George Kapiniaris is one of this country’s best loved comedy, music and TV stars – having had an incredible impact on Greek-Australian popular culture over the last three decades.
George Kapiniaris’ 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 and with fellow student Simon Palomares formed ‘The Tiboldi Brothers’, a stand-up comedy duo, in 1985. Straight away they were labelled as pioneers in 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 Resistible 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 ‘Thunderstruck’, ‘Bloody Footy’, ‘Pizza’, ‘Closer and Closer Apart’ & ‘Joey’ – George also appeared on the TV series ‘Joker Poker’.
Kapiniaris was also be 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”. Aswell as working on the Feature Film “Big Mamma’s Boy.”