Australia's Funniest Home Videos (originally Graham Kennedy's Funniest Home Video Show in its first season and Australia's Funniest Home Video Show in subsequent seasons, also known as The Video Show) was 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 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 revamp with a new set, logo and theme music, leaving behind the original look of worldwide Funniest Video Shows for a "futuristic" look 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 1990–29 November 1990)
Jacki McDonald (1991)
Lisa Patrick (1992)
Jo Beth Taylor (February 1993–October 1997)
Catriona Rowntree (October 1997–November 1997)
Kim Kilbey (1998–2002)
Toni Pearen (2003–2007)
Shelley Craft (2008–2014)
In the summer of 1999, the show celebrated its 10th birthday hosted by Kim Kilbey & featured special guests Frank Bennett to perform his single Beautiful People including the world famous Sydney Children's Choir singing a special arrangement of the shows theme song along with Jo Beth Taylor. The shows anniversary special includes: Timeline of hosts, bloopers, fashion (all female hosts) and interviews of former hosts Graham Kennedy (archived footage), Jacki MacDonald, Lisa Patrick, Jo Beth Taylor, Catriona Rowntree. This was also the last episode before moving to the Melbourne network & the introduction of a redesigned series in 2000.
On 31 December 2003, the show celebrated its 14th birthday which includes: As The Camera Rolls (Toni is wearing a feather scarf and Bridge (Richard Wilkins) is wearing a pirate eye patch. Other features include the introduction of the "Taped Crusader" character, and a videotaped message from former host Catriona Rowntree which paid tribute to inaugural presenter Graham Kennedy before he died in 2005.
On 4 April 2009, it celebrated its 20th birthday, some of the features of which include: Timeline of the openings and Fashion (all female hosts) and even more.
On 16 April 2011, it celebrated its 21st birthday, some of the features which includes: Timeline of the hosts and more.
Australia's Funniest Home Videos: Daily Edition (also known as AFHV: Daily Edition, or simply 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 (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. 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. The show was later cancelled after its third episode on 21 April 2009.
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 4 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.