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16 September 1964
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Chris Franklin (born 16 September 1964) is an Australian stand up comedian and former sailor for the Royal Australian Navy. He is most famous for writing and performing the song "Bloke" (a bogan parody of Meredith Brooks' feminist anthem "Bitch"), which was certified platinum, reached #1 on the ARIA Charts and was the twelfth biggest selling single in Australia in 2000. He currently lives on Magnetic Island, off the coast of Townsville, Queensland.
Franklin was born in Sydney, and lived from age 3 to 5 on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. As a young adult, he spent eight years in the Royal Australian Navy. He is a chef, and was one of seven chosen to cook for the Queen during her visit to Australia in the 1980s. After this, Franklin quit the navy to take ten years off to travel Australia.
Franklin has been performing comedy since October 1997. His accomplishments include:
- PBS Radio Golden Stom Award for Best Up & Coming Comedian
- National Triple J Raw Comedy winner for Best New Comedian
- Grand Finalist National Green Faces competition in Canberra
- Third prize - The Comedy Hotel Sydney's "Night of Nights"
Franklin has performed with numerous musicians and comedians, including Jimeoin, Steady Eddy, Garry Who, Carl Barron, Richard Stubbs, Elliot Goblet, Raymond J Bartholomew, Marty Fields, The Empty Pockets, John Robertson, Peter Rowsthorn, Bob Franklin, Stevie Starr, and Mr Methane.
During 2001, Franklin toured extensively with Steady Eddy in their live show Guess Who's Pissed. Franklin also tours regularly with The Radiators across Australia.
Franklin's first CD single was released on 31 January 2000 through EMI Music Australia entitled "Bloke", a send up of Meredith Brooks' song "Bitch". The song reached number fifteen on the charts in its first week in and subsequently achieved number one and platinum status with more than 120,000 sales. "Bloke" was the third highest selling single by an Australian artist of that year. The song also was nominated for two Aria awards in 2000; namely, "Best comedy release" and "Highest selling single".
Franklin released a second single entitled "Mullet Head", a parody of the hit single "Gimme Head" by The Radiators, who perform live on the single. "Mullet Head" was nominated for an Aria award in 2001 for "Best Comedy release".
Franklin has also appeared on television, including:
- Hit & Run (Comedychannel)
- Good News Week
- Live and Kicking (Channel 7 Melb)
- ABC Raw Comedy Special
- Channel 31 (Melb)
- Pizza (Fat Pizza) (SBS)
- Housos (SBS)
- The Footy Show (NRL) (Nine Network)
- The Footy Show (AFL) (Nine Network)
- Headliners (Foxtel)
- Bogan Hunters (7mate)
Franklin is a regular guest on Zinc 100.7 Rockshow with Wildy.