A comedian who starred in the soap opera ‘Neighbours’ is bringing his fast-moving physical comedy show to Shaftesbury Fringe 2018.
Nathan Lang played the character ‘Pinhead’ in the hit Australian series between 1998 and 2000. For the last decade, he’s been performing stand-up around the UK. In his latest show Nathan takes on the guise of ‘The Stuntman’.
“I’ve trained in improvisation and clowning,” says Nathan, who takes to the stage in a distinctive outfit of ‘the tightest day-glo yellow onesie on the comedy circuit today’, along with a silver helmet and matching boots.
Although his material is ‘clean’, Nathan says that the show is aimed at adults and his style of ‘clowning’ shouldn’t be confused with the sort of clown that provides party entertainment for children.
Nathan encourages interaction with his audience and even heckling. His Edinburgh Fringe show brought a particularly memorable response.
Part of his act required him to make animal-like grunting noises. A group of lads mimicked every sound Nathan made, and soon the entire audience was echoing his sounds.
Nathan says he can never predict what he’s going to do or talk about during the show. “Part of the art of clowning is to be responsive to the audience,” he says, adding, “It is a form of total idiocy for everyone’s amusement, pursuing ultimate entertainment in every moment with the audience.”
You can expect to see ‘The Stuntman’ dashing around the stage during his 50-minute set. “It is physical and I work up quite a sweat,” Nathan says.
Nathan’s unsure whether his ‘Neighbours’ fame is a help of a hindrance in his current comedy career but he accepts that the popularity of the series piques interest in his show.
He says that his working experience in TV drama helped him craft his confident stage presence.
Nathan says he’s looking forward to offering something unique at Shaftesbury Fringe. “I love it when people say I’ve never seen a show like that before,” Nathan says.
But most of all, the comedian says he enjoys the immediacy of live performance.
“I get a lot of satisfaction when a show ends and I sense that everyone has had a lot of fun,” he says.
Nathan Lang will entertain at The Shaston Social Club at 3pm on Saturday 30th June. Admission is £8.