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Team player, deadpan comedian, next Gold Logie winner?

The post-Logies headlines focused on the outstanding newcomer award for ABC NewsBreakfast‘s Tony Armstrong and the speech by The Project‘s Lisa Wilkinson when she accepted the award for outstanding news coverage. But, in his customary style of him, making a quieter yet equally noteworthy contribution to the event was Sam Pang.

A regular attraction on Ten’s Have You Been Paying Attention? and Seven’s The Front Bar, and a co-host of Nova’s breakfast radio show, he had two relatively short appearances on stage. The first-alongside Have You Been Paying Attention? host Tom Gleisner and quiz-show playmate Ed Kavalee – was to accept the show’s award for most popular comedy program. He subsequently took to the stage alone to receive the most popular actress award on behalf of Fisk‘s absentee star, Kitty Flanagan.

The deceptively mild-mannered TV and radio presenter Sam Pang.Credit:Tina Smigielski

Pang used the first appearance to deliver a perfectly observed remark about the politics of the room, noting that the team from Travel Guides, which got the gong for best lifestyle program, was placed so far from the stage that they could’ve done an episode of their show about the journey from the backblocks to the podium. Subbing for Flanagan, he remarked that his speech was already longer than his appearance in the first season of Fiskpausing to note that he hadn’t been asked back for the second.

In addition to his mastery of the pause – which is a specialty – this was classic Pang: deadpan, funny and self-deprecating. And such was the impact of those cameos that the next day a betting agency was touting him as a potential Gold Logie candidate and a future host of the ceremony. Without wanting to invest too much significance in such predictions, one could surmise that, amid the epically long telecast, his brief appearances by him were appreciated.

While the persona of some comedians is indignant or argumentative, Pang is deceptively mild-mannered, more inclined to sly mischief. Though highly visible, he manages to convey the impression of a quiet man and, in the shows on which he appears regularly, he’s a stealthy and productive disrupter, frequently cracking up his co-stars with his quips from him. And he clearly plays well with others, as both HYBPA? and The Front Bar are team sports, relying on the chemistry between the participants to create the desired spark.

Yet in an industry where attention is avidly courted, he’s played the game his own way while working in a steady stream of gigs. As he’s built a career from origins as a volunteer at Melbourne’s community radio station 3CR, before moving on to Triple R’s breakfasters, he’s been a media personality who’s preferred his privacy. In an environment inclined to oversharing, and an industry that actively encourages it, he’s resisted the impulse and any pressure from behind the scenes.

Pang with co-hosts Andy Maher and Mick Molloy on The Front Bar.

Pang with co-hosts Andy Maher and Mick Molloy on The Front Bar.Credit:Channel Seven

If you’ve watched front-baryou might’ve gleaned that he once worked in a bottle shop, played AFL for Collingwood under 19s and in the VFA team, Prahran, earning the nickname “The Orchid” because, he’s wryly explained, he only flourished in perfect conditions.

In marked contrast to the approach of many media players, he has a scant social media presence. You wo n’t find him posting pictures of his breakfast from him, his baby from him or his adorable new puppy on Instagram, let alone happy snaps with his partner from him. Interviews are granted rarely and reluctantly.

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