Santo Cilauro

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Santo Cilauro
Born Santo Cilauro
(1961-11-25) 25 November 1961 (age 53)
Melbourne, Victoria
Residence Melbourne, Australia
Occupation Comedian
Television presenter
Author
Radio host
Producer
Writer
Known for The Panel, The Dish, The Castle, Frontline and Santo, Sam and Ed's Cup Fever

Santo Cilauro (born 25 November 1961)[citation needed] 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.[1]

Early life[edit]

Cilauro was born in 1961 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[edit]

Cilauro started collaborating with Rob Sitch and Tom Gleisner in comedy theatre productions and tours. One of the co-founders of The D-Generation,[2] 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.

During the 2010 FIFA World Cup, he hosted a nightly comedy/variety show called Santo, Sam and Ed's Cup Fever! live from Melbourne alongside Ed Kavalee and Sam Pang.

In 2014 Cilauro joined his Working Dog colleagues, Sitch and Glesiner to stage the group's first play, The Speechmaker.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Production Credit Role Notes Ref.
2012 Any Questions for Ben? Producer, Writer & Camera Operator
2009 Shintaro! Himself Documentary
2007 The Sound of Aus
2004 Herman, the Legal Labrador Sal the Hot Dog Vendor Voice only
2001 Numero Bruno Himself Documentary
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

Television[edit]

Year(s) Television Show Credit Role Notes Ref.
2014 Have You Been Paying Attention? Panelist Himself Season: "3", Episode: "13"
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
2006
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')
1994–1997 Frontline Geoffrey Salter
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

Zladko Vladcik[edit]

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[edit]

"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 supposed to be Molvania's entry into the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest which took place in Istanbul. 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.

"Elektronik Supersonik" was featured in an ad campaign for Mountain Dew MDX and also Virgin Mobile.[citation needed]

I Am the Anti-Pope[edit]

"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.

Charity work[edit]

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.[4]

Personal life[edit]

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".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lynch, Sean (Nov 15, 2007). "Interview: Santo Cilauro — Funky Squad". webwombat.com.au. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Woodhead, Cameron (6 June 2014). "Review: The Speechmaker". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Santo Cilauro - Red Dust Role Models". Red Dust. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 

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