Luca Cupani: Still Falling
A rising comic who undermines himself both ironically and not-so
This article is from 2015.
Luca Cupani is a very good comedian. Or so he tells us with a wink, a knowing smile and a repeated return to the subject of his dignity, or lack of. The London-based Italian is an aspiring actor and uses this as a way into his material. It’s all genial enough, and a couple of darker moments (about auditioning for non-speaking roles) help to create depth of tone. The way he plays with the image of a confident, indefatigable entertainer is nicely undercut by anecdotes that prove his inadequacy in certain areas to create a gently ironic whole.
Valiantly attempting to probe the unwritten rules of comedy – what a person can and cannot joke about and how that differs according to one’s background – his foray into more risqué material flounders in content. Introducing topics such as cancer requires a larger pay-off than Cupani can extract.
A finalist in the 2015 So You Think You’re Funny? competition at the Gilded Balloon, his early success in the field of comedy and his willingness to push boundaries with his material will stand him in good stead.
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