KEEN rugby league followers may have seen a couple of familiar faces if they had stayed up long enough to watch the NRL Footy Show last Thursday night.
Former Mitta United footballers and Wodonga Raiders cricketers Chris and Justin Nelson graced the stage for the well-watched Channel Nine program, going through a five-minute stand-up gig as close to 200,000 viewers watched on.
The twin brothers live in Melbourne and work as casual teachers but their hearts lie with stand-up comedy.
The duo recently performed in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide and Justin said the Footy Show gig was the biggest the pair had done.
“We were doing a gig in Sydney a week or so prior to the Footy Show and the show’s producer was watching and asked us to come on the next week,” he said.
“It was definitely the biggest gig we’ve done — it certainly is different to playing in front of a couple of hundred people.
“If you stuff up, there are 200,000 people there to watch.
“But we thought we were pretty solid and the only negative was it didn’t screen up in Albury until around midnight.”
The talented sportsmen are too busy to play football in Melbourne.
But Justin was hopeful the Footy Show gig would raise their profile.
“(Stand-up comedy is) a pretty hard slog, trying to get more exposure and build your reputation takes time,” he said.
“But getting stage time on a show like that will hopefully help us along.”