What can you add to a brilliant guitar performance to make it even more entertaining?
How about some comedy while playing? We’ll now let Olé, an international musical comedy show, speak for us. They’ll explain exactly what we mean.
Paul Morocco, the man behind the Olé concept, explained his vision of life and comedy by commenting: “The future is greater than the past.”
“This journey continues,” says Paul, and we’re thrilled to share their show with you. Paul Morocco’s mother is Moroccan, and his father is American.
His family has always enjoyed music and everyone played at least one instrument, though it was Paul’s brother who taught him how to play guitar.
After that, Morocco learned to juggle with three lemons, and his entertaining act became even more versatile. He joined the International Jongleurs Association and won several competitions. As if all that wasn’t enough, Paul decided to master the ancient craft of passing the hat. Eventually, Mr. Morocco became a street performer and traveled the world until he ended up in Europe. There, his TV career took off, and Paul began appearing on numerous TV commercials.
Alessandro Bernardi and Antonio Forcione combined their talents with Paul’s skills, and the Olé show was born.
In 1990, Paul teamed up with a new manager who advised him to take a closer look at two amazing entertainers, Bernardi and Forcione.
Because their talents were similar, it was natural that the trio would begin performing together.
At the 1991 Edinburgh Festival, Olé won the British Gaas Awards and the Scotsman Best Newcomer’s Award.
In 1993, the group performed at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. Antonio Gomez joined Olé in 2005, and Paul formed another band called Lost Locos.
Today, both bands tour across the globe, and from what we’ve picked up from their official website, they promise to “suspend, surprise and mesmerize you with musical mastery and hilarious visual comedy.”
The Olé show is everything they promise, and much more.
Eager to experience the musical mastery and hilarious visual comedy, we found the video of Olé performing at the 2015 Le Plus Grand Cabaret du monde television show in Paris. Often described as three mad guitars, Paul, Alessandro and Antonio made the audience laugh hysterically.
The video begins simply with all three men holding their guitars on stage.
One of them shows the inside of his blazer, where he’s got “Olé” written all over.
Then the true comedy begins.
The trio performs renditions of popular songs, but with a comic twist. You all know “Hello” by Lionel Richie. Aside from their phenomenal guitar playing, you can’t help but laugh when they begin shaking their heads saying “No!” after Paul plays the “Is it me you’re looking for?” part.
Those facial expressions are priceless.
You’ll also hear their renditions of “Rehab,” “Kalinka” and “Rumba Gitana.” We forgot to mention that those guitars can produce smoke and sound like a gun there’s even a harmonica mounted on them.
The paddling scene in their routine is remarkably funny.
It is probably the funniest part of the whole video! When it comes time to recreate the famous Titanic moment, the Olé trio had a few ideas of their own. It’s the part where Rose is on top of the ship, feeling completely free. Alessandro kneels and plays the guitar, with Antonio right behind him and paddling with two guitars while Paul sings on top.
In all, these guys are outstanding, and the audience enjoyed the show tremendously—bravo!
Check out the entire performance by clicking the link below:
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