Claire Hooper, stand up comedian, TV star, author and breakfast radio host is a bubbly thirty-five year old from Sydney, and what you see is what you get.
Claire is the same person you see on ‘Good News Week’. She has an innocent charm and vulnerability that anyone can relate to.
With the top rating show on hiatus until Spring, Hooper keeps busy with her breakfast radio shift with Andrew Rochford, best known to national audiences from The 7PM Project.
“I’m really enjoying breakfast radio at the moment on Mix 106.5 in Sydney,” Claire said.
“I find it really exhilarating. There’s so much that goes on behind the scenes that most listeners don’t realise, and that’s what I find so energetic. It’s three hours of quite high energy: you have people dropping off phone lines, things going on around you and you are constantly juggling everything.
“Breakfast radio is all about being effective and it’s a lifestyle a bit like jet lag. To be at your best and have focused energy from 5am to 9am you have to sacrifice a night life. The human body operates at one healthy cycle, and back in my twenties I could have had both, but not now.”
Hooper grew up during a boom time for Australian comedy, as the ‘alternative’ comedy scene from England in the early 80s made its way to our shores, and produced talent that is still on our screens today.
“Growing up in the 80s I used to watch shows like ‘The Big Gig’ and ‘Australia: You’re Standing In It’. I loved Rod Quantock, The Doug Anthony Allstars and Jean Kitson, they were huge at the time, and I watched Good News Week when it was on the ABC as a teenager…I just loved it.
“For me to get employed by Ted Robinson on Good News Week, who directed The Big Gig was awesome for me…working for someone who made TV that I just adored.”
Read the full story on Claire Hooper in CityWest magazine here.