Colin Lane

“So funny, I cried”
- ★★★★ The Age

As the ‘Lano’ from Lano & WoodleyColin Lane is 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, most notably teaming up with the hilarious David Collins from The Umbilical Brothers to tackle Gilbert and Sullivan in The 3 Mikados.

Colin has been a regular on a wide variety of Aussie TV shows, including Spicks and Specks, Ready Steady Cook, The Circle, Good News Week & The Project. In 2013, he was a guest panellist on UK favourite QI alongside Stephen Fry and Alan Davies, and has returned several times since – most recently in 2019 on the new-look, Sandi Toksvig-hosted version of the hugely popular show.

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.

Colin reunited with Frank Woodley as part of the Melbourne Comedy Festival 30th Birthday Bash at the Regent Theatre in 2016, for a surprise performance that brought the house down. It naturally led to a serious “Waddya reckon?” chat. “Waddya reckon?” soon turned into “Yeah, why not?” and Lano & Woodley returned to the stage in an all-new show FLY, which won the 2018 Melbourne Comedy Festival People’s Choice Award and sold out theatres around the country.

FLY was recorded by Amazon Prime and released globally in 2020. In 2021 they performed to sell out crowds at the Sydney Opera House in the aptly named Lano and Woodley in: Lano and Woodley. 2022 saw the return of Lano & Woodley with their most ambitious show yet, Moby Dick. The show uses the classic tale of the demented Captain Ahab and his obsession with taking revenge on the whale that bit off his leg, as a springboard for Lano & Woodley to become entangled in their own crazy and hilarious conflict with each other.

  • Television
  • Live Shows
  • Live Shows – Lano and Woodley
  • Film
  • Radio
  • Other Notable Live Work and Theatre
  • Awards
  • Corporate
  • Online

2022 – ABC TV: Fisk (Role of David Bunting)

2021 – ABC TV: The Weekly with Charlie Pickering (Sketch actor – Richard Nixon)

2019 – Network Ten: Celebrity Name Game (Guest)

2018 – ABC TV: Melbourne International Comedy Festival Opening Night Gala (as Lano & Woodley)

2017 – Network TEN: The Project (Guest – L&W announce)

2017 – Network TEN: All Star Family Feud (Contestant)

2017 – Channel 9: True Story With Hamish & 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)

You can download a full list of Television credits below

2016-22 – In Tails – with David Hobson
Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Festival of Voices, Albury, Bendigo, Ten Days On The Island Hobart, Spiegeltent Ringwood

2017 – Joh for PM
Brisbane Powerhouse, Jute Theatre Cairns

2017 – The 3 Mikados
Adelaide Cabaret Festival

2016 – Colin Lane & Friends
Melbourne International Comedy Festival

2015 – The 3 Mikados
Melbourne International Comedy Festival

2015 – Colin Lane Presents
10 Days On The Island

2014 – Colin Lane Presents
Melbourne International 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

2022-23 – Moby Dick
National tour

2021 – Lano and Woodley in: Lano and Woodley
Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Opera House, Malthouse Summer Stage, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse, Comedy Theatre Melbourne

2018-19 – FLY
Canberra Theatre, Newcastle, Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Theatre Royal Hobart, Regal Theatre Perth, Brisbane Powerhouse, Enmore Theatre Sydney, Chatswood Concourse Sydney, Hamer Hall Melbourne, Wagga Wagga Comedy Festival, Amazon Stand Up Special

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

2016 – Magenius: Jingle Man (Short Film, Lead)

2015 – Tropfest finalist  Tay Man (Short Film, Lead)

2013 – Adrian Muscat Prod:  Love Hurts (Short Film, Lead)


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

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

2018: Winner of Melbourne International Comedy Festival People’s Choice Award for Lano & Woodley: Fly

2018: Nominee for Helpmann Award for Best Comedy Performer for Lano & Woodley: Fly

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


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.

2014-2015 – Cup of Tea with Col: YouTube chat show. Host/Producer.