Pippo Crotti, from Italy, age 31, is a Clown character in Totem. This is his first show with Cirque du Soleil. Before this, he had an illustrious career as a television comic in Italy.
His passion for acting and comedy began as a teenager. After graduating highschool, he moved to L.A. to study at the Hollywood Actors Studio, and spent five years going back and forth between studies in the U.S. and working as a stand-up comedian in Italy. Finally deciding that Italy had more potential work for him (as he says, “I decided I didn’t want to wait tables in L.A., which was what all the actors were doing”), he began to pursue his profession more seriously. The standup comedy gigs began opening doors for him; festivals, then his first television commercial, and then eventually his own television show. The original sitcom he created, Maid In Italy, recently won a prestigious award in Italy at the Idea Fiction Festival.
In Totem, Pippo is an Italian caricature – crass, loud, and full of himself. He has a ridiculous energy that never seems to drop, and his antics light up the scenes. Without a doubt he is the most human clown character I’ve ever seen in Cirque du Soleil, which is a fun change. One of his best moments in the show is the Rings Trio act – he is the skinny guy in the Speedo being shown up by the Muscle Beach men, but in the end he walks off with the girl.
Pippo is very much enjoying his adventure with the circus. He appreciates the chance to work alongside so many great professional artists, and to try out his comedy on audiences all over the world. …this week, however, he is most eager for our upcoming leave, to spend time with his wife in Italy. They’re expecting their first baby in February, 2011!