CLOWN­ING AROUND COMES NAT­U­RALLY

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

LA-BASED clown and phys­i­cal co­me­dian Ross Steeves promised to show his wife Ash­ley the world when ex­chang­ing wed­ding vows.

He now has the chance to hon­our his prom­ise to her and their one-year-old daugh­ter Wren by join­ing the Aus­tralian tour­ing cast of Cirque Adrenaline as the fam­ily show’s clown and MC.

“All I’m imag­in­ing is go­ing to the beach,” Steeves said. “As much as I love liv­ing in LA, it’s a bit of a grind and I’m look­ing for­ward to work­ing on my Aus­tralian ac­cent.

“No Aus­tralian ever gives me credit for do­ing it right but in my mind it’s pretty good; I want to try and blend in.”

It is dif­fi­cult to imag­ine Steeves suc­cess­fully ‘blend­ing in’, not only be­cause of his mag­nif­i­cent mous­tache but also his pen­chant for the spot­light.

“I al­ways fig­ured I was go­ing to be an ac­tor and my aim was to be on Satur­day Night Live like a typ­i­cal tele­vi­sion co­me­dian,” he said.

“What I found out was that my phys­i­cal­ity is a lit­tle more nat­u­ral for me than get­ting up and talk­ing.

“It’s where I’m more com­fort­able and I re­ally have to at­tribute that train­ing to my sis­ters and my mother.

“Ev­ery day was a mad­house of silli­ness, danc­ing funny and per­form­ing funny phys­i­cal char­ac­ters as a fam­ily.”

Steeves said he saw his Cirque Adrenaline role, in­clud­ing an en­ter­tain­ing bal­loon act, as “a lit­tle pal­ette cleanser” be­tween death-de­fy­ing stunts, high bars, Rus­sian bar and fire act.

“You’re on the edge of your seat the whole time, there’s never a dull mo­ment and ev­ery­one leaves wide-eyed and per­haps want­ing to join the cir­cus,” he said. “Ei­ther that or pet­ri­fied not know­ing how we did it.

“I’m per­son­ally look­ing for­ward to the weight loss; per­form­ing in the show is like the ex­er­cise plan of the cen­tury.”

Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group has 10 dou­ble passes to Cirque Adrenaline on March 15. En­ter at www.com­mu­ni­tynews.com.au by March 4.

Tanya MacNaughton

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