Heath Franklin

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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.


Upcoming Gigs

Choppers (S)hitlist - #1 Bunnings

Past Gigs

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

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  • WINNER

    PIECE OF WOOD AWARD - MICF 2018

  • WINNER

    COMEDY HERO - FHM 2011

  • FINAL NOMINEE

    BEST INTERNATIONAL GUEST - NEW ZEALAND COMEDY GUILD 2010

  • FINAL NOMINEE

    BEST COMEDY RELEASE - ARIA 2009

  • NOMINEE

    GRAHAM KENNEDY LOGIE AWARD MOST OUTSTANDING TALENT 2006