George Kapiniaris MC/Celebrant/Raconteur
George Kapiniaris is one of this country’s best loved comedy, music and TV stars – having had an incredible impact on Australian popular culture over the last thirty plus years.
George Kapiniaris’s claim to fame was his starring role in the hugely popular stage show ‘Wogs Out Of Work’. Since then, the Australian public has continued to see him use his Greek heritage as inspiration for future roles and performances.
George developed his popular style of ethnic comedy at Rusden College in 1985. Straight away he was labelled as a pioneer of Ethnic Humour in this country.
We all loved him as DJ in ‘The Flying Doctors’ and who could forget his starring role as the manic waiter Memo in TV’s ‘Acropolis Now’ from 1989 to 1992 ) A show which he co-produced & co-created). Since 1992 george has also been the front man of his 70’s cover band ‘The Flares’.
In 2004 George was nominated for a Green Room Award for his role of Stretch in the musical ‘Oh, What a Night’. other musical credits include ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ and ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’.
His theatre credits include ‘The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui’ for the MTC, ‘The Queen and I ‘, ‘An Evening with Merv Hughes’ and Guy Masterson’s production of ’12 Angry Men’.
George’s film credits include ‘Alex and Eve’, ‘Big Mammas Boy’, ‘Thundersruck’, ‘Bloody Footy’, ‘Fat Pizza’, ‘Housos The Movie’, ‘Closer and Closer Apart’ & ‘Joey’ – George also appeared on the TV series ‘Its A Date!’.
Kapiniaris was also seen in the controversial mini series ‘Underbelly’, playing George Defteros – the lawyer to Melbourne’s underworld. In 2009 George appeared as a regular panelist on the very popular SBS show “The Squiz”.
In Adelaide George is best known for his Barista Stalking character ‘George’ in the extremely popular RAA ads which ran for over 12 seasons. Well over 70 ads. And rumour has it that he might be asked to do a few more in the not too distant future.
George is currently touring OZ with Joe Avati, Tahir & Rob Shehadie in their Hit Comedy Show ‘Straight Outta Compo’ which has already received five star reviews.
He and his co-stars have received two ACE awards for Best Comedy for their ‘Il Dago’ Shows and last year, he and his team were again nominated in the Best Comedy Category for their ‘Wildwogs’ Production.
George recently played a Vulgarian Spy in The Australian production of ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang The Musical’ and starred last year in The Production Company’s Award Winning Show ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It!’ where he stole the show with amazing reviews.