Chatty comedian Nathan Valvo brings his stand-up to Sydney for Mardi Gras. Interview by Mike Hitch.
Nathan Valvo’s comedic style, with its unapologetic cynicism and bubbly campness, has made him a comedic success across the world.
Known for his once great addiction to Grindr, the five-star comedian who tore-up the 2019 Melbourne Comedy Festival is back in Sydney for another chuckle (and just in time for Mardi Gras!) as a part of the Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s Comedy Kiki – the ultimate queer comedy festival to get the gays geared up for the Parade and Party.
Speaking to DNA, Nathan said that after missing Mardi Gras for several years due to touring commitments – he’s absolutely giddy to be finally coming back for “gay Christmas” Down Under.
“I can’t wait! It’s the first time in a few years that I’ve been available. The Adelaide Fringe is on at the same time as Mardi Gras so most years I’ve not been able to do it,” he said.
“We’re so lucky to have Mardi Gras, and people don’t give it enough credit for how amazing it is. It’s huge, and it puts Sydney in the best vibe for a couple of weeks.”
“I’m stoked that it’s coming up at the Darlinghurst Theatre but also, mate, I’m from Melbourne, I don’t care about Sydney! Nah, I’m only joking!”
Nathan will be performing at the Darlinghurst Theatre on February 15, as part of the Mardi Gras Festival season. Comedy Kiki also includes shows by lesbian comics Zoe Combs Marr and Geraldine Hickey.
“These few months are great for figuring out what works, and what you’ll never say on stage again. I mean, I’m not that kind of comic, but maybe I should try generate some uproar with this new show,” Nathan giggles.
“I want protestors at my show. Maybe I’ll just go really anti-gay to sell some tickets. I mean, why not!”