Marcello Macchia, alias Maccio Capatonda, was born in Chieti in 1978. He is a director, actor, author, writer and filmmaker. At the age of 12 he began his love affair with the camera and shot his first artistic “experiments”. Initially he ventured into horror films, set in and around the streets of Chieti and the Abruzzo countryside, but they had the opposite effect of instilling fear into his audience. They made people laugh. So he ventured into comedy. Moving to Milan, he continued experimenting and eventually gave life to the “capatondiano” style, made up of parodies, puns and nonsense. His first videos, broadcast on “Mai dire..” on Italia Uno, turned him into a viral sensation. His phrases became catchphrases and some expressions even entered day-to day language. The characters he invented became the new gods of popular imagination: Rupert Sciamenna, Anna Pannocchia, Ektor Baboden, Riccardino Fruffolo, Ivo Avido and Herbert Ballerina, who would later become his sidekick, to name just a handful.
Through his production company Shortcut Productions, he has worked with Fox, Rai 3, La7, All Music and made commercials for major brands. Following the series INTRALCI, a hugely popular cycnical soap-com parody of soap operas, LEGGEREZZE, DRAMMI MEDICALI with Elio and the gothic horror LA VILLA DI LATO that was anything but scary, he conceived and produced two – almost three – seasons for MTV of the highly successful MARIO – UNA SERIE DI MACCIO CAPATONDA, acclaimed by both crictics and audiences. On social media he scores high: over 1.2 million followers on Facebook and almost 490,000 on Instagram.
His film debut in January 2015 was with ITALIANO MEDIO, distributed by Medusa, which he wrote, directed and starred in, and which took 2 million euros in its first weekend. With Infinity he produced the social campaign I TRAILERS di Maccio Capatonda, parodies in trailer format of the films in the Infinity catalogue, returning to the origins that had launched him with the Gialappas. The campaign was a huge success, with more than 800,000 views on YouTube.
He is the writer, director and actor of MARIOTTIDE – LA SITCOM, produced with Lotus Production, which went online in October 2016 on Infinity. In March of the same year he released his second film OMICIDIO ALL’ITALIANA, nominated for “Best Comedy” at the Nastro D’argento 2017 awards. In 2016 and 2019 he voiced the protagonist Red for the animated features ANGRY BIRDS I and II, produced by SONY PICTURES USA. The first will be presented at the 69th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. In 2018 he voiced PUPAZZI SENZA GLORIA (Inglorious Puppets) and appeared in a new series on Sky Atlantic entitled THE GENERI, a journey through different film genres, also broadcast on Now Tv.
During the 2020 quarantine, he shot six episodes of the web success TGCASA 40ena , chalking up 1.5 million views. He wrote “LIBRO” for Mondadori Electa, which sold over 50,000 copies. He also shot three comedy videos for WWF, Amazon and Tavernello, reaching impressive numbers on social media with exceptionally high engagement and impressions that have crowned Maccio the undisputed KING of the web and social media.