Brian snaps up dream gig

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - COLIN VICK­ERY PIC­TURES OF YOU South­ern Cross, Mon­day, 9.30pm

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 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 the 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 us­ing old pho­tos to chart the lives of prom­i­nent Aussies.

Noni Ha­zle­hurst, Bruce Mca­vaney, Peter Gar­rett, Frank Wood­ley, Denise Scott, An­thony Field and Me­gan Washington fea­ture.

‘‘ Work­ing Dog rang and said, ‘ Are you avail­able to work on a TV pi­lot?’ and I as­sumed that it would be to do the warm- up, 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.

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