It's easy enough to see Yannis Pappas for free. The Brooklyn-born comedian has performed widely onstage and on TV, but two of his most prolific acts are characters who star in YouTube videos: Greek restaurant owner (and chain-smoking video blogger) Mr. Panos and transsexual New Yorker Maurica. If those short films whetted your appetite, you'll have a chance to enjoy Pappas live Sunday at the Irvine Improv.
In an email interview with the Daily Pilot, Pappas talked about his Greek-American heritage, his thoughts on Irvine and the serious charity work he's done over the years. The following are excerpts from the conversation:
"Yannis Pappas" sounds like the masculine equivalent of "Yo Mama." Well, maybe the masculine equivalent in Greek or some other language. Is it your real name?
It means John Pappas. Yannis means John in Greek. I didn't change it because Yannis is a dope name; John is the same name as John Wayne Gacy. There have been no infamous serial killers that have gone by Yanni. Nope, just me and the modern composer. Yanni and I are forces for good, whereas John Wayne Gacy and John Stamos are forces for evil. If Stamos had kept his Greek name, Yannis, he would have had Johnny Depp's career. Johnny sounds like Yanni. This response was not funny, but I am too lazy to erase it and try again.