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Left to right: Giacomo, Giovanni, and Aldo.

Aldo, Giovanni and Giacomo (Aldo Baglio, Giovanni Storti and Giacomo Poretti) are an Italian comic trio, working together since the 90s. They gained popularity with their TV appearances in shows like Mai Dire Goal (Never Say Goal) and their own theatre productions like I Corti and Tel Chi El Telun.

Their big-screen debut was in 1997 with the film Tre uomini e una gamba (Three Men and a Leg), followed by various other movies (currently 10), with varying degrees of success. Their first three movies are generally considered the better ones by both critics and audience.

All three played several different characters in their sketches, but they also often play themselves in realistic situations. It’s notable that in almost all their movies, their characters keep their actors' full names. Much of their comedy is about the differences between North and South Italy, evidencing accents and stereotypes for humor.


Some tropes used by their works:

  • Best Friends-in-Law: Their characters in Tre uomini e una gamba are married to three sisters.
  • Big Eater: It's a running gag that Aldo loves to eat, even at the most inappropriate times. Ironically, he's the one who forgets to bring food in the mountain sketch.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Aldo, Giovanni, and Giacomo, in this exact order.
  • Black Comedy: Most of their gags are about this like "Gli Svizzeri" sketches where they usually cause the injuries or even the death of some bystanders without even caring.
  • Butt-Monkey: Depening on the gag, all three can be this. Aldo, being the token southern and the dumbest of the trio, is very often the butt of the jokes, gets the most slapstick, and is made fun of by the other two. When it is not Aldo, Giacomo is typically the one who is treated like a Butt Monkey. Giovanni has his moments as well, especially in the movie Così è la Vita, where he's basically Born Unlucky.
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  • The Casanova: Aldo in Chiedimi se sono felice and Giovanni, of all people, in La banda dei Babbi Natale. Since neither of them is exactly a looker, they also qualify as Kavorka Man.
  • The Chick: Marina Massironi, in the early sketches, stage plays, and movies, has this dynamic with the trio, sometimes to the point of being One of the Boys (and she has been a Love Interest to all three of them in different movies). In their later works, this role is sometimes taken by Aldo's wife Silvana.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Aldo has a strange way of thinking, is a Malaproper, and sometimes has trouble making a coherent speech.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Aldo's memorable phone call in Tre uomini e una gamba is full of these.
  • Dead All Along: All three of them at the end of Così è la vita. They thought to be survivors of a terrible car accident but they were actually ghosts.
  • Deadpan Snarker: All three of them, very much so. It's their favorite type of humor and spend all their interactions snarking at each other. Giovanni is the king of the trope, but the other two are very good at snarky comebacks as well.
  • Did Not Get the Girl:
    • Poor Giacomo in the movies. Tre uomini e una gamba, Chiedimi se sono felice, and Tu la conosci Claudia end with him not getting the woman he was in love with. Finally averted in ''La banda dei Babbi Natale" where he ends up with an attractive woman.
    • Aldo is not much luckier. He usually manages to date the girl he loves (Clara in Così è la vita, Daria in Chiedimi se sono felice, Claudia in Tu la conosci Claudia) but loses her before the end of the movie.
    • Averted with Giovanni, who has better luck. Even if he's the least romantic of the three and the movies play up his unpleasant traits, in Chiedimi se sono felice and Tu la conosci Claudia, he ends up with the female lead.
  • Dr. Jerk:
    • Giacomo's doctor in Tre uomini e una gamba who antagonizes Aldo for no reason. The same actor will later play Giovanni's Mean Boss in Chiedimi se sono felice.
    • Dr. Gastani Frinzi from Il cosmo sul comò is a female example, to the point Giacomo snaps at her. Her scenes with Giacomo are considered the only funny scenes from that otherwise forgettable movie.
    • Giovanni is a veterinarian in La banda dei Babbi Natale but he's a Jerkass as always.
    • In a sketch from their stage shows, Aldo, Giovanni, and Giacomo play a trio of Dr. Jerks, Professor Helmut Alzheimer (Giovanni) and his assistants.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: In some movies (Così è la vita, Tu la conosci Claudia, Odio l'estate), the three start off as strangers who accidentally run into each other and become friends after some initial hostility. Averted in other movies (Tre uomini e una gamba, Chiedimi se sono felice, La banda dei Babbi Natale), where the three are close friends from the beginning.
  • The Fool: Usually Aldo, but when they play bumbling gangsters Al, John And Jack , Giacomo is portrayed as the idiot of the trio. Playing Against Type since Giacomo is almost always the intellectual, cultured one.
  • Four-Man Band: The most frequent dynamic in the early days, when Marina was the unofficial fourth member.
  • Freudian Trio: Aldo=Id, Giovanni=Superego, and Giacomo=Ego.
  • Funny Foreigner: Some of their characters, like English teacher Mr. Flanagan, played by Giacomo. Marina also played a German girl in one of their sketches. Sometimes the "foreigner" is just a regional stereotype, like Giovanni playing Sardinian character Nico.
  • Gag Nose: Giacomo's nose is quite beaked. In Chiedimi se sono felice the most recurring gag is making fun of it and commenting that he doesn't need a fake one to play Cyrano.
  • Gonk: They're not exactly what one might call attractive men...
  • Grammar Nazi: Giacomo in Chiedimi se sono felice frequently points out about speaking Italian correctly much of the others' annoyance. This leads him to get thrown out of the store where he substituted Giovanni as a mime and causing Giovanni's dismissal.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Giacomo sometimes plays this type of character, most notably in the ticket inspector sketch.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Parodied in-universe. In Chiedimi se sono felice the three are aspiring actors who want to put on a play, in this case Cyrano de Bergerac, with the not-so-handsome Giovanni playing Christian, a character repeatedly stated to be handsome. Because of this, they have trouble finding an actress willing to play Roxane, because she just laughs at the idea of Christian being played by Giovanni.
  • Jerkass: Giovanni's characters are usually portrayed like this. He's almost always rude, cynical and ignorant even if sometimes with a soft spot. Actually all three of 'em can be pretty mean when they want to.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Althought accidentally, in Tre uomini e una gamba the three forgot their father in law's dog tied up on their car's back so it dies ofscreen by being dragged across the freeway.
    • In the "Subaru Baracca" sketch Giovanni not so accidentally runs over some imaginary animals, a dalmatian among them, much to Aldo and Giacomo's shock.
    • In La Leggenda di Al John e Jack Jack (Giacomo) shoots an unseen dog just to show where it is when Johnny (Giovanni) claims he can't see it.
  • Large Ham: Aldo is almost always the most loud and over-the-top of the three and in several gags has No Indoor Voice.
  • Lethally Stupid: Aldo usually causes some antics who not only lead to troubles and/or injures to himself but to Giovanni and Giacomo as well. When the three play Al, John And Jack the latter, played by Giacomo, is this as he even causes the death of some unfortunate bystanders.
  • Manchild: Aldo's trademark is most of the time to act like a cheerful little child or to hilariously whimper when embarassed or scared.
  • National Stereotypes: Most of their gags are about Italian regional stereotypes, but there are occasional gags about stereotype of other nations as well.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: In almost all the movies, Giacomo is nice, Giovanni is mean, and Aldo is in-between (in the 2020 movie Odio l'estate, it switches to Aldo being nice and Giacomo being in-between instead). Although Giacomo is much less nice in the stage shows, and there are several sketches where he's even meaner than Giovanni.
  • Only Sane Man: It's either Giovanni or Giacomo, depending on the work.
    • Giovanni is more likely to be this in most sketches, stage shows and when they play gangsters Al, John, and Jack (including the movie).
    • In most of the movies, this role is taken by Giacomo, as the most quiet and mild-mannered of the three.
    • While Marina has some silly roles in the stage shows, as herself she's often the Straight Man to the antics of the bickering trio, including the movies.
  • Road Trip Plot: A lot of their movies, as well as the "Subaru Baracca" sketch in Tel Chi El Telun, involve a long car trip.
  • Shout-Out: Many.
    • The first movie Tre uomini e una gamba has several references to their gags of the stage shows.
    • Così è la vita has a couple of Pulp Fiction references.
    • The 2020 movie Odio l'estate has many references to popular scenes of their previous movies.
  • Stupid Crooks: All three of 'em as gangsters Al, Johnny and Jack. The latter is actually the dumbest of the three but the other two are shown to be quite clumsy as well. Also the burglar Beppe from Chiedimi se sono felice who actually ended up in their place by accident as he got the wrong adress.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: The usually nice Giacomo in some sketches or shows is definetly more harsh and mean spirited. Most notably in the marathon segment from the show "Ammutta Muddica" where he keeps insulting and direspecting Aldo and Giovanni for little petty reasons.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife:
    • Aldo, Giovanni, and Giacomo are not particularly good-looking (Aldo is bald, Giacomo is very short and big-nosed, and Giovanni is explicitly stated to be unattractive by other characters). A lot of their wives and love-interests in the movies are attractive women.
    • Giacomo and Marina also used be a real life example, before the divorce.
    • Averted in Odio l'estate where Also and his wife are more like Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa, and Giacomo is the only one married to a woman much more attractive than him.
  • Villain Protagonist: Aldo in Così è la Vita, all three of them in La Leggenda di Al John e Jack.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Both in their shows and movies, despite showing to be actually close friends, they frequently insult, bicker and play pranks at each other. They're also known to be quite like this in real life.
  • Working with the Ex: Marina, who worked with the trio a lot, is actually Giacomo's ex-wife. They were still working together after the divorce.


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