Interview w/ Melissa Flentzeris

Melissa Flentzeris is a Youtube prankster on the rise. The Sydney, Australia native took some time out of her schedule to chat with us.

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First things first Melissa, welcome to the Blended Entertainment family. A lot of people(guys) really want to know your age.

Thanks! I’m 25 years old

How is the culture in Sydney, Australia different from the United States?

I think overall we are a little more laid back.

What was the first prank you ever pulled in your life?

My first prank I ever pulled was when I was around 7 years old and I pretended to cut my friends hair with scissors but had a piece of fake hair in my hands already and she thought it was her hair, it was hilarious!

You’ve done some music videos before, would you hope to do some more?

I’m always open to doing music videos.

What separates you as a prankster from other female pranksters?

My willingness to try new things and not play safe.

For anyone like myself who wants to or will be traveling to Australia in the future, is there any advice you can give them? Where to go for the best time? Where to eat? Where to shop?

There are plenty of beautiful places to see and eat in Sydney! I would recommend going to Marquee or ivy or “The Club” night club for a good night out. There are many good places to eat in an area called Surry Hills, and to shop definitely in the city and Paddington.

Do you currently have any favorite pranksters other than yourself of course?

I have many favorite pranksters!

If you could collaborate with someone, whether they’re a prankster or not to create an ultimate prank, who would it be?

It would probably have to be Betty White! Her show is hilarious and I’m sure she could pull of a great prank with me.

As a female prankster, do you feel as if you represent females everywhere?

When you decide to go into the Entertainment world you are choosing to show your self publicly so in a way I try to be a good role model but by being myself.

Where do you hope to be 5 years from now as an entertainer?

I hope to get into film/television.

Thank you for your time Melissa. Any last words for the readers, fans, followers, and those who will be interested in seeing more of you?

I’d like to say to everyone thanks so much for the support and I’ve got many more pranks on the way and keep on supporting me and showing me love!

Melissa’s Facebook fan page is: https://www.facebook.com/MelissaFlentzeris
Melissa’s Twitter is: https://twitter.com/mflentzeris
Melissa’s Instagram is: https://Instagram.com/Melissaflentzeris
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Interview w/ Melanie Minichino

Can you tell our readers a little about yourself?

I am a first generation born Italian from New York. I started acting/comedy at 8 years old by making fun of my dad and all his Italian buddies. Ever since then I never stopped making fun of people, I mean acting. Through acting in New York I fell into the voiceover world and started doing promo’s, commercials and eventually cartoons.  I moved out to LA in 2010 to be the voice of Disney Junior and here I am. People that inspire me are Larry David, Ricky Gervais, Woody Allen, Tina Fey, and Lucille Ball, just to name a few. To me being inspired is as important as a good meal and breathing.

What gave you the inspiration for your you tube show?

The main inspiration for “The Maurizio Show” can only be no one other than my father Maurizio himself. A lot of inspiration also came from growing up with crazy musician parents who always had passion and drive for what they did. Friends would come over and see my mother practicing her drums next to a Cuban man draped in traditional afro-cuban garb and my father running between making sauce and playing scales on the piano. They were confused…so I made them laugh to distract them.

When did you decide that you wanted to create a funny web series?

I have to give a lot of credit to my manager Dan Cotoia who saw the possibilities in me. He kept pushing me to write and really gave me the fire and opportunity to create this series. He then teamed me up with one of his production company associates at Media Meld Studios, Brian Bellinkoff.  Brian is a very talented young writer/director/editor and shooter. Yeah he does all of that. I pitched the idea for the show to the both of them and we were on our way. This show would have never happened if it weren’t for those 2 and Media Meld. We are a great team and all of the same vision, creativity, and sense of humor.

What goes into the development of your web series? How often do you brainstorm for an episode?

Our process of creating each episode is really simple actually. We come up with a general premise of each episode and then write a beginning, middle, and end. After that, I just improvise and hope that something magical happens. Since we shoot a lot in public, there are many variables that can either make or break the episode. We haven’t experienced the breaking yet. Brian is an amazing director/shooter/editor which also makes this process so fun and easy. We are really just having fun and hoping for the best. Also hoping to not get arrested!

When people see you in person do they know you as Maurizio or just as Melanie?

When people see me they recognize me as Melanie. This I am extremely thankful for because if I don’t have a mustache on and a man wig and people still think I look like a small man, then I have bigger problems to worry about. 

Describe the Maurizio series, why people should pay attention to it, and future plans?

The Maurizio Show is based on my real emigrated Italian father. It is a semi-scripted comedy web series that chronicles the larger than life antics of Maurizio. Utilizing hidden cameras in public places, Maurizio is out to prove to anyone that he knows everything about everything. People should definitely check out the show if they enjoy true unexpected comedy. They should also check it out to be the first ones to say they knew about Maurizio before he was super famous and on the Wendy Williams show! The Maurzio Show is planning on a season two with some celebrity guest appearances and an introduction to some new characters.  I’d love to team Maurizio up with one of his favorite celebs also, like Queen Latifah or Phil Collins!

What do you hope to accomplish in 2012, both personally/professionally and with the series?

We hope to find a real home for The Maurizio Show in 2012. Whether that be having a great comedy site buy it, or Comedy Central. Kind of the same thing right? Ha.  I personally wish for the show to become globally popular where people of all ages will know and love it. The ultimate goal to be able to make the whole world laugh.

Check out Maurizio’s official website
Access to the web series
Drop by the official Twitter and FB page for the Maurizio Show