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William James (Wil) Anderson (born 31 January, 1974) is an Australian comedian, performing stand-up, as well as on television and radio.

Early life/ Personal Life

Anderson grew up in the small town of Heyfieldmarker (in the Gippsland region of Victoriamarker). He attended Gippsland Grammar School in Salemarker, and later the University of Canberramarker.

Anderson is a known supporter of the AFL team, Western Bulldogs and has been a fan since primary school.

Career

He is a comedy standup performer; known for naming his solo shows with a pun on his name. These shows include Wilosophy (2009). BeWILdered (2008),Wil of God (2007), Wil Communication (2006), Kill Wil (2005), Licence to Wil (2004), Jagged Little Wil (2003), Wil By Mouth (2002), Wil Of Fortune (2001), Who Wants To Be A Wilionaire (2000), Willenium and Terra Wilius (1999) and I am the Wilrus (1998) Wilrus made a return tour for the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe.

Since 2006 Anderson has prepared each show by testing his new material in front of small audience in Canberramarker .

In 2000 Anderson performed the show 5ive Thirty with Adam Spencer. Prior to these shows, 1997 saw a solo show, Diet Life, and a ten-week season with Corinne Grant named Show Pony.

He aroused controversy over some jokes he made about the late father of Australian Idol finalist Shannon Noll at the 2006 Melbourne International Comedy Festival..

Television

Anderson was the host of the ABCmarker TV show, The Glass House from 2001 to 2006, with Corinne Grant and Dave Hughes. In November 2006 the show was cancelled, amid speculation that this cancellation was made due to pressure from the Howard government. Prime Minister Howard responded with, "I do not tell the ABC what programs it should run. I respect the independence of the ABC."

Anderson has also made numerous appearances on Good News Week, both the original and the revamped version.

He is the current host of a "panel-ish" talk show about advertising called The Gruen Transfer, which debuted on ABC1 on 28 May 2008.

Radio

From 2001 to 2004 he was best known as one half of Triple J's breakfast radio team, co-presenting with Adam Spencer on the show which aired nationally across Australia. In 2005 after 5 years Wil and Adam stood down from breakfast radio to pursue their solo careers. They went on a national farewell tour together just before their final shows. They were replaced by Frenzal Rhomb members Jay and the Doctor.

From 2 April 2007 to 4 November 2008, Anderson and co-host Lehmo presented a new show called Wil & Lehmo in the 4:00pm – 6:00pm (Mon to Fri) timeslot. The show was cancelled due to less than average ratings..

References

  1. Wil Anderson: A Work in Progress Canberra Theatre Centre
  2. Where there's a Wil there's a way outBy David Braithwaite, May 1, 2006, The Sydney Morning Herald.
  3. By staff writers, Gerard McManus and AAP
  4. Ziffer, Daniel: Anderson plays nice with Aunty, The Age, February 7, 2008.
  5. Wil Anderson, Tony Lehmann sacked from Triple MNovember 04, 2008, The Daily Telegraph


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