From the early days of The Ronnie Johns Half Hour to his recent show Bogan Jesus - Heath Franklin's comedy creation – Chopper – is a household name. With 2 ARIA nominations, 1 Logie nomination and over 500,000 tickets sold worldwide, Chopper has done it all.
The man behind the 'stache, Heath Franklin, is an Australian actor, comedic performer, improviser and writer. Franklin made his television debut on the sketch show The Ronnie Johns Half Hour, from where his comedic impersonation of real-life criminal Mark 'Chopper' Read, became an international cult hit. In 2006, Franklin's efforts were rewarded when he was nominated for an Australian TV Logie award, the inaugural Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent. In 2007, Franklin performed his debut Australian national live tour, Chopper's Harden the F*ck Up Australia Tour, going on to perform an international version of the show in a sell-out season in London, then Edinburgh Fringe.
Franklin's second Australian national 'Chopper' tour in 2008 was the critically acclaimed Make Deadsh*ts History. The enormous positive response to the show lead to its DVD recording in D-Division at Pentridge Prison in Melbourne for release in 2009. This DVD was nominated for the 2010 ARIA for Best Comedy Release. In 2010, Heath Franklin made his feature film debut in the lead role of 'Mervyn Toebuck', alongside Jemaine Clement of NZ's Flight of the Conchords in the black comedy feature film, Predicament.
Chopper's TV show 'Chopper's Republic of Anzakistan' aired in NZ in 2015. The hilarious stand up / sketch show saw 'Chopper' uniting Australia and New Zealand as one country, with a cast of comedians reflecting on the unique aspects of the two different cultures. Franklin went on to tour this show to sold out crowds across Australia and New Zealand in 2016.
Heath has appeared in Jane Campion's mystery drama series Top of the Lake on ABC and was featured on the Triple M Network's Merrick and Australia in Chopper's Weekly Review drive show.
In 2018 Heath was awarded the Comedians Choice Award - The Piece of Wood Award - at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival for his brand new show 'Bogan Jesus'. Heath was a regular guest on New Zealand comedy gameshow 7Days.
In 2019, Heath tours Chopper's 'Bogan Jesus' across Australia and New Zealand.
"Australia's funniest comedy character." ★★★★★
"Franklin is a true comedy talent." ★★★★½
"A top hour of uproariously entertaining comedy…packed with good gags and ‘so wrong, it’s right’ moments." ★★★★
"Chopper drops his truth bombs with ferocity, and he doesn’t ever play it safe. Behind the moustachioed, belligerent bogan facade, however, Franklin is clever, his performance is smooth and his delivery close to perfection." ★★★★
"A comedy set leaving the audience hypnotised by one’s methodical vision to brazen the universe." ★★★★
"…Every one of his gags hit the mark. Franklin is a very clever operator with a strong knowledge and edgy take on current events." ★★★★
BOGAN JESUS -MICF
Rhythm and Vines Music Festival
CHOPPER’S REPUBLIC OF ANZAKISTAN - GPAC PLAYHOUSE GEELONG
CHOPPER’S REPUBLIC OF ANZAKISTAN - CAPITAL THEATRE BENDIGO
CHOPPER’S REPUBLIC OF ANZAKISTAN - REGENT CINEMA BALLARAT
CHOPPER’S REPUBLIC OF ANZAKISTAN - HORSHAM TOWN HALL
CHOPPER’S REPUBLIC OF ANZAKISTAN - ARKABA HOTEL, ADELAIDE
CHOPPER’S REPUBLIC OF ANZAKISTAN - ATHENAEUM THEATRE, MELBOURNE
CHOPPER’S REPUBLIC OF ANZAKISTAN - FACTORY THEATRE, SYDNEY
CHOPPER’S REPUBLIC OF ANZAKISTAN - CIVIC THEATRE, NEWCASTLE
CHOPPER’S REPUBLIC OF ANZAKISTAN - SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL
CHOPPER’S REPUBLIC OF ANZAKISTAN - MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL
CAPTAIN FUNPANTS - MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL
CHOPPER'S REPUBLIC OF ANZAKISTAN - SPIEGELTENT HOBART
CHOPPER’S REPUBLIC OF ANZAKISTAN - CANBERRA COMEDY FESTIVAL
CHOPPER’S REPUBLIC OF ANZAKISTAN - BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL
CHOPPER’S REPUBLIC OF ANZAKISTAN - THE GARDEN OF UNEARTHLY DELIGHTS
CAPTAIN FUNPANTS - THE GARDEN OF UNEARTHLY DELIGHTS
CHOPPER NOW IN 3D - ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL
CHOPPER’S REPUBLIC OF ANZAKISTAN - PERTH FRNGE WORLD
CAPTAIN FUNPANTS - PERTH FRINGE WORLD
CAPTAIN FUNPANTS - BRISBANE POWERHOUSE
REPEAT OFFENDER - CANBERRA COMEDY FESTIVAL
REPEAT OFFENDER - THE GARDEN OF UNEARTHLY DELIGHTS
REPEAT OFFENDER - SYDNEY COMEDY STORE
SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL
DARWIN COMEDY FESTIVAL
MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVAL
PIECE OF WOOD AWARD - MICF 2018
COMEDY HERO - FHM 2011
BEST INTERNATIONAL GUEST - NEW ZEALAND COMEDY GUILD 2010
BEST COMEDY RELEASE - ARIA 2009
GRAHAM KENNEDY LOGIE AWARD MOST OUTSTANDING TALENT 2006