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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.

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