Jordan Shanks, aka friendlyjordies, is an Australian political commentator, stand-up comedian, and YouTuber. He uses self-described “lowbrow comedy” in his writing, which frequently discusses current Australian political concerns. Shanks’ YouTube channel, which he started in February 2013, now has over 500,000 subscribers.
Jodi McKay, Tanya Plibersek, Kristina Keneally, Bill Shorten, Helen Dalton, and former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd are among the politicians he has interviewed.
Shanks was born on August 18, 1989, in New York City. He attended Newtown High School of the Performing Arts and went on to the University of New South Wales to study international studies.
Prior to becoming a YouTuber, Shanks worked as a model in Australia and Southeast Asia, appearing in magazines and advertising.
Shanks’ YouTube channel is mostly dedicated to comedic videos and political commentary, with a strong bias toward the Labor Party and a critical attitude toward the Liberal Party.
After approaching them and promising to promote their cause, Shanks recorded sponsored films for the Australian Council of Trade Unions, GetUp!, and Greenpeace early in his YouTube career.
He campaigned against the Sydney lockout laws in 2016. He published evaluations of Australian cask wine in 2020. Shanks spoke with former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and filmed videos with him.
Shanks published ‘Blood Water: the War for Australia’s Water,’ an hour-long self-produced documentary in July 2021, examining floodplain harvesting in rural New South Wales and addressing charges of corruption and mismanagement from local governments in the Riverina.
Shanks published various films in 2019 and 2020, saying that Gladys Berejiklian, the then-New South Wales premier, was one of the key people responsible for increasing the risk of bushfires and the extinction of Australia’s koala population. In honor of Berejiklian, he coined the hashtag #koalakiller on Twitter.
Shanks made a movie on Australian businessman Clive Palmer, who was running for federal office in 2019. Shanks satirized Palmer’s behavior and appearance while reporting claims of financial irregularities in Palmer’s company Queensland Nickel’s insolvency and alleged failure to pay the company’s workers.