Beppe Grillo's international tour 2010: "Incredible Italy"


*** The live show will be in Italian ***

LONDON (Londra)
January 25th, 5 p.m. - Oxford University, Oxford
Public lecture
January 26th, 8 p.m. - London School of Economics
Public lecture
January 27th, 7 p.m. - Shepherd's Bush Empire Theatre

February 3rd- Wolubilis Theatre

PARIS (Parigi)
February 6th - La Cigale

WIEN (Vienna)
February 8th - "Wappensaal" des Wiener Rathauses (Vienna City Hall)
Public meeting

MÜNCHEN (Monaco di Baviera)
February 10th - Muffathalle

February 12th - Kongresshaus
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February 13th 2010 - Stadtcasino theatre
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Beppe Grillo’s Biography


A Beppe Grillo’s show

Beppe Grillo was born in Genoa in 1948. He discovered his talents in the venues of his own city, but it was in Milan that he found true success when he had an audition in front of a RAI committee (at which Pippo Baudo was present) and he improvised a monologue. This gave rise to his first appearances on TV (Secondo Voi 1977-78 and Luna Park 1979) when he immediately established himself with his satirical monologues and thus breaking with the traditions of “professional” TV broadcasting.

In 1979 he took part in the first series of a successful programme, that was then brought back in the years that followed: Fantastico.

Then it was the turn of "Te la do' io l'America" (1981) and "Te lo do' io il Brasile" (1984) directed by Enzo Trapani, and Grillo brought the TV cameras out of the studios: a sort of travel diary of an Italian who used irony to pick up the most amusing aspects of the customs and behaviours in these countries. After that he appeared in the most important national programmes (Fantastico, Domenica In, Sanremo Festival), concentrating his performances into a few minutes and achieving really high audience ratings: his final monologue at the Sanremo Festival got 22 million viewers.

His way of doing a show became ever more scathing and caustic, from the satire of behaviour, he went on to tackle hotter topics that were social and political, sending shivers down the spines of the various directors of the TV who in spite of the “risk”, continued to invite him onto their shows.

In 1986 he created some adverts for a famous brand of yogurt, turning upside down the classic codes of advertising and winning the most prestigious awards in the sector (Cannes’ Lyon d’Or, A.N.I.P.A. prize, Art Director's club, Spot Italia Pubblicita' e successo, Telegatto).

Apart from TV engagements and numerous live performances in which he displayed his talents as a great communicator, he dedicated time to the cinema, successfully making the films: "Cercasi Gesù" {Looking for Jesus) (1982) directed by Luigi Comencini (this won the David di Donatello award), "Scemo di Guerra" {War’s Stupid} (1985) directed by Dino Risi (shown at the Cannes Film Festival) and "Topo Galileo" (1988) directed by Laudadio (represented Italy at the Festival of Rio de Janeiro) for the screenplay and the script realized together with the writer Stefano Benni.

After winning 6 Telegatti awards, in 1990, Beppe Grillo decided to flee from TV and take refuge in theatre, leaving behind variety shows, TV News, quizzes, auctions and debates. The show he put on was “Buone Notizie” {Good News}. A fantastic event in the history of theatre in terms of critical acclaim and in the number of spectators.

In November 1991, 3 years after Beppe Grillo’s last TV appearance, Abacus published the results of a survey into the popularity of show-biz personalities: Grillo was the most popular comedian even though he was not appearing on national and commercial TV.

In 1992 he was back on stage with a Recital whose content showed a new evolution. The target of his satire was no longer politics, but the consumer economy, commercial propaganda and the irresponsible behaviour towards the individual, health and the environment. A new satire was born: economic-ecological satire.

In 1994, Beppe Grillo came back to the TV with 2 recitals from the “teatro delle Vittorie” that concentrated on the themes: criticising the economy, commercial propaganda and telephone speculation with the number 144. The audience ratings beat every record for variety programmes, the 2 shows were seen by 15 million viewers each night.

He wrote articles for the daily newspapers, including one on the economy (la “Grillonomics”) in Il Corriere della Sera, to which the Nobel laureate Modigliani responded and another about the prevention of illness in La Repubblica, which got a response from Umberto Veronesi.

1995-96 – The 1995 show that toured was “ENERGIA E INFORMAZIONE” {Energy and Information}. It went to more than 60 Italian cities and drew crowds of 400,000 in the sports stadiums. The show criticised the concentration of power in the sectors of information and energy. Among the alternatives suggested: popular micro-generation of electricity like in the project at Schönau (, energy efficiency and renewable energy. Appearing on stage with Grillo for the whole tour was the Swiss solar energy pioneer Markus Friedli with his hydrogen powered truck. Grillo covered the exhaust pipe with eucalyptus balm and inhaled the water vapour that came out. Among the Mayors that Grillo dragged onto the stage and obliged to inhale these beneficial fumes was the Mayor of Milan.

“ENERGIA E INFORMAZIONE” {Energy and Information} was recorded at Bellinzona and broadcast by TSI in Canton Ticino [TV channel for the Italian speaking region of Switzerland] and by WDR {public broadcasting organization} in Germany. The RAI (Italian public broadcasting organization) waited till the last possible day and then cancelled the broadcast of the programme scheduled for 10 January 1996.

On 15 January 1995, the WDR of Cologne broadcast a portrait of Beppe Grillo called "KOMIK KONTRA KONSUM" by Bernd Pfletschinger. The documentary has not been shown in Italy.

1997 – Tour with the show "CERVELLO" {Brain}. Grillo participated by giving a brief show at the inaugural celebration for EWS (Elektrizitätswerken Schönau), the company that was created from the popular privatisation of the electricity network at Schönau, in the Black Forest. The objectives of EWS ( are the abandoning of nuclear energy, energy efficiency, co-generation, renewable energy, widespread micro-generation.

1998 – Tour with the show "APOCALISSE MORBIDA" {Soft Apocalypse} and after a 5-year absence from Italian TV screens, he started a collaboration with Telepiù which started to do live broadcasts of his shows and the first “DISCORSO ALL’UMANITA’” {Discourse to Humanity} was broadcast by Telepiù the night of New Year’s Eve.

Together with TSI, {Television of the Italian speakers of Switzerland} he made the documentary “UN GRILLO PER LA TESTA – Lo zaino ecologico e il punto di non ritorno” {A Grillo in your head – the ecological back-pack and the point of no return} It won the “Gran Paradiso Prize” at the Canavese International Ecofilm Festival. The documentary alternates comic interventions from Beppe Grillo and interviews with qualified experts describing the concept of an “ecological back-pack” and “sustainable development”. The documentary has not yet been broadcast in Italy and has been published in VHS by EMI, Editrice Missionaria Italiana (

1999 - Second "DISCORSO ALL'UMANITA'"{Discourse to Humanity} broadcast by Telepiù on New Year’s Eve. He created with TSI Televisione della Svizzera Italiana, the documentary “UN FUTURO SOSTENIBILE – Con meno, di più e meglio, una speranza per il nuovo millennio”, {A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE – with less , more and better, a hope for the new Millennium}. It won the 1999 ENEA Prize for “sustainable development”. The documentary was based on the study of “sustainable future” by the Wuppertal Institute and illustrates numerous examples of ecological reform of the economy and of life style. The documentary has not yet been broadcast in Italy and has been published in VHS by EMI, Editrice Missionaria Italiana (

2000 – On tour with the Show "TIME OUT" and on Telepiù at New Year the third "DISCORSO ALL'UMANITA'" is broadcast.

2001 - On tour with the Show "LA GRANDE TRASFORMAZIONE" {The Great Transformation} and on Telepiù at New Year the fourth "DISCORSO ALL'UMANITA'" is broadcast.

2002-2003 - On tour with the Show "VA TUTTO BENE" (All’s well}

2003-2004 - On tour with the Show "BLACK-OUT - FACCIAMO LUCE" {Black-out – let’s do light} It’s starting point was the national black-out of 28 September. It illustrates the decline of Italy with episodes of daily life and with 20 social and economic indicators ( <br>He started a regular collaboration with the publication “Internazionale” to become one of the regular contributors, (, proposing texts gathered from the Shows.

2005 – 26 January saw the start of his blog that gets an average of 160,000 visitors a day. <br>On tour with the show "" and more than 60 presentations. <br>”Time” lists him as one of the “2005 European Heroes”

2006 – On tour throughout Italy with "INCANTESIMI". <br>
After the elections he met with the President of the Council, Romano Prodi to hand him the document: le Primarie dei Cittadini {Citizen Primaries}

2007 – On tour with the show "RESET" that was all sold out even before it started.

On 8 September, he organised V-Day for a clean Parliament. In more than 200 squares throughout Italy and more than 30 abroad, in just a few hours, 300,000 signatures were collected for the petition for a proposed popular law.
On 10 October on the blog , he launched the “direct democracy” initiative and promotes the setting up of certified civic lists.
On 14 December 2007 he placed in the hands of Franco Marini at Palazzo Madama, the signatures collected on the occasion of V-Day. The proposed law was registered with the protocol numbers 1900 and 1936.

2008 – On 23 February 2008 in Naples, he participated in “Monnezza Day” (the day of refuse), a demonstration to denounce the situation of refuse in Campania.

On 25 April 2008 he organised the second V-Day, called V2-Day, dedicated to the topic of “freedom of information in a free state” with the collection of signatures for 3 referenda to repeal the “Order of Journalists”, public subsidies to the publishers and the Gasparri law on the radio and TV system. The central hub of the day was the demonstration held in Turin’s Piazza San Carlo. On 27 September he went back on tour with the show called DELIRIO.