Frank Woodley

Frank Woodley

"Five stars is simply not enough"
- ★★★★★ Adelaide Advertiser

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 – PossessedInside, and Extra Ordinary, 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.

Frank has recently performed his children’s show Noodlenut around Australia, including a season at the Sydney Opera House, and written three hilarious books for kids about a girl detective called Kizmet. 

Frank has also been a regular guest on numerous Australian television shows including ABC’s music quiz show Spicks and Specks, Network TEN’s Good News Week and was an audience favourite on Thank God You’re Here.

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 will premiere on the Prime Video service in 2020.

  • Live Shows - Solo
  • Writing
  • Other Notable Live Work
  • Television
  • Live Shows – Lano and Woodley
  • Awards
  • Corporate

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

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.

2005, 2007 – Frank Woodley Live
Sydney Comedy Store

2003 – The Happy Dickwit
Melbourne International Comedy Festival

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

2018 – ABC TV: Spicks and Specks Reunion (Guest)

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: Melbourne International Comedy Festival Oxfam Gala (Comedy Spot)

2017 – Network Ten: CRAM (Guest)

2014, 2015 – Network Ten: The Project (Guest at the Desk)

2014 – Network Ten: Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (Stand Up)

2005-11, 2014 – ABC TV: Spicks and Specks (Regular Guest)

2013 – ABC TV: Tractor Monkeys (guest)

2013 – ABC TV: Slideshow (guest)

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)

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

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

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.