Grass Valley family to appear on TV |

Grass Valley family to appear on TV

Marc and Miko Cuniberti admit to their sons’ energy.

“They’re a handful,” said dad Cuniberti recently while watching Kyle, 6, and Dominic, 4, rip around their Grass Valley house playing cops and robbers.

So it’s not surprising when he explains how the animated brothers were chosen to soon be on America’s Funniest Home Videos. It started about 18 months ago, when Kyle decided he wanted to scare his brother awake from a nap.

Dad Cuniberti – whose sense of humor has obviously been passed on to his children – decided he should tape the shenanigans. As you watch the video, you can see Kyle tip-toeing into Dominic’s room with his Darth Vader mask on while his little brother sleeps soundly.

As dad zooms in, Kyle leans over and roars. Dominic awakes slowly, and when his eyes clear, he is looking directly into Darth Vader’s face.

That causes Dominic to hesitate a comic second and then he bursts into wailing and tears. He then recoils as if he didn’t see the apparition, and then looks back up to see if indeed it was there. That leads to another wave of hysterics.

“I went ‘Rah!,'” Kyle said. “I scared him, but he never, ever scares me.”

Although the elder Cuniberti knew he had a funny video, he had never seen the ABC show that airs them on Sunday nights. It wasn’t until several months ago that Cuniberti showed the video to his father, who suggested he submit it to the show.

“Marc said, ‘I’m going to send the tape,’ and I said, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah,'” said Miko Cuniberti, while holding their daughter. Sadie, 2, is a bit more reserved than her jokester brothers.

Several weeks ago, a woman from the show called to say the video had been selected and the family was wanted for taping in Los Angeles on Saturday.

“I really didn’t expect it,” Marc Cuniberti said. “They asked a lot of questions, probably to cover their liability and to see if we were coherent. They wanted to make sure that I took the video and that I bought and didn’t make the Darth Vader mask. They told me it airs April 22” at 7 p.m.

Apparently assured, the woman told Cuniberti they would put the family up and give them $500 spending money when they get to L.A. The Cunibertis will all appear on the show and will win at least $2,000 if they come in third place, $3,000 for second place or $10,000 for first. There is also a chance they could win a special $100,000 prize for pleasing America’s audience.

Marc Cuniberti already has plans for the money, no matter how much they win.

“We’ll take two extra days and go to Disneyland and Universal Studios,” he said. “The money’s already spent.

“If we win the $10,000, (all their friends) go for a steak dinner,” Cuniberti said. “If we win the $100,000, everybody goes to Harrahs for two nights, all expenses paid.”

The boys know they will be taping a TV show Saturday, which caused Kyle to admit, “I’m a little nervous, butterflies.”

Dominic isn’t sure if the TV studio will be as scary as his brother was in the video.

“I don’t know, I’ve never been there,” Dominic said.

With that, the brothers jumped off the coach and resumed their cops and robbers game.

“We need an off button,” mom Cuniberti said.


To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail or call 477-4237.

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