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Jason Chatfield.

P *erth *-born comedian and cartoonist *Jason Chatfield *is preparing for the biggest gig of his life.

  • Greenwood *-raised Chatfield, below, who is best known as the cartoonist for the iconic Australian comic strip Ginger Meggs, which has now been running for over 90 years, has been invited to the US to host the 67th Annual National Cartoonists Society Awards.

At 28, Chatfield will be the youngest person ever to host the prestigious ceremony, which takes place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in May.

"It's the Academy Awards of the cartooning world, so it's a huge honour to be asked. I'll be up there in front of all my childhood heroes, hoping like hell they think I'm funny," Chatfield said. "It's a step up from emceeing backyard weddings in Kwinana."

During the event, the Reuben Award is presented to the Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year, with previous winners including *Matt Groening *(The Simpsons), *Charles Schultz *(Peanuts), *Bill Watterson *, *Rube Goldberg *(Calvin & Hobbes), *Scott Adams *(Dilbert), *Jim Davis *(Garfield) and *Cathy Guisewight *(Cathy).

Chatfield started out doing stand- up in Perth's burgeoning comedy scene. Now living in Melbourne, his work appears daily in over 120 newspapers in 34 countries.