|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (January 2007)|
Charlie Pickering at the Gilded Balloon during the Edinburgh Festival 2005
August 29, 1977 |
Charlie Pickering (born 29 August 1977), an Australian television presenter and comedian. He is best known for his appearances as one of a panel of four hosts on the comedic current-affairs or infotainment program The Project, previously known as The 7PM Project. He has also regularly appeared on the game show Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation as the "Generation X" team captain.
Quitting the law to make a career in comedy, Pickering in 2002 made his first appearance in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) with longtime collaborator Michael Chamberlin in Boiling Point, a show which earned them the Piece of Wood Award (an award given by contemporary comedians). In 2003, Pickering and Chamberlin teamed up again in Boiling Point 2, the pair also appearing the same year with fellow comedian Terri Psiakis in Equal Third. In 2004, he debuted his first full length festival show Revolver which found critical success. In 2005, Pickering launched Betterman at the MICF, a show he went on to tour in New Zealand where he won Best International Act – New Zealand Comedy Guild Awards, and also at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where he was nominated for the prestigious Perrier Award – Best Newcomer. In 2006 Charlie presented his show Auto at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, receiving a nomination for the Barry Award, the top award presented at the MICF. For the April 2013 Melbourne International Comedy festival, Charlie co-hosted (along with Waleed Aly) a series of shows titled "The World's Problems Solved". Between 2000 and 2005 he, along with Michael Chamberlin, was instrumental in helping shape the Melbourne live comedy circuit, running several seasons of one of the successful comedy room Stagetime.
His television appearances include Rove Live (Network Ten), The Glass House (ABC-TV), Today, (Nine Network), Stand Up! (ABC-TV), and an appearance on the 2006 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (Network Ten).
Since 2009, Pickering has appeared as a team captain on Channel 10's quiz show Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation, representing Generation X.
Pickering has also worked widely in Australian television and radio. He is known nationally and locally from the time he spent on youth radio station Triple J between 2001 and 2003.
Pickering published his first book, Impractical Jokes, in 2010.
In 2013 Pickering married Sarah Krasnostein.
He has a keen interest in President Barack Obama.
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