He went by Billy in his early years until he was teased at school for it also being a girl's name, at which point he decided he would from there on be known as Will. He did not aim to be a comedian, however, and he initially wanted to become a football player. He was voted "Best Personality" by his graduating class and served as class president. Following high school, he attended the University of California, Los Angeles. He was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and completed a degree in history.