Charlie Pickering

“Stuffs more material into an hour than other comics do in two”
Herald Sun

Edgy, polished and inventive, Charlie Pickering is a political junkie and law graduate who chose to pay his HECS debt by squandering his degree.

 

Charlie spent ten years travelling the world as an award-winning comic before settling into the closest thing he had to a day job. As a stand-up comedian, Charlie has scored nominations for Best Newcomer in Edinburgh and the Melbourne Comedy Festival Award, as well scoring an invite to perform at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. He’s entertained the troops in Afghanistan, hosted national radio shows and published the best-selling memoir Impractical Jokes before landing on TV as a Team Captain for four series of Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation in 2009.

 

Subsequently a founding host on The Project for 5 years, Charlie was at the centre of one of Australian television’s most daring experiments, re-defining the way that hundreds of thousands of Australians see the news. In 2015 he changed things up again, and premiered The Weekly with Charlie Pickering on ABC TV, under the aegis of his production company Thinkative Television.

 

And if a weekly dose of Charlie wasn’t quite enough, he’s also had the monumental task of wrapping up the year that was with The Yearly with Charlie Pickering since 2015, and bringing in the New Year for the ABC since 2017.

 

In 2018, Charlie launched an exciting new series from Thinkative for the ABC –Tomorrow Tonight. In each episode he introduced Annabel Crabb and a panel of experts and comedians to a story that would have us all glued to the news, if it had happened yet. In a similarly speculative style, he also debuted an Audible commission – The Time Traveller’s Guide to Not Dying – in which Charlie voices the audio instruction manual for intrepid correspondents from the year 2041 as they visit key historical moments.

 

Tomorrow Tonight and The Weekly will return to ABC TV in 2022.

  • Live Shows
  • Television
  • Radio
  • Recordings
  • Writing
  • Short Film
  • Corporate & Voice Over
  • Awards

2019 – Us & Them – Solo Show
Adelaide Fringe Festival, Canberra Comedy Festival

2018 – 59 Consecutive Minutes – Solo Show
Melbourne International Comedy Festival

2017 – Charlie Pickering – Solo Show
Ten Days On The Island – Hobart, Midlandia Festival – Perth.

2016 – How To Tame A Wild Squirrel – Solo Show
Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Ten Days On The Island – Hobart, Sydney Opera House

2014 – Charlie Pickering – Solo Show
Canberra Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival.

2013 – The World’s Problems Solved by Charlie Pickering and Waleed Aly
Melbourne International Comedy Festival

2012 – One Giant Leap – Solo Show
Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Store

2012 – Charlie Pickering Live – Solo Show
Perth International Comedy Festival

2012 – Rodeo, Burqa, Circumcision – Solo Show
Brisbane Comedy Festival

2011 – Rodeo, Burqa, Circumcision – Solo Show
Melbourne International Comedy Festival

2010 – A Beginners Guide – Solo Show
Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival

2009 – Impractical Jokes – Solo Show
New Zealand Comedy Festival

2009 – The Audacity Of Frank – Solo Show
Melbourne International Comedy Festival

2009 – Charlie Pickering – Solo Show
Brisbane Comedy Festival

2009 – Charlie Pickering – Solo Show
Adelaide Fringe Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival

 

You can see a full list of Live Show credits below

2015-20  – ABC TV: The Weekly with Charlie Pickering (Writer, Executive Producer, Host)

2015-19  – ABC TV: The Yearly with Charlie Pickering (Writer, Executive Producer, Host)

2019 – Network Ten: Celebrity Name Game (Guest contestant)

2019 – Network Ten: Show Me The Movie (Guest contestant)

2018 – ABC TV: Tomorrow Tonight (Writer, Host, Exec Producer)

2018 – ABC TV: Melbourne International Comedy Festival Opening Night Gala (Comedy Spot)

2018 – Network Ten: Hughesy We Have A Problem (Guest panellist)

2017 – ABC TV: ABC Countdown Live NYE 2018 (Host)

2017 – ABC TV: ABC Countdown Live NYE 2017 (Host)

2016 – Comedy Channel: Just For Laughs Stand Up Series (Comedy Spot)

2016 – ABC TV: Planet America (Guest Co-Host)

2014 – ABC TV: Q & A (Guest)

2011-14 – Network Ten: The Project (Co-Host)

2013 – Network Ten: The Election Project (Co-Host)

2013 – Network Ten:  A League Of Their Own (Guest)

2013 – Network Ten:  This Week Live (Guest)

2013 – Network Ten: Formula 1 Grand Prix coverage – Qantas Lounge Host with Carrie Bickmore.

2012 – Disney Channel: Take Two with Phineas and Ferb (Guest)

2012 – ABC TV: Q & A (Guest)

2012 – Network Ten:  The Circle (Regular Guest)

2012 – Network Ten: The Living Room (Guest)

2009-11 – Network Ten: The 7PM Project (Co-Host)

2009-11 – Network Ten: Talkin’ ‘bout Your Generation (Team Captain)

2010-11 – Network Ten: The Circle (Regular Guest)

2010 – TV3: @SEVEN (Correspondent)

2010 – Network Ten: Ready Steady Cook (Contestant)

2009 – Network Ten: The Shaun Micallef New Years Eve Rave (Guest)

2009 – Network Ten: Rove (Guest Segment Presenter)

 

You can see a full list of Television credits below

2018-19 – Triple M: Kennedy Molloy – National Drive (Regular Guest)

2016 – Gold FM: Election Chats with Jo & Lehmo – Run up to Election 2016 – Breakfast

2011 – Nova National: Breakfast – Two Weeks (Co-Host)

2010 – Fox FM (National): The FiFi Box Show (Regular Guest Co-Host)

2009 – Triple M: Weekend Breakfast show Toast (with Terri Psiakis and Justin Hamilton)

2008 – Triple M: 2 weeks Drive Show fill in, Toast (with Terri Psiakis & Justin Hamilton)

2008 – Triple M: The Shebang (regular guest co-host)

2008 – Triple M: Weekend Breakfast Show Toast (with Terri Psiakis & Justin Hamilton)

2007 – Triple M: Saturday Morning Show Toast (with Terri Psiakis & Justin Hamilton)

2006-7 – The Edge 96.One: Breakfast (Regular guest co-host)

2006 – BBC 2: Fighting Talk – Guest Panellist

2006 – BBC Scotland: The Fred McCauley Show Live from the Speigel Tent

2006 – Forth Edinburgh: Co-Host Edinburgh Wrap Special

2005 – Today Network: Pete’s Show – Guest Host with Peter Helliar

2004 & 2005 –  Radio NZ: Off the Wire (Guest Panellist)

2002 & 2003 – Triple J:  Drive (Co-host)

2001 & 2002 – Triple J:  Triple J Weekends (Host)

2001 – Triple J: Breakfast (Weekly Spot)

2011 – Madman: Live At The Time of The RecordingEntertainment (Stand-up DVD)

2011: Impractical Jokes (Audio Book)

2015-16 GQ Australia: Columnist

2013 – The Age: Regular Contributor

2010 – Allen & Unwin: Impractical Jokes –Book- (Author)

2010 – Bigpond News: Twice weekly blog on the Australian Online Election

2009-2010 – News Limited:  Sunday Magazine (Fortnightly Column)

2007-2009 – Network Ten: Rove (Contributing Writer)

2007 – Roving Enterprises: rovedaily.com.au (Weekly Contributor)

2006 – HA Magazine: Guest Columnist

2005-2009 –  Metropolis Media: City Weekly (Weekly Column)

2005 – Herald Sun: Sunday Life Magazine (Guest Columnist)

2005 – The Scotsman: Guest Columnist

2005 – The Age: ‘How to…tell a joke’ (Guest Columnist)

2005 – FHM: The Mass Debate (Column Contributor)

2004 – Network Ten: Skithouse (Contributing Writer)

2004 – ABC TV: Stand Up! (Writer)

2007 – Launch Pictures: Top 5 Ways to have Fun at Work (Lead) – Directed by Steve Baker

2004 – Curvaceous Films:  Two Minutes to Midnight (Vince) – Directed by Charlotte George

 

Various clients including: Activision, National Australia Bank, Peters & Browne, Mary White College, Melbourne City Mission, Metroscreen, FM-TV, Tucker Seabrook, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Amnesty International, the Law Society of NSW, Rotary, Phillip Morris, Risky Business – Comedy Quest (Mentoring Scheme),Rockhampton City Council, Worldwide Entertainment, Scotch College & Tourism Victoria

2018: 8th AACTA Awards – Winner – Best Entertainment Program

2017: TV Week Logie Awards – Nominee – Most Outstanding Entertainment Program – The Weekly with Charlie Pickering

2016: TV Week Logie Awards – Nominee – Most Outstanding Entertainment Program – The Weekly with Charlie Pickering

2016: 49th Australian Writers Guild Awards – Winner – Comedy, Sketch or Light Entertainment – The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, ‘Halal Certification’ and ‘Stadium Naming Rights’ segments

2016: 16th Screen Producers Australia Awards – Finalist – Light Entertainment Series Production – The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, Guesswork Television

2015: 5th AACTA Awards – Winner – Best Light Entertainment Television Series: The Weekly with Charlie Pickering

2015: Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Awards – Winner – Media Award: The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, story on budget cuts to the Australian Aid Program.

2013:  TV Tonight Awards, Winner – Best Light Entertainment: The Project

2013: TV Week Logies Awards, Nominee – Most Popular Light Entertainment Program – The Project

2011: GQ Men of the Year Awards, Media Personality of the Year – Winner

2010:  TV Week Logies Wards – Winner – Most Popular Light Entertainment Program, Talkin’ ‘bout your Generation

2010:  TV Week Logies Wards – Winner – Most Outstanding Light Entertainment Program, Talkin’ ‘bout your Generation

2010:  TV Week Logies Awards, Nominee – Most Popular New Male Talent

2007: Best Established Comedy Nominee – Adelaide Fringe Festival

2006: Barry Award Nominee – Melbourne International Comedy Festival

2005:  Perrier Best Newcomer Nominee – Edinburgh Fringe

2005: Best International Guest – NZ Comedy Guild Awards

2004:  Nominated for ‘Best International Show’ for Revolver at the NZ International Comedy Festival

2002: Winner of the ‘Piece of Wood Award’ (an award chosen by fellow comedians) with Michael Chamberlin at the Melbourne Comedy Festival for Boiling Point

2002: Winner of the Maurie Awards New Comic of the Year