About

Hello, this is my simple website (so I don’t have to spend too much time updating it).

I was born in Rome and worked for Comedy Central Italy (it actually exists) as late night show correspondent, host and writer for the public radio, voice actor (Japanese anime), and pizza delivery guy (with moped). I currently have a real job while focusing on personal projects like the stuff you're visiting now and my podcast.

I founded a bunch of virtually-impossible-to-monetize idealistic companies in my life, gathering a few million views through political satire videos in the early days of YouTube and OTT streaming (which opened the door to Comedy Central, Discovery Networks, public radio, and similar gigs). Before actually trying to perform anything in front of the camera, I studied to become an Industrial Designer.

I like improvisational theater and I care about tech, humanities, self-awareness, empathy, community, fun, and how the intersection of those affects life and relationships. I'm a very emotional and impulsive stoic.

I self-produce my work—including commissions from broadcast networks. I write, code, record, design, edit, 3D-print (not all exceptionally, but I fail really well).

I make what I need, I use what I make.

“Metaphorically speaking, a person's ideas must be the building he lives in—otherwise there is something terribly wrong.” — Søren Kierkegaard

Now

I live in Chicago with another human (who is a great person) and a dog (also a great person). I am focused on no-bullshit projects (according to me) like this blog and recording meaningful interviews (over 40 hours fully produced so far) with interesting guests from places like Pixar, Google, and The Second City. Even if I know I’ll never be fluent in it, I am trying to learn a third language: Japanese. I can read it, though I mostly have no clue of what anything means.

俎板の上の鯉。

Whatever language you may speak, you can get in touch now. S’accetta tutto, pure romanesco.

Timeline

Sim

1986: Born in Rome, Italy. 1997: First PC: Pentium MMX 266 MHz. Learning Visual Basic. 1998: Convinced my parents to buy a U.S. Robotics 56K V90 modem (they weren't sure what it was for). 1999: Started learning HTML, CSS. And English (not enough resources available in Italian). 2001: Started learning Macromedia Fireworks & Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop, Premiere, Discreet 3dsmax. 2002: First coming out. 2004: First Mac. Founded print and web design company 'Ensemble S.c.r.l.'. 2005: Started college: Industrial Design and Architecture. 2007: Veered towards humanities. Transfer to Contemporary Literature. 2008: Voice actor for Japanese anime in Italian (i.e. Neon Genesis, Code Geass, Gundam). 2009: First 1M+ views on YT & national news websites. Dropped out of college, hired full time as videographire and satire author by national newspaper. 2010: Started working in public radio as content strategist and creator. 2011: Bombed on stage real bad. Decided to travel to the US alone to attend The Second City. 2012: Digital Art Director for newspaper Pubblico. Overviewed UX and UI of mobile and web apps, plus TV ads development. 2013: Senior Correspondent on Comedy Central Italy. Founded Improv Italia. 2015: Moved to Chicago. Back to college in the US. 2016: Started hosting a 2yrs. run on public radio in Italy, from Chicago. 2017: Graduated college. Hosted first Italian TV show for Discovery Networks Int'l, from Chicago. 2018: Started an interview podcast. 2019: Creative Marketing Manager at GoHealth. 2020: Navigating these unprecedented times in which we are all in together to reach the New Normal™.

Support My Work

If you enjoy this site, my podcast, and the Sunday Skim, there are a few ways you can help me continue working on them.

Contribute Directly

The easiest and most direct way to support this site is through a contribution at this link.

Anything you donate there will go straight to me, and you'll get a shoutout in the next Sunday Skim!

Use a Service I Recommend

There are also some specific products and tools I regularly recommend that give me a little kickback when you buy or sign up for them after clicking through my link. Here they are in no particular order.

These are some services and tools that I regularly suggest to friends and give me back some encouragement when you sign up using the link I share. Here you can find some, it might even be a good way for you to discover something new or that you meant to try.

Betterment

I'm no finance wizard, so I don’t want to overthink saving/investing. I just toss what I can into Betterment and let their formula do the magic. It’s reliable, easy, and improves constantly. You can try it here.

OkiOki

We recently moved and had to pick a good (but affordable) mattress. We ordered one from OkiOki and it is super comfortable—also helping to take care of some shoulder pain at a fraction of the Casper price (yeah, even those are inflated). You can get a discount using this link now.

Rad Power Bikes

We don't own a car and our primary transportation method is... biking! Yes, in Chicago—if it doesn't snow. Rad makes affordable electric bikes which go a long way and you can assemble yourself. If you use this link, I don't get anything personally, but you will receive $50 off your order and I get to pick a charity for a $50 donation. Get the $50 Rad discount here.

Revue

Revue is like MailChimp but easier and really focused on newsletters. It's how I send the Sunday Skim, and it even allows you to create a private, subscription-only newsletter. You can host your issues online, and automatically pull RSS entries or embed rich media. Just click here to sign up and start your next newsletter or migrate your existing one.

Spread the Word!

It always helps to send more people to this site any way you can.

If you have a blog, link to the newsletter and an article of mine you liked. If you have a newsletter, mention the Sunday Skim in it. Or just share your favorite article on Facebook or Twitter.

Podcast, blog, and newsletter have been a constant project since the fall of 2017, so I incredibly appreciate anything you do to support it.

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🅂 Me in 15”

I've been a satirical author, marketing manager, radio host, Comedy Central correspondent, and improviser. Process optimizer, critical observer, easily obsessed—and emotional stoic—I love meaningful conversations and silences. Rome (Italy) native, I now live in Chicago → more about me and what I'm doing now.

An entertaining afternoon with friends.