COMEDY fans can feel the Bern next week when the iconic, laconic and ironic Peter Berner returns to the Oatley Hotel.
The hotel is rounding off a huge month of laughs with the first of a series of double-headliner nights.
Berner will kick-off the series on November 30 co-headlining with David Smiedt.
The night will be hosted by the hilariously deadpan MC Amanda Gray.
Berner is without doubt one of Australia’s most popular and respected stand-up comics and media entertainers.
He started his career as a stand-up comedian back in 1988 and still remembers his first gig.
“It was raining. It was 1988. It was a spur-of-the-moment thing,” Berner said.
“I told no one I was doing it. One girl I worked with came down to support me, for which I am forever grateful. I got laughs and I was addicted.”
Since then he has gone on to perform his acclaimed solo stand-up shows across Australia and around the world.
His talents also translated to the small screen, starting in 1999 when his political satire sketch comedy program BackBerner began screening on the ABC.
BackBerner ran until 2002 and was nominated for several Logie Awards, including Most Outstanding Comedy Series in 2000 and 2002.
Berner then went on to host ABC quiz show The Einstein Factor for five years, and appear on other programs such as 20 to 1, Good News Week and Hey Hey It’s Saturday.
And now Berner on Sky has just had a second night added to its weekly scheduling!
He also hosted radio programs The Cage and The Peter Berner Experiment on Triple M.
Berner’s smart humour has always set him apart as his satirical, observational comedy leaves audiences in hysterics.
But what is the best way to handle a heckler?
“I am forever perplexed by the idea of a heckler,” Berner said.
“No other art form tolerates them the way stand-up does. No one pounds on the keyboards while Billy Joel is playing with a stupid look on their face and saying "Mate, I was helping you out".
“But if they continue to interrupt I'm left with no alternative than to make them feel lower than a footprint - which I will do.”
His co-headliner on the night will be David Smiedt who has been described by Adam Hills as a ‘‘living, breathing joke machine’’.
- Wednesday night’s show at the Oatley Hotel begins at 8.30pm.