ★★★★The Guardian

 

2011’s Fringe show brought a bigger venue and a sold out run, as the The Boy’s universal appeal began to spread to previously uncharted territory. Following a UK tour of his seminal show, Wills returned to Edinburgh with new physical japery in the form of ‘More Tape’. Selling out the 750-seater Pleasance Grand on a nightly basis, it was clear to see that Tape Face was having the show of the Fringe.

“he’s an expert technician. Every glance is perfect – it has to be without any other means of communication – every pause is just right, every revelation perfectly timed, every scene running to just the right duration. When it comes to comic timing, his sense is innate” – ★★★★★Chortle

 

His appeal having transcended boundaries of age, language and culture, it was no surprise to see him receive the Fosters Panel Award and eleven 5 star reviews.

 

“A deliciously skilful hour, some of the set pieces are simply joyous, sometimes mesmerising” - ★★★★★The Times

 

Tape Face is a character with universal appeal. Delightful, wry, many-layered and hilarious, Wills accesses an inner child in us all that must be fed. Through simple, clever and charming humour aimed at satisfying that hunger, he has created one of the most accessible and enjoyable shows the world has ever seen.

“classic silent comedy with a twist, imagine Marel Marceau teaching you the moves to Blame it on the Boogie and you’re halfway to understanding the appeal of this compelling act”
– The Independent

 

Drawing on a heritage that includes silent film, mime, magic, puppetry, Motown and the films of Patrick Swayze, Tape Face is a pensive, curious soul approaching every object and audience member as a potential friend – or plaything. Shoes sing, empty dresses dance and electrical tape blossoms into roses, Wills creates a world of possibilities where the only certainty is laughter.

“Wills is a slapstick virtuoso and can make almost everyone laugh” – ★★★★★The List

 

Britain’s favourite silent Comedian, Tape Face performed in front of Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel, on season 11 of America’s Got Talent, which was aired on NBC to an estimated 11 million viewers. The audition has so far been viewed over 45 million times on youtube. He completely won over every audience he performed to, and after many rounds, and much strong competition, became a celebrated Finalist - receiving standing ovations with his totally unique style.

Following a stunning 2016 - during which he made his debut in Las Vegas, reached the finals of America’s Got Talent, became a viral sensation as one of the most viewed videos in AGT history, completed a sold-out 52 date tour of some of the UK’s most iconic venues and successfully persuaded a Spice Girl to wear a toilet seat on her head, live on American TV, in front of an audience of over 14 million! – Tape Face performed his highly-anticipated residency at the Flamingo, Las Vegas. Tape Face will then go on a limited US regional tour in May, bringing fans his unique show, his appeal having transcended boundaries of age, language and culture.

From June to July he performs in London’s West End at the Garrick Theatre, onto Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the entirety of August, tours the USA in October, and crosses Germany this December.

Think you’ve seen TAPE FACE?  Think again.  This year promises to be a bigger, brighter and more spectacular re-imagining of his unique and special brand of silent comedy.  This truly is comedy made for everyone, be prepared to get involved and enraptured as you step inside a comedy world unlike any other.  Visually stunning, heart-stopping, and hilarious - you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and when it’s all over you’ll be completely lost for words.

"I like the fact we don't know who you are. It was simple … clever, unique, brilliant" – Simon Cowell

“Tape Face became an instant Edinburgh fringe superstar at the turn of this decade.. he’s got a skilful, strange and lovable act that’s capable of entertaining nearly everyone” – ★★★★★The Guardian

 

Tape Face is currently on a world tour - Full dates and ticket links here

Keep up to date with his latest shows and adventures on our news page

Awards/Competitions

  • 2016 – The NZ Comedy Guild Awards - Outstanding Artist Achievement
  • 2016 – You Tube Rewind - Viral Artist 2016
  • 2016 – NBC's America's Got Talent - Finalist
  • 2016 – Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards - Best Comedy Shortlist, alongside Dave Chappelle / Al Murray / Michael McIntyre / Omid Djalili / Trevor Noah / Dara O'Briain
  • 2014 – Adelaide Fringe Awards - Bank SA Best Comedy - More Tape
  • 2014 – Adelaide Fringe Awards - Bank SA Pick of The Fringe - More Tape
  • 2013 – Chortle Best Variety Act
  • 2012 – Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award - Panel Award
  • 2012 – New Zealand Comedy Festival Fred Award Nomination
  • 2011 – Chortle Breakthrough Act
  • 2010 – Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award - Best Newcomer Nomination
  • 2010 – NZ comedy Guild Kevin Smith Artistic Achievement Award
  • 2009 – Adelaide Fringe Advertisers Award
  • 2009 – Adelaide Fringe Comedy Award
  • 2009 – Adelaide Fringe Banksa Support Award
  • 2008 – Melbourne Comedy Festival Best Newcomer Nomination
  • 2009 – Nominated Groggy Squirrel Critics Award
  • 2008 – Groggy Squirrel Reader’s Award
  • 2008 – People’s Choice World Busker’s Festival
  • 2007 – NZ comedy Guild Best Show concept
  • 2007 – NZ comedy Guild Best Show
  • 2007 – NZ comedy Festival Best Auckland Show
  • 2007 – NZ comedy Festival Best Poster
  • 2006 – NZ comedy Guild Best Show
  • 2006 – NZ comedy Guild Best Show concept
  • 2005 – NZ comedy Guild Best Show
  • 2005 – NZ comedy Festival The Billy T James Award
  • 2002 – NZ comedy Festival Best Marketing
  • 2001 – Pulp Awards Best new Face

Appearances & credits

Festivals:

  • 2015 - Flipside Festival, Singapore
  • 2015 - Altitude Comedy Festival, Austria
  • 2015 - Holland and Netherlands Tour
  • 2014 – Toronto Tour
  • 2015 - World Buskers Festival, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 2014 – Montreal Just for Laughs Festival
  • 2014 – Melbourne International Comedy Festival
  • 2014 – Adelaide Fringe Festival
  • 2013 – New Zealand International Comedy Festival
  • 2013 – World Buskers Festival, Christchurch, NZ
  • 2013 – Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • 2012 – Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • 2012 – New Zealand Comedy Festival
  • 2011 – Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • 2010 – Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • 2009 – Adelaide Festival
  • 2008 – World Busker’s Festival
  • 2005 – World Busker’s Festival
  • 2004 – World Busker’s Festival

Television & film:

  • 2016 – America's Got Talent - NBC
  • 2015 – The John Bishop Show - BBC1
  • 2012 – The Tape Face Tapes – BBC Three
  • 2011 – BBC Comedy Proms – BBC 2
  • 2011 – Comedy Convoy
  • 2011 – The Royal Variety Performance – BBC 1
  • 2011 – Jason Manford’s Comedy Rocks – ITV
  • 2003 (2002 + 2001) – Pulp comedy – TV2

Currently appearing at:

World Tour, International Festivals, Private Events

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