The Uncle Louie Variety Show has been making audiences laugh for years with its hilarious and unique take on growing up as an Italian-American. The show is composed of two dynamic comedians, Lou Greco and Carlo Russo, who have gained international popularity with the comedic celebration of their Italian heritage.
Many viewers were introduced to The Uncle Louie Variety Show on You Tube via the ornery, yet loveable character “Uncle Louie” and the “Broken English Italian Word of the Day”. Today, “Uncle Louie” is joined by the beloved characters “Pasqualino”, “Zia Maria”, and “Zia Rosa” who are always getting themselves into trouble with their hilarious antics. Greco and Russo have gained almost a half a million followers on YouTube and Facebook, along with hundreds of millions of views of their weekly videos. Even though the pair draw inspiration from being Italian-American, there is something to be found in their show for people from all cultural backgrounds.
Once The Uncle Louie Variety Show begins, audience members will be howling with laughter during original music, sketch comedy, stand-up by both Greco and Russo, improv and fantastic crowd work. Their videos are nothing compared to seeing a live performance. Greco and Russo take their hilarious vignettes and bring an energy to them that’s palpable when they’re on stage together.
Growing up in a traditional Italian household, the love of family, food and music was instilled in Blaise “Biagio” Benevenga at an early age. He began to take piano lessons and started performing at many family functions. Music became a big part of his life, and eventually he started an Italian/American band called The Vibrations where they performed weddings and dinner dances all over the Tri-State Area. “We also had an opportunity to tour and perform concerts in many of the beautiful regions of Italy opening up for many top artists,” said Biagio.
Biagio's album, "The Italian Touch” is considered to be the ultimate Italian/American dance party album featuring well-known songs chosen to appeal to young and old alike, and created by combining styles made famous by artists ranging from Joe Dolce and Angelo Venuto to many of the EDM artists heard today. He redid many classic Italian songs with a modern sound which can still be heard today at many Italian festivals such as the world-famous Feast Of San Gennaro in New York City. So in making this solo album, “I love to remix and perform songs that I think will make people smile, dance and have fun singing along,” said Biagio. “This is how I came about redoing these beloved songs for my album while adding a few different elements to give it more energy, but yet keeping some of the original feel of the song that made them what they are.