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Shane Bourne

Shane Bourne

Nov. 24th, 1949
Born in
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
6' 3

Shane Bourne's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
City Homicide (AU) TV Show
City Homicide (AU)
Thank God You're Here (AU) TV Show
Thank God You're Here (AU)
Dancing With the Stars (AU) TV Show
Dancing With the Stars (AU)
The Micallef Program (AU) TV Show
The Micallef Program (AU)
Bingles (AU) TV Show
Bingles (AU)
MDA (AU) TV Show

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Shane Bourne (born 24 November 1949 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian stand-up comedian and actor.

Bourne was a well-known comedic face throughout the 1980s, with roles on the Australian version of Are You Being Served? and Hey Hey It's Saturday. In the mid 1990s, Bourne hosted a revived Blankety Blanks, which lasted two seasons.

In recent years Bourne has made the change to dramatic acting and has been critically acclaimed. After a two episode guest appearance on Blue Heelers in 2000, Bourne took the lead role of lawyer "Happy" Henderson, starring alongside Kerry Armstrong in MDA.The show ended after its third season, in September 2005. He also played a minor role in the film Kokoda, an Australia WWII film on the Kokoda Track where he played as the battalion's doctor.
Bourne fronts the current series of Thank God You're Here on the Seven Network. which he has done since its first season in 2006. Also in 2006, he hosted How the Hell Did We Get Here?, a series that aired on ABC1.
Bourne is currently acting in the new Channel Seven series, City Homicide, which premiered on 27 August 2007.
He was also in a few episodes of Prisoner.

Most versatile and best-loved

Shane Bourne is one of Australia’s most versatile and best-loved comedians. In recent years, he has become one of the most sought after performers on the corporate function circuit. Bourne has had vast experience, is highly professional, and has a commanding stage presence that makes him a great asset to any function. Shane Bourne’s ability to read an audience combined with his understanding of client requirements guarantees success when he appears as a guest speaker or presides over an event as Master of Ceremonies.

Early career

A highlight of Shane Bourne's early career was his debut appearance on 'The Happy Hammond Show' where his act called Shane Bourne and His Miming Prawns was bound to attract attention. Having family connections to the theatre world, Bourne was a natural performer from an early age. He appeared on 'New Faces' in 1972 and won his heat. From there, Bourne appeared in a variety of variety shows including the Graham Kennedy and Paul Hogan shows. He also entertained in clubs both in Australia and Britain.

Regular entertainer

Shane Bourne's career took off in the 1980s and he became a regular entertainer on many television programs in diverse roles. As well as his talent for comedy, Shane Bourne has a dramatic flair for acting and has taken on singing and dancing roles on stage. He is also a great host on screen and off.

He has an impressive list of television and stage appearances to his credit. He is the consummate performer with wit and comedic timing that are the envy of his peers. But he can also fill dramatic roles with considerable ease, creating complex characters such as Happy Henderson in the acclaimed ABC series, 'MDA: Medical Defence Australia'.

Stage success

The stage musical success 'Urinetown' showed more facets of Shane Bourne's
talent, adding singing and dancing credits to his acting and comedy roles. He is fondly remembered for his years on the enduring 'Hey Hey It’s Saturday' show on Channel 9. His inclusion of original gag filled comedy songs had the audience in stitches every time.

Shane Bourne has worked with other top quality comedic talent. In the mid-1990s, a highlight was his appearance in American actor-comedian Steve Martin's play, 'Picasso at the Lapin Agile'. Steve Martin commented that very few people have what Shane Bourne has: "true comic talent... There are many people who know where the jokes are and how to deliver them, but very few who can deliver them with original comic flair."

Current work

Shane Bourne's current work includes hosting the enormously popular 'Thank God You're Here' show, produced by Working Dog for the Ten Network. Shane Bourne is a versatile performer with consummate skills and is held in extremely high regard by colleagues, clients, and comedy-lovers nationwide.


At the AFI Awards, in 2003 and 2005, Bourne won the 'Best Actor in a Television Drama' award for his role in MDA, and was nominated for the same award in 2002.[7]

At the Logies, in 2003, he was nominated for the 'Most Outstanding Actor' award for his role in MDA

  • Is a stand up comedian.

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