Yannis Pappas

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Yannis Pappas
Yannis Pappas
Yannis Pappas in March 2017
Born Yannis Pappas
Brooklyn, New York
Education American University
Occupation Comedian[1]
Website Yannis Pappas Official Website

Yannis Pappas is a Greek-American comedian born and raised in Park Slope Brooklyn, New York.[1] Both of his parents, Anna and Chris, practiced law. He is the youngest of three children. He has two older brothers, Peter and Nikos Pappas. His brother Peter is also a lawyer who worked for the Clinton and Obama administrations. Yannis attended college at the American University in Washington, D.C. where he studied American Studies and History. Pappas previously also worked in the social work field where he participated in 9/11 disaster relief for two and a half years and worked with the mentally ill and people dealing with homelessness for three years with Lutheran Social Services.[2]

Pappas previously hosted the AOL Original Series, 2 Point Lead ( a sports comedy show). He was the Co-Anchor, alongside journalists, Marianna Antonio and Pedro Andrade, of Fusion Live, a live, primetime, one-hour news magazine program which focused on current events, pop culture and satire. Fusion network launched in September 2013 as a joint venture of ABC and Univision. Yannis' Half Hour Comedy Central Special aired in June 2014. He was also the co-host, along with comedian Chris Distefano, of MSG's sports fan show, The Bracket. He has also been featured doing stand up on AXS TV twice, TRUTV's How To Be a Grown Up, VH1's "Best Week Ever", Fox Business' Kennedy and Good Morning America on ABC. He was the first comedian to ever do stand-up comedy on the new Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. It was a test show and did not air. Alongside his standup comedy, Pappas had previously partnered up with lifelong friend and director Jesse Scaturro to create the production company Ditch Films. The comedy production team produced live and filmed comedy. He is known for his popular internet characters Maurica and Mr. Panos.[3]

He currently lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn where he is working on YouTube project Bay Ridge Boys and History Hyenas with fellow comedian Chris Distefano.


  1. ^ a b "Why You Should Love Yannis Pappas". Worldwide Greeks. August 20, 2010. Retrieved September 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ Santana, Scarlett. "Yannis Pappas". The Southern Boruca. Retrieved September 23, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Who is Ditch". Ditch Films. Retrieved September 23, 2012.  He has also been featured on the award winning podcast "You Made It Weird" with Pete Holmes

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