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