Lo Zoo di 105

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Meet the cast.
"Attention - in this program, the kind of comedy we're proposing is irreverent, with an explicit and common language full of swear words and vulgarity in general. If you're sensitive to this kind of stuff, then you're asked to avoid listening to it as a whole."
Disclaimer[1] by cast member Petosauro at the beginning of each episode

Alternatively known as The Zoo! or Lo Zoo, Lo Zoo di 105 (literally, The Zoo On 105) is an Italian sketch comedy radio program, that can be best described as "about as much Refuge in Audacity as possible", basically enough to make you wonder if the radio station broadcasting it, Radio 105, even has a radar at all. Which of course is part of its charm among its fanbase.

It all started back in 1999, when DJ Marco Mazzoli was working with his colleague, Gilberto "Gibba" Penza, at New York for the 105 N.Y. radio show, thus giving birth to what would later become one of the most popular radio shows in Italy ever. One year later, the show was canceled due to the excessive vulgarity, only to be Uncanceled shortly after. During the following years, a lot of DJs were introduced, but not much of the supporting cast really seemed to stick aside from Mazzoli, Gibba and the notoriously controversial/divisive parody singer Leone Di Lernia. Then, after causing two more controversies - namely, a joke about torturing animals and an accidentally aired blasphemy - the show got canceled twice again for these respective reasons, but each time it got uncanceled and resumed broadcasting (once from a studio located in Miami, for those curious).

At the end of 2010, three members of the supporting cast abandoned the show for good and started working for one of the main radio stations in Italy, Radio Deejay (easily the best-known in Italy, which is why long-time fans of the show saw this as the ultimate selling-out, if not a full-fledged Face Heel Turn). This Channel Hop made the show's fandom fear the worst... until it was announced that famous comedian Marcello Macchia, better known by his "Maccio Capatonda" moniker, would join the show's crew alongside his fellows. Considering Macchia's own reputation in Italy as one of the funniest - if not Mind Screw-y - comedians in the country, his recruitment in the show has been perceived as, say, the equivalent of Monty Python joining Whose Line Is It Anyway? if some of the latter's hosts happened to drop the show for some reason. In other words, as you might have guessed. To this day, the show's doing fine (and even got a Live Action Adaptation shown on Comedy Central) and it's not going to stop anytime soon... hopefully.

Its current timeslot is between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM, Italian timezone.

List of some of the featured sketches:
Tropes used in Lo Zoo di 105 include:
  • Biting the Hand Humor: inverted. The new bulding that hosts the studios of Radio 105 as well as Virgin Radio and Radio Montecarlo has been financed by a group named "Finelco", so whenever that word is spoken, Gibba reacts accordingly by replying mid-sentence.
  • Black Comedy Rape: Although the show rarely uses the word "rape" as anything aside a purposefully controversial analogue to generic sexual intercourse.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: often used among the jokes, but one instance stands out - namely, when cast member Herbert Ballerina came back from a trip to Thailand, another cast member, Petosauro (see Shout-Out below), made a brief speech about Thailand only to be promptly interrupted by Gibba.

Peto: "Ah, Thailand. Glorious nation, home to sun, shores and..."
(cue Letting the Air Out of the Band)
Gibba: "AND WHORES!"

Leone Di Lernia: "Oh, we're doing fine with this sketch... there's not even a single naughty word!"
Marco Mazzoli: "Nope... Leo, you didn't get it, really - we support naughty words! I love saying "fuck" on the radio, you know."

  • Crazy Awesome: the show in a nutshell. Capatonda's "Unreal Radio" sketches deserve special mention though.

"The bank robbers are keeping hostage the staff of the sperm bank, and soon after they started releasing a highly flammable gas inside it, said gas quickly spreads in the whole building. Unfortunately, after his copious donation, our subject is about to light a post-coital cigarette. (an audible explosion is heard) The entire sperm bank blows up, and all of its content starts raining on the city as a whole."

Mazzoli: "And they have the balls to have the sentence "Law is the same for everyone" written inside courtrooms! I'LL TELL YOU WHAT, IF I EVER HAPPEN TO BE SUED, THE FIRST THING I DO IN THE COURTROOM, I SWEAR TO GOD, I'M GOING TO TAKE A SHIT ON THAT PHRASE!"

  • Ho Yay: Mazzoli himself often gleefully alludes to his (alleged) homosexuality, despite being Happily Married with a woman. Of course, he's just joking. Let's just say that in this show nobody ever takes each other seriously - nor is the show itself one to be taken seriously.
  • Hurricane of Puns: most notably jokes involving sex.
  • Inherently Funny Words: by now, shouting "Canaglia!" (scoundrel) for no reason is a Running Gag on the show.



Censoring him? That task can't be accomplished.

  • Take That: unlike other shows, this one is not afraid of giving away these like candies. Justified as the targets of these deserve every single bit of their snark.
  • Talking to Himself: aside from each cast member covering various roles in sketches, this trope is also the goal behind the show's prank calls. It goes like this - first, the victim of the prank is fooled into thinking there's a real TV show host calling him or her (thanks to archived voice clips of said host); then, the victim is asked various, deliberately Mind Screw-y questions in order to trigger various reactions; then, after the victim's first Rage Quit, this is repeated until the aforementioned reactions cover a wide array of words; finally, one last prank call is made, only this time the voice clips aren't those of the host, but those of the victim him/herself. That's every bit as funny as it sounds.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch: the intro to the Memetic Badass-based sketches.

"Walker. Texas. Ranger. So, listen up, bitches! These are his heroic achievements!"

  • Trash Talk: one of the show's staples.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: the DJs constantly snark, quip at or even insult each other, only to shrug it off like it's no big deal. This even includes Your Mom jokes, which would fall into serious "Dude, Not Funny" category under normal circumstances.
  • Your Mom: way more common than you'd expect it to be.
  1. (paraphrased)