THE BOOK OF HE
In the The Book of He, Peter Berner (comedian, television and radio personality) offers a delightfully droll look at modern life from the perspective of a very ordinary man who has no desire to be anything but very ordinary.
Peter writes in his introduction: ‘He never climbed a tall mountain or saved a family from a burning building or even donated his time to charity, but he also never stood in the way of anyone who wanted to do those things. That had to count for something.’
Berner uses a minimalist style: ‘I’ve always been attracted to simple line work both spoken and drawn. There is an economy to being able to tell a story using the least number of lines. Plus, it’s a better hourly rate when you divide number of lines used into the fee,’ he says.
Peter does not work to a routine: ‘Some day I’ll have an idea first and the drawing follows – but more often than not I will sit and start making marks on paper and watch what happens.
‘I take panic, self doubt, and a constant fear of disappointing people and add to that blank paper, a pen and ink. I’ve never worked in what could be called a “structured fashion”.’
About Peter Berner
Peter Berner is one of Australia’s most popular and respected media entertainers, stand-up comics and corporate performers. He has written and performed solo comedy in both Australia and the UK since 1988. Peter has been a gym instructor, petrol station attendant, newspaper copy boy, advertising executive, barman, auctioneer, film actor and banana picker. He has appeared in TV commercials, worked as a radio broadcaster, writer, magazine columnist, TV presenter, stand-up comic, artist, cartoonist, corporate speaker and now author. All this means he either has a wealth of life experience or can’t hold down a job. He currently lives on an island in the sun.
‘Peter’s not only one of my favourite stand-ups of all time but I now find out that he’s also a wonderfully funny cartoonist! I’m almost paralysed with jealousy.’
Mikey Robins, comedian, writer, broadcaster and TV host
‘Who knew there were this many things to complain about? A perfect take down of modern life … This is Berner at his best.’ Paul Murray, journalist, broadcaster and host of Paul Murray Live, Sky News