SAM GETS TO SHOW OFF BRASIL
Have You Been Paying Attention on Ten, the Eurovision Song Contest on SBS, Santo, Sam and Ed’s Total Football on Fox Sports ... all he needs is a costume drama and Sam Pang is the new Marta Dusseldorp.
And now, it seems only natural, a show named after himself: A Pang for Brasil. SBS spelt it that way, with an S, because of the looming FIFA World Cup. But why Pang? How does he get these fabulous highrotation jobs? Denmark one week, Brazil the next?
“It’ll be the eternal question,” he says. “‘How does he even work, why did he even get a job ... why does Santo want to work with you?’ Eurovision and this trip, people start shaking their head and then they just get angry if they think about it too long. And both these things, I just got asked to do them.”
And Brazil does seem as if it was very educational. For instance, Pang didn’t know what a Bikini Test was before.
“I did learn a lot,” he says. “Just going to Sao Paulo — it’s a booming economy, the rich, the traffic’s so bad on the ground they don’t even bother with cars, they just fly to work. I did it with this businesswoman called Cozette, and I’m not sure that I would do it every morning by the way, because I didn’t handle it that well. I didn’t vomit, but put it this way, I was supposed to interview her and I wasn’t in good shape. There was no interview really.”
Obviously there’s also sport. And not just football. By what year does Pang think foot volley will be an Olympic event?
“I would say 2016 is a perfect Olympic Games to launch it,’’ he says. “And I think it would be more popular than 80 per cent of the other, what do they call them, disciplines that we’re forced to watch.
“Is trampolining still in? Because with respect to the elite athletes that make it to the Olympics, I’d be more than happy if foot volley took the place of trampolining.” A Pang For Brasil, Monday, SBS One, 7.30pm.
Sam Pang (right) With Jesus Luz.