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|Known for||The Panel, The Dish, The Castle, Frontline and Santo, Sam and Ed's Cup Fever|
Santo Cilauro (born 1962) is an Australian television and feature film producer, screenwriter, actor, author, comedian and cameraman, a co-founder of The D-Generation. Known as the weatherman in Frontline, he is also an author and former radio presenter on the Triple M Network, and achieved worldwide fame with the viral video Elektronik Supersonik.
Cilauro was born in 1962 in Melbourne, Australia and was a law student at Melbourne University in the early 1980s. His parents are of Italian descent, and his father a Sicilian from Licodia Eubea. He is named after his grandfather 'Santo', also a Licodiano.
Acting and production work
Cilauro started collaborating with Rob Sitch and Tom Gleisner in comedy theatre productions and tours. One of the co-founders of The D-Generation, Cilauro wrote for, and performed in, the troupe's show during its 1986–1987 run on ABC TV (which also led to the album The Satanic Sketches). Cilauro continued as a member of the D-Gen when the team hosted their Breakfast Show on Triple M radio (1986–1992), appearing as the simple-minded "Wayne from St. Albans" and "Gino Tagliatoni" amongst other roles. Cilauro was a writer/performer on the D-Generation's 1992–1993 sketch comedy The Late Show, appearing on such segments as Graham & the Colonel, The Oz Brothers and Jeff & Terry Bailey (with Rob Sitch), as well as performing in countless other sketches and filming the popular segment Shitscared.
After the second and last season of The Late Show, Cilauro starred as Stix in the 1994 ABC cop show satire Funky Squad, which he also co-created and served as one of the writer/producer/directors. He went on to help set up the Working Dog production company and was one of the writer/producer/directors of Frontline (1994–97), in which he also had a recurring onscreen role as weatherman Geoffrey Salter. Since then, Cilauro co-wrote Working Dog's films popular film The Castle (1997) and The Dish (2000) and appeared as a regular member (and occasional host) of the 1998–2003 Network Ten programme The Panel (he also did occasional sports correspondence for Ten during the 1998 soccer World Cup). Cilauro has been an executive producer of several Working Dog productions, including The Panel, A River Somewhere (1997–98), and All Aussie Adventures (2001–02). He played the Head of Market Research, Theo Tsolakis, on The Hollowmen (2008), a series which Cilauro co-wrote and co-produced. Cilauro also played IT technician Griffin on the Shaun Micallef sitcom Welcher & Welcher (2003) and K2 on the 1996 Working Dog radio sketch Johnny Swank.
|2012||Any Questions for Ben?||Producer, Writer & Camera Operator|
|2007||The Sound of Aus|
|2004||Herman, the Legal Labrador||Sal the Hot Dog Vendor||Voice only|
|2000||The Dish||Producer, Writer & Second Unit Director|
|1997||The Castle||Writer & Camera Operator|
|1996||The Campaign||Director, Writer, Producer & Cinematographer||Himself – Narrator||Documentary|
|1988||Billy's Shout||Director||TV Short|
|2013-2014||Santo, Sam and Ed’s Total Football||Executive Producer & Writer||Himself|
|2012||Audrey's Kitchen||Executive Producer|
|Santo, Sam and Ed's Sports Fever!||Executive Producer & Writer||Himself|
|Pictures of You||Executive Producer|
|2010||Santo, Sam and Ed's Cup Fever!||Executive Producer & Writer||Himself|
|2008||The Hollowmen||Creator, Producer, Writer & Camera Operator||Theo Tsolakis|
|2007||The Panel: Christmas Wrap||Executive Producer||Himself|
|2004–2009||Thank God You're Here||Creator, Executive Producer, Writer & Camera Operator|
|2004||Russell Coight's Celebrity Challenge|
|2003||Welcher & Welcher||Griffin Griggs|
|2001–2002||Russell Coight's All Aussie Adventures||Writer & Camera Operator|
|1998–2005||The Panel||Executive Producer||Himself|
|1997–1998||A River Somewhere|
|1995||Funky Squad||Creator, Director, Producer & Writer||Stix ('Joey Alvarez')|
|1994||Homicide... 30 Years On||Himself|
|1993||Bargearse||Director & Writer||Poloneck|
|The Olden Days||Various|
|1992–1993||The Late Show|
|1988||The D Generation Goes Commercial||Writer|
|1986–1987||The D Generation|
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Cilauro was, with Rob Sitch and Tom Gleisner, co-author of the Jetlag Travel Guides to Molvanîa, Phaic Tăn and San Sombrèro. He also created the popular Internet phenomenon character Zladko "ZLAD!" Vladcik, a Molvanîan pop idol style musician.
"Elektronik Supersonik" is a kitschy, over-the-top combination of Italo disco and Synthpop, described as "a melodic fusion combining hot disco rhythms with cold war rhetoric". Zlad! is featured in a mullet, bushy mustache, and silver spacesuit and is supported by a female keytarist and background vocalist with pink hair. His lyrics are often in spoken word or badly sung, not to mention full of grammatical errors, reversed semantic units, and a thick Slavic accent. For example the song opens with: "Hey baby, wake up from your asleep. We have arrived onto the future and the whole world is become elektronik, supersonik."
"Elektronik Supersonik" was claimed to have been Molvania's entry into the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest. However, Vladcik was arrested at Istanbul Atatürk Airport and immediately deported for "recreational drug" usage. Upon his return, Vladcik apologised to everyone in Molvania for letting them down, especially his family, his friends and his dealer.
I Am the Anti-Pope
"I am the Anti-Pope" is another one of Zlad's songs. Although it is much less nonsensical it is also still meant to be zany and comedic in nature, featuring lines such as "But here comes White Horseman, defender of God! Exposing to everyone his powerful rod!"
As with "Elektronik Supersonik" the year earlier, "I Am the Antipope" was to be Molvania's entry into the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest, it was denied entry with a terse statement of "Satanism has no place at Eurovision." Vladcik insisted that the song was not an attack on Christianity, but instead a light-hearted ballad recounting the short reign of little-known Beelzebub the First, the only Vicar of Christ to have been crucified at the stake. "In Molvania, this is one of our most loved children's stories", Vladcik claimed, while speaking backwards through a hooded translator.
Cilauro is a noted supporter and active participant of charities. Red Dust Role Models, run by John Van Groningen, displays his involvement with other Australian sports people and celebrities to travel to remote outback communities as a way of promoting education and healthy lifestyles to Australia's indigenous youth.
As a passionate Collingwood supporter, he often name-dropped the club in his sketches; he recently wrote a chapter of the Collingwood supporter's book, "The Barrackers Are Shouting".
- Lynch, Sean (Nov 15, 2007). "Interview: Santo Cilauro — Funky Squad". webwombat.com.au. Retrieved January 19, 2014.
- Hook, Chris (January 14, 2014). "Evolution of breakfast radio moves into its next phase with rival stations poised for battle". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved January 19, 2014.
- Santo Cilauro at the Internet Movie Database
- molvania.com - Cilauro's parody site on the fictional country Molvanîa