John Safran

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Himself on John Safran's Race Relations


8/13/1972, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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  • Biography
  • Before you ever saw John on television you may of heard his work. In 1995 he began copy-writing for ad agency Clemenger Harvie, producing jingles for companies such as Sea World and Mazda. Notoriety began in 1997, when his nomination was accepted to partake in ABC's Race Around the world, where Safran would submit short pieces like putting a voodoo curse on an ex- girlfriend and publicly displaying Walt Disney as an Anti- Semite.
    Although placing last on the show, his popularity led to the ABC letting him shoot some pilots for his own series, but due to the controversy of the stint with Ray Martin
    they refused to air it.
    Meanwhile he did interviews for the short-lived Two Shot series and the defunct Lateline. In 1999 he joined the Melbourne community radio station Triple R Breakfasters team, but has recently announced his departure.
    His television gem 'John Safran's Music Jamboree' aired and repeated through mid-2002 and release on DVD December 6th of the same year.
    In 2004, he released his next major TV show "John Safran vs. God", and released the DVD the same year.
    In 2005, after seeing great chemistry between himself and Father Bob Maguire, a Catholic priest from Melbourne who featured in "John Safran vs. God", John made the religious talk-show, "Speaking in Tongues".
    Throughout his television career, John Safran has won 4 AFI awards, 2 each for "Music Jamboree" and "John Safran vs. God", and an Australian Writer's Guild Award for "Music Jamboree".moreless

    Birth Name:

    John Safran



    Birth Place:

    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • John Safran: I’m definitely pro-religion, more so than anti-religion, I constantly feel like I’m going to get into trouble for the things I do, even if there’s no logical reason for me to get into trouble. So that’s the reason, I think, why I must believe there is something “there”, God or whatever. Because why would I feel like I’m doing something wrong if I believed there was nobody around to punish me for it?

    • John Safran: Oh yes, the Devil does still live. And I do like the Devil, and I’m really disappointed that for example modern Catholicism is trying to play down the Devil, as this kind of literal figure. They go, Oh well you know, it’s the Devil but it’s not really the Devil, it’s just like broadly talking about bad things and stuff like that. I don’t think the Catholic church should do that though, they should in fact put a Devil logo somewhere on the front of churches just to get people in.

    • John Safran: It is life’s great paradox, but there’s nothing I prefer more than a game of scrabble but nothing I prefer less than my opponents who are always accusing me of putting out words that aren’t real. Sure, if I put down a word and you haven’t seen it before, it must be because it’s not real. There’s no chance there’s a word you haven’t encountered before, you know everything, you’re the font of universal knowledge, you’re a walking Funk and Wagnalls.

    • John Safran: Yes, Haiti was quite extreme, like not in a religious sense, but obviously as anyone watching the news a few months ago see, it’s always just about to break out in anarchy, so it was quite scary kind of behind the scenes. We had like rocks thrown at our car, and there was a point where a window was smashed by a rock and like little shards of glass went into the arm of my producer and I just thought this isn’t good, this isn’t kind of like scary in like a good funny way, this is scary in a you know it’s truly not worth getting injured for the sake of my stupid comedy show.

    • John Safran: You're going to choose eight people. You'll choose four boys and four girls. You're going to choose one Asian, you're going to choose one Aboriginal, you're going to choose two white Anglo-Saxon Protestants, or else you'll get letters to 'BackChat' telling you the ABC's multiculturalism gone mad. You're going to choose a girl from rural Australia who's sensitive, despite the fact her parents probably have guns buried in their backyard for the upcoming race Armageddon. And finally, you're going to choose one skinny, pale, whiny person. And that's where I fit into the picture.

    Trivia (15)

    • John Safran spent portions of 2007 in Los Angeles shooting a pilot John Safran Saves America for American MTV, in which he tried to convince emos to fight in Iraq, hit the couch with therapists who claim they can cure people of racism, and attempted to become gay to increase his standing in Hollywood. The show is yet to be picked by producers.

    • John's single Not the Sunscreen Song came in at #706 on Triple M's 2005 Greatest Songs Ever Written and Performed since the Beginning of Time poll.

    • John once snuck 9 young men into an exclusive Melbourne nightclub by disguising them as members of the American metal band Slipknot.

    • John and Mark O'Toole won the Awgie Award in 2003 from the Australian Writer's Guild for their segment 'Everybody cut Footloose' on his television series Music Jamboree

    • John Safran's Music Jamboree was partly directed by former fellow Race Around the World racer Olivia Rousset.

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