Peter Berner is without a doubt one of Australia's most popular and respected comics and broadcasters, having performed his unique brand of comedy across Australia for nearly three decades and hosted iconic television shows and radio programs.
Peter started his career as a stand-up comedian in 1988 and has performed at various prestigious festivals, including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Sydney Comedy Festival, the Adelaide Comedy Festival and Just For Laughs - just to name a few. His intelligent humour has always set him apart as a performer who can comfortably straddle comedy styles as disparate as satire, observational comedy and reactive comedy with easy.
Peter's major TV hosting roles have been Backberner (1999-2002, ABC TV), The Australian Film Institute Awards (2004), The Einstein Factor (2004-2009, ABC TV), The Loaded Brush (2009, ABC TV), You Have Been Watching (2011, The Comedy Channel) and The B Team with Peter Berner (2016-2017, Sky News Live). All up he has presented more than 500 hours of national television program content in varying genres including comedy, news and documentary in live and taped environments.
On FM radio, Peter has been the breakfast co-host of Triple M's The Cage (2007), which was networked live each day along the east coast, and has also hosted his own solo radio show, The Peter Berner Experiment (2008-2009), on Triple M. On AM radio he has hosted weekend afternoons on 2UE (2012).
A talented artist and cartoonist, Peter is a graduate of the National Art School who has exhibited his work in galleries across the world. His interest in the craft has never wained and he continue to illustrate and paint to this day.
In 2018 was nominated as a finalist for the prestigious Archibald Prize 2018 for his self portrait, titled Self Portrait with Hindsight. On being nominated as a finalist, Peter said, "When I received the email telling me I had been selected I confess I was stunned. Thrilled. It took a moment to sink in. And then I wondered if the Nigerians had gotten into scamming painters as a new business model. It is one of the greatest things to have happned to me."
Peter released his first book in 2015 titled The Book of He, which was a collection of original humourous illustrations about modern life from the perspective of a very ordinary man. Berner is set to shortly release its sequel, The Book of They in September 2017. The Book of They is an 80-page look at relationships and coupledom, complete with Berner’s brand of observational comedy.