Ever since I was 7-years-old, I knew I wanted to be a writer and made my own Mr Men books. Today, I am a freelance writer and have the privilege to review bands, theatre and comedy across Melbourne, not to mention interview some incredible artists.
Move over Wog Boys, Pippo and Pasquale have arrived
I came to know of Pippo and Pasquale through my sister as she'd seen their hilarious videos online. After watching a few, I quickly became a fan and looked forward to seeing them perform live at the Italian Sports Club of Werribee.
For those who don't know Pippo and Pasquale, imagine two guys who are able to embody all the hysterical antics of Italian parents. They are somewhat like the Wog Boys and their quick wit and observation skills had the audience in fits of laughter. Given my Italian heritage, I was able to relate to show as I too grew up in the same type of strict household but fear not, even if you're not Italian the show is still relatable.
Playing 10 National shows James Liotta (Pasquale) and, Piero Viavattene (Pippo) were funny straight out of the gate when they said to a guy in the audience, "I think my Nonna's got that shirt." Nothing was sacred to Pippo and Pasquale and Tiger Airways was in their sights. "With Tiger, turbulence starts at check-in". As I have travelled with Tiger in the past, this comment alone had me almost crying. The guys went on to say that they were recognised when they travelled with Tiger and were, "upgraded to Cargo".
James and Piero have known each other for a few years but soon realised there were six "wog" degrees of separation between them when they discovered they dated the same girl at the same time. "We have been "there" at the same time". Again, the audience burst out laughing.
Franco Cozzo was also in Pippo and Pasquale's line of fire, stating that no one likes the furniture as it's from "1972" and even Franco Cozzo's furniture, "is from Ikea".
Both James and Piero mix up the show as they divert between their alter egos Pippo and Pasquale and their respective wives adding to the overall humour.
James made a reference to kids nowadays and the lack of discipline by comparison to his childhood. "Kids today are allergic to discipline, they get a rash". He refers to his mother and father stopping on the freeway emergency lane to give him a belting "Until I was 15-years-old I thought the emergency lane was for us wog kids".
James and Piero
What made the show even funnier was when the guys flubbed a line and poked fun at themselves. "I don't know what the F#$K I'm saying," James stated after he messed up a line. Let's just say this made them all the more endearing.
Pippo and Pasquale have another show on Sunday 29th April, so get in quick. Overall, a hilariously funny show that takes you back in time.