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Frank Woodley is built from funny - it’s in his bones. Whether he's being a comedian, clown, actor or acrobat, he is constantly creating characters and worlds to engage audiences of all ages.

Since emerging from the acclaimed duo Lano and Woodley in 2006 Frank has created numerous acclaimed new stage shows - and his own ABC-TV series, Woodley. You’ve seen him on Spicks and Specks, Thank God You’re Here and working with collaborators as diverse as the Australian Marine Conservation Foundation and the Sydney Youth Orchestra. Frank’s recent exciting foray into children’s fiction hit the shelves via Penguin Books in July 2015. The first two books in the Kizmet series can be found in all good book stores around Australia, with more to follow.

2016 saw Frank tour not one, but TWO new shows – one for the kids and the other for adults. Something for everyone who loves Woodley’s special brand of nonsense-genius. Australia’s most-loved professional show-off returned to the stage in with 2017 with I, Woodley.

Frank Woodley

Comedian / Professional Show Off

 

After 20 years in the much loved, Perrier Award-winning duo Lano and Woodley, Frank said Good Bye to being one half of a double act in 2006 with a national tour that took in 34 markets and sold more than 125,000 tickets.

 

Since hanging up his hat, Frank has been busier than a bee (bees are allegedly flat out).  His smash hit solo show Possessed played across Australia and the Edinburgh Festival with packed houses and rave reviews. In addition, his animated short, Chicken of God, received an AFI nomination and he won the coveted Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh Fringe for his role of Candide in the Malthouse Theatre production of Optimism.

 

Frank was also a regular guest on ABC TV’s music quiz show Spicks and Specks and Network TEN’s Good News Week and an audience favourite on Thank God You're Here.  

 

Australia’s most visually compelling comedian was never far from the stage – doing live stand up in the unique song singing, limb flinging Woodley way. It was no surprise that Frank’s 2010 solo tour, Bewilderbeest, quickly sold out around the country, firmly cementing him as once of one of Australia’s most-loved comedians. In 2012, Frank was back on stage with his new show Bemusement Park.

 

2012 also saw the much-anticipated debut of Woodley on ABC TV. Created by, written, produced and starring Frank as the title character opposite Justine Clarke and newcomer Alexandra Cashmere, Woodley is a romantic comedy filled with virtuosic physical mayhem. It also resulted in Frank receiving an AACTA nomination for Best Performance in a Television Comedy.

 

Frank then premiered Inside - another new, daring stage show, this time alongside Simon Yates from acclaimed physical troupe, acrobat. This Kafkaesque piece put the two clowns in prison and premiered at the 2013 Sydney Festival before touring to Adelaide and Melbourne.

 

In 2014 Frank returned to his Woodley way with a new show, Fool’s Gold, performing at Adelaide Fringe, Darwin Festival, Brisbane and Sydney Comedy Festivals, and of course the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He also starred against type as the Dog Catcher in family film Oddball, stretched his musical legs in his collaboration with Harvest Rain (playing Sir Robin in Monty Python’s Spamalot at QPAC) and as the Inspector in Lemony Snicket’s The Composer Is Dead at the Sydney Opera House, the Melbourne Recital Centre, and the 2016 Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

 

Frank’s recent exciting foray – into children’s fiction – via Penguin Books hit the shelves in July 2015, with more to come. The first two books in the Kizmet series can be found in all good book stores around Australia.

 

2016 saw Frank tour not one, but TWO new shows – Noodlenut for the kids and Extra Ordinary for adults. Something for everyone who loves Woodley’s special brand of nonsense-genius.

 

Frank returned to the stage in 2017 with his latest offering I, Woodley and continues to tour his kids show Noodlenut, including a run of shows at the Sydney Opera House in September. 

 

 

“you must leap out of your chair and sacrifice life and limb to buy a ticket” ★★★★

Sunday Herald Sun, Melbourne

 

“one of our most naturally gifted comedians” ★★★★

The Age, Melbourne

 

“Woodley has so cleverly matured into the most immature performer in Australian comic history”

Courier Mail, Brisbane

 

“he is undoubtedly one of the best physical comics in Australia.” ★★★★

The Advertiser, South Australia

 

"Comedy doesn’t come much better than this. Seriously."

The Herald Sun, Melbourne

 

"As universal as it is timeless" The Guardian, UK

 

"A unique brand of larrikin absurdity that is never less than clever and frequently brilliant." Sydney Morning Herald

 

"Irresistible comedy that will have you giggling like a little kid. "

 The Sunday Mail, Adelaide

 

"Endlessly inventive mirth-making" The Herald, Scotland

 

 

Live Shows - Solo

2017 I, Woodley - Brisbane Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Wollongong, Sydney Comedy Festival
2016-17 Noodlenut (Children's Show) - Arts Centre Melbourne, Adelaide Fringe, Canberra Comedy Fesitval, Wagga Wagga, Awesome Kids Festival, Lismore, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2017, Cairns, Sydney Opera House
2016 Extra Ordinary - Adelaide Fringe, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Canberra Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney & Perth Comedy Festivals
2014 Fool's Gold Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse, Ten Days on the Island, Perth International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Darwin Festival.
2013 Inside (with Simon Yates) Sydney Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne Comedy Festival
2012 Bemusement Park Adelaide Fringe, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival
2010 Bewilderbeest - Adelaide Fringe, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2008 Possessed Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Sydney Opera House, Brisbane Powerhouse, Regal Theatre - Perth, Assembly Rooms (Music Hall) - Edinburgh Fringe.
2007 Frank Woodley Live Sydney Comedy Store
2005 Frank Woodley Live Sydney Comedy Store

 

Writing

2015 Kizmet and the case of the Tassie Tiger (Author and Illustrator) - Published by Penguin Books
2015 Kizmet and the case of the Smashed Violin (Author and Illustrator) - Published by Penguin Books

 

 

Other Notable Live Work

2015 The Composer Is Dead by Lemony Snicket, Julia Holt/Melbourne Recital Centre, Riverside Parramatta & Sydney Opera House, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
2014 Spamalot (Sir Robin), Dir: Tim O'Connor. Harvest Rain/QPAC Brisbane
2014 The Composer Is Dead by Lemony Snicket, with the Sydney Youth Orchestra. Dir Craig Ilott, Sydney Opera House.
2013 Laugh Your Tits Off, Love Your Sister Fundraiser (spot)
2013 Melbourne International Comedy Festoval Roadshow Hong Kong and Singapore
2010 Optimism – Directed by Michael Kantor, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Festival
2009 Optimism – Directed by Michael Kantor Edinburgh International Festival
2009 Optimism – Directed by Michael Kantor Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne
2008 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala Vodafone Arena
2007 Canned Laughter – CANTEEN Charity Gala Hordern Pavillion
2007 Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) Cremorne Theatre, QPAC - Brisbane, Regal Theatre - Perth
2005 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

 

Television

2017 ABC TV Melbourne International Comedy Festival Oxfam Gala (Stand Up)
2014-15 Network TEN The Project (guest at the desk)
2014 Network TEN Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (Stand Up)
2014 ABC TV Spicks and Specks (guest contestant)
2013 ABC TV Tractor Monkeys (guest panelist)
2013 ABC TV Slideshow (guest)
2012 ABC TV Woodley (Writer, Producer and Performer)
2011 ABC TV Judith Lucy’s Spiritual Journey (interviewee)
2011 ABC TV Adam Hills in Gordon St Tonight (Guest)
2005 - 2011 ABC TV Spicks and Specks (Regular Contestant)
2010 Network TEN Talkin’ Bout Your Generation (Guest Contestant)
2010 Network TEN Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (Stand Up Appearance)
2010 Network TEN Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (Stand Up Appearance)
2010 Network TEN Good News Week (Regular Panelist)
2009 ABC TV Sleuth 101 (Guest Detective)
2009 Network TEN 7PM Project (Panellist)
2009 Network TEN 9am with Dave & Kim (Guest Host)
2009 Nine Network Hey Hey It’s Saturday Reunion Special (Guest)
2009 Channel 7 Out Of The Question (Contestant)
2009 Comedy Channel Aussie Gold (Host)
2008 - 2009 Network TEN Good News Week (regular panellist)
2007 ABC TV The Sideshow (Stand Up Spot) (Regular Contestant)
2006 Channel 7 Thank God You’re Here (Contestant)
2006 Nine Network Big Question (Contestant)

 

Live Shows - Lano and Woodley

2006 Lano & Woodley Good Bye 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

2016 Winner of Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award for Best Children's Show
2012 Nominated for AACTA Award for Best Performance in a Television Comedy
2009 Winner of Herald Angel Award for his role in Optimism while playing at The Edinburgh Arts Festival
2009 Nominee for AFI Award for Best Short Animation for Chicken of God
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

 

Corporate

Various clients including Adelaide Football Club, Real Estate Conference, Metlink, Geelong Chamber of Commerce, Laing O’Rourke, Clipsall. 

 

 

 

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Last updated: August 2017