LIVE FOR LAUGHTER – STEPHEN MIFSUD

 

Before entering the television scene, Stephen Mifsud used to take part in various pageants playing the part of Jesus, alongside other plays and comedy sketches in his home town of Ħal Luqa.

In 2002, he formed part of a team presenting the weekly IT programme Click, where he also operated a puppet called Clicky.

In 2012, following a set of auditions, Stephen was chosen by Take 2 to form part of Min Imissu, and later on that year, he was offered to perform one of the main characters Karmelo Arancini in the Deċeduti Movie Wara l-Aħħar tad-Dinja. Launched on the 20th December 2012, just in time for the Christmas releases, the movie was an immediate success, topping the local charts for over eight weeks.

Date of Birth: 24th September, 1980

Location: Mtarfa (born in Luqa)

Star Sign: Libra

Media-related occupation: Actor (Comedy)

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Above: Stephen portraying Gordon Manke character (Min Imissu TV show).

 

In 2013, he took part in IżdaImmaMentriPero, once again portraying Karmelo Arancini, one of the Detenuti, and other various characters.

Stephen as also been part of other local series including La Famiglia, Kelli Ngħix and Qalb in-Nies, and two local music videos, What I’d Give (Ira Losco) and Marija s-Sabiħa (No Bling Show).

What has so far been your best experience in your career?

The Deċeduti Movie was my first important role as a main character on television. Take 2 Reloaded was a great experience too, as theatre gives you a unique feeling, however Min Imissu has so far been my most intense participation, having to interview local TV personalities and interpreting characters which are very different from who I am in real life.

Any behind-the-scenes anecdotes you could share with us?

I remember one particular scene where Karmelo Arancini had to hit Eclaire with the stick. I tried to cheat to make it look real, however the stick accidentally disassembled, and the lower part hit him in his private parts! His reaction looked really professional, but he wasn’t acting, it was just his natural reflex!

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Above: Stephen portraying the Karmelo Arancini character on Min Imissu TV show. 

In your opinion, is there something lacking in Malta in terms of local drama?

For most of the local actors, acting is not their full time job, as Malta is a small market, and resources and finances are limited. People in this sector work very hard and I think that Maltese viewers should follow and support local productions more.

Who would you say are your comedic influences?

I grew up with a general love for comedy. When I was a child, I loved watching comedy on local and foreign television like Mai dire Gol and Bomba. I was only 6 years old, and I remember watching Aħna Aħna jew m’Aħniex, a comedy/satire series which had hit Malta’s TV screens in 1986. There were also old movies on, with comedians like Laurel and Hardy and Benny Hill. I also loved imitating TV personalities like Mike Buongiorno, Corrado and Mike Spiteri, among others. That is what made me love comedy.

Are you the regular joker outside of performing?

Yes, my love for comedy is not restricted to my performances. I’m also the regular joker when I’m with my friends, family and work colleagues.

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Steven Mifsud, captured by Edward Duncan.