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Charlie Pickering in 'Auto'

Perrier Nominee – Best Newcomer Edinburgh 2005
Charlie Pickering in ‘Auto’

Charlie Pickering is about to help you re-discover the simple joy of a good story, with readings from his unpublished and as yet unlived autobiography.

Autobiographies are a relatively new invention. Since Augustine’s first ‘apologia’ of 400AD, they have evolved into big business. Sporting heroes, politicians, artists, fashion designers, pop stars and hotel heiresses have all got into the act, so why not a comedian?

Edgy, polished and inventive, Charlie Pickering is one of the most exciting names in Australian comedy – and his publishers are banking on it. Buoyed by recent overseas successes critical acclaim and a sizeable advance, Charlie is looking down the barrel of a deadline to get his life onto paper. The publishers are on his back, the book launch date is set and Bert Newton has signed up to host. If only he knew how to actually start the book.

Directed by New Zealander Alan Brough, Auto takes a light-hearted look at the wider implications of autobiographies and the culture they create.

The NZ premiere of Auto will be Charlie’s third solo show at The ODDFELLOWS NZ International Comedy Festival (Revolver 2004 – Nominated Best International Show, Betterman 2005), following it’s opening at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Charlie will then tour the show to Dublin, London and Edinburgh guaranteeing 2006 will be even bigger than the whirlwind that was 2005. Last year Charlie performed solo seasons at the Adelaide Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Cracker Comedy Festival in Sydney and The ODDFELLOWS NZ International Comedy Festival, where he was awarded “Best International Guest” by the NZ Comedy Guild. The second half of the year saw Charlie make his UK debut at the Edinburgh Fringe with his show Betterman. The season was a resounding success topped off with a prestigious Perrier Best Newcomer Nomination. 2006 has also started with a bang as Charlie takes Betterman to the Adelaide Fringe and Perth International Arts Festival.

“Damn good ****” The Scotsman
“hidden gem of the Fest” NZ Herald
“Australia’s best ****” The Adelaide Advertiser
“****” The Melbourne Age
“Stuffs more material into an hour than other comics do in two” - Herald Sun

Wellington Auckland
Venue: Downstage Theatre, Silo Theatre, Lower Greys Ave
Dates: Tue 16th – Sat 20th May, 8.30pm Mon 22nd – Sat 27th May
Mon – Sat 8.30pm, Fri & Sat 10pm
Tickets: Full $25 Full $25 Conc $18
Bookings: Downstage 04 801 6946 Ticketmaster 09 970 9700


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