George Kapiniaris

Comedian, Actor & MC

George Kapiniaris is an outstanding Australian comedian, an actor in musical theatre and a popular television personality. He is also an accomplished MC, known for his ability to quickly have his audiences “eating out of his hands”.

Ever since George claimed fame in a star role in Wogs Out of Work, he has had an extraordinary impact on our popular culture. Labelled as a pioneer of ethnic humour in Australia right from the start, his Greek heritage continues to inspire the roles he takes on and his comedic performances.

In the Australian production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang the Musical, he played a Vulgarian Spy and in The Production Company’s award winning show, Nice Work If You Can Get It! he stole the show as bootlegger Cookie McGee. His comedy show, Straight Outta Compo, performed nation-wide in 2017 with Joe Avati, Tahir and Rob Shehadie, received five star reviews. He and his co-stars received two ACE awards for Best Comedy for their Il Dago shows and were nominated in the Best Comedy Category for their Wildwogs production.

George’s 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, Thunderstruck, Bloody Footy, Fat Pizza, Housos The Movie, Closer and Closer Apart and Joey. George also appeared on the TV series It’s A Date! In the controversial mini-series Underbelly, George played the role of 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 he is best known for his barista stalking character ‘George’ in the extremely popular RAA ads which ran for over 12 seasons.

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