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BY DAR­REN DEVLYN

THE TV in­dus­try is lit­tered with the names of hosts — Wendy Harmer and Gre­tel Killeen, for ex­am­ple — who were ham­mered by crit­ics for fail­ing at the helm of awards shows.

Shane Ja­cob­son, how­ever, could buck that trend when he fronts this year’s Aus­tralian Film In­sti­tute Awards.

Ja­cob­son has the at­tributes to make the gig a win­ner. Not only is he an ac­com­plished ac­tor, he has the all-im­por­tant lik­a­bil­ity fac­tor cru­cial to win­ning over crit­ics and au­di­ences. Event host­ing can be a thank­less task. Why say yes to this one? Con­sid­er­ing who has filled these shoes be­fore me, such as Rus­sell Crowe, Ge­of­frey Rush and Hugh Jack­man, it’s an hon­our just to be asked. How would you de­scribe your ap­proach to the host­ing gig? I bring all of my ex­pe­ri­ences I gained over the years, wrapped into one pack­age called Shane Ja­cob­son, walk to the lectern, open my mouth and pray like hell that some­thing amaz­ing falls out. Do you have a plan of at­tack for award re­cip­i­ents who linger too long on stage? I’mgo­ing to set fire to them . . . What is your first AFI Awards me­mory? The strong­est me­mory pre win­ning my award (for hit com­edy Kenny) was stand­ing with my brother Clay­ton watch­ing Rus­sell Crowe re­hears­ing for the year he was host­ing, and my brother and I were stand­ing shoul­der to shoul­der when he said to me, ‘‘ who knows bro, one day we might be stand­ing up there’’. Your pro­file shot through the roof af­ter win­ning an AFI. What does mean to you these days? Would you con­sider slip­ping on the over­alls for an­other film or TV con­cept? My brother and I feel we’ve an­swered all the ques­tions fans had in Kenny’s World (TV se­ries). I doubt we’ll ever make an­other TV show or movie with him, but who knows where he could turn up? What’s on the agenda for 2011? Will there be an­other sea­son of Yes to Top Gear and there’ll be three movies that I’ve com­pleted to be re­leased on the big screen and a TV show that I com­pleted yet to broad­cast. As well, I hope to fin­ish my de­signs on a rocket that will get to the moon pow­ered only by sausage rolls and soft drink. It should work . . . look where it’s got me. AFI Awards, Chan­nel 9, Satur­day, 9.30pm

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