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Pickering at GQ Australia Men of the Year Awards in 2011
29 August 1977|
|Occupation||Comedian, television and radio presenter|
|Television||The Weekly with Charlie Pickering|
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 current affairs program The Project. He regularly appeared on the game show Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation as the "Generation X" team captain. He currently hosts The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, a weekly news satire television show on ABC.
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. For the April 2013 Melbourne International Comedy festival, he co-hosted 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.
In 2008, Pickering co-hosted a show with Michael Chamberlin on The Comedy Channel called The Mansion. The series ran for 13 episodes. Pickering hosted season 3 of Channel V's travelling game show, Cash Cab. From 2009 to 2012, he was the team captain on Network Ten's quiz show Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation, representing Generation X.
In July 2009, he became a co-host on Network Ten's infotainment program, The Project (originally The 7PM Project), with Carrie Bickmore and Dave Hughes. On 12 March 2014, Pickering announced that he was leaving The Project to "find new challenges" and his last show was on 7 April 2014. On 22 April 2015 Pickering started hosting a weekly comedy/news satire program on ABC entitled The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, alongside Tom Gleeson and Kitty Flanagan.
Other television appearances include Rove Live, The Glass House, Today, Stand Up! (ABC), the 2006 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala (Network Ten), @Seven, Show Me the Movie! and Hughesy, We Have a Problem.
Describing his upbringing to the Star Observer in 2014, Pickering said: "I grew up in a white, middle-class family. I went to a really good school. I went to university. I got a job in a large law firm. I had the classic privileged white trajectory.”
Pickering was born in Melbourne and educated at St Leonard's College, Brighton Grammar School and Monash University where he graduated with Bachelor of Arts (American History) and Bachelor of Laws degrees. He won the ALSA Client Interviewing Competition in 1999.
In 2013, Pickering married Sarah Krasnostein, a lawyer and writer. He announced on 12 March 2014 that they are expecting their first child later in the year. He converted to Judaism in 2013.
As co-host of Channel Ten's The Project, Pickering claimed to have voted Liberal "once". Pickering has hosted the ABC political and cultural commentary program The Weekly with Charlie Pickering since 2015. New Matilda describes the program as "a satirical news program with a progressive bent". On the program, Pickering has used his editorials to support halal certification and gay marriage, and speak out against detention of asylum seekers, and legal protections for Catholic priests hearing confessions.
- Pickering, Charlie. Impractical Jokes, Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2010
- "Ten on its new daily show: 'It's not The Daily Show'". Mumbrella. 14 June 2009. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
- CHARLIE PICKERING: A FORMIDABLE ALLY FOR FAIRNESS; starobserver.com; Feb 27, 2014
- "Charlie Pickering announces he is leaving The Project". News Corporation. 12 March 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
- Charlie Pickering says goodbye to Channel Ten’s The Project as co-host Carrie Bickmore weeps; April 8, 2014
- To Our Leaders The Biggest Threat Isn't Boats, It's Us: Charlie Pickering Takes On Australia's Refugee Policy; newmatilda.com; August 26, 2018
- Charlie Pickering just obliterated Tony Abbott’s opposition to same-sex marriage; www.mamamia.com; May 28, 2015
- Charlie Pickering Takes On Government Secrecy Surrounding Offshore Detention; www.pedestrian.tv; August 27, 2018
- Charlie Pickering skewers Catholic Church on TV; news.com.au; 21 June 2018