As the 'Lano' from Lano & Woodley, Colin Lane was one half of Australia's favourite comedy duo. They won comedy's Oscar, the Perrier Award, and their series, The Adventures of Lano & Woodley played in more than 30 countries. In 2006 they said Goodbye with a tour that played to 125,000 people in 34 towns.
Since the farewell tour, Colin has toured to cabaret and comedy festivals around Australia, and has become a regular on a wide variety of Aussie TV shows, including Spicks and Specks, Ready Steady Cook and The Circle.
In 2016, Colin reunited with Frank Woodley as part of the 30th Birthday Bash for the MICF. He has worked with both Red Stitch under director Nadia Tass, and The Production Company, in “Curtains”. He’s also teamed up with his friend of 25 years, opera singer David Hobson, for “In Tails”. They sing, dance and even tell some jokes in a unique and hilarious experiment that entertains and beguiles in a whole new way.
Comedian / Professional Show Off
Colin Lane is best known as the Lano from Lano and Woodley, Australia's most beloved comedy duo.
In almost 20 years together Lano & Woodley won the coveted Perrier Award for best show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, starred in their own television series and toured sold-out shows across the country. They said ‘Goodbye’ in 2006 with a national tour that took in 34 markets and sold more than 125,000 tickets.
Since the farewell tour, Colin has appeared in Don's Party for the Melbourne Theatre Company and the Sydney Theatre Company. He presented Wine Me, Dine Me and Kings of Comedy for the Nine Network and has made numerous appearances on Spicks and Specks for the ABC and Network Ten's Good News Week.
He has also appeared at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in Two For The Road: The Music of Movie Maestro Henri Mancini and performed in EssgeeProductions' The Mikado as Pooh Bah at QPAC.
In 2009, Colin returned to the stage with a part cabaret/part stand-up show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival – his first solo show since Lano and Woodley parted ways. I’m Not Sure About The Music sold out fastand, coupled with the rave reviews he received, prompted a return season in 2010 at the same festival, delighting Melbourne audiences with his charming stage presence, rich singing voice and natural comedic timing. He returned again to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with his live show Colin Lane Presents and Colin Lane & Friends.
In 2010 Colin became a regular guest co-host on Network Ten’s The Circle, until its finale a few years later. In 2011 he won the role of new host of Network Ten’s Ready Steady Cook. More recently, Colin has appeared in a guest role in the very popular ABC series, The Dr Blake Mysteries, Channel 7’s Slideshow and has been a regular guest panellist on Studio 10 and The Project.
In 2013, he was a guest panellist on the UK favourite QI, alongside Stephen Fry and Alan Davies, and has returned a number of times since – most recently on the new-look, Sandi Toksvig version of the hugely popular show.
2015 saw Colin return to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival – this time, teaming up with the hilarious David Collins from The Umbilical Brothers – to tackle Gilbert and Sullivan. Playing at the Spiegeltent outside the Arts Centre, The 3 Mikados was a refreshing new take for G & S fans with faithful renderings of some of the more popular songs and a completely ridiculous hour of feel-good nonsense for the uninitiated.
In 2016, Colin reunited with Frank Woodley as part of the 30th Birthday Bash for the MICF. Working with Red Stitch under director Nadia Tass, and The Production Company, Colin starred in a new Hannie Rayson play Extinction, and the musical comedy whodunnit Curtains. He also teamed up with his friend of 25 years, opera singer David Hobson, to sing, dance and even tell some jokes in a unique and hilarious experiment that entertains and beguiles in a whole new way. “In Tails” has so far been performed at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, the Festival of Voices and beyond.
“so funny, I cried” ★★★★
“moments of brilliance that see it soar” ★★★★
Sunday Herald Sun
|2016||Channel 9||Postcards (Guest)|
|2016||BBC 2 (UK)||QI (Guest Panellist)|
|2016||Comedy Channel||MICF Three Oh! (as Lano & Woodley)|
|2016||Nine Network||20 to 1 (Guest)|
|2015||ABC TV||Utopia 2 (Guest role)|
|2014||BBC||Qi (Guest Panellist)|
|2013 to Present||Network Ten||Studio 10 (Guest Host)|
|2013 to Present||Network Ten||The Project (Guest Panellist)|
|2013||Network Ten||Wake Up (Guest Panellist)|
|2013||Channel 7||The Hartman Solutions (pilot)|
|2013||ABC TV||The Dr Blake Mysteries (guest role)|
|2013||BBC (UK)||QI (Guest Panellist)|
|2013||Channel 7||Slideshow (guest)|
|2011-2012||Network TEN||Ready Steady Cook (host)|
|2011||ABC TV||Judith Lucy Spiritual Journey (cast)|
|2010 - 2012||Network TEN||The Circle (regular co-host)|
|2008 - 2011||Network TEN||Good News Week (Regular Panellist)|
|2007 - 2011||ABC TV||Spicks and Specks (Regular)|
|2010||Comedy Channel||Statesmen of Comedy (guest)|
|2010||Channel 7||No Leave No Life (guest)|
|2010||Network TEN||Melbourne Comedy Festival Allstars Gala (Stand Up Appearance)|
|2010||Network TEN||The Circle (Guest Co-Host)|
|2009||ABC TV||Sleuth 101 (Cast)|
|2009||Nine Network||Hey Hey It’s Saturday Reunion (Guest)|
|2009||Channel 7||Thank God You’re Here (Contestant)|
|2009||Nine Network||2009 Victorian Bushfire Appeal (Guest)|
|2007||Nine Network||Wine Me Dine Me (Co-Host)|
|2007||Nine Network||Kings of Comedy (Host)|
|2016||Magenius||Jingle Man (Short Film, Lead)|
|2015||Tropfest finallist||Tay Man (Short Film, Lead)|
|2013||Adrian Muscat Productions||Love Hurts (Short Film, Lead)|
|2007||ABC||774 ABC Afternoons (regular fill-in host)|
|2016||In Tails - with David Hobson, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Festival of Voices|
|2016||Colin Lane & Friends - Melbourne International Comedy Festival|
|2015||The 3 Mikados - Melbourne International Comedy Festival|
|2015||Colin Lane: Presents - Solo Show 10 Days On The Island|
|2014||Colin Lane: Presents - Solo Show Melbourne Internationa Comedy Festival|
|2010||I’m Not Sure About The Music – Solo show Melbourne International Comedy Festival (Return Season)|
|2009||I’m Not Sure About The Music – Solo show Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Darwin Festival, Fremantle Arts Centre|
|2014-15||Cup of Tea with Col - You Tube chat show (Host/Producer) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ6fj2tF-TE|
Other Notable Live Work and Theatre
|2016||Curtains Dir. Roger Hodgeman, The Production Company|
|2016||Extinction By Hannie Rayson (World Premiere season). Dir. Nadia Tass, Red Stitch/GPAC|
|2013||Laugh Your Tits Off, Love Your Sister Fundraiser (MC)|
|2013||Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow Cairns, Townsville, Ballina, Noosa, Gold Coast|
|2010||Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (performer) Palais Theatre Melbourne|
|2010||Eurobeat (special guest role) Queensland Performing Arts Centre|
|2009||Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow Bunbury, Margaret River, Geraldton, Port Hedland, Karratha, Esperance, Kalgoorlie, Perth, Singapore|
|2009||Secret Bridesmaids’ Business – Guest Groom The Arts Centre, Melbourne|
|2009||The Melbourne International Comedy Festival All Stars Gala|
|2009||The Mikado QPAC – Brisbane, Adelaide Festival Centre|
|2008||Two for the Road: The Music of Movie Maestro Henri Mancini Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Festival Centre|
|2007||White Lines Tropfest Finalist|
|2008||Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow Gladstone, Rockhampton, Cairns, Mt Isa, Brisbane, Caloundra and Noosa/|
|2006||Don’s Party Melbourne Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company|
Various clients including P&O Cruises, Time Magazine, St. Kilda Film Festival, Australian Water Association, Stonnington City Council, City of Melbourne, Toyota, Coopers, Engineers Australia.
Live Shows - Lano and Woodley
|2006||Lano & Woodley Goodbye National Tour|
|2005||Lano & Woodley Sing Songs Hi-Fi Bar - Melbourne, Brisbane Powerhouse, Octagon Theatre – Perth, Newtown - Sydney, Governor Hindmarsh - Adelaide, Sale – Victoria|
|2004||The Island Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Sydney Opera House 2005, Ten Days On The Island Festival 2005|
|2002||Glitzy Melbourne International Comedy Festival|
|2001||Bruiser Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Victorian Regional Tour, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Sydney Opera House 2002, Perth Comedy Festival 2002, Adelaide Fringe Festival 2002. Victorian and South Australian Regional Tour 2003|
|2000||Slick Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Victorian Suburban Tour|
|1999||Lano & Woodley at The Continental Continental Café in Melbourne|
|1997||Lano & Woodley Live Comedy Theatre - Melbourne, Seymour Centre - Sydney, His Majesty’s Theatre - Perth|
|1995||Curtains Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Auckland Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Royal Festival Hall in London, Adelaide Fringe Festival 1996, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 1996, Wellington International Festival 1996, National Festival of Australian Theatre 1996|
|1993||Fence Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Festival of Sydney 1994, Adelaide Fringe Festival 1994, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 1994, Auckland Comedy Festival 1994, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 1994, British Festival of Visual Theatre 1994, Perrier Pick of the Fringe at the Lyric Theatre in London 1994, Cochrane Theatre in London 1994, Castlemaine Festival 1994, Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne 1994, Sydney Opera House 1995, Festival of Perth 1995, National Festival of Australian Theatre 1996|
|1993||The Last Laugh Christmas Show – Ensemble Show Last Laugh in Melbourne|
|2006||Winner of Helpmann Award for Best Comedy for Lano & Woodley: Goodbye|
|1994||Winner of Perrier Pick of the Fringe Award for Best Show for Lano & Woodley in Fence at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival|
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