Luca Cupani: The Admin of Death and Other Confessions
Guilty pleasures abound from So You Think You're Funny? winner
Poor Luca Cupani's strict Italian-Catholic upbringing may have burdened him with a complex, multi-layered stack of reasons to feel guilty on a daily basis, but it's given him plenty material for his stand-up act. A glimpse inside the tortured mind of this call centre worker is a troubling thing, particularly when he is determined to convince the world that he is 'a good guy'. The more he protests he is a good guy, the more suspicious it starts to sound, he simpers, with a slight air of despair, a bit like the vain attempts to label North Korea 'the Democratic People's Republic of Korea'.
Not only is he distressed by ingrained dogma about not having sex before marriage, avoiding condoms and condemning trans people, he's further beset by an inability to say no to things he doesn't want to do for fear of seeming rude, an issue he's discussed at length with his therapist.
His polite angst makes for a well-rounded if nervous comedy persona, though, and his bumbling storytelling about botched attempts to visit an Amsterdam sex worker, or dealing with the admin of Italian mortuaries carries his show along with awkward, original charm.
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