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"Kenny" Actor / MC
Shane's memorable character performance in KENNY marks his first lead role in a feature film.
At age 18 Shane began his comedy career with regular theatre restaurant, stand-up and MC gigs. The corporate world soon took advantage of his command of comic character immersion, hiring him to play to huge corporate functions impersonating business icons and luminaries.
Shane's focus eventually moved towards the camera and he began acting in prominent Music Videos, Short Films and TV Commercials. Shane also performed Warm-Ups for all the major TV networks and as Half Time Entertainer for the Victorian Titans basketball team.In 1999 Shane secured a radio gig with Melbourne's Gold FM on a segment called The 60 Minute Challenge where he created the character voice of Sergio The Hairdresser. Sergio also featured regularly on Gold FM's Breakfast show.In 2008, the "Kenny's World" TV series aired on Channel 10 and in 2009 Shane performed with Paul Hogan in the movie "Charlie & Boots".In his presentation, Shane, shares with his audience his very interesting and very entertaining life.
Better known for his warm and charismatic portrayal of the “fairdinkum Aussie bloke”, Kenny, Shane Jacobson won the 2006 AFI Award for Best Lead Actor, the 2006 Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role, the 2007 Film Ink Magazine Awards for Best New Comer and won 2007 Australian Star of the Year Award at the Australian International Movie Convention. “Kenny” was the highest grossing Australian film of 2006.
Shane Jacobson began his career on the stage at the tender age of 10 with amateur theatre, performing in Australia and overseas. At age 18 Shane began his comedy career with regular theatre restaurant, musical theatre, stand-up and MC gigs. It wasn’t long until the corporate world caught onto his talent for characterisation and a quick quip, hiring him to play to huge corporate functions impersonating business icons and luminaries. His sharply honed performance and character skills were noticed by Melbourne’s Gold FM radio station, who in 1999 gave him a regular spot. Shane’s focus eventually moved towards the camera and he began acting in prominent Music Videos, Short Films and TV Commercials whilst continuing to perform audience Warm-Ups for all the major TV networks.
Shane and his Brother/director Clayton Jacobson shared the 2006 IF Awards for both Best Feature Film and Best Script and the 2006 Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Original Screenplay. In 2007 Shane acted in the feature film NEWCASTLE, directed by Dan Castle and CACTUS, directed by Jasmine Yuen-Carrucan. In 2008 Shane completed a 5 month season of Guys ‘N’ Dolls at the Princess Theatre as “Nicely Nicely”. For his role he won a Helpmann Award – Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role.
Shane reprised the role of “Nicely Nicely” in Sydney at the Capitol Theatre for 12 weeks in March 2009 along side Kath and Kim’s Magda Szubanski, Sea Patrol’s Lisa McCune and Ian Stenlake, Mother and Son’s Garry McDonald and singing star Marina Prior.
Also in 2009 we saw the cinema release of Shane’s feature film Charlie & Boots also starring Paul Hogan which reached approx $4million at the Australian Box office and was released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 31 through Paramount Home Entertainment. The Jacobson Brothers launched their ground breaking comedy series Mordy Koots a 10 x 3 minute series which is currently available and is now also an application on iTunes.
Filming wrapped in December in the beautiful country town of Warburton, Victoria for Shane next feature film Surviving Georgia also starring Pia Miranda, Holly Valance, Caroline O’Connor and Spencer McLaren. Directed by Sandra Sciberras and Kate Whitbread (Caterpillar Wish) and Produced by Kate Whitbread and Spencer McLaren.
THE AMAZING SUCCESS OF “KENNY”
• Box Office Takings of $7.7million
• Screened for more than 20 weeks at cinemas
• The DVD has outsold the new ‘Superman Movie’ release
• Highest selling Australian film on DVD since the inception of DVD in Australia
• Surpassed Australian Box Office Hits such as Wolf Creek and Chopper at the box office
• Nominated for 6 AFI Awards, including Best Actor
Shane Jacobson was absolutely outstanding. He was genuine, warm, very funny and made the day flow extremely well. People were thrilled to have him there. I haven't used a speaker that I would recommend more highly than Shane. I'd jump at the chance to have him at another of our events.
“Thank you once again for presenting at our Making Connections Lunch. Your drive,enthusiasm and success is an inspiration to us all. Our objective for this series of lunches is to provide a relaxed environment for staff and clients to interact, while drawing inspiration from an interesting and thought-provoking presenter. Shane you have helped us achieve this aim and for that we are very grateful”
“Shane was fantastic on the night! We thought he was great at injecting his individuality in to the night's proceedings and had the audience in stitches with his adlib stories and jokes. We have had loads of comments from the dinner attendees - including Comcare Executive who have said that they thought Shane was absolutely brilliant. He was very easy going and a pleasure to deal with. We would love to have him back again and would definitely recommend him to anyone!”
“Excellent....Shane was wonderful- very entertaining- people were queued up to speak with him after the performance!”
Institute of Water Administration
“Shane was very easy to work, very professional and knows how to work a crowd.””
“Very warm funny and engaging. A hit with the audience!”
Morgan & Morgan
“TOTALLY STUPENDOUSLY WONDERFUL!!!! Shane is absolutely professional, amusing, honest, caring, it's obvious he enjoys what he does and his life. He is brilliant and I think I'm in love!!!! We would use him again in a flash - what a presenter and what a great human being. Shane rated well above any of our other speakers and deservedly so. I can't speak highly enough of what a true professional he is and his honesty is so apparent.”
“Shane's story hit the mark as may members were either from Melbourne or are involved in plumbing wholesale. Story with humour was a success. Photos with Shane also made the night)”.