The picture speaks volumes, doesn’t it?

Which is more than performer Sam Wills can do when he’s on stage. And that’s sort of the point.

Talking, it seems, got in the way of the performance so Sam solved it. By smacking that great piece of tape across his face.

He calls it like it is this performer, which is why it doesn’t take much to work out what Sam has titled his latest show? Go on, have a guess.

Of course it is. The Boy With Tape On His Face. Simple.

But don’t make that mistake. The show is anything but.

See for yourself when Sam brings his show to the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield tomorrow, that’s Saturday June 1.

Mime with noise, stand-up with no talking, drama with no acting, that’s The Boy With Tape On His Face.

Strange it might sound, quirky it definitely is, but it’s also proving a smash hit success wherever it goes.

Sam, who was born in New Zealand, has re-invented silent comedy for the 21st century.

And audiences at the Royal Variety Performance, Comedy Rocks and Live at the Fringe, where he received a Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination for Best Newcomer have all loved his performance. Oh and Sam already has a successful West End run behind him with this very show.

Sam started his performance career in New Zealand where he studied at a circus school.

Why would we be surprised to discover that he “majored in juggling and minored in acrobatic clowning, before becoming interested in sword swallowing and hammering nails up his nose.”

So the duct tape sounds a piece of cake, relatively speaking. But where did the tape come from?

Sam says his move into comedy was – accidental.

“One night I got a phone call from Jarred Christmas, asking asked if I could come down and do some tricks to fill an empty slot, “ he said.

“I threw together a little suitcase of props, did my odd sideshow things on stage, and it all seemed to go over quite well.”

From there he spent seven years on the New Zealand comedy circuit performing what he called ‘carni-comedy’

“'Everyone expected me to just learn more tricks and do more talking. So I decided to challenge myself and do a silent character that didn’t do any tricks at all.

“At the first gig, within 30 seconds I ruined it by talking to someone in the front row, so the next night I went back and put a big hunk of tape across my mouth to completely stop me talking.”

And that it seems, did the trick. Sam’s got it taped.

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