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Will Dalrymple

Writer and stand-up comedian Will Dalrymple broke onto the student comedy scene in Cambridge in 2013 as one half of a musical comedy duo - described by The Tab as 'A modern Flanders and Swann' - and became a regular fixture at comedy nights across Cambridge. He also dabbled in sketch comedy, performing alongside the Cambridge Footlights at their comedy 'smokers' at the ADC theatre, and co-writing and performing in his own sketch show And Then There Were Nuns in November 2015.

In 2016, for his own amusement and to celebrate his own spectacular exit from the closet, he began writing 'Man to Man', a series of explicit parody gay literotica novellas, which were published online and swiftly took Cambridge University by storm. Extracts from 'Man to Man' were fashioned into stand-up sets which he performed throughout 2016 and 2017 in Cambridge.

Following his graduation in 2016, Will and his frequent collaborator Mark Bittlestone took 'Man to Man' and Mark's stand-up material and fused them into the split-bill stand-up show 'Pity Laughs: A Tale of Two Gays', which played for the entirety of the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe to great acclaim and delighted horror (see: explicit parody gay literotica). Will has now moved to London and has begun performing on the South London stand-up scene.

And Then There Were Nuns
The Cambridge Student (TCS): 8/10
“The cast worked extremely well together and a highlight was how they incorporated the audience into their show.”
 The Tab: 4/5 stars
“Repetition in comedy is often successful, and the minds behind And Then There Were Nuns use it masterfully.”

Man to Man - Gay Stand-Up
The Tab:
This is slick, hilarious and many were held spellbound, especially by Dalrymple’s masterful use of simile.”
The Cambridge Student:
The final performance was an extensive piece on the trials of being a gay man. While the story itself was little more than smut, Will Dalrymple’s deadpan delivery as the audience convulsed with laughter ended the show on a high note.

Pity Laughs: A Tale of Two Gays
Broadway Baby: 5/5 stars
“As I came out of the small auditorium at Just the Tonic, it dawned on me that I had just experienced my first true gem of the 2017 Fringe.”
“I don’t know what was more shocking; the content of the night or just how hilarious I found it.”
“Never have I seen such a stylish middle finger pointed at homophobia and general misfortune.”
EdFringe Review: 4/5 stars
You couldn’t help but laugh, no matter how guilty you felt for doing so.”
“...very well written....but certainly not for the faint-hearted”
ThreeWeeks: 3/5
"The clear highlight is Dalrymple’s reading of his ([...]wholly fictional) coming-out story, which features some of the most depraved, disgusting filth I’ve ever heard in my life, and is hysterical"