Jordan Shanks Biography

Jordan Shanks-Markovina is a stand-up comedian, YouTuber, and political commentator from Australia. He is also known by his online handle, friendlyjordies. His writing frequently addresses topical political topics in contemporary Australia and is peppered with what he refers to as “lowbrow humor.” The Shanks channel on YouTube was launched in February of 2013, and it currently has more than 625,000 followers. [He has conducted interviews with political figures such as Jodi McKay, Tanya Plibersek, Kristina Keneally, Bill Shorten, Helen Dalton, and former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, among others.


YouTube career 

Shanks’ channel consists mostly of comedic videos and political commentary, with the former frequently expressing support for the Labor Party while the latter expressing disapproval of the Liberal Party.  During the early stages of his work on YouTube, Shanks produced sponsored films for the Australian Council of Trade Unions, GetUp!, and Greenpeace. He approached these organizations and offered to promote their respective causes.  In the year 2016, he led a campaign against the lockout rules in Sydney.  He started writing evaluations of Australian cask wine in the year 2020.  Shanks has conducted interviews and recorded recordings with Kevin Rudd, a previous Prime Minister of Australia.   Shanks released his self-produced documentary titled “Blood Water: the war for Australia’s water” in July 2021. The film was an hour long and discussed floodplain harvesting in rural New South Wales as well as allegations of corruption and mismanagement from local governments in the Riverina. Shanks released the film in July 2021.  In addition to this, he was able to secure an exclusive interview with Jeremy Maluta, who asserts that he is the person behind the infamous Twitter account @PRGuy17. This allowed him to sidestep an effort by a figure associated with the right-wing movement to identify the owner of the account through legal action.



$100K – $1M

A video artist who created a reputation for himself by satirizing various political figures and issues. His movies frequently make fun of well-known politicians and the ideas they support. The Friendly Jordies account that he maintains on YouTube currently has 600,000 followers.

In February of 2013, he first started uploading videos on YouTube.

Shanks was taken to court by John Barilaro, former deputy premier of New South Wales. Barilaro claimed that Shanks’ recordings contained racist and sexist personal assaults on him. The dispute was resolved, and as part of the agreement, Shanks made a public apology for the substance of his post.

Suspicious fires 

Investigations were opened by the police into two suspicious fires that occurred at Shanks’ house in Bondi, the first on November 17, 2022, and the second on November 23, 2022. Shanks’ attorneys released a statement in which they asserted that their client’s residence had been “firebombed” and expressed their desire for the authorities to investigate the incident using “every resource possible.”