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John Blackman

John Blackman

John Blackman has had an outstanding show business career spanning over 45 years. Known largely for his role as the voice of ‘Dickie Knee’ on Hey Hey Its Saturday, John has also been very successful in radio. A great MC/host/compere or Trivia Host, John will be sure to have your audience entertained.

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Testimonials for John Blackman

John Blackman is not only a very funny man, but a true professional. He accepted from VACC an extensive brief and really did his preparation well. As a MC he is a maestro, with such a beautiful, strong voice that instantly grabs the attention of everyone. He immediately put our guests at ease with some hilarious jokes and quips and really broke the ice of what can be a rather formal evening. It was a great pleasure working with John.



Excellent. John was fantastic and he really worked the room well. He got everyone in to the spirit of the evening which was to have fun and raise some money for our charities along the way. He was a great addition to the evening.

Mortgage Industry Association of Australia


Excellent. John Blackman was the perfect MC for our function. He was funny and entertaining, while at the same time very professional. He was a pleasure to work with and ensured the evening run like clockwork.

Fairfax Community Newspapers


“Excellent - Extremely professional and friendly, fully involved himself in the night and couldn’t have expected any more from him.”

OAMPS Australia


“Excellent - Very professional, easy to work with.”

National Australia Bank

John Blackman Travels from VIC
Fee Range: .Up to $5000

John Blackman's Biography

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


In a show business career spanning over 48 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 Dickie Knee and numerous other characters (including himself) 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, Prisoner, Personality Squares, Blankety Blanks, Family Feud, Daryl Somers Show – just to mention a few.


He also has vast radio experience, starting out at 2GN Goulburn in 1969, 2CA Canberra in 1970 and hosting numerous breakfast shows, including 3AK, 2UE, 2GB, 3UZ and MMM in Adelaide.


John topped the radio ratings for five years from 1981 to 1986 with the Late Bruce Mansfield (AKA Uncle Roy) on 3AW Breakfast.


For seven years, he also co-hosted a daily one-hour music/talk show on 3GG Warragul with Andrew Deak.


John was also heard hosting the Breakfast Show on Melbourne's MAGIC 1278 with Jane Holmes from 0600 to 1000 for 12 months between 2015 and 2016.


John has also published several books through Pan Macmillan Australia – including: “Aussie Gags”, released in August 1998 (it went to third reprint just 6 weeks after publication), “More Aussie Gags”, “Don’t Come The Raw Prawn”, “Best Of Aussie Slang” and “Aussie Slang Dictionary”.


Recognised for his versatility as the "master of the one-liner and the quick quip", John is still in constant demand as a genial and amusing compere/host for conferences, awards nights and many formal and social occasions.


His humour is droll, spontaneous, mischievous, laconic – and he never drops the F-bomb!


He is equally in demand for endorsement of products on radio, television and press.


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


Speaking Topics Include

·         Master of Ceremonies

·         Trivia Quiz Host 

·         "Life After Hey Hey"