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15 September 1973 |
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Years active||1995 – present|
|Known for||Channel [V]|
Jabba (born as Jason Davis) is an actor, media personality, video jockey, television and radio host, who first made a name for himself as part of the launch of subscription television in Australia in 1995. He was a host for music television station "Red" on the now-defunct Galaxy subscription television network, before the channel changed its name to Channel [V].
Born Jason Davis, Jabba attended Hunters Hill Primary School, where he gained his name, and James Ruse Agricultural High School. He also played with the All Saints Hunters Hill soccer team, and Parramatta Waterpolo Club.
Jabba began presenting for Foxtel's Channel [V] in 1994. He hosted a variety of shows including The Joint and Jabba's Morning Glory, which featured performances and interviews with prominent musicians including Pink and Beastie Boys . During his time with [V], he played the role of "Davo Dinkum" in the SBS television comedy show Pizza.
In 2004, Jabba participated in the Band in a Bubble project with Australian alternative rock band Regurgitator, which involved him being locked in a Big Brother-style environment with the group and their engineers while they produced an album under 24-hour surveillance. During this time, it was revealed that he had separated from his long-term partner and mother of his children. Following the projects conclusion, Jacquie Riddell of XYZ Networks, announced that Jabba would be taking an extended break, stating that "(the bubble) was a pretty big deal". In 2005, he left [V] and began presenting for Nova FM in Brisbane.
Jabba later moved back home to Sydney, working at Nova 96.9 hosting The All New Nova Top 10 with Jabba and Mel, while still also hosting the Motorola ARIA Charts show on Sunday afternoons, which is Nova's only national show. Jabba also writes a column for the Australian edition of Rolling Stone. Although, in November 2008 Jabba and Mel left The All New Nova Top 10 with Jabba and Mel they were replaced by James Kerley and Maz Compton.
Jabba was also the host of Great BBQ Challenge, a competition series on Foxtel's LifeStyle Food channel. It was a contest to find Australia's best BBQer, who would win $25,000 and go on to host their own show on Lifestyle FOOD. He has been named by some (one actually) as a 'Social recalcitrant'. "It sort of slid when he left the international passport to smoking pleasure behind"
Jabba's next career move in March 2010 was as host of a new Breakfast radio program with Mike Goldman called "Macarthur Breakfast" on the Win TV Network's C91.3 FM in Campbelltown, NSW. Jabba and Mike left the station in December 2010 as they have refused to move to Campbelltown, as it was important for the station to be as local as possible.
Collection of works
|1998||Somewhere in the Darkness|
|2012||Housos vs. Authority|
|2014||Fat Pizza vs. Housos|
- The Joint (as Himself-Host) (1999)
- Pizza (as Middle Class Homeboy & as Davo Dinkum) (2000–2007)
- Jabba's Morning Glory (as Himself-Host) (2002)
- Pizza Live (as Davo Dinkum) (2004)
- World Record Pizza (as Davo Dinkum) (2006)
- Pull Up Selecta (as Himself-Host) (2006)
- Great BBQ Challenge (as Himself-Host) (2006–2007)
- 20 to 1 (Himself) (2007–2010)
- 2008 National Musicoz Awards (as Himself-Host) (2008)
- Swift and Shift Couriers (as various recurring characters) (2008, 2011)
- Dirtgirlworld (as Hayman) (2009)
- Jabba's Curious World (as Himself-Presenter) (2011)
- The Essential 20 (as Himself-Presenter) (2011)
- Housos (as Dazza) (2011)
Jabba was nominated for and won the Best Music Personality at the 2007 Australian Commercial Radio Awards held at Crown Casino.
- Molitorisz, Sacha (22 October 1995). "Red in your face". Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney, Australia: Fairfax Media. p. 6. Retrieved 23 December 2009.
- Chenoweth, Ben (19 October 2012). "Houses hit the big screen". Hills News.
- "Bubble bursts and Jabba goes into recovery". smh.com.au.
- "Fat Pizza Vs Housos". Hoyts. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
- "Winners For 2007 ACRAs" (PDF).