ALL of Frank Woodley's performances deserve special mention, as with the time Shaun Micallef tried to bring Shane in to the sketch. Frank pretty much epotimises the Digging Yourself Deeper trope.
Student: You once said an apple is harder than a stone but softer than a feather... ...What did it mean?
Frank as a Shaolin Monk: That means that all things have a beauty, but all things indeed have an ugliness. You must understand the paradoxes of this world. Don't try to eat a stone. You - It'll hurt.
There's also his response to the Student who asks him to lead them in prayer. In Tibetan.
Frank: ...You have learnt much my son. But you have not learnt to not be a smartarse.
If you take a close look, you can see said student bow to avoid corpsing.
And of course, who can forget...
Frank: Uhhh...Hun Zing, son of Hung Well! *grin*
He also manages to pull a comedic Screw This, I'm Outta Here! during a group challenge. The trigger: "We will need to conduct police checks because you will be working with children."
It's common for the performers to guess what they will walk into based on their costume. However, Frank Woodley's suggestion of what he'll be with the bald cap turns into a dead-on impression of Peter Garrett (frontman for the band Midnight Oil)
The show spawns these once an episode, or once every three seconds if Angus Sampson or Frank Woodley are involved. A recent example is Colin Lane, dressed up as a heavily pregnant woman. As soon as he had to say something, he put on the deepest voice he possibly could. It lead to the following exchange:
Merrick Watts as an Obstetrician: Obviously you don't want to give birth as a male.
Colin: You wanna start something, mate?
Then they awkwardly laugh until Colin abruptly stops with the same sort of glare he would give his (former) partner Frank Woodley.
Considering that the idea of the show is to give the guests as little power as possible, Josh Lawson is able to control any scene he's in incredibly easily and make it hilarious. Here's one.and here's another. Seriously, words just cheapen it.
The most striking demonstration of his ability to dominate the proceedings came later, in this indescribable skit.
Matthew Newton is king of TGYH's unusual entrances. Coming out of a car that had crashed through the front window of a house, the sight itself is just so unbelievably funny but the best part was easily when he was questioned about his "L" plates (for overseas Tropers, L stands for Learners and is the first stage of license holding here in Australia) His response? "Nah, I'm a LEGEND!"
One of Hamish Blake's sketches gives us this line, surprisingly not from Hamish himself:
Ensemble actor: Now you've had Lucy out back before the show...
Bob Franklin playing an RAF captain, who takes the scene Off the Rails early on by claiming that their target for a bombing raid is Target stores, and then thanks his costar for railroading him back to the script. "Well played sir. Back on track."
He does something similar in a later sketch, in which he's asked to explain why a tea lady named Irene is being made "put down" as he described it. He starts strong - "For starters, you're drinking too much water," immediately after Irene had picked up her glass. "Secondly, you've been turning up a little late, haven't you? Just lately..." His costar interrupts, saying "But most importantly..." He continues, "Most importantly - I'm glad you led away from that, because it was going nowhere."
Another sterling moment from Bob Franklin was when he was playing a revolutionary leader and was asked to complete the revolution's slogan (and you really need to imagine Bob's deadpan montone to get the full effect):
Ensemble player: All men expect...!
Bob Franklin: Too much, really.
Ross Noble's reaction to the dwarf coming out of the log and the reason he seems so confused when he finally gets out. (Noble had, earlier in the sketch, banged repeatedly on said log with his staff.)
Also, his declaration that they were hunting the evil menace known as bogans.
Shaun Micallef 's entire 1920s era sketch. He nearly succeeds in dragging Shane Bourne through the door with him, metaphorically and literally eats his way through half the set and doesn't just lean on the fourth wall, he kicks through it.
More Micallef goodness, in one All-In, Shaun Micaleff suggests that he and his fellow scouts should replace badges with tatoos, and declares:
To cover up the set changes and whatnot, they'll have "During the week" segments which throw the performers into a range of different scenarios. Some of the one-liners are absolutely hilarious:
"Spray tanning: not the orange type, the really realistic type."
"Is your body a temple? I hope it is, although I hope a priest hasn't entered it."
"How do they get the blue in the cheese?" "It's cow veins."
"This little [cheese] here comes from mouse's milk."
(In response to picking a favourite French cheese) "Kraft Singles."
Stephen Curry plays a horrible Corrupt Corporate Executive for all that it's worth during one series 3 episode. He makes fun of absolutely everything and eats the scenery whole. He mocks co-performer Ed Kavalee's use of 'big words' ('apropo') and looks down on the critics who are giving him questions. His quickfire responses are golden.
Shareholder: "Our motto's always been "Proudly Australian." Why then have you moved head office to Geneva?"
Stephen: (mocking tone of voice) "Because I've changed our motto."
The final all-in challenge. Angus Sampson spends most of it staring at the camera with a disgruntled look on his face and does not say a single word. Hamish Blake is a TV chef who refutes claims of foreign matter in his line of soups because the mouse was Australian and from an Australian factory. Felicity Ward was named pop queen, which entitled her to do "lots and lots and lots of young men". Toby Truslove is a tennis player who puts his victories down to Hamish's mouse soup. Josh Lawson is a prize announcer flustered by the model in a bikini. It must be seen to be believed.