Giuseppe Meleca, or as some of you may know him; Giuseppe The MC, has made quite the name for himself. Having toured all over England, Australia and North America, the Torontonian is just getting started with big projects lined-up, while never losing sight of his roots. I had the chance to speak with Giuseppe who will be performing at the Italian Bad Boyz of Comedy: Toronto Invasion this weekend and here’s a bit of what we spoke about:
Why do you love performing in Montreal?
For me, Montreal is the most Italian city in the world. This will be my sixth time performing in the city and I love it more and more each time I come back. I have a lot of friends here that make me feel at home. It’s an absolute honour to be performing at the Italian Bad Boyz show because it’s not a fly-by-night comedy show; Ralph (Buttino) has put together an insane show with big names over the years, and I can’t wait to share the stage with comics I can call friends.
How did you get your start in comedy?
The whole comedy thing started over 25 years ago when I was in high school. I became the president of my student council which required me to be on-stage a lot and become the emcee of certain events. As the emcee I became very comedic and after high school I went on to do other various events and performed comedy bits for a few minutes.
-What comics inspire you?
As Italian comics, I love Joe Avati and Frank Spadone. I realized soon after watching them on-stage that there can be a living made off of telling people stories and making them laugh. Shortly after I rented out a theatre to put a show on for friends and family, and I sold 800 tickets, and I only needed to sell 100 tickets to pay my expenses. After that show I quit my job and I haven’t looked back since.
What is your ultimate goal?
The ultimate goal would be to have my own show and become a game show host. I actually host a game show on my Instagram Live every Tuesday night, and I’m also working on a talk show/podcast interviewing influential people from all over the world. I’ve also ventured into the fashion world and I’ve got a new t-shirt line, so you see there’s a lot of things going on that I thought would never happen to me and I’m very grateful.
What three items would you bring to a desert island?
Ha-ha! A cellphone with a limitless battery supply, an “ombrelloni” (umbrella), and a “zipangulu” (watermelon).
What’s your favourite movie?
My favourite movie of all time is “The Princess Bride”, I love it.
What song would you have played at your funeral?
That’s a great question; I’ll go with “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen.
Before we go I’ve got to ask; what’s with your hair?
My dad’s an electrician and I got zapped one day ha-ha! Seriously now, a few years ago I saw this guy with the sides of his head shaved off with a little coif at the top. Now, I’ve always had the clean cut hair, but after I saw that guy I said to myself “I want that”, so I went home and shaved the sides of my head. It was an instant shock value to everyone around me, but when I would go out people would comment that they loved my hairstyle. I kept shaving the sides but I would never touch the top of my head, but that hair had to go somewhere and it could only go up ha-ha. When I would do shows, people would refer to me as “the guy with the hair”, so I kept making it taller and taller and now it’s just my thing, it’s a part of who I am.
You can catch Giuseppe The MC sharing the stage with comics Frank Spadone, Lu Sicilianu Raggiatu, Joe Cacchione and host Cousin Vinny from The Beat 92.5 at Plaza Centre-Ville this Saturday, November 10th at the Italian Bad Boyz of Comedy: Toronto Invasion. A few tickets still remain and can be purchased through Ralph Buttino at 514-707-9836. You don’t want to miss this evening of great food and non-stop hilarity!
Gianni Fiasche lives and breathes all that is entertainment. Since a very young age he has been a film and music enthusiast. Gianni watches and reviews over 200 films a year, attends hundreds of concerts, and loves listening to old and new music. When he isn’t doing these activities, you’ll find him spending quality time with family and friends. You can follow him on Instagram as @snobreviews.