Tzimis Panousis (also spelled Jimis, Greek: Τζίμης Πανούσης) is a Greek musician and stand-up comedian born in Athens (1954), where he has spent most of his life. His fans often refer to him as “Tzimakos.”
Panousis made his first appearances in the 1980s, performing in various pubs in Athens and elsewhere. He first appeared with a band named "Μουσικές Ταξιαρχίες" (Music Brigades), which also appeared under the name "Alamana Bridge". In both groups Panousis was the leading composer and performer, which may have contributed to the final dissolution of the "Music Brigades".
Since his debut album, "Disco Weenie" (“Disco Tsoutsouni,” in Greek), Panousis promoted a controversial style of Greek rock music with humorous and sarcastic verses. His songs are caustic commentaries of the political and social reality of Greece. His varied musical style includes rock, reggae and rembetika. In his live performances, Panousis renders sarcastic comments about current events and Greek musicians and personalities. He often interacts with his public, in a self-styled type of stand-up-comedy and is notorious for his live on-stage telephone pranks.
Panousis has hosted a highly popular weekly radio for several years on Skai radio, until his show was dropped for unknown reasons. Panousis is also author to six books (a peculiar type of sarcastic essays) and poetry. He has also appeared in four movies. The most notable is the cult film "The Dracula of Exarcheia", 1981, directed by Nicos Zervos), where Panousis is the protagonist.
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