Chris Franklin

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Chris Franklin
Born Chris Franklin
(1964-09-16) 16 September 1964 (age 53)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Chris Franklin (born 16 September 1964) is an Australian stand up comedian[1] 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'anthem "Bitch"), which was certified platinum,[2] reached #1 on the ARIA Charts and was the twelfth biggest selling single in Australia in 2000.[3] He currently lives in Launceston, Tasmania

Early life[edit]

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.[citation needed] After this, Franklin quit the navy to take ten years off to travel Australia.

Entertainment career[edit]

Comedy career[edit]

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.[3] The song also was nominated for two Aria awards in 2000; namely, "Best comedy release" and "Highest selling single".[4]

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".[5]


Franklin has also appeared on television, including:


Franklin is a regular guest on Zinc 100.7 Rockshow with Wildy.


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