Shane Jacobson, actor, comedian and now published author, stopped by the Booktopia offices to meet the staff and have a chat about his new book The Long Road To Overnight Success.
Little did he know he would be the first contestant in the Booktopia TV Quiz Show, hosted by John Purcell.
This is a Quiz Show like no other, equal parts literary and ridiculousness, and Shane aced it.
Take a look at the video above, as two juggernauts of the world of entertainment lock horns.
by Shane Jacobson
After the film ‘Kenny’ catapulted him to national and international fame, actor, writer, producer Shane Jacobson was told by people that he had a talent for acting. Which was great news as he’d been on the stage since the age of ten.
Working in musical theatre, stand up comedy, radio, ads, and the occasional Boy Scout review, Jacobson had been in the spotlight and behind the scenes, he had learned how to make people laugh and how to move them and he had felt the allure of the spotlight. He knew this was what he wanted to do, but it would take him years to get there in between his many (very) odd jobs.
Success, when it came, was sweet, but so was getting there. Here Jacobson tells the story of his life in the droll, hilarious way which made him so appealing in Kenny and in films like Charlie and Boots. From a childhood spent among loving but stage-hungry ‘carnies’ to an adulthood spent travelling, falling in love, learning to drive every vehicle ever made and generally distracting himself from a serious career path, this is a charming, truly Australian memoir.
About the Author
Shane Jacobson is an Australian actor, director, writer, and comedian, best known for his performance as the eponymous character Kenny Smyth in the 2006 film Kenny. In 2006, he won the Australian Film Institute’s Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for that performance.
About the Contributor
Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.
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