Pete first came to the nation’s attention in 1999 as a cast member of Rove, Rove McManus’ ill-fated first series on the Nine Network. When the show went to Network TEN in 2000, Pete went with it, becoming an integral part of the Logie Award winning variety show until the show wound up at the end of 2009 after ten historic years on Australian TV.
In 2003, Pete took on Australian Rules football with After The Game, which went on to become Before The Game in 2004. The following year Pete created Bryan Strauchan, Collingwood rookie and instant superstar. Strauchanie created an AFL sensation picking up the codes’ Personality Of The Year Award, getting his own car in the Grand Final Parade, and even being immortalised on his own official AFL Footy Card and winning Best On Ground at the 2009 EJ Whitten match.
Strauchanie now has his own website (strauchanie.com.au) and he has even learnt to Tweet.
After Rove was cancelled by the Nine Network in 1999 Pete started work on some film ideas and in 2009 he found himself on the set of his very own feature film. In 2010 his first feature film, I Love You Too, starring Brendan Cowell, Peter Dinklage, Yvonne Strahovski and Megan Gale and produced by Laura Waters (Summer Heights High) was released
All the while Pete has been working as a stand up, touring to sold out houses in Australia and New Zealand as well as hosting his own radio shows for Triple M and 2Day-FM.
2012 saw Peter successful return to the comedy festival stage with stand up show Snazzy – which was also broadcast on ABC TV and released as a DVD as part of the Warehouse Comedy Festival series. And in 2013 Pete was back on stage again at the Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festival with his new show Whatevs (….Foreves)
In 2013 Peter was invited to be a part of the prestigious Just For Laughs Sydney Festival, hosting a series of shows called Date Night at the Sydney Opera House. Peter also appeared on stage at the JFL International Comedy Gala, his good mate Rove McManus was hosting the evening.
Writing has always been at the centre of everything Pete has done as a comedian. It’s A Date is a series that Pete has created and has aired on the ABC in the second half of 2013. Princess Pictures came on board as the producers of the show.
As well as writing, Pete took his hand to acting and directing in a couple of the episodes.
The series was very well received by the ABC audience and has been commissioned for a second series, due to start shooting mid this year.
2014 is proving to be a busy year for Peter Helliar already. Peter will be joining Charlie and Carrie at the desk as the replacement for one of his best mates Dave Hughes on The Project. Peter was a regular fill in host on The Project in 2013, but has made the transition to full time co-host this year.
“Give Peter Helliar a stage, a microphone, some bright lights and a captive audience and he shows why he is one of the nation’s favourite comedians” Sunday Mail
“Wonderful… a bizarre revelation” The Age, Melbourne
“Peter Helliar makes the difficult business of being funny look dead easy. **** “ Adelaide Advertiser