Brothers Joe and Carlo Salanitri and good mate Andrew Manfre are the hilarious Australian trio known as Sooshi Mango. The group commenced their comedic career in 2015, performing in sold-out shows Wogs At Work and Star Wogs in 2018 before venturing to Canada. In total, they’ve performed in 33 shows around Australia and their online videos have surpassed 120 million views.
“Comedy has always been in my blood and I’ve been a student of comedy all my life watching comedians such as Jerry Lewis and The Marx Brothers. We were always idiots, and somebody finally put a camera in front of us, we did a video and that gave us the bug,” explained Joe Salanitri.
The group had planned on performing in front of a huge crowd of 10,000 people at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney in September, which Salanitri said would have been biggest show ever.
“The show was basically all of our characters in different scenarios and I believe it’s the best material we have written to date. Most are based on our experiences and there would have been five different skits carrying three characters each. The final musical skit was us as ourselves. It wass going to have all the madness of all our videos into one and there was going to be fireworks and lighting shows. We just wanted to make this a massive wog event!”
When asked why their style of comedy resonates with audiences Salanitri paused momentarily. “For some reason, these characters have captured people’s hearts. For me, this is a blessing for what I do every day. There’s no other benefit in the world than making people laugh.”
And what audience would this show appeal to? “I expect all different ethnicities, from nonna right down to the grandchild and that’s the beauty of our audience. They realise we don’t take the piss because they come and watch it – and they laugh!”