Actor, physical comedian, mime artist, dancer, filmmmaker and visual artist - there is nothing this multi-talented performer cannot turn his unique abilities to.
With a career spanning 20 years, Rod Lara has been hailed as a "master of physical comedy and characterisation". Rod strives to push the envelope with his unique brand of comedy, utilizing the skills of physical comedy, circus arts, mime and dance. He may perform in silence, but it is the audience who is left speechless!
Trained in the circus arts, as well as holding a degree in Film & Television from the Victorian College of the Arts. Rod's knowledge in these fields has helped him undertake his very own prolific productions.
In 2012, Rod produced, co-directed and performed in 'Top Marx: The Ultimate Marx Brothers Revue Show'. The show toured for a year with great success.
In 2014, he wrote and performed 'Last Mime Standing' for both the 2014 Melbourne Comedy Festival and 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival with a great reception from audience and critics alike.
Rod's other credits include performances for Opera Australia's many productions, such as: 'A Streetcar Named Desire' (2009), 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' (2010), 'Carmen' (2014) and 'Rigoletto' (2019). He has also made regular appearances on television, including: 'The Great Debate' (2013), 'Jumping Jellybeans' and numerous commercials; most notably 'Old El Paso', 'BullHorn TP', 'Carlton Cold' and 'Lexus'.
Rod's career has now taking him to the medium of TV/Film! To top off this list of extensive experience, Rod has played part in three US TV series in 2015: 'Childhood's End', 'Hunters', and 'Preacher' where he was cast as a mime. Also appearing in comedian Jude Perl's music video 'Contagious'.
Rod's most recent appearance as his lovable Banjo has been in 1 hour TV special 'Silent Comedy' and TV talk/sketch show 'Mainland Tonight'.