Charlie Pickering

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Charlie Pickering
Pickering at the Gilded Balloon during the Edinburgh Festival 2005
Born (1977-08-29) August 29, 1977 (age 37)
Melbourne, Australia
Occupation Television presenter
Radio host
Spouse(s) Sarah Krasnostein (m. 2013)

Charlie Pickering (born 29 August 1977) is an Australian television presenter and comedian. He is best known as a former co-host on the comedic current affairs 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.

Early life[edit]

Pickering was born in Melbourne and educated at Brighton Grammar School and Monash University where he graduated with Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees.



Leaving the law to make a career in comedy, in 2002 Pickering 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 the Best International Act in the New Zealand Comedy Guild Awards, and also at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where he was nominated for the prestigious Perrier Award's Best Newcomer. In 2006 he presented his show Auto at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, receiving a nomination for the Barry Award, the major award presented at the MICF. For the April 2013 Melbourne International Comedy festival, he co-hosted (along with Waleed Aly) a series of shows titled "The World's Problems Solved". Between 2000 and 2005, with Michael Chamberlin, he was instrumental in helping shape the Melbourne live comedy circuit, running several seasons of one of the successful comedy room Stagetime.


Pickering was briefly seen as the Australian correspondent on the New Zealand version of The Project called @Seven.

His television appearances include Rove Live (Network Ten), The Glass House (ABC-TV), Today (Nine Network), Stand Up![1] (ABC-TV), and an appearance on the 2006 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (Network Ten).

Pickering replaced James Kerley as host of Channel V's travelling game show, Cash Cab and co-host on Foxtel's The Mansion with Michael Chamberlin.[2]

Since 2009, Pickering has appeared as a team captain on Channel 10's quiz show Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation, representing Generation X.

In July 2009, he became a co-host on Network Ten's new infotainment program, The 7PM Project (now called The Project), with Carrie Bickmore and Dave Hughes.[3] On Wednesday 12 March 2014, Pickering announced that he was leaving The Project to "find new challenges" and his last show was on April 7, 2014. He is back until mid August 2014 as part of the shows 5th year anniversary.[4]


Pickering has also worked in Australian radio, including youth radio station Triple J from 2001 to 2003.

He has been a pundit on Fighting Talk on BBC Radio 5 Live in 2006 and 2007.


Pickering published his first book, Impractical Jokes ISBN 9781741757262, in 2010.

Personal life[edit]

In 2013 Pickering married Sarah Krasnostein. He announced on 12 March 2014 that they are expecting their first child later in the year.[5]


  • Pickering, Charlie. Impractical Jokes, Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2010


  1. ^ Keough, Laurelle. "Media Room - Programming 2004". About the ABC. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 
  2. ^ "'The Mansion' - Michael Chamberlin and Charlie Pickering's TV show". Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  3. ^ Ten on its new daily show: 'It's not The Daily Show' -, 14 June 2009
  4. ^ [1] -, 12 March 2014
  5. ^ [2] -, 12 March 2014

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