Yannis Pappas

Yannis Pappas

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Yannis Pappas has been featured on Comedy Central, AXSTV, VH1's Best Week Ever & CBS. He tours the world doing stand up comedy & is known for his immensely popular characters Mr. Panos and Maurica. Along with Director Jesse Scaturro, he is the co-founder of the comedy production company Ditch Films.

Biography

Yannis Pappas is a Greek-American comedian born and raised in Park Slope Brooklyn, New York. Both of his parents, Anna and Chris, practiced law. He was the youngest of three children. He has two older brothers, Peter and Nikos Pappas. He attended high school in Manhattan where he started to enjoy writing his junior year. Yannis attended college at the American University in Washington, D.C. where he studied American Studies and History. After college he picked up with his writing full-force and began to write comedy and eventually perform stand up. Pappas has also worked in the social work field where he participated in 9/11 disaster relief. He also has worked with the mentally ill and people dealing with homelessness. Over the years his comedy has evolved due in part to his creation of characters Mr. Panos, a Greek man who owns The Baby Socrates Diner in Queens, New York and Maurica, a pre-operative transsexual Puerto Rican. He has been a featured panelist on VH1's "Best Week Ever" and he and his writing have been featured on Comedy Central, BET and MTV. He tours major U.S. cities and has toured every country in Scandinavia.

Alongside of his standup comedy, Pappas has partnered up with lifelong friend Jesse Scaturro to create the production company Ditch Films. The comedy production team produces live and filmed comedy.The Ditch duo has created a pilot for MTV networks, an off-Broadway show, a super bowl commercial and a variety of other national TV campaigns.