At home with This jack of all trades talks comedy, sketching and internet hot spots
Peter Berner is something of a triple treat, having been successful fronting TV and radio shows, touring as a stand-up comedian and working as a cartoonist.
Despite spending a good chunk of time on the road as a comedian, Peter says, in his fickle industry, having a place to call his own in Sydney’s eastern suburbs is a blessing.
“In this business, there can be a feast and then a famine,” he says. “You can be at home thinking the phone will never ring again.”
So when his career took off, he jumped at the chance to buy his own place.
“About 10 years ago, when I was doing radio and TV, I was finally at a point in my life where I had a steady pay cheque and the bank would consider me normal,” he laughs. hs.
“Before then, I was not making the e same amount of money each week.”
Drawing is still Peter’s first love, andnd although he still dabbles in street press,ss, it doesn’t pay the mortgage.
Although Peter is a homebody, he doesn't mind getting out and about now and again when “cabin fever kicks in”.
“I’m thinking of getting a van and driving to different parts of the city to work or just putting the seat back and watching Netflix.
“It can be my new business. I couldd outfit vans as a mobile office and people wouldn’t ouldn’t have to work in the city in a boring office, ffice, they could drive over to the northern beaches ches and work from there,” he says.
“Instead of Pimp My Ride, my businesssiness could be called Pimp My Office. Um, I probably need to workshop that name eaa little more.”
Cup witwith paint brushes
This sits on my desk, and I call it my cup of hope. My father won it 60odd years ago in a rowing competition. I’m sure that’s why he won it, so I can keep my crap in it.
Vespa Akubra hat
When you have a head and skin colour like mine, you need something tot to protect it. The wide brimb i Akubra works b best. It makes you feel like a real bloke.
I boug bought it in Turkey in 1987 when I was backpacking and I got it home in one piece. I can play chess and backgammon all day.
This is the only way to get around Sydney. Sydney’s motto should be “form one lane”. Getting on the motorway can be quite hairy. In this city, why would you want a car? Except when it rains.
This was done by my son, of me, a couple of years ago when he was 11 or 12. It’s stuck on the back of a door I loosely call my office.
I always carry one around. I can just sit in the pub and draw. Sometimes, I draw first and the gag comes second.
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Comedian and cartoonist Peter Berner, star of the B Team with Peter Berner, Friday and Saturday nights, 9pm on Sky News Sydney’s eastern suburbs with his wife Yvette and son Kwan
A piece of wire sculpture from my manager, David Wilson. He bought it in rural Victoria about 18 months ago and said it looks like me. It looks enough like me that it can’t be anyone else. It speaks to my cartoonist sensibility
We have a lot of art and furniture we have inherited and bought ourselves. I have a beautiful sculpture of a horse, which I have inherited from my parents who have both passed away. I was born in Singapore and this is from somewhere in the East. Those kind of pieces makes a house a home
I’ve never been terrific at touring for long periods, living in a serviced apartment. I like sitting on my own couch in front of my own TV gg
I joined 11 years ago. I used to support North Sydney Bears but I had been drifting since they left. My brother-in-law used to work with Souths,So so I jumped on board.bo I didn’t have to waitw 40 years for a premiership win.