New Zealand born Sam Wills may not be a household name to many, but the moment you mention Tape Face, people know exactly who you are talking about.
Coming straight off the stage at America’s Got Talent, Tape Face brought his laugh-out loud funny show over the pond to us Brits.
The theatre, turned into a shabby backstage dressing room, was the setting for the countdown to the main event, showing how Tape Face would normally prep for a show. Backstage announcements countdown to the beginning of the show until Tape Face exits the stage as if to go commence the show we have just watched.
Seriously, go and see @TapeFaceBoy he's a mute, slapstick, silly comedy genius. Loved every minute. Standing ovation. ?????
— Andy Schofield (@LatitudeStudios) November 13, 2016
The show really was a dream, if that be what we had dreamed of seeing on stage to in fact it being a recollection of Tape Face’s dreams – these being of his old material.
Some of the skits shown on stage have been recycled before and been performed by many comedians, such as The Full Monty routine, where a member of the audience is asked to strip down, to in our case their everyday clothes, from what we can say to be ‘worker’s clothes’. However, this did not take away from the comedy behind it and the shock in the poor guy’s face as Tape Face exited the stage, leaving him stood alone under a single spotlight.
It was clear that the audience favoured the skits when Wills broke the fourth wall and picked out members of the crowd, the show was not short of these, some audience members also whispering to themselves and people around them that ‘no one was safe’. The fear on every face in the audience was comedy in itself.
@TapeFaceBoy Awesome show tonight, had me in fits of laughter from start to finish – thank you! ??????
— Stuart Clough (@stuclough85) November 13, 2016
Tape Face’s use of everyday objects was like something you have never seen before. Who would’ve thought you could use a toilet seat and toilet paper to re-enact horse races – Tape Face of course.
Although his mouth was taped over, Wills expression through his eyes and body language was extraordinary in that he could reach the person at the back of the theatre with his thoughts. With loud laughs and even sneezes coming from the audience, Wills incorporated this into his routine, reacting to them in a more extrinsic way than normal we could say.
This show was anything but silent. Music is constant from the moment you step into the theatre till the end with renditions of The Jackson 5 performed by three, unwilling shall we say, audience members to Tape Face spoofing his own reputation by using a pair of pigs to play ‘Duelling Banjos’.
Tape Face: he says nothing but his eyes say it all.
— Chris Hudson (@itschrishudson) November 13, 2016
- Following his amazing journey on America’s Got Talent, which you can watch below, and four sold-out UK tours, you can be part of the phenomenon as the Boy With Tape On His Face returns to Garrick Theatre, London form the 6th June – 22nd July 2017. Click here for tickets.