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Australian humour.


John Blackman is one of the most visible and successful personalities in Australian radio and television.

Current experience:

These days, he keeps his comedic hand in with his very popular “Blackers Joke of the Day” on Wollongong’s WAVE FM Breakfast Show as well as being the occasional Ground Announcer for AFL games at the MCG.

John has also published several books through Pan Macmillan Australia - including: “Aussie Gags”, released in August 1998 and went into its third reprint just 6 weeks after publication, “More Aussie Gags”, “Don’t Come The Raw Prawn”, “Best Of Aussie Slang”, “Aussie Slang Dictionary” and the “Dickie Knee Bumper Comic Book”
Recognised for his versatility as the "master of the one-liner", John is now in constant demand as compere/host for conferences, awards nights and a many formal and social occasions.

Previous experience:

In a show business career spanning nearly 50 years, he has achieved enormous recognition, due (in no small way) to the 28 years he spent with Daryl Somers in the pivotal role as the voice of the show, along with Dickie Knee and numerous other characters behind Australia's longest running variety show Hey Hey It's Saturday.

John has also appeared on many television shows including: Paul Hogan Show, Holiday Island, Personality Squares, Blankety Blanks, Family Feud, Daryl Somers Show - just to mention a few.
He has had vast radio experience starting out at 2GN Goulburn back in 1969 and hosting numerous radio shows ever since, including topping the ratings for five years with Bruce Mansfield as “Uncle Roy” on 3AW Breakfast from 1981 to 1986.

John has also hosted Breakfast shows on 3AK, 3UZ, MMM in Adelaide (for three years) and more recently MAGIC 1278, with co-host, Jane Holmes.

His humour is droll, spontaneous, mischievous and laconic but never offensive.

It is John Blackman's familiarity and excellent rapport with his audiences that have made him one of the most sought after personalities on the Australian corporate scene.

Many thanks for the great work as MC for our Awards Dinner... I particularly enjoyed the way you were able to include our dignitaries, guests and qualifiers within your presentation. I felt the time and effort you put in, constructing your monologue and introductions were rewarded enormously with the warm and grateful appreciation of the audience. The evening was a great success and everyone had a fabulous time. This was due in a very large part to the mood you created. Corporate Superannuation Relationships Manager

John was amazing and is a fantastic source of entertainment for any event! Great to work with, he really made the night.

Franklin Web Printing Group

John Blackman is an integral part of our conference, not only as an MC, but he also participates in all of our activities and events.

Leagues Clubs Australia

Just a quick email to thank you so much for your work yesterday - was really fantastic, and by all reports everyone there had a great time! Thanks for being so flexible and for jumping in and out as needed to keep the day running smoothly, your professionalism and good humour is very much appreciated! I hope I have the opportunity to work with you again in the future. Thanks again!


Thanks for the fantastic night last night. We have had great feedback today, even from people who didn't attend, but heard about it. Thanks for all of the time and effort you put in beforehand and during the evening so that the evening ran smoothly.

Emergency Services Foundation - MELBOURNE
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