(born May 17, 1965) is an Italian actor, director, writer and satirist. He has been described as "the most interesting satirical author and actor today"
Born in Rome
, he is the son of journalist and Senator Paolo Guzzanti
, great-nephew of former Minister of Health Elio Guzzanti
, and brother of Sabina
, both also Italian television personalities and satirical actresses.
After beginning his career as writer for his sister Sabina, he debuted with roles for himself in Avanzi
, hosted by Serena Dandini
, with whom he collaborated in almost all his subsequent TV shows. These include Tunnel
, Pippo Chennedy Show
and L'ottavo nano.
He is famous for his corrosive imitations of Italian politicians and personalities: an incomplete list include Emilio Fede
, Antonello Venditti
, Francesco Rutelli
, Romano Prodi
, Fausto Bertinotti
, Gianfranco Funari
, Gianni Baget Bozzo
, Giulio Tremonti
and many others. He has also notoriously sent up Berlusconi
's lauding of "freedom," which he and other critics of the Prime Minister view cynically, in a sketch in which he urinated on a couch.
Guzzanti has also created characters of his own, including avantgarde cinema director Rokko Smithersons (who appeared more like a leather-clad biker); Quelo, a comedic version of a new age