Colin Lane is best known as the Lano from Lano and Woodley, Australia's most beloved comedy duo.
In almost 20 years together Lano and Woodley won the coveted Perrier Award for best show at the Edinburgh Fringe, 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, Company for MTC/STC, Two For The Road: The Music of Movie Maestro Henri Mancini and The Mikado. In 2009, Colin returned to the festival stage with a part cabaret/part stand-up solo show, and has regularly appeared at MICF on his own and with others – notably teaming up with the hilarious David Collins from The Umbilical Brothers to tackle Gilbert and Sullivan in The 3 Mikados.
Colin 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 frequent TV appearances on Spicks and Specks for the ABC, Channel 7’s Slideshow and Network Ten's Good News Week &The Project. 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.
In 2017, Colin headed to Queensland to star as Joh Bjelke-Petersen in a brand new musical Joh for PM, about the life and politics of the divisive state Premier. Having worked with Red Stitch under director Nadia Tass in Hannie Rayson’s Extinction, and with The Production Company for musical comedy whodunnit Curtains, Colin also teamed up with his friend of 25 years, opera singer David Hobson, to sing, dance and even tell some jokes in “In Tails” for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Festival of Voices.
Colin reunited with Frank Woodley as part of the MICF 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 is back on stage in an all-new show FLY in 2018.