Shane Jacobson

Award-winning actor, outstanding MC and speaker

Shane Jacobson is one of Australia's most loved and most versatile talents. Since first getting involved in performing some 25 years ago, Shane has become an award-winning actor, presenter and entertainer and worked in radio, television, film and theatre, often with some of the biggest names in the business. Now Shane is undoubtedly well on the way to being one of those names himself.

Today, as well his numerous film and television credits, Shane is becoming just as respected and in demand for his talents as a speaker and MC in the corporate arena.

Shane delivers highly entertaining and engaging keynote and after-dinner talks about his unique life based on his bestselling autobiography, A Long Road to Overnight Success.

In his presentation, he shares stories from his very interesting and very entertaining life including the lead up to his starring role in the hit film Kenny and beyond. He is an excellent raconteur and has a unique and engaging story of success.

As an MC, he is a brilliant communicator - witty, warm, professional and highly engaging.

Exxon Mobil, HIA, Volvo, Toyota, Multiplex Limited, Chemart, PricewaterhouseCoopers, AXA, FairFax Media, LJ Hooker, Siemens, Morgan & Morgan, Comcare, BAE Systems, Mercedes, Volkswagen, Toyota, Perth Motor show, The Age, Daimler, Kangan Institute, Actew AGL, RACV, Genesys, WorkSafe, City of Port Phillip, Elders Insurance and Australian Hotels Association are just a few of his delighted clients.

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Shane's gift for characterisation and quick witty tongue cemented his early success in stand-up comedy and impersonating business identities at corporate functions. After shifting his focus to acting, he clocked up an impressive list of appearances in music videos, TV commercials and short films.

It was his role as the title character Kenny in 2006 that brought Shane wide recognition both at home and internationally. He co-wrote the screenplay with his brother Clayton Jacobson, who also directed the film, and Shane won a string of awards, including the 2006 AFI Award for Best Actor, the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, the 2007 Film Ink Award for Best Newcomer and Australian Star of the Year Award at the Australian International Movie Convention. Together Shane and Clayton also won the 2006 IF Awards for Best Feature Film and Best Script, and the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Shane's silver screen credits include Hollywood blockbuster The Bourne Legacy opposite Jeremy Renner and Edward Norton, co-starring with Paul Hogan in Charlie & Boots, Cactus with Bryan Brown, Surviving Georgia with Holly Valance and Pia Miranda and the voice of Santa in the animated feature Santa's Apprentice with Delta Goodrem and Magda Szubanksi, just to name a few. More recently Shane played the lead character in Oddball, a feature film for Village Roadshow.

Shane's stage career has also been just as successful. Shane won a Helpmann Award for his supporting role in the revival of the stage musical Guys and Dolls in 2008 alongside Lisa McCune, Marina Prior, Garry McDonald and Magda Szubanski. In 2010, he performed with Geoffrey Rush and Rhonda Burchmore in The Drowsy Chaperone for the MTC and Shane Warne - The Musical (2013) with Eddie Perfect and Lisa McCune.

Shane's small screen appearances include roles in Beaconsfield as well as ABC TV dramas Time of Our Lives, The Mystery of the Hansom Cab alongside John Waters and in the Jack Irish telemovies with Guy Pearce. He also co-presented The Great Australian Bake Off. As well as performing Shane has a passion for producing. He is currently host and producer of Hangin' with Hogs for the ABC and co-host and executive producer of Manspace on Go! - Nine's digital channel.

In 2013 Shane became a bestselling Australian author after releasing his biography - The Long Road to Overnight Success.

Shane Jacobson is an immense talent and a guaranteed draw card for any audience. Thoroughly entertaining and professional, he has all skills to make your event a success.

Client testimonials

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.

Multiplex Limited

Shane communicated and engaged the crowd like I’ve never seen before. A wonderful MC with all the skills to ensure the night is a success.

Hamilton Football and Netball Club

Shane’s presentation was a highlight of our conference, being a thoroughly entertaining and engaging speaker for our Gala dinner. Shane’s talk was a great balance of story-telling, motivation and comedy all rolled into one. It was even more pleasing to have Shane attend our dinner and stay and talk with all the guests throughout the evening and well into the night, which was ‘above and beyond’ what would be expected of many speakers. I would highly recommend Shane to other corporate looking for an interesting and entertaining speaking for their event.

Victorian Farmers Federation

Shane was highly professional and did a fantastic job of keeping the night rolling smoothly and quickly. Most importantly he was hilarious too – he had the audience members doubling over with laughter and we have had nothing but positive feedback from everyone who attended our event. Most impressive was his improvising and thinking on his feet. Ten out of ten to Shane Jacobson.

City of Port Phillip

Shane Jacobson was a huge, huge hit with our staff and our clients. We all loved his warm nature, funny stories and his ‘give anything a go’ attitude was very inspiring to all of us. As clients were leaving the function at the end of then night we were asked by client after client to please invite him back so they could here more about his life. He was very polite and very happy to spend time chatting with everyone after his presentation, which made our clients feel very special.

Financial Lifestyle Group Pty Ltd

Shane is absolutely professional, amusing, honest, caring, it’s obvious he enjoys what he does and his life. He is brilliant. 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.

LJ Hooker

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.


The audience just loved Shane – we received very positive feedback and praise for his skills as an MC. We particularly appreciated Shane’s ability to have some fun on the night, but also respect the purpose of the evening which was to recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements by individuals and companies in the rail industry. He was an absolute pleasure to work with, and do hope we have the opportunity to do so again.

Australasian Railway Association