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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.

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    General 
  • Ascended Extra: The bumbling gangsters Al (Aldo), Johnny (Giovanni), and Jack (Giacomo) first appear in two short films before the credits of Tre uomini e una gamba and Così è la vita. A few years later, they are the main characters of their own feature-length film.
  • 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.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Many of the movies, fitting the bittersweet atmosphere of the story. Although you can argue that Così è la vita has a straight-up Downer Ending (especially because of the randomly cruel final scene). Other movies have a happier ending, especially Chiedimi se sono felice.
  • Black Comedy:
    • Some of their gags are about this, like the "Gli Svizzeri" sketches where they usually cause the injuries or even deaths of some bystanders without even caring.
    • La leggenda di Al, John, e Jack has some people and even a cat being killed accidentally, and it's always Played for Laughs.
  • Black Comedy Animal Cruelty:
    • 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, after Johnny (Giovanni) claims he can't see it.
  • Black Comedy Pet Death:
    • In Tre uomini e una gamba, the three forget their father in law's dog tied up to the back of their car so it dies offscreen by being dragged across the freeway. Thankfully, we never actually see the moment where the dog dies, it was just implied when the three realize Something We Forgot when they were already driving the car. They later look for the dog, without finding it.
    • In La Leggenda di Al John e Jack, their pet cat is accidentally shot to death (off-screen) by Jack and then thrown in the bin by Johnny, in one of the first scenes.
  • Butt-Monkey: Depending on the gag, all three can be this.
    • Aldo, being the token southerner 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, especially in the sketches.
    • When it's not Aldo, Giacomo is typically the one who is treated like a Butt Monkey in several sketches and almost all the movies. He gets mistreated and insulted (especially by Giovanni) when he's his misunderstood/intellectual self, but also when he plays the ignorant and idiotic Jack, who is The Friend Nobody Likes.
    • Giovanni has his moments as well, especially in the movie Così è la Vita, where he's basically Born Unlucky. Also, in a notable scene of Chiedimi se sono felice, Aldo and Giacomo gang up on him to prank him.
  • 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.
  • Comic Trio: Giovanni is the schemer, Aldo is the dumb follower, and Giacomo is the No Respect Guy.
  • Dead All Along: All three of them at the end of Così è la vita. They thought they were 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 they 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.
  • Depending on the Writer: While Aldo and Giovanni are usually consistent with their trademark personalities (Aldo is the loud and illiterate Cloudcuckoolander, Giovanni is finicky and cynical), Giacomo's personality often changes depending on the work. He can be a meek and awkward Nice Guy (mainly in the movies), an aggressive jerk (often in the sketches), the intellectual one (most of the time), or even the dumbest of the trio (when he plays Jack of the trio "Al, John, and Jack").
  • 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 annoying 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 an 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.
  • Flanderization: Some of the movies tend to exaggerate some of their quirks for the sake of the plot or just for Rule of Funny. A notable example is La banda dei Babbi Natale, where irresponsible Manchild Aldo is also a chronic gambler, Jerkass Giovanni is also a cheating husband leading a double life, while meek and sensitive Giacomo is also a Professional Butt-Kisser.
  • The Fool: Usually Aldo, but when they play bumbling gangsters Al, John and Jack, Giacomo is portrayed as the idiot of the trio.
  • 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 beaky. 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.
  • Grammar Nazi: Giacomo in Chiedimi se sono felice frequently makes a point about speaking Italian correctly, much to 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. All three of 'em also play this trope in some gags and in the Fuga da Reuma Park movie.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Depending on the work, all three have their moments, most notably Aldo, who has a tendency to yell a lot when he starts to lose his patience.
  • 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 is usually portrayed like this. He's almost always rude, cynical and ignorant even if he sometimes has a soft spot. Actually, all three can be pretty mean when they want to.
  • Kavorka Man: Aldo is portrayed as a ladies man in several movies (especially Chiedimi se sono felice and Il ricco, il povero e il maggiordomo) despite being a bald, ignorant, Manchild loser. He even gives love advice to his friends sometimes. Averted in the stage shows, where he's more of a Casanova Wannabe, especially in the mountain sketch.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: All three. Very often, one of them will pretend to be knowledgeable about a topic he doesn't know anything about, usually to impress other people. Giovanni even accuses Giacomo of being this in Tre uomini e una gamba, claiming that his "intellectual" friend can't do anything and has never actually read any book.
  • Large Ham: Aldo is almost always the loudest and most over-the-top of the three and in several gags has No Indoor Voice.
  • Lethally Stupid: Aldo usually causes some antics that not only lead to trouble and/or injures for 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.
  • Loser Protagonist: All three of them are very often down on their luck in many movies and sketches.
  • Manchild: Most of the time, Aldo's trademark is to act like a cheerful little child or hilariously whimper when embarrassed or scared.
  • The Millstone:
    • Aldo often does stupid things that makes things worse for the group, like in the mountain trip sketch or the Subaru Baracca sketch. On the other hand, when they play gangsters Al, John, and Jack, it's always Giacomo/Jack the one who screws things up for the team.
    • There are also some Played for Drama examples: Giacomo is very much this in Chiedimi se sono felice, to the point that his actions destroy the trio's friendship for three years, and Aldo is also this in "La banda dei Babbi Natale" but he's Easily Forgiven very soon.
  • National Stereotypes: Most of their gags are about Italian regional stereotypes, but there are occasional gags about other nations' stereotypes as well.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: In all the movies, Giacomo is nice, Giovanni is mean, and Aldo is in-between, except in Il ricco, il povero e il maggiordomo (where Giacomo is the meanest) and La leggenda di Al, John, e Jack (where they are all "mean" Villain Protagonists, or so it seems). 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.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Giovanni and Giacomo usually make fun of Aldo due to his southern origins and call him "terrone", a slur often used to indicate a Lower-Class Lout from Southern Italy.
  • 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 stage show gags.
    • Così è la vita has a couple of Pulp Fiction references.
    • The 2020 movie Odio l'estate has many references to popular scenes from 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 address.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In some sketches or shows, the usually nice Giacomo is definitely harsher and more mean spirited. Most notably in the marathon segment from the show "Ammutta Muddica" where he keeps insulting and direspecting Aldo for small, 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 they divorced.
    • Averted in Odio l'estate where Aldo 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 (before his Heel–Face Turn), all three of them in La Leggenda di Al John e Jack, being a parody of gangster movies.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Both in their shows and movies. Despite being shown to actually be close friends, they frequently insult, bicker and play pranks on 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.

    Gli Svizzeri 
  • All Crimes Are Equal: Huber is a cop who punishes all the citizens for pretty much anything (even walking in front of him) ... by shooting them.
  • Always Someone Better: Rezzonico always defeats Gervasoni in everything.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Parodied to a Deus ex Machina extent. Despite being usually across town, Huber always knows when something bad is happening to Rezzonico and is always ready to rescue him.
  • Black Comedy: They usually cause the injuries or even deaths of some bystanders without even caring, especially Huber.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Huber's shooting victims simply fall down and no blood is seen at all.
  • Distressed Dude: Rezzonico. He always gets in trouble (sometimes due to bad luck, other times due to Gervasoni's antagonism) and needs to be rescued by Huber in every episode.
  • Door Dumb: A memorable gag in one of Gli Svizzeri sketches:
    Narrator: (after Aldo's character Huber has tried to open an apartment door by shooting the lock, kicking it open and slamming against it only to hurt himself) "Huber is about to lose his temper, along his consciousness, when he suddenly notices that the door isn't locked."
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • In the first episode, Giacomo played Huber's police partner, while his usual character Gervasoni is introduced in the second episode, and Aldo/Huber never has police partners in any other episode. It's also the only episode where Huber doesn't shoot anyone.
    • In his very early appearances, Gervasoni shows concern for Rezzonico's safety when something bad happens to him. Which is odd, since in most episodes, he just wants him dead.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: All of Gervasoni's attempts to kill Rezzonico.
  • Hollywood Atlas: The episodes are set in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland. Many Swiss stereotypes are exaggerated and Played for Laughs.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • Huber never gets any punishment for abusing his power as a cop to shoot and kill random people.
    • Gervasoni is never arrested for his multiple attempted murders. However in the last episode, he ends up being killed along with Rezzonico.
  • Kavorka Man: Rezzonico is an ugly, accident-prone Sickly Neurotic Geek with a Speech Impediment played by Giovanni, but all the women are attracted to him.
  • Parody Sue: The ridiculous and obnoxious Rezzonico, who is good at everything and is loved by everyone... except Gervasoni, of course. There's also Huber, who is a parody of the Big Damn Hero who always saves the day. Both characters are constantly praised by the Unreliable Narrator.
  • The Resenter: Gervasoni despises Rezzonico because he is jealous of the latter's talent and success.
  • Trigger Happy: Huber, who uses his gun to shoot anyone who gets in his way.
  • Unluckily Lucky: Rezzonico is a bad luck magnet, but Huber always manages to save him at the end... until the last episode.
  • Unknown Rival: Played with, Rezzonico thinks of his relationship with Gervasoni as a Friendly Rivalry, and is usually oblivious when the latter tries to kill him, which happens all the time.
  • Villain Protagonist: They are all Comedic Sociopaths. Aldo's character (Huber) and Giacomo's character (Gervasoni) are openly murderous, even if Huber is supposed to be a "heroic" cop. Giovanni's character (Rezzonico) is mostly a Distressed Dude, but is also an obnoxious jerk with a Lack of Empathy.
  • Younger Than They Look: Gervasoni is 25 years old, even if he looks like this. Giacomo Poretti was actually 40 years old when he played the character.

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