2013-02-23 —

Known as the "clown prince" of Italian politics, Beppe Grillo is a 64-year-old comedian turned politician whose Five Star Movement (M5S) is winning the hearts and minds of Italians fed up with mainstream parties.

"My vision was just to make jokes about politicians," the comedian, whose real name is Giuseppe Piero Grillo, told CNN. "Then I made this joke about how this politician was stealing -- and he actually was."

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