“Wang is by far the strongest of the bunch…The British Malaysian comic toys with his mixed heritage before settling into his despair at the modern male” ★★★★ Stephen Armstrong, The Sunday Times
“record-breaking riffs on sex, race and Popeye…excellent jokes including some choice one-liners” ★★★★ Brian Logan, The Guardian
“glorious” ★★★★ Alice Jones, The i

5th March 2020 – Following selling out an entire month-long run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in advance of it opening and adding a major extension to his biggest nationwide tour to date after selling out the first leg, Netflix has greenlit Phil Wang’s first hour long stand-up comedy special to be produced by Avalon. Phil is set to culminate his 39-date tour through recording Philly Philly Wang Wang, exploring morality and the modern sense of self, at The Old Vic, London on the 30th May over two performances at 5pm and 8pm.

Tickets to recordings of Phil’s Netflix special at The Old Vic will be available on pre-sale today, 5th March, at 12pm and on general sale on 6th March at 10am at

Phil has made a name for himself exploring sex, romance, politics, and his mixed British-Malaysian heritage, in shows that delight in his unique Wang brand of smart/silly stupidity.  Phil most recently appeared on our screens on Kevin McCloud’s Rough Guide to the Future (Ch4), adding to numerous broadcast credits including hosting Live at the Apollo (BBC Two), Have I Got News For You (BBC One), Taskmaster (Dave), performing as one of only two non-US acts on The Comedy Line-Up (Netflix), QI (BBC Two), Would I Lie to You? (BBC One), 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Ch4), The Last Leg (Ch4), Unspun With Matt Forde (Dave), Roast Battle and Drunk History (both Comedy Central) and Jack Dee’s Helpdesk (BBC Two). Phil recently used his outsider perspective to dissect the British Empire in his BBC Audio Award winning (Best Longform Scripted Comedy) stand-up show, Wangsplaining (BBC Radio 4). He has also written and starred in two series of Daphne Sounds Expensive for BBC Radio 4 with his Foster’s Newcomer Award nominated sketch trio, Daphne. Earlier this year Phil began co-hosting podcast BudPod with Phil Wang & Pierre Novellie.

An internationally acclaimed live act, Phil has performed at festivals including Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the New Zealand Comedy Festival. His last critically-acclaimed live show, Kinabalu, sold out at Edinburgh Festival in 2017 and the subsequent national tour was extended through 2018 including four weeks at London’s Soho Theatre.

What the press has said about Phil Wang
“A unique and properly funny stand-up” ★★★★ Dominic Maxwell, The Times
“Perfectly intertwined personal-political belly laughs” ★★★★ Jay Richardson, The Scotsman
“A clever, droll delight” ★★★★ Sharon Lougher, Metro
“Playful but also not afraid to have a controversial opinion…Wang is very funny” ★★★★ Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke
“A satisfying product of his brains, comic nous, and unique style” ★★★★ Paul Fleckney, Chortle
“Humorous self-deprecation, killer punchlines and just the right amount of risqué, he hits the target each time” ★★★★ Rowena McIntosh, The List
stunningly insightful” ★★★★★ Emily Hall, Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

For more information and press tickets, please contact: Victoria Wedderburn at or on 07557160139

About Avalon

Avalon is a multi-award-winning talent management, television production and live promotion group with offices in London, Los Angeles and New York.

The Company represents a prolific roster of artists including comedians, actors, presenters, writers and directors and produces numerous ground-breaking television shows. Series currently in production include: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO); Not Going Out (BBC); Taskmaster (Channel 4); The Russell Howard Hour (Sky); Starstruck, a new sitcom from the 2018 Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Rose Matafeo (HBO Max/BBC); Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, from creator Josh Thomas (Freeform); Breeders, a new sitcom starring Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard (FX/Sky); The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show (Netflix); and multiple comedy specials for Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max and Netflix. Other iconic Avalon shows include Catastrophe (Amazon Prime Video/Channel 4), Fantasy Football League (BBC/ITV), TV Burp (ITV), and seven seasons of Workaholics (Comedy Central USA). Avalon also distributes its catalogue of programmes to over 150 countries worldwide.

As a leading promoter of live comedy, Avalon produced Newman and Baddiel: Live at Wembley, the UK’s first arena comedy show; Jerry Springer: The Opera, the first West End show to win all four UK ‘Best New Musical’ awards; and has continued to produce and promote live shows globally, as well as promoting more winners and nominees of the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award than any other company.

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About The Old Vic

The Old Vic aims to be surprising, unpredictable, ground-breaking, rule-breaking, independent, accessible and uplifting. Today, Artistic Director Matthew Warchus is building on over 200 years of creative adventure. The Old Vic is a not-for-profit theatre operating a breakeven budget in a historic, Grade II* listed building with the help of £3.9 million of philanthropic support every year from our generous supporters. We produce and present five to seven diverse productions every Season, enhanced by a vibrant programme of One Voice monologues, Voices Off talks, Lates and day-time events for families. Off stage we engage with over 10,000 people a year from across the UK through our award-winning education, employability and community work.

We hold the belief that theatre needs to be supported and shared by as many people as possible. Our 1,000 seats are yours from £10 a ticket. Our productions are adventurous, new, epic, exciting. Our Education and Talent programmes allow students to explore and artists of tomorrow to create. Our building is open and alive day and night. Our theatre is yours.