Santo Luigi Cilauro
25 November 1961
|Other names||Snatto Ghauro, Zladko Vladcik|
|Alma mater||University of Melbourne (BA, LL.B.)|
|Known for||The Late Show, The Panel, The Dish, The Castle, Frontline and Santo, Sam and Ed's Cup Fever!|
Santo Luigi Cilauro (born 25 November 1961) is an Australian comedian, television and feature film producer, screenwriter, actor, author and cameraman who is also a co-founder of The D-Generation. Known as the weatherman in Frontline, he is also an author and former radio presenter on Triple M, and achieved worldwide fame with the viral video Elektronik Supersonik.[failed verification]
Cilauro was born in 1961 in Melbourne, Australia to parents of Italian descent. Cilauro attended Xavier College and the University of Melbourne and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws in 1987.
In 1984, while walking to his aunt's house in Melbourne, he stumbled across a Juventus press conference during their tour of Australia, and after seeing coach Giovanni Trapattoni struggle to answer questions in English, used his Italian skills to translate, which resulted in Cilauro becoming the team translator for the rest of the tour.
In 2021, Cilauro became the patron of the Australasian Centre of Italian Studies.
Acting and production work
Cilauro wrote for, and performed in, the troupe's show during its 1986–87 run on ABC TV (which also led to the album The Satanic Sketches). Cilauro continued as a member of the D-Gen when the team hosted their Breakfast Show on Triple M radio (1986–1992), appearing as the simple-minded "Wayne from St Albans" and "Gino Tagliatoni" amongst other roles. Cilauro was a writer/performer on the D-Generation's 1992–1993 sketch comedy The Late Show, appearing on such segments as Graham & the Colonel, The Oz Brothers and Jeff & Terry Bailey.
After the second and last season of The Late Show, Cilauro starred as Stix in the 1994 ABC cop show satire Funky Squad, which he also co-created and served as one of the writer/producer/directors. He went on to help set up the Working Dog production company and was one of the writer/producer/directors of Frontline (1994–97), in which he also had a recurring onscreen role as weatherman Geoffrey Salter. Since then, Cilauro has co-written Working Dog's popular films The Castle (1997) and The Dish (2000) and appeared as a regular member (and occasional host) of the 1998–2003 Network 10 programme The Panel.
Cilauro has been an executive producer of several Working Dog productions, including The Panel, A River Somewhere (1997–98), and All Aussie Adventures (2001–02). He played the Head of Market Research, Theo Tsolakis, on The Hollowmen (2008), a series which Cilauro co-wrote and co-produced. Cilauro also played IT technician Griffin on the Shaun Micallef sitcom Welcher & Welcher (2003) and K2 on the 1996 Working Dog radio sketch Johnny Swank.
During the 2010 FIFA World Cup, he hosted a nightly comedy/variety show called Santo, Sam and Ed's Cup Fever! live from Melbourne alongside Ed Kavalee and Sam Pang. In 2014 Cilauro joined his Working Dog colleagues Sitch and Gleisner to stage the group's first play, The Speechmaker.
|2012||Any Questions for Ben?||Producer, Writer & Camera Operator|
|2007||The Sound of Aus|
|2004||Herman, the Legal Labrador||Sal the Hot Dog Vendor||Voice only|
|2000||The Dish||Producer, Writer & Second Unit Director|
|1997||The Castle||Writer & Camera Operator|
|1996||The Campaign||Director, Writer, Producer & Cinematographer||Himself – Narrator||Documentary|
|1988||Billy's Shout||Director||TV Short|
|2016-19||Utopia||Creator, Executive Producer, Writer|
|2016||Pacific Heat||Creator, Executive Producer, Writer|
|2014–Present||Have You Been Paying Attention?||Panelist||Himself|
|2013–15||Santo, Sam and Ed's Total Football||Executive Producer & Writer||Himself|
|2012||Audrey's Kitchen||Executive Producer|
|Santo, Sam and Ed's Sports Fever!||Executive Producer & Writer||Himself|
|Pictures of You||Executive Producer|
|2010||Santo, Sam and Ed's Cup Fever!||Executive Producer & Writer||Himself|
|2008||The Hollowmen||Creator, Producer, Writer & Camera Operator||Theo Tsolakis|
|2007||The Panel: Christmas Wrap||Executive Producer||Himself|
|2006–2009||Thank God You're Here||Creator, Camera Operator (Series 1–3), Writer & Executive Producer|
|2004||Russell Coight's Celebrity Challenge|
|2003||Welcher & Welcher||Griffin Griggs|
|2001–2002||Russell Coight's All Aussie Adventures||Writer & Camera Operator|
|1998–2005||The Panel||Executive Producer||Himself|
|1997–1998||A River Somewhere|
|1995||Funky Squad||Creator, Director, Producer & Writer||Stix ('Joey Alvarez')|
|1994||Homicide... 30 Years On||Himself|
|1993||Bargearse||Director & Writer||Poloneck|
|The Olden Days||Various|
|1992–1993||The Late Show|
|1988||The D Generation Goes Commercial||Writer|
|1986–1987||The D Generation|
Cilauro, along with Rob Sitch and Tom Gleisner, created the popular Internet phenomenon character Zladko "ZLAD!" Vladcik, a Molvanian synth-pop musician. Zlad was performed by Cilauro to accompany the Jetlag Travel Guide to Molvanîa. Cilauro was, with Sitch and Gleisner, co-author of the Jetlag Travel Guides to Molvanîa, Phaic Tăn and San Sombrèro.
Two music videos were performed by Cilauro as Zladko, for "Elektronik – Supersonik" and "I Am The Anti-Pope".
- Systems, Student Management (28 June 2006). "Student Information System". sis.unimelb.edu.au. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
- Lynch, Sean (15 November 2007). "Interview: Santo Cilauro — Funky Squad". webwombat.com.au. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
- "When Juve came to Melbourne in 1984 and Santo minded their wedding rings".
- "ACIS welcomes Santo Cilauro as its new Patron". 29 March 2021.
- Hook, Chris (14 January 2014). "Evolution of breakfast radio moves into its next phase with rival stations poised for battle". The Daily Telegraph. Sydney. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
- Woodhead, Cameron (6 June 2014). "Review: The Speechmaker". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
- Genevieve Dwyer (15 April 2016). "13 Times Australia Loved Eurovision Harder Than The Europeans!". sbs.com.au. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
- "Elektronik Supersonik – Zladko Vladcik | EarBleed.com". earbleed.com.
- "Zlad! discography". RateYourMusic.