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Colin Lane

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 SpecksReady 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.

This year, Colin has headed to Queensland to star as Joh Bjelke-Petersen in a brand new musical Joh for PM which centres around the life and politics of the divisive state Premier.

Colin Lane

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 ‘Good Bye’ in 2006 with a national tour that took in 34 markets and sold more than 125,000 tickets.

 

Since the farewell tour, Colin has become a mainstay of the Australian theatre, appearing in productions such as Don's Party, Two For The Road: The Music of Movie Maestro Henri Mancini and The Mikado. He has also presented numerous TV programs including Wine Me, Dine Me and Kings of Comedy for the Nine Network, The Circle and Ready Steady Cook on Network Ten and has made numerous TV appearances on Spicks and Specks for the ABC,Channel 7’s Slideshow and Network Ten's Good News Week.

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 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 in 2017 on the new-look, Sandi Toksvig-hosted version of the hugely popular show.

Colin returned to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2015 – this time, teaming up with the hilarious David Collins from The Umbilical Brothers – to tackle Gilbert and Sullivan. Playing at the  Arts Centre Spiegeltent, 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.

 

Colin reunited with Frank Woodley as part of the 30th Birthday Bash for the MICF in 2016. 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.

 

In 2017, Colin headed to Queensland to star as Joh Bjelke-Petersen in a brand new musical Joh for PM which centres around the life and politics of the divisive state Premier.

 

  

“so funny, I cried” ★★★★

The Age

 

“moments of brilliance that see it soar” ★★★★

Sunday Herald Sun

 

Television

2017 Channel 9 True Story with Hamish and Andy (Guest)
2017 ABC TV/iView Wrong Kind of Black (Guest)
2016-17 BBC 2 (UK) QI (Guest Panellist)
2016 Channel 9 Postcards (Guest)
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)

 

Film

2016 Magenius Jingle Man (Short Film, Lead)
2015 Tropfest finallist Tay Man (Short Film, Lead)
2013 Adrian Muscat Productions Love Hurts (Short Film, Lead)

 

Radio

2007 ABC 774 ABC Afternoons (regular fill-in host)

 

Live Shows

2017 Joh for PM - Brisbane Powerhouse, Jute Theatre Cairns
2017 The 3 Mikados - Adelaide Cabaret Festival
2016-17 In Tails - with David Hobson, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Festival of Voices, ALbury, Bendigo, Ten Days On The Island Hobart
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

 

Online

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

 

Corporate

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

 

Awards

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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Last updated: August 2017