It has been a whirlwind couple of years for Rob Shehadie with his acting, stand-up comedy, MC roles as well as stage and screen writing. A co-creator of Channel Nine’s hit comedy-drama, Here Come The Habibs, as well as actor, associate producer, story consultant and original concept for the show he has been busy to say the least.
Wanting to come up with a family show that represented multi-cultural Australia, together with his co-creator Tahir, Here Come The Habibs is the story of a Lebanese family who move from Sydney’s west to ultra-rich, ultra-white Vaucluse after winning the lottery. Their interactions with new neighbours the O’Neills, eastern suburbs royalty who are “extremely uncomfortable with goats and chickens, shisha pipes and people of Mediterranean appearance,” form the show’s premise and comedic hook. The six-part series was a massive success, naturally giving the go ahead to a series 2 on channel 9. Rob hopes to “bring a fresh comic perspective to multicultural Australia.”
He is also known for starring in the hit TV comedy, Fat Pizza, playing Rocky for the past 17 years and leaving Australians in stiches of laughter. The Fat Pizza movie, which Rob also featured in, broke box office records around Australia. For his role on Fat Pizza, Rob was nominated for a TV WEEK LOGIE in the category “Most Popular New Talent” – making him the first Australian Lebanese to be nominated for a Logie and just recently Nominated for a 2017 Logie in the category of “Best Actor” for his role in Here Come The Habibs – series 1
Rob has toured the country with several stage show comedies and made hundreds of appearances at schools, nightclubs and charity events. He has worked with the who’s who of the industry and has been booked for countless private and corporate functions doing stand-up comedy.
Before turning to acting and comedy, Rob was a full time Rugby Union player, representing Australia and New South Wales in schoolboy, under 19′s and under 21′s. He also represented Lebanon in Rugby League. Injury forced Rob to prematurely end his promising football career.
Coming from a family with a Lebanese background but born Australian, Rob has much comedic material, which is inspired, from his own life as well as others around him. He created the hit comedy, From Lebanon with Love (parts one and two), which has been hailed as one of the most successful and celebrated independent theatre shows Australia has seen in recent years.
It has been performed in Adelaide, Melbourne and Rob’s hometown of Sydney, where the shows proved extremely popular. With more than 40 shows performed in Sydney alone and over 70,000 watched the show at the Enmore Theatre.
Issues and charity are important to Rob and he is an ambassador for the charity, Save Our Sons as well as Special Olympics Australia. He is also the face for The NSW Maritime campaign that promotes jet ski safety via TV, radio and online commercials. Rob had a strong influence on this Maritime campaign, as he created the slogan and script. The campaign went on to win a Government Award – “NSW Community Education Project of the Year Award.”
Rob has also partnered with TAFE Western Sydney Institute and launched the “Educating Rob” and “Robs Campaign” web series. His character in the web series has a stereotypical western Sydney male persona. He uses a comical insight to showcase student life at TAFE, promoting opportunities for his western Sydney community.
The six-part web series follows Shehadie’s character as he embarks on his educational journey with the aim of finding a job that will help him move out of home. Aside from a few initial ‘cultural differences’ we see him flourishing in his new environment; acing classes and making lifelong friends along the way.
Shehadie is a proud western Sydney-sider, and said he chose to do the mini-series while shooting Here Comes the Habibs because he is passionate about his community. The actor says his community faces high levels of youth unemployment so it is critical to appeal to young adults and inspire change. The spot targets western Sydney’s youth market with a focus on short, sharable digital content.
Rob has been a major part of NRL Rugby League and Cricket Australia, entertaining and as MC to the crowds that attend the games. He has worked for the Western Sydney Wanderers, Parramatta EELS, Canterbury Bulldogs, and the NRL 2011/2012/2013/2014 finals series, State of Origin and Test matches. He was also part of the Cricket Big Bash League representing Sydney Thunder at ANZ Stadium.
Over the years Rob has also done cameo appearances on Bondi Rescue – Channel Ten, Renovation Rescue – Channel Nine, Australian Idol – Channel Ten, The Footy Show (NRL) – Channel Nine, Music Max – Foxtel, Swift and Shift – SBS TV, Bogan Hunters – Channel 7mate, Housos – SBS TV , Housos Vs Authority – feature film and Fat Pizza Vs Housos – feature film.
Not to shy away from music clips, Rob also plays a big role in the hit song by Beau Ryan, Where You From, which features Justice Crew and was released through Sony Music.
Rob Shehadie has many future projects in the pipeline and is sure to keep providing laughter for Australians. He’s made us laugh in the past and will guarantee to make us laugh in the future.