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Talking with Dylan Yeandle - 'Thunder Down Under's' Chiseled Host

by Steve Duffy
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Friday Jul 7, 2017

"Thunder From Down Under" -- Australia's hot dance export --hits an intimate Vegas stage every night of the week showing off their chiseled bodies, seductive dance routines, cheeky humor and boy-next-door. They have been so successful that the Vegas theater they perform since 2001 in has been named for them. But you need not go to Vegas to see these hunky Aussies in action. Check out these tour dates to see if they're coming to a theater near you.

But know beforehand that this isn't the type of show you just sit and watch -- "Thunder" is a fully interactive experience. The blokes dance on tabletops, make their way through the crowd and even select a few lucky audience members to join in the fun on stage. Catching the show offers an opportunity to get up close and personal with these talented performers.

Members of the touring company of "Thunder Down Under."

EDGE caught up with Dylan Yeandle, who is the emcee for the "Thunder" shows, for an interview before the group's upcoming date at Boston's Wilbur Theatre on July 14. Not so long ago, Yeandle was a plumber, but his appearances on "Australia's Got Talent" in 2011 brought him to the attention of "Thunder From Down Under," who recruited him for the company.

He spoke to EDGE about stripping, his work out and what audiences can expect from "Thunder Down Under."

Leaving something to the imagination

EDGE: What is the correct name for what you do? Is it stripper, entertainer or male dancer?

Dylan Yeandle: The proper name is: We are male entertainers who strip.

EDGE: How did you get into this profession?

Dylan Yeandle: I actually was discovered because I performed on "Australia's Got Talent." Please don't google the clip. [He laughs]. I performed a singing and stripping routine. After the show, I received a call from the "Thunder from Down Under" producers and they offered me a job.

EDGE: To stay in extraordinary shape, what kind of diet do you have?

Dylan Yeandle: It is a lot of clean and healthy eating with an occasional cheat day. It also helps that the show is pretty high energy with lots of dancing. I also go to the gym work six times a week. Gotta keep that 6-pack!!

EDGE: Do you guys take off all your clothes during your show?

Dylan Yeandle: We always leave something to the imagination.

EDGE: What is the most embarrassing thing to happen to you while dancing?

Dylan Yeandle: Oh boy! Well, there has been a few wardrobe malfunctions.

EDGE: As a dancer, how important is the size of your package?

Dylan Yeandle: As long as you can dance and move your hips, you will be successful. Of course, we never take a cold shower before a show.

Everyone welcome

EDGE: Recently, actress Vivica A. Fox raised controversy by saying that gays were not welcome at her "Magic Mike"-inspired Vegas male stripper show. Are gay men welcome to attend this show?

Dylan Yeandle: Everyone is welcome! Although it is pretty much a female audience, we do get a few gay guys in the audience.

EDGE: How often to you change routines?

Dylan Yeandle: We are always changing and evolving the show to keep it fresh and fun.

EDGE: What is most rewarding about your job?

Dylan Yeandle: I love performing. I love being on the stage and having fun. There is nothing like It.

EDGE: What can the audience expect to see at the show?

Dylan Yeandle: Anyone who attends is going to have a great night out. The show is an hour and half of pure fun. We have an Emcee who tells jokes and get the audience excited.

For more information about Dylan Yeandle and "Thunder from Down Under," visit the show's website. To purchase tickets to see them perform at the Wilbur on July 14 visit visit the Wilbur's website.


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