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. He is Australia’s most-loved professional show-off, and his special brand of nonsense-genius has seen him create numerous stage shows – Possessed, Inside, and F*@#!KING CLOWN amongst others – as well as his own ABC TV series, Woodley.
Since emerging from the Perrier Award-winning duo Lano and Woodley in 2006, Frank has toured around Australia and every major 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 Adelaide Cabaret Festival. In 2019 he starred as Sir Andrew Aguecheek in the Melbourne Theatre Company’s acclaimed production of Twelfth Night.
He performed his children’s show Noodlenut around Australia, including a season at the Sydney Opera House, and has written three hilarious books for kids about a girl detective called Kizmet.
Frank is a regular guest on numerous Australian television shows including ABC’s The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, music quiz show Spicks and Specks, Network 10’s Good News Week and was an audience favourite on Thank God You’re Here. Earlier this year, he was a Team Captain on the all-new Australian version of Would I Lie To You that aired on Network Ten.
He also appeared in Amazon Prime’s smash hit Last One Laughing Australia. Hosted by Rebel Wilson, the show sees ten of Australia’s top comedians in a psychological battle to see who can keep a straight face while simultaneously trying to make their opponents laugh. Spoiler alert – he bloody won.
After reuniting with Colin Lane as part of the Melbourne Comedy Festival’s 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 in 2019 and premiered on the Prime Video service in 2020.
This year Frank and Colin Lane embarked on a national tour of arguably, 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.
2020 – F*@#!KING CLOWN
Directed by Bob Franklin
Adelaide Fringe Festival, Spiegeltent Hobart, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Canberra Comedy Festival,
2017 – I, Woodley
Brisbane Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Wollongong, Sydney Comedy Festival, Fremantle Arts Festival
2016-17 – Noodlenut (children’s show)
Arts Centre Melbourne, Adelaide Fringe, Canberra Comedy Festival, 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, Darwin Festival.
2013 – Inside – with Simon Yates
Sydney Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne Comedy Festival
You can download a full list of live Show credits below
2015 – Kizmet and the case of The Tassie Tiger (Author + Illustrator)
Published by Penguin Books
2015 – Kizmet and the case of The Smashed Violin (Author + Illustrator)
Published by Penguin Books
2018 – Twelfth Night (Sir Andrew Aguecheek), Dir: Simon Phillips
Melbourne Theatre Company
2015-16 – The Composer Is Dead! By Lemony Snicket
Julia Holt/Melbourne Recital Centre, Riverside Parramatta & Sydney Opera House, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Hamer Hall with Melbourne 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 – Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow
Hong Kong, Singapore
2009-10 – Optimism – Directed by Michael Kantor
Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne, Edinburgh International Festival, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Festival
2007 – Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
Cremorne Theatre, QPAC – Brisbane, Regal Theatre
2022 – ESA/Network Ten: Would I Lie To You (Team Captain)
2021 – ABC TV: The Weekly with Charlie Pickering (key writer & performer, Season 7)
2020 – Feature Film: Daisy Quokka: World’s Scariest Animal (Voice of Flightless Feather)
2020 – Feature Film: Combat Wombat (Voice of Flightless Feather)
2020 – Amazon Prime: LOL: Last One Laughing (Winner)
2019 – ABC TV: The InBESTigators (Guest)
2018-20 – ABC TV: Spicks and Specks Reunion (Guest)
2014 – 20 – Network TEN: The Project (Guest at the Desk)
2018 – ABC TV: Melbourne International Comedy Festival Opening Night Gala (Comedy Spot as Lano and Woodley)
2018 – Network Ten: Show Me The Movie! (Guest)
2017 – ABC TV: The Ex-PM (Guest)
2017 – ABC TV: Melbourne International Comedy Festival Oxfam Gala (Comedy Spot)
2017 – Network TEN: CRAM (Guest)
2016 – Animated Short: Fish with Legs (Voice of Charlie)
2015 – Feature Film: Oddball (Dog Catcher)
2014 – Network TEN: Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (Stand Up)
2013 – ABC TV: Tractor Monkeys (Guest)
2013 – ABC TV: Slideshow (Guest)
2012 – Feature Film: Kath & Kimderella (Castle Translator)
2012 – ABC TV: Woodley (Writer, Producer and Lead)
2011 – ABC TV: Judith Lucy’s Spiritual Journey (Interviewee)
2011 – ABC TV: Adam Hills in Gordon St Tonight(Guest)
2010 – Network TEN: Talkin’ Bout Your Generation
2010, 2014 – Network TEN: MICF Gala (Stand Up Appearance)
2008-10 – Network TEN: Good News Week (Regular)
2009 – Nine Network: Hey Hey It’s Saturday Reunion Special (Guest)
2006-9 – Network TEN: Thank God You’re Here (Guest x 6)
2022 – MOBY DICK
2021 – Lano and Woodley in: Lano and Woodley
Melbourne 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, Darwin, Cairns, Warragul, Bendigo, return season Adelaide Fringe 2019, Return Season Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2019 Sydney Opera House, Mildura, Wollongong, Port Macquarie, Gold Coast, Wagga Wagga Comedy Festival, Malthouse Theatre, Amazon Stand Up Special
2006 – Lano & Woodley Good Bye
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
You can download a full list of Live Show credits below
2018: Winner Melbourne International Comedy Festival People’s Choice Award for Lano & Woodley – FLY
2016: Winner 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
Various clients including: Adelaide Football Club, Real Estate Conference, Metlink, Geelong Chamber of Commerce, Laing O’Rourke, Clipsal.