For those who’ve watched Entrance Bar, you may’ve gleaned that he as soon as labored in a bottle store, performed AFL for Collingwood underneath 19s and within the VFA workforce, Prahran, incomes the nickname “The Orchid” as a result of, he’s wryly defined, he solely flourished in excellent situations.
In marked distinction to the strategy of many media gamers, he has a scant social media presence. You gained’t discover him posting photos of his breakfast, his child or his lovable new pet on Instagram, not to mention joyful snaps along with his associate. Interviews are granted hardly ever and reluctantly.
I scored one in his early TV days, earlier than he had the clout to graciously decline. In 2009, he was internet hosting the short-lived SBS historical past quiz ADbc, which paired historians with comedians with the concept of demonstrating that historical past could possibly be fascinating and enjoyable.
Selling the manufacturing, Pang gave a sign of the qualities which have made him such an entertaining and enduring TV presence: heat, wit and humility.
“The teachers who’ve come on have picked up that we’re not making an attempt to make them look foolish,” he defined.
“They’re an integral a part of the present and their data is what the comedians feed off. It’s extra attention-grabbing and it’s extra enjoyable to see folks work collectively. We’ve discovered that the teachers are rather a lot funnier than you may assume and that the comedians know much more than you may count on. To me, that looks like a very good combine, with a number who doesn’t know what he’s doing.”
The self-deprecation has lengthy been there. For eight years he co-hosted SBS’s protection of the Eurovision Track Contest with Julia Zemiro, initially noting that he knew nothing concerning the occasion. However he proved a really perfect foil for Zemiro, who’d adopted the glitter-fest since childhood. Once they retired from the function in 2017, he stated: “There are solely so many sequins, burning pianos, energy ballads and singing Russian grannies one man can rejoice in a profession.”
In 2018, when he did the podcast Santo, Sam and Ed’s Cup Fever! within the lead-up to and through the World Cup, he additionally professed to not actually know why he was there. Cilauro and Kavalee had been the consultants, he maintained: he simply turned up and deferred to them on all issues soccer-related.
One of many dependable pleasures of watching HYBPA? and The Entrance Bar is seeing how a lot the individuals get pleasure from one another’s firm. For viewers, that sense of enjoyable is irresistible. And Pang, although he’d in all probability hate to be singled out for consideration, is a key contributor.
If that Gold Logie nomination does pan out, pity the poor publicist charged with guiding his marketing campaign to glory, as a result of it could be an Everest-like problem constructed round somebody who steadfastly rejects that form of consideration. And cheers to him for that. His work speaks eloquently for itself.
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