Glenn Robbins

Glenn Maxwell Robbins (born 30 December 1957) is an Australian comedian, writer, actor, television and radio presenter. Robbins has appeared on The Panel, Thank God You're Here and Have You Been Paying Attention?. Robbins is best known for The Comedy Company, portraying Kel Knight in Kath & Kim and adventurer Russell Coight in All Aussie Adventures.

Glenn Robbins
Robbins in character as Kel Knight at Kath & Kimderella film premiere, August 2012
Glenn Maxwell Robbins

(1957-12-30) 30 December 1957
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
OccupationComedian, writer, actor, television and radio presenter
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Selina Robbins

Robbins attended Strathmore High School and graduated in 1975. He later studied drama and media at the Melbourne State College and graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree in 1979. He first moved into performing in 1981.[1]



Robbins began his acting career in 1984, appearing in two episodes of Prisoner, and in 1985 he appeared on the sketch show The Eleventh Hour. He shot to fame in 1988 when he starred in another sketch show, The Comedy Company, in which one of his characters, "Uncle Arthur", became very popular. In 1991 he joined the team of Fast Forward for two seasons. Other sketch shows in which he has appeared include Full Frontal (1993), Jimeoin (1994–95) and Something Stupid (1998).

In 1998, Robbins became a panellist on the weekly television show The Panel. This aired on Network Ten. The show lasted eight seasons, going into hiatus in 2005.

Robbins played Australian adventurer Russell Coight in All Aussie Adventures from 2001 until 2002 on Network Ten, as well as the 2004 telemovie. In 2016 it was revealed he will reprise this role in a new season set to premiere 5 August 2018.

From 2002, he played the role of Kel Knight in the television comedy series Kath & Kim. He also appeared in the Da Kath & Kim Code telemovie in 2005. The series ended in 2007.

In 2006, Robbins appeared in two episodes of Network Ten's Thank God You're Here. He is executive producer of the Network 10 sketch comedy show The Ronnie Johns Half Hour.[2] In 2008, he launched a new game show on the Seven Network entitled Out of the Question.[3] In 2011 he was the guest on the fourth episode of the comedy program The Joy of Sets on the Nine Network.

From 2013, Robbins has appeared in the ABC comedy series Upper Middle Bogan as Wayne Wheeler.


In 2001 Robbins played the role of Pete O'May in the award-winning Australian film Lantana. In 2006 he co-starred with Mick Molloy in the comedy feature BoyTown as an eighties' pop-star called 'Benny G.' making an ill-advised comeback. In 2011 he appeared in the comedy Scumbus. In 2012 Robbins reprised his role of Kel Knight in the movie entitled Kath & Kimderella.[4][4]


Robbins has a weekly one-hour radio segment on Melbourne radio station 3AW as part of The Weekend Break with Grubby and Dee Dee Sunday edition.[5]


Robbins has been nominated at the Logies several times. He was nominated for Most Popular Actor in 2003 and 2004 for his role in Kath & Kim and again nominated in 2005 for his role in the telemovie Da Kath & Kim Code.

Personal life

The third son of Arthur and Gwen, Robbins is married to Selina,[6] who is a nurse, and currently lives in Melbourne.[5]



Title Year Role Notes
The Bit Part 1987 Man #2
Rikky and Pete 1988 Newspaper Foreman
Evil Angels Young Father
Lantana 2001 Pete O'May
The Deal 2006 Mike Short film
BoyTown Benny G
Kath & Kimderella 2012 Kel Knight
Scumbus Brett Chester


Title Year Role Notes
Prisoner 1984 Detective / Husband
A Thousand Skies 1985 Hudson Fysh Miniseries
The Eleventh Hour Various roles also writer
Special Squad 1 episode: "A Wild Cat"
The Video Comedy Show Himself
The Flying Doctors 1986 Mac 1 episode: "Acceptance"
While You're Down There Various characters also writer (5 episodes)
Theatre Sports 1987 Himself
The Comedy Company 1988–90 Uncle Arthur / Gary Dare / Darren (1988–89) also writer
Tonight Live with Steve Vizard 1990 Himself also writer
Fast Forward 1991–92 Various characters also writer, season 3–4 (37 episodes)
Turn It Up 1991 Bob Unscreened pilot
Full Frontal 1993 Guest performer 7 episodes, also writer 1993–95 (20 episodes)
A Royal Commission Into the Australian Economy Policeman / President George Bush (Retired) Television film
The Making of Nothing Barry Mappin Television film, also writer
Standing on the Road 1994 Himself Television documentary, also writer, producer
Breaking News Himself 1 episode: "Add Sex and Stir"
Jimeoin 1994–95 Various characters also writer
Eric 1996 Various characters Television film
Headliners 1997–2001 N/A co-creator, director, creative producer
The Russell Gilbert Show 1998 Himself 1 episode: "Episode 1.1", also writer, creative consultant
Something Stupid Various characters also writer
The Panel 1998–2007 Himself 183 episodes, also co-producer
The Mick Molloy Show 1999 Himself 1 episode: "Episode 1.5"
The Micallef P(r)ogram(me) Himself 1 episode: "Episode 2.2"
All Aussie Adventures 2001-present Russell Coight
Rove 2001, 2006, 2009 Himself / Russell Coight 3 episodes
Kath & Kim 2002–04, 2007 Kel Knight
Fast Forward: One More Round 2003 Himself / Various characters Television special
Saturday Night Darren and Brose 2004 Himself 1 episode: "Episode 1.1"
Good Morning Australia Himself 1 episode
Russell Coight's Celebrity Challenge Russell Coight Television film, also creative consultant, casting director
Australia Unites: Reach Out to Asia 2005 Himself Telethon
The Ronnie Johns Half Hour 2005–06 N/A executive producer
Da Kath & Kim Code 2005 Kel Knight Television film
Thank God You're Here 2006 Himself 2 episodes, creative consultant (2006–09)
The Crocodile Hunter: A Tribute to Steve Irwin 2006 Himself / Russell Coight (uncredited) Television documentary
Australian Idol Himself Top 7 Results Show
Dancing with the Stars Himself / Kel Knight / Himself - audience member 2006–07 3 episodes
The Nation 2007 Himself 1 Episode: "Episode 9"
Out of the Question 2008 Host also producer
Santo, Sam and Ed's Cup Fever! 2010 Himself 1 episode: "Episode 21"
Twentysomething 2013 Jess's Dad 1 episode: "Tricks of the Trade"
Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell 2014 ABC Sports Correspondent (uncredited) 1 episode: "Episode 3.10"
Open Slather 2015 Various characters also creative consultant, writer (5 episodes)
Dirty Laundry Live Young Lawrence Mooney 1 episode: "Episode 3.12"
Upper Middle Bogan 2013–16 Wayne Wheeler
Have You Been Paying Attention? 2013-19 Himself 26 episodes
2015 Russell Coight Guest Quiz Master
True Story with Hamish & Andy 2017 Harold 1 episode: "Emidio"
Have You Been Paying Attention? New Zealand 2019 Himself 2 episodes



  • Robbins, Glenn (2007). "Contributor". Laugh Even Louder!. By Camp Quality. Gosford, New South Wales: Scholastic Australia Pty Limited. ISBN 978-1-74169-022-4.[7]


  1. "Glenn Robbins • Comedian • MC". Enhance Entertainment PTY LTD.
  2. AFC – Searchable Film Database
  3. – Channel 7 presents 'Out of the Question' Archived 20 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  4. "Kath & Kimderella: Film Review".
  5. Robbins, Glenn (8 December 2013). "Glenn Robbins segment". The Weekend Break (Interview). Interviewed by Grubby and Dee Dee. Melbourne: 3AW.
  7. Camp Quality (2007). Laugh Even Louder!. Gosford, New South Wales: Scholastic Australia Pty Limited. p. 3. ISBN 978-1-74169-022-4.
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