Playing age: 27 – 37
Height: 6′ 1”
Hair colour: Black
Eye colour: Blue
Build average: Average
Native Accent: New Zealand
Stand up, Circus
Skills, Improvisation, Cabaret,
Juggling, Corporate entertainment,
After dinner entertainment,
Theatre, Street Performance,
Clowning and Puppetry.
standard, English Standard.
“The West End surely beckons: Wills’s silence is looking increasingly golden.” The Guardian
Mime with noise, stand-up with no talking – drama with no acting. The Boy has to be seen to be believed.
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.
Now living in the UK, ‘The Boy’ 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. 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 The Boy was having the show of the Fringe. 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 glorious act of the imagination, an expression of pure playfulness….This boy is going places!” The Times
The Boy With Tape On His 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, The Boy has created one of the most accessible and enjoyable shows the world has ever seen.
Drawing on a heritage that includes silent film, mime, magic, puppetry, Motown and the films of Patrick Swayze, The Boy With Tape On His 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.
With a UK theatre tour that regularly sells out 300+ seats, a BBC pilot already under his belt and a West End run behind him the future is looking like an exciting place to be for The Boy.
The Boy is currently on tour. Click here for dates.
2013 – Chortle Best Variety Act
2012 – Fosters Panel Award
2011 – Chortle Breakthrough Act
2010 – Nominated Fosters Best Newcomer Award
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 – Nominated Melbourne Comedy Festival Best Newcomer
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
2012 – Edinburgh Fringe Festival – More Tape
2012 – Nominated New Zealand Comedy Festival Fred Award.
2010 – Edinburgh Fringe Festival – The Boy with Tape on his Face
2009 – Adelaide Festival
2008 – World Busker’s Festival
2005 – World Busker’s Festival
2004 – World Busker’s Festival
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:
The Duchess Theatre
Regional Theatres and Arts Centres
The Frog and Buckets