Extra dose of Woodley
COMEDIAN Frank Woodley is appearing in Perth this month with his solo show ExtraOrdinary, which entertained audiences at the 30th Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
IT seems like only yesterday for Frank Woodley that he was talking to Richard Fidler from Doug Anthony All Stars in awe of them “doing comedy for five years”.
Now it is 30 years later and Woodley has just finished a season of his solo show Extra Ordinary at the 30th Melbourne International Comedy Festival; he performed at the first festival.
“Comedy is an amazing, unfiltered world,” the Melburnian said. “It’s not filtered through anyone else’s opinions and is a very personal expression. You get an amazingly diverse range of lunatics expressing themselves and I love it.
“And I’m absolutely certain in the entire 30 years of performing, no one has ever left a show I’ve been involved in and muttered to the person beside them ‘that was a little too polished’.
“Every single show there is something that happens that surprises me and derails in some kind of eccentric way.”
It has been 10 years since Woodley amicably parted ways with Colin Lane, with whom he shot to fame as part of the comedy duo Lano and Woodley.
His role in the partnership was to use his unbridled, en- thusiastic energy to forever sabotage Lane’s efforts to put on a show.
He said he struggled while performing solo the first six months after they split.
“I have to be a little bit more responsible and keep it travelling along a path,” Woodley said.
“As I started to do that, the other thing that emerged was that I talk a bit more about my personal life.
“It’s still very much like a comic character, but for example in this show I’m doing now, there’s a bit where I talk about taking my seven-year-old son to a cricket clinic.
“It would have been inconceivable with the Lano and Woodley model to talk about the fact I had a child. Even though it may still be a chilling thought to you, there are (two) children in my care.”
Woodley, who is now author and illustrator of children’s series Kizmet, will bring ExtraOrdinary to the Perth Comedy Festival at Regal Theatre on April 28 and 29, and promised his comedy style was as physical as ever.
“I embrace the foolishness while I’m performing, and I can’t explain why but I love to have the audience laughing at me, not with me,” he said.