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Pickering at GQ Australia Men of the Year Awards in 2011
29 August 1977 |
|Occupation||Comedian, television presenter, radio presenter|
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. He regularly appeared on the game show Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation as the "Generation X" team captain. He currently hosts The Weekly, 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, alongside Tom Gleeson and Kitty Flanagan.
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.
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