He’s more than proven himself as a capable host, having worked the couch on The Circle for Gorgi Coghlan while she’s been on maternity leave, has scored a great gig as the host of afternoon cooking show on Ch10, Ready Steady Cook. It will turn the show from “turn off” TV to absolutely “turn on/must watch”. From the press release:

Network Ten, today announced live on The Circle that much loved comedian and TV host Colin Lane will be taking over the role of host for this season’s Ready Steady Cook. Fresh from the set of The Circle, where he has been filling in for Gorgi Coghlan during her maternity leave, Colin will begin filming in April, with his first episode going to air on Tuesday 14th June.

“Having accepted the role of host I have only just realised that my job now involves eating incredible food every day” says Colin Lane. “I am very excited at the prospect of enjoying and learning about food and I’m looking forward to working with so many wonderful chefs and guests. This could be the best job in the world. Or, this could be the greatest increase in weight ever seen on TV. My 2011 television career might start with The Circle, lead into Ready Steady Cook and end with The Biggest Loser.”

Colin Lane is best known as the Lano from Lano and Woodley, Australia’s best loved comedy duo. In almost 20 years together Lano & Woodley won the coveted Perrier Award for best show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, starred in their own television series and toured sold out shows across the country. Sadly they are no longer, after saying ‘Goodbye’ in 2006 with a national tour that took in 34 markets and sold more than 125,000 tickets. “Having Colin at the helm of Ready Steady Cook promises lots of fun and a bit of craziness in the kitchen along with great cooking and tips from Australia’s best chefs,” says Virginia Hodgson, executive producer, Southern Star Entertainment.

Since the farewell tour, Colin has appeared in Don’s Party for the Melbourne Theatre Company, followed by a season with the Sydney Theatre Company. He presented Wine Me, Dine Me and Kings of Comedy for the Nine Network and has made numerous appearances on ABC TV’s Spicks and Specks and Network Ten’s Good News Week.

Colin will be talking over the helm from former host, Peter Everett, who has hosted Ready Steady Cook for five years, recording over 600 shows.

“We wish Peter the best of luck with all his new adventures; he has been a great host over the years and has brought many new fans to the show. Colin is a wonderful addition to the Ready Steady Cook team, bringing a style and lightness to the show that is perfect for the year ahead.” says Maria Michael, Executive Producer of Entertainment at TEN.


Ready Steady Cook – Weekdays 2pm, Ch10.