#038: Jordan Shanks (Friendlyjordies): Articulating through comedy is a craft

By Jordan Michaelides
November 01, 2017

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Image: Jordan Shanks (Friendlyjordies)

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Jordan Shanks aka Friendlyjordies ( @friendlyjordies ) is a comedian, radio host, YouTuber and creator.


You have no doubt seen the extent of comedians that we’ve hosted on this podcast including Neel Kolhatkar, Titus O’Reilly, Tom Ballard and now Jordan. I strongly believe that in this moment in time, comedians play an indispensable role in keeping both the media and public discourse in check.

In this new digital media world, there’s so much content being distributed that I think the real value in future will come from people we trust. This group of comedians, including Jordan should form your “Counsel of Bullshit Detectors”.


While everyone is paranoid about skin colour, social justice and being excruciatingly politically correct - these people are keeping it real about legitimate topics and challenging the current process of blindly following group-think.

It’s important then that both you and I are able to get a mix of comedians that have certain political biases. Jordan is unabashedly biased about his political leanings to the left, and he will challenge any conservative with sound rationalism across many topics. I have personally loved Jordan’s Friendlyjordies channel since YouTube existed in my life, and I find his work hilarious.


It doesn’t surprise me that with such intelligent “infotainment” that Jordan has brought further sides to his creative work; in particular radio hosting, and life advice. His life advice channel has been incredibly refreshing and a real contrast to many comedians, showing that he’s always focused on being better.


Intelligent and truthful comedians are important to your future, and Jordan will be a crucial piece of that to your “Bullshit counsel”. I hope this conversation convinces you as to why.


Key topics we covered include:

  • Jordan’s modelling past

  • Being obsessed with Japan

  • Realising he was funny for the first time

  • Influences, and the perfect comedian

  • Defining his style

  • Respecting the 'old dogs' of AM radio

  • Radio vs podcasts, and new media

  • Creative process for Friendlyjordies

  • Politics and frustrations

  • How he formed his political bias

  • His interest in Self Help

  • What he wants to achieve via comedy

  • If he had to mentor 5 Class Clowns entrants


Enjoy the episode, 
Jordan & Lauren





Show notes

  • Jordan’s modelling past {06:38}

  • Being obsessed with Japan {10:40}

  • Realising he was funny for the first time {15:26}

  • Influences, and the perfect comedian {29:34}

  • Defining his style {34:10}

  • Respecting the old dogs of AM radio {36:58}

  • Radio vs podcasts, and new media {40:16}

  • The creative process for his Youtube videos {49:33}

  • Politics and frustrations {55:11}

  • How he formed his political bias {01:06:14}

  • On his interest in Self Help {01:10:32}

  • What he wants to achieve via comedy {01:18:30}

  • If he had to mentor 5 Class Clowns entrants {01:21:40}

  • Working alongside fellow comedians {01:25:45}

  • Morning & evening rituals {01:27:30}

  • Lessons learnt from his parents {01:30:43}

  • Starting from nothing - how would he re-do it? {01:33:24}

  • If he could have a billboard anywhere {01:34:15}



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