For more than two decades he’s talked to the biggest names in Hollywood, yet showbiz guru Nelson Aspen feels just as home in Adelaide. “This is my very first visit … the weather has been spectacular, everyone has been amazing, I’m dazzled by the Festival Theatre complex there,” the Sunrise entertainment reporter says. “I’ve also had a significant amount of delicious Barossa Valley wine. Grant Burge gifted me a bottle of his sauvignon blanc, which has made me very happy.”
A keen runner – he’s completed 20 marathons – Nelson has also enjoyed a few morning jogs along the River Torrens, where he’s come into contact with all manner of wildlife, including a few pelicans. In town to perform his show, An Evening With Nelson Aspen, at the Cabaret Festival, Power fan Nelson says he was disappointed to miss Port Adelaide’s win at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday. “(David) Kochie has been getting into me to see a game. Unfortunately the worlds of cabaret and sport have not intersected for me yet,” he says. “But I look good in teal.”
Also a best-selling author who’s recently released a new book, My Prime Time, Nelson says it’s almost impossible to list all his career highlights. “But being sought after by particular stars is hugely flattering and undeniably exciting. When Julie Andrews requested me for a conversation … and the first time I met Russell Crowe was because he came up to me to tell me he liked my work. I was so flummoxed,” Nelson says. Tickets are still available for today’s matinee show of An Evening With Nelson Aspen at the Space Theatre.