The Loft Live

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The Loft Live
The Loft Logo.jpg
Directed by Arnold Norris
Presented by Rove McManus[1]
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 8
Executive producer(s) Marc Morel
Producer(s) Amber Kane, Rove McManus, Tim Wood, Kim Hope
Location(s) RMIT University
Melbourne, Australia
Running time Approx. 60 min. (Including Commercials)
Production company(s) RMITV (Student Community Television Inc.)
Original network C31 Melbourne
Picture format 4.3 PAL
Audio format Stereo
Original release 1997 – 2000

The Loft Live was a weekly live variety hour television program produced by RMITV that broadcast on C31 Melbourne. The cast included Rove McManus (1997-1999),[2][3] Scott Brennan, Peter Helliar,[2] Adam Richard, Myf Warhurst Ged Wood, Bert Kennedy, Kim Hope, Matilda Donaldson, Bernie Carr and special reporters . Like its predecessor Under Melbourne Tonight The Loft Live provided a platform for up and coming talent airtime and gained a following between 50,000-100,000 viewers a week.


Guests on the show included Larry Emdur, Livinia Nixon, John Brumby, Nadine Garner, Judith Lucy Jeremy Sims, Neville Stonehouse, Dylan Lewis, Francis Leach, John Safran, Edwin Maher


Presenter Role Tenure
Rove McManus Host
Ged Wood Host
Kim Hope Host
Peter Helliar Supporting cast
Scott Brennan Supporting cast
Adam Richard Supporting cast
Myf Warhurst Supporting cast
Bert Kennedy Supporting cast
Matilda Donaldson Supporting cast
Bernie Carr Supporting cast

John Safran[edit]

In 2004, John Safran vs God Episode 1 featured footage from The Loft Live John Safran vs God Episode 1 follows the plot that John Safran had appeared on The Loft Live with Rove McManus in 1997 after gaining popularity on the ABC TV show Race Around the World. After the taping of the episode of The Loft Rove promised Safran that "If I ever can do anything for you ever, just ask". Five years later in 2002 Safran's career had taken a beating after termination of his pilot commissioned by the ABC for an altercation he had with Ray Martin during the filming John Safran: Media Tycoon. By this stage, Rove was already at the top of Australian TV. Wanting to gain publicity for his new SBS show John Safran's Music Jamboree, according to Safran the SBS publicist had tentatively booked him in as a guest on Rove Live. Before the Taping of Rove Live, American Rock Chick P!nk replaced Safran as the guest. In 2004 Safran took a trip to the UK to jokingly get a Fatwa put upon Rove by Omar Bakri Muhammad. The fatwa was later taken off when Omar Bakri was told by Safran that the pictures showing McManus mocking Islam were falsified. Safran later appeared on Rove in 2009 and thanked McManus for having him on despite the Fatwa incident.


  1. ^ "Rove McManus". Token. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  2. ^ a b "The Loft Live". Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  3. ^ "Rove McManus - Rove Live". 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2014-02-06.