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Meet the cast. From left to right: Pippo Palmieri, Gibba, Marco Mazzoli, Maccio Capatonda, Ivo Avido, Herbert Ballerina.

"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 (paraphrased) 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 Of 105 [Radio]") 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 City 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, the fandom rejoiced. 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.

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List of some of the featured sketches:

  • Chuck Norris Facts - Exactly What It Says on the Tin, a Dramatic Reading of the Facts, adapted as a radio sketch. It worked until the Facts stopped being the cutting edge among fads, and then the focus of the Memetic Badass treatment became Bear Grylls of Man vs. Wild fame, and later MacGyver.
  • Merde Stellari (Star Shits) - as you might guess, it's a parody of the Star Wars franchise. Notable in that it serves as a Bat Family Crossover for the entire cast of the show.
  • Ninfowoman (Nymphowoman) - a sketch involving a woman from another planet who uses her superpowered vagina to fight crime... with "any" means necessary.
  • Il Discoretto (Rectuum Disco) - parody of an old radio program about reading love letters. It features love letters from people with weird nicknames talking of their absurd sexual habits, and the host's e-mail addresses, which are sex-oriented parodies of popular italian songs.
  • Gay Team - Guess what? The A-Team, but they're homosexual. And they build tons of penis-themed vehicles.
  • Marcello "Maccio" Macchia's own sketches deserve their own list:
    • As a part of his sketches adapted from TV, there's his chronically depressed and constantly broke musician persona, Mariottide. By the end of the episode, the guy - as well as his ditzy son - has suffered enough Amusing Injuries to put the burglars from Home Alone to shame.
    • Unreal Radio, radio version of Unreal TV, which in turn parodied Real TV. The sketch is about a reportage of highly implausible facts. Basically the HSQ getting Played for Laughs. Later, it moved into describing the tentatives of an eternal loser named Bino Da Vinobogge to enter into the Guinness World Records as things like "Horsiest Man in the World".
    • Jerry Polemica (Jerry Controversy), a thinly disguised - and generally thinnier - parody of Michael Moore, this character talks about such controversial topics as... mundane things that really aren't.
    • Babbi Editore (Teddy Press) - fake commercials about either Do-It-Yourself kits or "How To" guides. The range of things includes how to become boozers, or "how to become a politician by getting laid with one".
    • Star Gay - while the title is a pun on Stargate, the actual sketch is a gay version of Star Trek. As with any sex joke in the show, expect puns by the bucketload.
    • Forse non tutti sanno che... (Not everyone knows that...) - Little Known Facts about famous characters and their secret twin brothers who were the exact opposite of them, or about how normal things of life (like Christmas, childhood or sex) once didn't exist until the great genius known as Paride from Messina came by and invented them.
    • L'Ispettore Anale (Inspector Anal) - Rossano Anale, a man who became blind after he stuck a pair of heated metal bars in his own eyes when was young, teaches Crimianusology (the art of solving crimes by smelling butts and doing prostate exams to the suspects) in a university. Every time he haves to interrupt his lesson to solve a crime. Featuring a narrator that just repeats the last line said before his intervention.
    • Mistero (Mystery) - A parody of the Italian TV show with the same name, features mystery detective Amiam Miammo and his costant failures of finding proof of mysterious creatures being real. Some of his failures include the findings of a documentary about an alien coming on Earth and manuscripts showing pictures of a secret society of anthropomorphic animals.
  • Prank calls have also been a staple of the show ever since its debut. An elaborate one involves voice clips of some TV show host used to make deliberately incomprehensible questions towards the victim of the call. Numerous similar prank calls are repeated, with the same target, and the final one uses said victim's own recorded voice clips.
    • "Alan In Love" is perhaps the show's best-known prank call. It began when DJ Alan made a prank call to an old lady, claiming to have fallen in love with her and... well, talking dirty to her. The twist is, said lady not only went "Sure, Let's Go with That," she actually fell in love with him for real. DJ Alan has since made things up (getting arrested, joining the army, you name it), and by May 2013 the sketch holds the title of "Longest Prank Call Ever". The hag not only believed every single thing he said (or so it seems), she even took part in Alan's fappings. You've read that right. The two actually met in person twice, in events organized for her by the DJs.
    • Misunderstanding - A brief series based on Manipulative Editing. At first it seems like they're doing a prank call with tons of obscenities, then it's revealed that the bleeped out words were totally safe ones.

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