Emmy nominated American Greek Comedian Basile, has announced he is dedicating his UK Tour next week in memory of Pani (Panayioti) Argyrou, a popular British-born Cypriot well known in London and the UK, who sadly passed away in 2018, aged 29.
Pani fundraised for and organised trips to the orphanage of Lyreio Children’s Institution, St. Anargyroi, Orthodox Village (Rafina, Greece) forming close bonds with the children there. The Orphanage was rebuilt after being nearly ruined in 1995, only to be badly damaged again in the 2018 fires.
“In Pani’s memory, we will have a collection to continue to raise money, which he was actively doing before his death, in his name for the Orphanage at each of my shows in Birmingham, Bristol, North and South London and Nottingham”, said Basile.
“Once in a great while you meet someone ppwho amazes you, and you marvel at their accomplishments at such a young tender age with their compassion for their family, friends, responsibilities and their faith. Pani (Panayioti) Argyrou was that person!” added Basile.
Pani was a proprietor and helped run and manage the family restaurants, found success as a concert promoter, and was also a founder member, treasurer and sponsor of St Panteleimon FC, who play in the Middlesex County Football League. He was also a member of the Church Committee at Greek Orthodox St. Panteleimon Church in Harrow.
“As a teenager he came to a show of mine at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London. About a year later he asked me if I would perform for his Church to help raise much needed funds for both youth activities and the building of a new church near Wembley – and that’s where our relationship started. From then on, our friendship blossomed into a very close bond for years. I considered Pani a friend, but more as a brother! I even called him, “my little brother from another mother,” said Basile.
“He was a young man with an old soul and loved everyone, and EVERYONE loved Pani. From him driving me all over England with one hand on the steering wheel and a Haloumi (Cypriot Cheese) sandwich in the other, with a Frappe between his legs, he never ceased to amaze me!
“Even if we came home late from a Saturday night concert, there was always time for Church on Sundays. Pani introduced me to the local Priest at the Church and to his family and I did fundraisers for the church, because of Pani,” continued Basile.
Pani is sorely missed by the Greek Cypriot community and “not a day goes by without thinking about my friend Pani and his kindness!” said Basile.
“He always threatened me that he was going to marry my daughter, and I would look at him and say GOD FORBID! However, at the same time I was thinking just how lucky my family would have been to have someone like Pani to be part of my family!
“I hope you can donate to this worthwhile organization,” added Basile.
Book tickets now for Basile’s fresh new comedy show for all at any of these venues – Glee Club, Birmingham; Anson Rooms, Bristol SU; Bromley Hall, Beckenham; Millfield Theatre, Edmonton, North London; Glee Club, Nottingham – online at http://basileuk.ltbevents.com