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Wog Boys take over Perth
Wog Boy team at Crown Perth's Bistro Guillaume. Back: Nick Giannopolous, Vince Colosimo. Front: Alex Dimitriades, Hollie Andrew and Frank Lotito. Picture: Simon Santi/ The West Australian

It's the critically acclaimed show that launched a cult Aussie comedy film and skyrocketed the careers of actors *Nick * *Giannopoulos *and *Vince Colosimo *.

And more than 10 years since it last hit the stage, Wogboys has landed back in *Perth * for a revival of the smash hit.

Providing the inspiration for flick The Wog Boy, which went on to be one of the highest-grossing Australian movies ever, the show sees AACTA award-winning actor *Alex Dimitriades *, Big Mamma's Boy star *Frank Lotito *and *WAAPA *-trained Fat Tony & Co ingenue *Hollie Andrew *take to the stage alongside Giannopoulos and Colosimo in a hybrid of stand-up comedy, sketch, theatre and music.

While this revamped version is still set in the mid-1990s like the original, creator Giannopolous told _AAA _it had been "re-wogified" for a modern audience.

"It's always good to look back into the 90s because the distance of time creates a lot more opportunity for comedy," he said. "People are saying it is better than the original as the result of that."

Heralded as the founder of the "wog phenomenon", Giannopoulos said he was proud to have helped change the meaning of the once-derogatory term for people with Greek and Italian heritage.

"It's become a brand for this type of comedy, which is a good thing - I'd much prefer it to be a brand than a racist term," the Melbourne star explained.

The fact that the *WA * leg of the national Wogboys tour is on at the *Regal Theatre *, until March 26, also holds a special significance for the cast.

It was where Giannopoulos' original play Wogs out of Work played for 12 weeks back in the late 1980s and is also in the city where Andrew completed her training.

Giannopoulos said he knew he needed to have the burgeoning actress as part of the production when he saw a preview episode of Fat Tony.

"Once I auditioned Hollie I immediately cast her without looking at anyone else," he said.

"She is going to be a huge name, Hollie Andrew."

While Andrew and Lotito are newer additions to the cast, Colosimo and Dimitriades have long been part of the Wogboys family but a decade has made a big difference in the way they all work together.

Giannopoulos said it was still like touring with his best mates but they had a new-found focus this time around. "The one good thing about getting older is that wisdom and experience you gain makes touring easier."


'It's always

good to look

back into the 90s because the distance of time creates a lot more opportunity for comedy.'

The West Australian

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