Tape Face On Its India Tour: Silent Comedy Seemed To Fade, But Is Making A Comeback | Hollywood

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New Zealand comedian Sam Wills visits India for the first time. Wills, who goes by the name of Tape Face, “can’t wait” to be in the country, as he shares, “I’ve been looking forward to coming to India for a while and to finally get the chance, it’s fantastic. This is my first ever trip to this vibrant country I look forward to interacting with my Indian fans, trying the food I have heard so much about and putting on a show for them that I am very proud of as part of my ongoing world tour.”

While he says it’s his first visit to the country, he also admits he hasn’t done much research on India. “I was terrible at school so I didn’t do much homework,” he jokes, further explaining, “I rely heavily on my background as an artist and prop, my knowledge of how to read and engage a crowd to create a sense of spectacle and surprise with nothing but my performance skills, short snippets of music and a succession of homemade contraptions. I have not spent much time researching the Indian audience. My show is truly international and can be presented to any audience in the world and they’ll all have a good time. The language of comedy is universal and people are instantly intrigued how I can entertain them for so long without saying a single word.”

Wills, 44, just as his stage name covers his mouth and does his art completely in silence, making him one of the rare comedians to do silent comedy. “Silent comedy seemed to fade away, but ironically it’s making a silent comeback. Through simple, clever and charming humour, it is important to create accessible and enjoyable shows that are entertaining for the whole family. Tape Face is a character with universal appeal, multi-layered and hilarious. That’s what connects with the audience easily, transcending language and culture barriers,” he explains, saying that his “uniqueness has managed to win (him) over many audiences, without saying a single word. ‘

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Wills, who was a finalist on Season 11 of America’s Got Talent, is often referred to as the modern day Charlie Chaplin. Ask him if that’s a huge responsibility for him to carry on and he says, “I don’t really believe in hypes. I just do what I’m good at. I like to focus on improving my performances and while this is a huge compliment, I don’t pay much attention to these comparisons and try to focus only on making my audience laugh with my acts.”

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