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George Mitsikostas (as is rarely seen, without make up)

George Mitsikostas (Γιώργος Μητσικώστας, pronounced Yorgos Mitsikostas) is a famous mimic comedian in Greece. He started his career by mimicking politicians' voices in comedy radio shows for satire. His debut on TV was in 1990. Since then he has been in many Greek channels, afterwards started to imitate actors, singers and journalists as well, and changed the form of his shows. All of the titles of his shows are a wordplay, usually with his name:

  • Pitsi Pitsi me to Mitsi - Πίτσι Πίτσι με το Μίτσι ('chit-chat with Mitsi') on Mega Channel - 1992
  • FTYSTOUS - Φτύστους (both 'spit them' and 'identical' in Greek) on Alpha TV (a Greek version of Spitting Image with puppets) - 1994
  • TRELLAS - Τρελλάς (a mixture of 'Hellas' and the Greek word for 'folly' on Alpha TV - 1995
  • Tatsi-mitsi-kosta - Τάτσι-μίτσι-κόστα on ANT1 - 1996
  • MitsiHosta - Μιτσι Χώστα (a wordplay roughly meaning 'Bash them, MitsiKosta') on Alter Channel (2001 - 2006)
  • The Da Mitsi Code - Κώδικας Ντα Μίτσι (2006 - 2007)
  • O Giorgos Sfirikse - Ο Γιώργος Σφύριξε (2008 -

It is said that sometimes when a Greek celebrity called a restaurant or an hotel to book a seat, the persons on the other end of the line thought it was Mitsikostas making pranks. Mitsikostas has admitted he has done such things in the past.

There is a famous political anecdote concerning famous Greek politician and ex prime minister of Greece for many years Andreas Papandreou, who upon first hearing, then mostly unknown, George Mitsikostas imitating him on the radio having a conversation with leader of the then opposition and also former Prime Minister Konstantinos Karamanlis, called his minister alarmed upon a scam being raised against his party by imposters.

He is also mimicking sports personas from Greece (as from 2008- ).

Such persons that Mitsikostas is mimicking are Giorgos Georgiou, Kostas Karamanlis, Vassilios Tsiartas, Giorgos Karagounis, Nikos Alefantos, Konstantinos Mitsotakis, Dusan Bajevic, Sakis Rouvas, Vassilis Leventis, Antonios Nikopolidis, Sotiris Ninis, Adonis Georgiades, etc.

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