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Charlie Pickering is ready to end the year

AAP logoAAP 9/12/2016 Danielle McGrane

It seems one way to accept what's happening in the world these days is with humour.

This accounts for the rise in satirical news shows, particularly in the US, such as The Daily Show or Last Week Tonight with John Oliver or here in Australia, The Weekly with Charlie Pickering.

"One of my favourite quotes ever is Mark Twain's 'Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.' I think he really nailed it with that thought," Pickering said.

The host of the ABC show and his team, including comedians Tom Gleeson and Kitty Flanagan, haven't been afraid to run with this idea in their weekly slot.

"Certainly it's a genre that appeals to me," he said.

"I love news and I love comedy and those guys are the best there is and the quality of their work is an inspiration for sure."

Pickering is about to return for the one-off special, The Yearly, having finished up on the last season of The Weekly in May.

After a year where Donald Trump unexpectedly won the US presidential election, Pauline Hanson and Derryn Hinch were elected into the Senate, and Australia unleashed the "Budgie Nine" on Malaysia, this could prove to be one of the most interesting yearly round-ups Pickering has ever done.

"I think every one of those people is worthy of a mention as well as all those budgies," he said.

"I'm madly catching up on some of the news that happened while I took a break. The "Donald Trump winning" thing - that's a joke, yeah?"

After The Yearly edition, Pickering won't have long before he's making season three in the new year. He's keeping most of his cards very close to his chest but says audiences can expect "lots of laughs".

"We hope we can give people something to think about, but most of all we want people to be entertained for half an hour," he said.

He can reveal that Gleeson and Kitty will be back and there's good news for fans of rapper and comedian Adam Briggs who has taken part in several segments on the show.

"Kitty and Tom will be better than ever and Briggs will be joining the core cast this year," Pickering said.

"He is more popular than all of us."

*The Yearly with Charlie Pickering airs on Wednesday 14 December at 8:30pm.

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