THEY say everyone is Hollywood is waiting for their â€śclose upâ€ť.
It turns out Sunriseâ€™s resident entertainment reporter Nelson Aspen is no different.
While Australians will know him as a regular of breakfast television for the past 15 years, it seems Aspen can also match it in the talent department with many of the stars he interviews.
The 54-year-old recently performed his new cabaret show Just in Time in New York to sold out crowds.
Asked to describe the show, Aspen told News Corp Australia it is like â€śHarry Connick Jr meets the Bee Gees.â€ť
â€śImagine going to Studio 54 for a dinner party with Irving Berlin, Julie Andrews, Barbara Eden, Harry Connick Jr and The Captain & Tennille!â€ť he said.
Aspen, who has performed in Australia at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and the Sydney Opera House, will be taking his cabaret show to Los Angeles for one-night only on June 21.
He said eagle-eyed Sunrise viewers will have seen him belting out a tune a few times over the years.
â€śPeople are often surprised when they find out I sing but I have sung on Sunrise over the years, including with Simon Reeve,â€ť Aspen told News Corp Australia. â€śI have even sung with Hugh Jackman before at a friendâ€™s wedding.â€ť
Aspen says that he would happily bring his cabaret show Down Under.
â€śI just need an offer,â€ť he quips. â€śIn fact, I would dig doing something like Cameron Daddo has done with the Australian tour of The Sound of Music. I seem to remember the supporting role of Max, which I would be well suited for. If they wonâ€™t give me Max, I am willing to play the Baroness.â€ť
Aspenâ€™s cabaret show often includes guest stars and broadway greats, including Anita Gillette, who starred alongside Ethel Merman in the original Broadway production of Gypsy.
â€śThe fact that I am one degree away from Ethel Merman in Gypsy does not go unnoticed in my book of blessings,â€ť he said.
Aspen said despite his foray into cabaret, donâ€™t expect him to disappear from Sunrise anytime soon.
â€śI will be a part of Sunrise for as long as they will have me,â€ť he said. â€śI think part of the reason I have lasted for 15 years on Sunrise is because I donâ€™t get down in the mud. I am not a mudslinger. That is not what most Sunrise viewers want to see while they are having their breakfast.â€ť