Luca Cupani has a wonderfully positive outlook on life, he likes to think that if one door closes another opens. A great message but it has strangely led him to be thrilled about the passing of his mother when it gave him a new lease on life.
I’m not saying that Cupani’s mother was a monster but not giving your son Christmas gifts because it’s not their birthday, but Jesus’ birthday is pretty cruel. Cupani is clearly very comfortable talking about his mother’s passing, he’s sprightly, confident and really funny when discussing the verbal shootouts he’d have with her. In fact, the inadequacies of the Italian bureaucratic burial system seem to have been a far bigger thorn in Cupani’s side.
Being from Bologna, Cupani takes many shots at the Italian government. He’s hilariously dry about the history of his country, basking in the glory of the Roman Empire and the beauty of the renaissance, before being slightly less proud about Italy’s actions in World War II. He is simply hysterical as he metaphorically shakes his fist at those pesky fascists. Now living in the UK, and officially a citizen, there are many things Cupani loves about the Brits. This perspective on the absurdity of things we have come to consider normal is top pier observational comedy; the façade of politeness in emails must be stopped.
Cupani’s life has been filled with ups and downs. He’s very up front and honest about his sexual blossoming which for a long time was restricted to magazines and the internet thanks to the curfew his mother imposed on him even into his thirties. But when Cupani’s mother did die when he was 35, he had both a literal and physical glow up that has led him to be the happiest he’s ever been.
Cupani is a high-energy, lewd and naturally likeable comic that I am really excited to see more of in the future.
Luca Cupani: Happy Orphan
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August 22 – 28