Peter Berner

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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.”

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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.

Chess board

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.

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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

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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 I didn’t have to waitw 40 years for a premier­ship win.

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