Shane's new show, How The Hell Did We Get Here?, is a retrospective look at the events and culture that have shaped the baby-boomer generation in Australia.
Shane was one of Australia's baby boomers and was 18 when his name went into the ballot to be called up to fight in the Vietnam War.
Shane: (asked for his favorite performer and scenario on "Thank God You're Here") There have been so many. In episode one, Frank Woodley was a Roman centurion - it was classic, knockabout stuff. Then you've got people like Bob Franklin who are so restrained and contained. Shaun Micallef has been extraordinary. Fifi Box makes me laugh - she always has this amazing look of… bewilderment! It's a unique thing the way everyone reacts. Hamish Blake is brilliant - it's as though the show was written for him. Stephen Curry is the same: the show seems to have a direct line to their generation and style of thinking.
Shane: (on his "City Homicide" character, Detective Senior Sergeant Stanley Wolfe) Stanley looks after the team on the ground. He could have progressed further politically, but he's chosen to stay in touch with the crime and not so much with the politics. He has a family and he had a crisis maybe 10 years ago, which was a real wake-up call. So he's now a teetotaller.
Shane: (asked if he could invite anyone to appear on "Thank God You're Here", who would it be) I'd love to see Jim Carrey! He's pretty wild and you never know which way he's going to go. Ricky Gervais would have a different, intriguing style. Here's a wild card - Robert De Niro. Having seen him in Meet The Parents, I think he's a great comic actor. I'd also love to see Geoffrey Rush - he's got a mind that's perfect for the show.
Shane: (asked how he juggles "City Homicide" and "Thank God You're Here") I dedicate one day a week to Thank God You're Here and the rest of the time I'm doing City Homicide. It's good; I like the balance of the two shows.
Shane: (on doing stand-up comedy around the disappearance of Harold Holt) Everyone had an opinion on this and because it was the Cold War time there would be big spy espionage stories. So it wasn't a far-fetched conspiracy theory to think something had occurred and that maybe he was taken by a Chinese sub. I remember doing routines about it. You'd have Holt tapping on the window of the sub and not being able to mime in Chinese, 'How do you get in?'
Shane: (describing himself in the '60s) "I was a bit of hippie and I used to go into town and hand out flowers. The only thing was my hair wasn't right. I had curly hair. Fortunately, I ended up in a band and I let it go full-on curly and there are photos of me with an afro.
Shane: (on what's behind people's need for nostalgia) I suppose it's the nature of people that as they get older, they tend to become nostalgic. I think it's biological. It's almost like tying up loose ends. Hopefully, I'm not quite at that point yet.
Shane: (on his new show, How The Hell Did We Get Here?) There are a lot of these 20 To 01 type of shows, but I think this is markedly different because the ABC has really trawled through their archives and found some gems. Those doing comments for 20 To 01, and shows like that, are mainly doing it to cross-promote something else. Some of those people would have done some great comments but the way they get sliced up they get one line. This is a different beast. We have Amanda Vanstone talking about AC/DC and Angry Anderson talking about The Dismissal. They're not cracking gags. They're telling personal stories, which are intriguing.
Shane: (on missing out on fighting in the Vietnam war) My number didn't come up. It was the opposite of winning Lotto. The university I was at was very political. I was probably not all that political. It was the social aspects which interested me. When my number didn't come up I thought, 'Thank God for that'. I can't imagine how I would have survived in the army had I have been sent off to a horrific confrontation.
Shane: (on hosting "Thank God You're Here") I don't think we've ever had a bad show. It's joyous to watch. There's an element of danger involved, that surprise essence of comedy. I'm quite happy to watch others participate in that.