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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.

“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 AKA Tape Face began performing as the unique silent stand up, 'The Boy With Tape On His Face' in 2008. A runaway success in the Antipodes, he racked 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

 

Tape Face first 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 Comedy 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 Tape Face'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 creates 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

 

Having become Britain’s favourite silent Comedian, Tape Face travelled to LA, and 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 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.

 

 

 

"I believe a star is being born, out of just pure, utter silliness.. It was simple … clever, unique, brilliant" – Simon Cowell

 

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 started his highly-anticipated residency at the Flamingo, Las Vegas, and went on a US regional tour, bringing fans his unique show, his appeal having transcended boundaries of age, language and culture.

In 2017, Tape Face performed a season in London’s West End at the Garrick Theatre, went onto a sell out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, made a successful return to the Flamingo in Las Vegas, and a tour of the USA, Norway, and Germany. In 2018 Tape Face returned to Christchurch Buskers Festival, then embarked on a regional USA tour. The 'Americas's Got talent' alumnus announced a multi-year residency at Harrah's Las Vegas, and although his show contains no dialogue, his return to Sin City was louder than ever. In conjunction with his new show, Harrah's Las Vegas premiered a uniquely customised theatre, named the 'House of Tape'; an intimate 200 seat venue, created especially for Tape Face.

"whimsical vibrant energy" – Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

 

"exquisitely crafted onstage antics.. A gloriously playful finale sends us off into the night with a smile while we imagine the Tape Face left behind, on stage, presumably taking on a new audience with guile, wit and his undeniable power of persuasion" – The List

 

"Tape Face’s command of his art form is truly masterful... will fill you to the brim with childish glee.. will leave even the most stone-faced grown up grinning like a kid at Christmas" – Broadway Baby

 

Every 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, guests must be prepared to get involved and enraptured, as they 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.

Smash hit talent series ‘America's Got Talent: The Champions’ aired in the US in January 2019, on NBC, where viewers were treated to an incredible showcase of the very best acts from the Got Talent Global franchise.

Hosted by Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews, this new edition of AGT takes specially selected contestants from across the globe and puts them in competition with each other, for the first time. Bringing winners and the most notable contestants such as Susan Boyle, Paul Potts, Colin Cloud and Lost Voice Guy from seasons 1-13 back to the Got Talent studios, head-to-head, to see who is the ultimate top act, and Tape Face was chosen to make a triumphant return in episode 4, receiving a phenomenal response.

"You are one of the most memorable acts there has been.. Im so thrilled that you are back" – Howie Mandel

 

"You're clever, you're funny, you're totally" – Heidi Klum

 

"So funny.. I absolutely love you, congratulations" – 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

 

The Tape Face Show continues in Las Vegas - Full dates and ticket links here

Tape Face goes back out on Tour in the USA this Spring - Full dates and ticket links here

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

Awards/Competitions

  • 2019 – Star of America’s Got Talent: The Champions, NBC
  • 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:

  • 2017 - Reading & Leeds Festivals
  • 2017 - Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • 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:

  • 2019 – Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions, ITV
  • 2019 – America’s Got Talent - NBC
  • 2019 – America's Got Talent - The Champions - NBC
  • 2016 – Finalist - 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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