IT is Brian Nankervis’s time to shine. After doing hundreds of audience warm-up gigs for TV shows, the popular stand-up comedian is finally hosting his own program.
Nankervis made regular appearances as eccentric beat poet Raymond J Bartholomeuz on Hey Hey It’s Saturday in the 1980s and 1990s. He was also a regular on Let the Blood Run Free and Jimeoin.
In recent times Nankervis is best known as co-creator and adjudicator for TV music show Rockwiz.
Then there are those countless audience warm-up and wrangling gigs for shows including The Panel and Thank God You’re Here.
Something must have worked because Working Dog, the makers of The Panel and TGYH, tapped Nankervis to host Pictures of You.
Pictures of You is an interview show that uses old photographs to chart the lives of prominent Aussies.
Noni Hazlehurst, Bruce Mcavaney, Peter Garrett, Frank Woodley, Denise Scott, Anthony Field and Megan Washington feature in the show. ‘‘ Working Dog rang and said, ‘ Are you available to work on a TV pilot?’ and I assumed that it would be to do the warmup, so I told them, ‘ I can’t’,’’ Nankervis says with a laugh.
It took a call from Working Dog executive producer Michael Hirsh to make Nankervis realise they wanted him to host. ‘‘ It is a dream come true to do a show that doesn’t involve getting the audience excited and then handing over the fun (to someone else),’’ Nankervis says.
Nankervis wants Pictures of You to be more than just a stroll down memory lane. He has helped select the guests and shape the questions.
Nankervis says the ‘‘ here’s a photo, let’s talk about it’’ concept has proved surprisingly fruitful at making usually guarded celebrities open up.
The first episode featured comedian Anh Do’s emotional recounting of his family’s frightening trip from Vietnam to Australia as refugees in 1980. Pictures of You, Channel 7, Monday, 9.30pm Host: After myriad support roles, Brian Nankervis has his own show.