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Australia's Funniest Home Videos
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AFHV title screen (2009–2014)
Also known asGraham Kennedy's Funniest Home Video Show (1990)
Australia's Funniest Home Video Show (1991-2004)
Based on Fun TV with Kato-chan and Ken-chan
America's Funniest Home Videos
by Vin Di Bona
Presented by Shelley Craft (2008–2014)
(see hosts)
Narrated byDanny McMaster (1991–1999)
Ken Sterling (2000-2001)
Dave Gibson (2002-2014)
Theme music composerNeil Sutherland
Opening theme'The Funny Things You Do' (1991-2004)
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons25
No. of episodes900+
Executive producerKris Noble (1990-1999)
Production locations Brisbane, Queensland (1990–1991)
Sydney, New South Wales (1992–1999, 2005–2014)
Melbourne, Victoria (2000–2004)
Running time30 minutes (1990–2003, 2014)
60 minutes (2004–2013)
Production companyTaffner Ramsay Productions
Original network Nine Network
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release29 March 1990 (1990-03-29) 
8 February 2014 (2014-02-08)
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Australia's Funniest Home Videos (AFHV, also known as Funniest Home Videos or simply The Video Show, originally Graham Kennedy's Funniest Home Video Show in its first season and Australia's Funniest Home Video Show until 2004) is an Australian television show on the Nine Network that presents home videos sent in by viewers. It is the Australian counterpart to America's Funniest Home Videos , which was also created by Vin Di Bona.



The show is similar in content to You've Been Framed! and America's Funniest Home Videos , which was also created by Vin Di Bona (which was based on Tokyo Broadcasting System's Fun TV with Kato-chan and Ken-chan ). The videos frequently feature slapstick and lowbrow humour such as people tripping over or animals behaving in amusing ways. Most videos are overdubbed with a voice-over and sound effects. In a deal with various foreign producers of similar shows, some imported clips are used, in exchange for home-grown videos from Australia.

Each new Australian video shown receives AU$500. At the end of each episode the audience watching at home can choose their favourite video of the night from a selection of 4, via telephone and SMS voting. The winning clip receives $10,000. At the end of each year there are semi finals and a grand final, where third place receives a home theatre package from JVC, second place receives a prize package worth around $100,000, normally two or three cars and the winner receives $250,000 in cash although in 2012, the winner received $150,000.

For most of the show's life, it has been a half-hour program on Tuesday at 7.30 pm. In mid 2000 the show moved to 6.30 pm Saturday, and in 2004, was extended to one hour, and now provides a fair amount of non-video content (e.g. End of Year Prize Ads), although the majority of content still comes from videos. In 2014, the show returned to its original half-hour format and airs on Saturday at 7.00 pm. In 2005, the show received a major revamp with a new set, logo and theme music, leaving behind the original internationally recognised look of The Video Show for a "futuristic" design with a brighter and more open set. Since then, the set has received both minor and major alterations, but still retains a bright and open appearance.

In 2013, the show switched from its regular seasonal broadcast to a "summer season" of repeats to allow for broadcasting of the recently introduced The Voice Australia .



Graham Kennedy 29 March 199029 November 1990
Jacki MacDonald 1991
Lisa Patrick1992
Jo Beth Taylor 13 February 1993October 1997
Catriona Rowntree October 1997November 1997
Kim Kilbey19982002
Toni Pearen 20032007
Shelley Craft 20082014


Cori HopperJanuary 2004December 2004

Special events

On 19 November 1991, a special international edition of the show hosted by Jacki MacDonald with special guests hosts from versions of the show around the world via video link featuring Bob Saget (America's Funniest Home Videos), Kerry Smith (New Zealand's Funniest Home Videos), Linda de Mol & Billy Hotdog (De Leukste Thuis), Frank Dingenen (Videodinges), Bernard Montiel & Alexandre Debanne (Video Gag), Fausto Silva (Video Cassetadas), Mike Carl and Gundis Zambo (Bitte Lächeln). The episode also includes imported clips from each country featured.

On 28 February 1995, the show celebrated its 200th episode hosted by Jo Beth Taylor during an hour-long special which featured special guest appearances from America's Funniest Home Videos host at the time Bob Saget, Bernard Montiel & Alexandre Debanne from Video Gag via video message, as well as video messages from casts and hosts of other programs on the Nine Network congratulating the show's milestone. The shows anniversary special featured bloopers of former hosts Graham Kennedy, Jacki MacDonald & Lisa Patrick, also including The Channel Nine Marching Band conducted by Geoff Harvey performing the shows theme song in between each segment before and after the breaks.

In the summer of 1999, the show celebrated its 10th birthday, hosted by Kim Kilbey and featuring special guest Frank Bennett, to perform his single "Beautiful People" alongside the Sydney Children's Choir, who sang a special arrangement of the show's theme song along with Jo Beth Taylor. The show's anniversary special included a timeline of hosts; bloopers; fashion (of the female hosts); and interviews of former hosts Graham Kennedy, Jacki MacDonald, Lisa Patrick, Jo Beth Taylor, and Catriona Rowntree. This was also the last episode before moving to the Melbourne network and the inception of a new style for the following season in 2000.

On 31 December 2003, the show celebrated its 14th birthday, which included segments "As The Camera Rolls", where Toni is wearing a feather scarf and Bridge (Richard Wilkins) is wearing a pirate eye patch, an appearance by John Burgess of Burgo's Catch Phrase and videos from past grand final winners. Other features includes host bloopers, the introduction of the "Taped Crusader" character, and a videotaped message from former host Catriona Rowntree who paid homage to inaugural presenter Graham Kennedy. The 14th birthday special concluded with Mercury4 performing their hit single "Get Me Some" at the end of the show.

On 4 April 2009, it celebrated its 20th birthday; some of the features included the timeline of the openings, fashion (all female hosts), and additional features.

On 16 April 2011, the show celebrated its '21st' birthday and featured giveaways from JVC, timeline of the hosts, celebratory messages from Avril Lavigne, Short Stack, Alexis Jordan, Shane Warne and former host Kim Kilbey. Other features includes appearances by Julie Goodwin, Justice Crew, the cast of Hi-5 and a special visit from former host Toni Pearen. During the show Shelley Craft paid tribute to honour inaugural presenter Graham Kennedy who died in 2005. The '21st' birthday special concluded with Justice Crew performing their song 'Friday to Sunday' at the end of the show.


Australia's Funniest Home Videos: Daily Edition

Australia's Funniest Home Videos: Daily Edition (also known simply as The Daily Edition) is a spin-off to Australia's Funniest Home Videos which first aired on the Nine Network from 30 November 2009 to December 2010 and later aired on GO! from 2011. It was a brief 30-minute version of the full show that would broadcast selected clips from the original show, and was hosted by then-current host of the original series Shelley Craft. The show was later cancelled in late-2012.

Australia's Funniest Home Videos: World's Funniest Videos

Australia's Funniest Home Videos: World's Funniest Videos (also known as AFHV: World's Funniest Videos) is a spin-off to Australia's Funniest Home Videos which first aired on the Nine Network from 7 April 2009. [1] The 30-minute show features clips predominately from the American version of Funniest Home Videos, and was hosted by former Australian rules footballer, Shane Crawford and former MTV Australia video jockey, Lyndsey Rodrigues. [1] The show was later cancelled after its third episode on 21 April 2009.


#AirdateTimeslotRatings [nb 1]
Series 1 (2009)
17 April 2009Tuesday 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm1,038,000 (15th) [2]
214 April 2009Tuesday 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm1,046,000 (15th) [3]
321 April 2009Tuesday 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm899,000 (19th) [4]
Average series one ratings994,333

Australia's Naughtiest Home Videos

Australia's Naughtiest Home Videos is a controversial one-off special spin-off to Australia's Funniest Home Videos which aired on the Nine Network on 3 September 1992. It was a highly explicit special, depicting videos of sexual situations and other sexually explicit content, and was hosted by Australian radio personality Doug Mulray. It was planned to be a 60-minute broadcast, but due to complaints from both viewers and then-owner on the Nine Network Kerry Packer, was taken off the air part-way through the first and only episode, making it the only Australian television series to have done so. A copy of the full episode was later located at the Nine Network in 2008, after which the episode was edited to comply with new television standards and re-broadcast with commentary from Bert Newton at 8:30 PM on 28 August 2008, one week short of sixteen years after the original special, and at the same airing time.

See also


  1. Overall national viewers, numbers in brackets indicate nightly ratings position.

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