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Lawyer-turned-comedian and host of Channel
10’s The Project, Charlie Pickering divulges his
drinking habits words Jenna Shenton
Long before you scored a gig on The Pr oject,
you were playing to sold out houses and
winning awards as a comedian. Presumably
you had ample opportunity to tie one on.
But what’s your drink of choice?
I really like craft beers, so a nice small brewery
red ale makes me pretty happy.
When you’ re out and about and not
entertaining the troops over in Afghanistan,
where’s the best place to have a few?
I like quiet bars where you can have a
Let’s cut to the most important
question of all. Red or white?
Last year you won GQ magazine’s Media
Personality of Year. You also got engaged.
Which begs the question, what do you drink
when you’ re feeling extravagant?
No question. Pol Rog er Winston
Your favourite cheer-me-up drink?
If I need a little something, I’ll go for
Canadian Club and Dry.
What about a fond memory
A couple of years ago I was staying on a
farm in Tuscany and helped a bunch of local
winemakers with their annual grape har vest.
My payment was an incredible lunch and
some of the best Sangiovese I’ve ever had.
It was unforgettable.
When it comes to law and comedy,
which makes you want a stiff drink
more at the end of the day?
It’s about a tie. When I was a lawyer,
I used to drink to forget I was a lawyer.
As a comedian, it’s just to unwind.
Yo u r fi rst book, Impractical Jokes, was
based on your 2007 Comedy Festival
show. What level of audience inebriation
makes for the best comedy show?
About a 4/10. A little lost inhibition is g ood
but they still need to be able to get the jokes.
Charlie perfor ms at the Astor Theatr e on May 19
as part of the Perth Inter national Comedy Festival.
See bocs.com .au for tickets.
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