Angelo Tsarouchas

Fri, Jul 21, 2023
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Angelo Tsarouchas

Angelo has appeared on hit TV shows such as “Mad Men”, “Sullivan and Son”, and “Blue Mountain State”. He headlines worldwide and has been touring with Vince Vaughn’s “Wild West Comedy Show”. Most recently he just finished filming his latest one-hour comedy special to a sold out audience in Athens, Greece and he also appeared at this years Just For Laughs Festival. Funny and approachable, this native Canadian currently lives in Los Angeles.

Angelo Tsourachas was born in Montreal to Greek immigrant parents. Tsarouchas' father was from Sparta, while his mother was from Mytilene. Tsarouchas learned Greek at an early age as a result of his mother's struggles with learning English. During high school, Tsarouchas performed comedy acts in variety shows.

Tsarouchas temporarily gave up his dreams of becoming a comedian when he married his first wife, because she did not believe in pursuing a career in comedy. He founded several small businesses including a restaurant, a travel agency and a bowling alley. After his first marriage ended, Tsarouchas' business dissolved and he was left with only $900 to his name. He decided to drive to from Ottawa to Toronto, where he began pursuing a career in comedy.

During his early years as a comedian, he performed in small comedy clubs like Yuk Yuk's. His stand-up comedy began to gain critical praise in the early 2000s, when Tsarouchas toured Canada and the United States. Tsarouchas has performed at various comedy tours and festivals, including the Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days and 30 Nights – Hollywood to the Heartland, the Russell Peters World Tour, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the Just for Laughs festival. He starred in the comedy specials Still Hungry, It's All Greek to Me and Bigger is Better.

Much of his stand-up routines center on his experiences as a part of the Greek diaspora, and he is known for his distinctive style of observational humor. He played Detective Muldoon the children's mystery show The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo from 1996 to 1999.

He starred as Vinnie D'Angelo in the 2011 comedy film Fred and Vinnie opposite Fred Stoller. He won "Best Actor Award" for the role at the London Greek Film Festival, and was nominated for "Best Actor" at the 14th Canadian Comedy Awards.

Tsarouchas produced the documentary Back to Sparta, about his experiences returning to Sparta, where his father's family originated.

In 2016, Tsarouchas had the idea of organizing a festival in Dafni, Laconia to celebrate the Dafnian diaspora abroad. The first World Dafni Day was celebrated on August 15, 2019, and brought around 2,000 visitors to the village of 900 people.