Will Marfori is a working stand up comedian in the United States of America. Will is very proud that he is working, many of his fellow American’s are not, so he considers that something of a miracle. Will has appeared on the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson and is a regular on Sirius/XM Satellite radio. Performing at comedy clubs, colleges, and cruise ships, Will tours almost 50 weeks a year all around the world.
Born with Cerebral Palsy, Will never felt like he fit in, until he walked on stage for the first time in 1999. He started doing comedy in Norfolk, Virginia while attending Old Dominion University. He entered a stand up comedy contest for the student body and won. He was hooked, Will finally found a vehicle for expressing his thoughts and feelings about his CP, family, and life. Poking fun at his situation was empowering and it felt good to share his comedy with other people. Will continued to finish his degree, for his Mom, but secretly knew he wanted to be a comedian. Finally all his flaws became assets and his differences became strengths.
In 2001 Will graduated from ODU and the first job he got was working as a house MC at the Comedy Zone in Norfolk Va. He had a Bachelors degree, and the most marketable thing about him was that he was funny. For two years Will hosted all the shows at the club, doing 15 minutes a show, introducing all the comedians, six shows a week. This taught him how to write jokes, deal with hecklers, work in front of a variety of different audiences, and figure out how to be funny. Something that Will is still trying to figure out. Eventually while working at nights, he also got a job as a Computer Scientist, working on weapons systems for the U.S. Navy.
In 2003 Will got his first showcase for the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), the largest association of Colleges and Universities in the country. He got a standing ovation and booked a year long college tour all over the southeast. It was apparent that Will was not going to be able to keep his day job and in 2003 became a comedian full-time. For the next two years Will lived on the road, playing every college, comedy club, bar, charity, and corporate event he could find. There is only one way of getting better as a comedian and that is by performing, he wanted to soak up every different experience and grow as an comic.
2003 was also the year that Will recorded his first album Are You One of Them Slow People, produced by Sonny Fox of XM radio. That year he participated in the World Series of Comedy, the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, and in 2004 won the Carnival Comedy Competition for Carnival Cruise lines. Touring constantly, Will decided that he would make the move to New York City, the major leagues.
Starting in late 2004 Will lived in NYC, well actually Hoboken NJ, he could see the Empire State building from his house, and loved it. New York is a place where being a comic is an actual profession. He performed all over the city Carolinas on Broadway, Comic Strip Live, and the IMPROV. Will met a lot of great comedians, and some bad ones, he liked the creative atmosphere formed by a community of comedians. However, he was still touring and was not able to be in NYC enough to justify living there so in 2007 he left.
In 2007 Will made his first TV appearance on the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, www.youtube.com/willmarfori. His father, a professional musician, got to see his boy succeed in ways he had always dreamed. His mother was so proud, even though she hated staying up late to watch him.
This shy guy, who was always awkward and different, has somehow continued to make people laugh with his brand of humor. An original, intelligent voice in a chorus of stand up comedy, Will’s joke writing and wit stands him apart from the others. Somehow a man with cerebral palsy can relate to the rest of us and make us laugh at our flaws. It is okay to laugh at yourself, it is actually a dignified thing to do, because I am no better than everyone else. Laughter is the best medicine and a necessary experience in today’s world. It was always the Jester who could get away with telling the truth.
Will Marfori is the funniest comedian I’ve
ever seen in my life”
-Rachael Mirpour; Kennesaw State University
“The show was great! We had a standing room only crowd, and was a great kickoff to our comedy
series for the semester!”
-Michelle Hibbard; Florida Tech
“Will was hands down the nicest performer we’ve ever worked with! He has a sharp and edgy sense of humor.”
-Ryan Moyer; Univ. of Central Florida
“Will was a fabulous performer and was so
easy to work with!”
- Taylor Kennedy; James Madison University