Gareth Bryant

Gareth Bryant

Gareth is Scene Magazine's editor.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010 14:32

Charlie Pickering Preview

Comdey In Preview

How does a comedian know when he's got an audience eating out of the palm of his hand? Is it the amorous, wide eyes from the front ten rows? The enthralled applause of an appreciative crowd? Nope. According to Charlie Pickering, it's silence.

“I know it sounds weird,” Charlie says, “but when I pause in the middle of a joke and the audience is completely silent and you can hear a pin drop, that's when I really know people are listening. And it's at that moment that I wish I had something a little more significant to say than the ridiculous joke I'm half way through telling.”

Charlie is heading to Brisbane with his new comedy act, which will be part of the Powerhouse’s 10th birthday celebrations. Known as the host of 'The 7pm Project' and for his witty banter with Shaun Micallef on 'Talkin' Bout Your Generation', Charlie is no stranger to an entertained crowd. Originally a Triple J DJ, Charlie's rise from 'radio dude' to weeknight TV icon has proved that he can hold his own next to the likes of eternal jokesters Hamish Blake and Josh Thomas, but icon isn't a word he's a fan of. “I definitely don't accept being called an icon. I've been on TV for less than a year and I just feel very lucky to do what I do,” he says.

But he does it all so well. Charlie's blossoming entertainment career has seen him work with most of Australia's top industry players and he lets me in about a little bit of goss regarding a blue between himself and another unlikely fighter. “Hamish Blake and I once came to blows during a final challenge on ‘Thank God You’re Here’ when we were trying to change the tire on a car. Someone on Twitter said it was erotic. I definitely don't agree. If you want to see two pasty white guys inexpertly wrestling over a meaningless challenge, then I think you need to re-calibrate your sense of eroticism.”

I ask Charlie where he thinks he'll be in five years time. Global domination, most hilarious man in the universe or, as I suggest, PM?

“If I'm Prime Minister in five years time, then Australia is in a lot of trouble,” he says. “Not just because I'm running the country, but because K-Rudd will be hosting 'the 7pm Project' and nobody needs that. In all honesty though, I'll be very happy if in five years time I'm still behind the desk with Carrie and Dave.”


Charlie Pickering plays at the Powerhouse as part of their 10th Birthday celebrations on Sunday May 16.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009 13:31

Celia Pacquola: Interview

Comedy in Preview: Celia Pacquola

Celia Pacquola can’t help but find the humour in some not very funny situations. Her first solo show ‘Am I Strange?’ is about being cheated on and some of the bizarre places her

Wednesday, 15 September 2010 14:57

Cantina Review

Circus Cabaret In Review

Brace yourself for jaw-clamping delights as 'Cantina' and the Spiegeltent bring you this spectacularly dark, dingy circus underworld of exoticism and magic.


Wednesday, 01 September 2010 14:31

Cantina Interview

Circus Cabaret in Preview


In a few nights, the Spiegeltent will shake with the sound of pianolas, gypsy jazz and air organs in a chaotic scene resembling the infamous Star Wars Cantina Bar - but this isn’t a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. This is Brisbane Festival.



Wednesday, 18 August 2010 12:28

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof Review

Theatre in Review

It was a plucky decision by Brisbane Arts Theatre to attempt such a highly regarded classic as Tennessee Williams ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’, but director Alex Lanham, along with his talented cast and crew, have certainly risen to this lofty challenge.

Wednesday, 26 May 2010 14:44

Closer Interview

Theatre In Preview

'Closer’ is the story of a girl in love with a guy, a guy in love with a girl, another guy in love with another girl and a bunch of them sleeping together. It's modern-day relationships at their best.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010 14:56

Catch 22 Interview

Theatre In Review

Joseph Heller’s ‘Catch 22’ is one of those books most of us tick off our ‘must read’ list at some point in our early twenties. But as Gregory Rowbotham’s production at the Brisbane Arts Theatre proves, the anti-war farce is a rich tapestry that only gets better with age.


Wednesday, 27 January 2010 15:35

Circa Interview

Workshop/Training In Preview

Send in the clowns, or if you prefer, train yourself up as a clown and then send yourself in. I give you ... CIRCA!
What is CIRCA in a nutshell? Circa is two things. A professional performance ensemble and a training centre for adults and children (approximately two-thirds adults, one-third children).

Wednesday, 30 September 2009 11:55

Carnival's Edge Interview

Theatre In Reveiw

Roll up, roll up the carnival is in town.  With sidesplitting comedy, freaky sideshows, death-defying circus acts and creepy carnies, The Carnival’s Edge is a wacky mix of carnivalesque fun.

Wednesday, 01 December 2010 16:00

Chris Pickering Tour Diary

Fact or Fiction?

There’s an old saying amongst musicians (which I think may be stolen from a similar saying) which goes: “what happens on tour, stays on tour.”

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