Heath Franklin

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Heath Franklin
Born (1980-12-23) 23 December 1980 (age 38)
Sydney, Australia
Years active2005–present
GenresSketch Comedy, Stand Up
Notable works and rolesThe Ronnie Johns Half Hour, Chopper Read impersonation

Heath Franklin (born 23 December 1980) is an Australian comedic performer, improviser and writer.[1]


He appeared on theThe Ronnie Johns Half Hour sketch comedy show,[2] ABC TV's Spicks and Specks,[3] Working Dog's Thank God You're Here[4] and in New Zealand, on 7 Days.[5] He also appeared in the show Randling with the teammate: Felicity Ward. Heath is in the team: Ducks of war.[citation needed]

He is best known for his impersonation of the infamous Australian criminal Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read.[2]

In 2010, Franklin had a small part in the New Zealand crime comedy, Predicament.[2]


In 2006, Franklin was nominated for the Inaugural Graham Kennedy Logie Award for "Most Outstanding New Talent" regarding his work on The Ronnie Johns Half Hour.[6] He also performed warm-up duties for the Logies.[citation needed]

Franklin was nominated for an ARIA Award for Best Comedy Release for his DVD Make Deadshits History.[7]

Career appearances[edit]

TV appearances[edit]

As 'stage persona', "Chopper Read"[edit]

  • Network Ten The Christmas Panel special (2006)
  • The Comedy Channel's Stand Up Australia (2007).
  • The Comedy Channel's Cracker Festival Gala (2008)
  • C4's Jono's New Show, New Zealand (2009)
  • The Comedy Channel's Sydney Comedy Festival Gala, (2009)
  • Network 10's 9am with David & Kim (2009)
  • The Comedy Channel's Make Deadshits History - Pentridge Interstituals (2009)
  • ABC's Spicks and Specks Xmas Special - "A Very Specky Christmas" (2009)
  • TV3's Aotearoha-ha Christmas Comedy Gala (NZ) (2009)
  • The Comedy Channel's Sydney Comedy Festival Cracker Gala (2010–11)
  • TV3's New Zealand Comedy Festival Gala (2010 and 2011)
  • C4's Jono's New Show, New Zealand (2012)
  • TV3's 7 Days (NZ) (2009–present, Recurring Panelist)
  • 10's Chopper's Republic Of Anzakistan, Australia (2016, Live Show with skits added for TV)

As himself[edit]

As both[edit]

Film appearances[edit]

Radio appearances[edit]


  1. ^ "Heath Franklin "Chopper" - The Sit Down Comedy Club"". Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Giving Chopper the chop". Sydney Morning Herald. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Spicks and Specks: episode guide - Episode Three (11/02/2009)". Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Thank God You're Here (Aus) Season 4 Episode 6 Heath Franklin, Kate Langbroek, Angus Sampson, Tony Truslove". ovguide.com. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Heath Franklin Is Chopper in A Hard Bastard's Guide to Life". biglittlecity.co.nz. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  6. ^ "Ronnie Johns Half Hour, The series 2 (2006)". Screen Australia. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
  7. ^ "24 hours - The arts diary", The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 September 2012
  8. ^ "A Very Specky Christmas 2008". ABC TV. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  9. ^ "Heath Franklin - The Teams - Randling - ABC TV". Retrieved 21 October 2012.

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