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Aussie Comedian Anthony Locascio Announces Nationwide ‘Pappou’ Tour

19 February 2024 | 1:10 pm | Jessie Lynch

'Pappou' is not just a comedy act; it's a beautiful and funny love letter to a significant person in Locascio's life.

Anthony Locascio

Anthony Locascio (Anthony Locascio)

Australian comedian Anthony Locascio is set to hit the road again this year with a brand new show that puts family front and centre like never before.

Titled Pappou, the show takes audiences on a humorous and heartfelt journey through the unique motivation and perseverance of Locascio's grandfather, juxtaposed with his own life and the changing perceptions of what it meant to be “a man” in his pappou’s day, compared to now.

With the narrative starting in the 1950s, Pappou delves into Locascio's grandfather's immigration to Australia from Greece, driven by a dream to become the top goalkeeper in Australian soccer. As Locascio describes it, “This was a dream he achieved, but that was quickly snatched from him when his fist had a chance encounter with a referee.”

Produced by comedian and friend Michelle Azevedo, Pappou is a result of Locascio's reflections on themes of racism in Australia, corruption in football, and the societal pressures of settling down and starting a family.

These themes, according to Locascio, mirror the challenges that led to the downfall of his grandfather's dream and are now hurdles he faces in pursuing his own aspirations in stand-up comedy.

In Locascio's own words, "These are all factors which contributed to the downfall of Pappou’s dream, and they are now also challenges I face in chasing mine.”

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“When Pappou got sick, I felt very compelled to tell his story somehow. He’s an amazing character with a very specific immigration story, but one which relates to any immigrant’s story too. The show will juxtapose this with my life, and how, despite him wanting me to be a doctor, I feel I am honouring my grandfather's legacy by pursuing my dream of stand-up comedy.”

He added, “The show will also discuss the differences in terms of what it meant to 'be a man' in the 1950s, compared to now. It is a love letter of sorts to my grandfather, who has been a huge influence on my life, and who is very sick right now."

Pappou is not just a comedy act; it's a beautiful and funny love letter to a significant person in Locascio's life. As the 2024 comedy festival season kicks off in Adelaide this March, audiences can anticipate an exciting return from Anthony Locascio, a constant favourite on the comedy circuit in recent years.

Having enjoyed successful runs at the Sydney Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and being handpicked for Sydney and Perth Comedy Galas, Locascio has established himself as a mainstay at the Perth Comedy Festival over the past few years.

Don't miss the chance to witness Anthony Locascio's comedic brilliance as he brings Pappou to stages in clubs around the country. It's more than just a comedy show; it's a hilarious exploration of family ties, cultural influences, and the pursuit of dreams against all odds.

You can nab tickets to the show in your local city here.


  • Tuesday 5 March - Sunday 10 March

    • Rhino Room (Alley Cat), Adelaide

  • Wednesday 27 March - Wednesday 10 April

    • Bard’s Apothecary, Melbourne

  • Wednesday 8 May - Thursday 9 May

    • Manning Bar, Sydney

  • Friday 17 May - Saturday 18 May

    • Regal Chorus Room, Perth

  • Thursday 23 May - Sunday 26 May

    • The Powerhouse, Brisbane