Giuseppe Grillo, better known as Beppe Grillo (born July 21, 1948), is an Italian actor who works in theatres, movies, and television. Grillo was born in Savignone di Genova, Liguria. After receiving his degree as an accountant, Grillo became a comedian by chance, improvising a monologue in an audition. Two weeks later he was discovered and launched by Italian TV presenter Pippo Baudo. He subsequently participated in the variety show Secondo Voi for two years (1977-78).