Nick Giannopoulos

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Nikolaos Giannopoulos
Born (1963-07-01) 1 July 1963 (age 52)
Richmond, Victoria, Australia
Occupation Comedian, actor, film director
Years active 1987-present

Nicholas "Nick" Giannopoulos (Greek: Νικόλαος "Νίκος" Γιαννόπουλος; born 1 July 1963 in Melbourne, Australia) is a Australian-born stand-up comedian, film and TV actor of Greek descent. He is best known for his comedy stage show Wogs Out of Work alongside George Kapiniaris, the television sitcom Acropolis Now and the film The Wog Boy and has been described as "Australia's leading exponent of "wog" humour".[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Giannopoulos was born in Melbourne, Australia, the first-born son of Greek immigrant parents. He grew up in the inner Melbourne suburbs of Fitzroy & Richmond and attended Abbotsford Primary School and Richmond High School.[3] In 1981 he was accepted into the Drama course at Rusden State College where he also was a student in Media Studies.[3] He left Rusden halfway through his course when he auditioned and was accepted into the Drama School at the Victorian College of the Arts, from where he eventually graduated.[3]

Career[edit]

Comedy[edit]

Giannopoulos co-created and starred in the ground breaking stage show Wogs Out of Work which remains one of the highest grossing Australian created live shows of all time.[4][5] He has followed up Wogs Out of Work with the Wog Boys, Wog-A-Rama and Wog Story stage shows.[6] Giannopoulos has also made appearances at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, as well as co-authored books [7] In 1990-1991, he toured Australia to full house audiences for eight months as the star of the stage production of Acropolis Now Live Onstage, which he co-produced.[8][9] In 1993-1995, he toured Australia with his ethnic comedy stage show Wog-A-Rama. In the 90s, he toured Australia with his ethnic comedy stage show Wogboys.[2][10]

Television[edit]

Giannopoulos was one of the creators and stars of the television sitcom Acropolis Now. It was a popular TV show based on Greek-Australians maintaining a Greek café in Melbourne. It consisted of 5 seasons with 3 main characters throughout the shows series. The show aired from 1989 until 1992, on Channel Seven. Acropolis Now had higher ratings than 60 Minutes and A Current Affair.[9]

In 2004, Giannopoulos hosted & produced the TV special Greece Is The Word on the Seven Network and repeated before the Athens Olympics Opening Ceremony.[2] In 2005, he developed a new comedy series Get Nicked that was commissioned by the Seven Network but was cancelled just before going into production.[2]

Acting[edit]

In 1990, Giannopoulos was the director and star of the play The Heartbreak Kid with which he toured Australia.[11] In 1991 he played Danny Zuko in the David Atkins production of the musical Grease at the Footbridge Theatre in Sydney.[12]

Film[edit]

Giannopoulos' film credits include The Wog Boy (2000), which is the 20th highest grossing Australian movie of all time.[13] He also stars in Wog Boy 2: Kings of Mykonos, The Wannabes and a cameo in Fat Pizza vs. Housos (2014).[14][15]

Awards[edit]

Giannopoulos has won numerous awards including 2 Mo Awards for Best Comedy performer of the year in 1998/99,[16] and the Comedy Star of The Year award.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Wogs are back in town". Sydney Morning Herald. The notion of a sequel to Wogboy sounds like a bad joke, and for a long time it was - especially to its star and creator Nick Giannopoulos, the Melbourne man who emerged from the Wogs Out of Work comedy phenomenon of the late-1980s to become Australia's leading exponent of "wog" humour. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Slice of humble souvlaki Nick Giannopoulos tells Jim Schembri how failure and the internet helped him re-embrace his inner wog.". The Sydney Morning Herald. 13 May 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "Nick Giannopoulos Bio". Onlymelbourne.com. 
  4. ^ Xavier Pons (2002). Departures: How Australia Reinvents Itself. Melbourne University Publish. p. 73. ISBN 978-0-522-84995-0. The most phenomenal commercial success in immigrant theatre has been Wogs Out of Work (1987) and its spin-offs, Wog-A-Rama (1993) and Wog Boys (1996) 
  5. ^ Geoffrey Milne (1 January 2004). Theatre Australia (un)limited: Australian Theatre Since the 1950s. Rodopi. p. 269. ISBN 90-420-0930-6. Particularly significant for its extremely broad audience appeal is the Wogs out of Work phenomenon. 
  6. ^ Wog Boy Nick Giannopoulos is back. AAP News, 2009 June 16. Financial Times Ltd., 2009 June 16
  7. ^ (1989). In Chariots of the wogs : the no. 1 guide to hot cars & cruising : stars and their cars, how to pick up girls : Nick Giannopoulos, Vince Sorrenti plus others. Tadevan Holdings, Fortitude Valley, Qld. ISBN 0-7316-9807-X (not printed on item)
  8. ^ "Wog Boy - Der größte Zorbas von Down Under". Der phänomenale Erfolg dieser Show führte zu der Entstehung der erfolgreichen TV-Komödie "Acropolis Now". Giannopoulos war Miterfinder und Co-Autor der Serie, die über fünf Spielzeiten lief. Als Fortsetzung coproduzierte er "Acropolis Now - Live On Stage" 
  9. ^ a b The Bulletin 115. J. Haynes and J.F. Archibald. 1993. p. 146. The TV sitcom Acropolis Now ran for five seasons and regularly scored higher ratings then 60 Minutes and A Current Affair, the Acropolis Now Live stage show toured for eight months and now Wog-A-Rama is opening in Sydney on December. 
  10. ^ SALLY BENNETT ARTS EDITOR (24 December 2013). "Wogboys back in work with a national tour of popular stage show". HERALD SUN. 
  11. ^ The Bulletin (5685-5693). J. Haynes and J.F. Archibald. 1989. p. 165. Nick Giannopoulos from Wogs Out Of Work directs and stars in The Heartbreak Kid. about a student with a crush on his teacher, in Theatre 62 ($19.90) until September 9 — which is also the closing date for Lost Weekend (Space, in the ... 
  12. ^ "How We Do What We Do: Mitchell Butel with Marika Aubrey". aussietheatre.com.au. Guy Pearce was playing Danny Zuko, and went to London to do a panto for a few months, and Nick Giannopoulos took over. 
  13. ^ "Top 100 Australian feature films at the Australian box office"
  14. ^ http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/24215/20050221-0000/www.sbs.com.au/movieshow/index0ee1.html.
  15. ^ ""Fat Pizza Vs Housos"". Hoyts. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "Star and car: Nick Giannopoulos". drive.com.au. 31 October 2012. 

External links[edit]

Nick Giannopoulos at the Internet Movie Database