Polivision S1 E6: Chumel Torres and Mexican DIY online comedy

This episode of Polivision is about “El Pulso de La República”, a Mexican online satiric news show created in 2012 by comedian Chumel Torres, who, after four years of producing his show independently in YouTube transitioned as the host of a late-night show in HBO (“Chumel con Chumel Torres) with a regional projection. Inspired by Seth Macfarlane and John Oliver, Torres’ work is also a … Continue reading Polivision S1 E6: Chumel Torres and Mexican DIY online comedy

Polivision S1 E5: Malena Pichot, Argentinean feminist comedy

While comedy is still a very male-dominated environment, there is also an increasing feminist trend in Latin America. This episode of Polivision is about Malena Pichot, a feminist comedian from Argentina. Pichot became a YouTube star with her videos about a break-up with her boyfriend, and later with Cualca, a series of television satiric sketches that criticized sexism, racism, homophobia, and other prejudices. Created by … Continue reading Polivision S1 E5: Malena Pichot, Argentinean feminist comedy

Polivision S1 E4: Peter Capusotto and Argentinean satire

A nazi pop singer from Buenos Aires who talks about the dangers that the poor, the dark-skinned, and the ugly represent. A new age singer of the 60s that combines political revolutionary slogans with cheesy love songs. A drunk old woman who rants against de cultural decay of our time while she remembers her days as the pioneer of punk rock in Argentina. These are … Continue reading Polivision S1 E4: Peter Capusotto and Argentinean satire

Polivision S1 E3: Jaime Bayly and Peruvian TV political humor

Almost a decade ago, one of the most popular Peruvian TV journalists announced that he wanted to be the first bisexual, impotent, and agnostic president of the country. And he added that he also wanted to be the First Lady. His name was Jaime Bayly and was known as Lima’s enfant terrible because of his continuous scandals related to his bisexuality, drug addictions, suicidal intents, love … Continue reading Polivision S1 E3: Jaime Bayly and Peruvian TV political humor

Polivision S1 E2: Brozo and the Mexican Humor

Do you know the Jon Stewart of Mexico? It’s not a Jewish New Yorker dressed in an expensive suit. It’s a clown who drinks, does drugs, and tells vulgar, misogynistic jokes in a raspy smoker’s voice. But he also reports the news, and rants against the establishment and the political elites. The second episode of Polivision–a video show about LatinX & global cultures–tells the story … Continue reading Polivision S1 E2: Brozo and the Mexican Humor

Polivision S1 E1: Satire in the Americas

Fake News. Post-truth. Trump era. These are all words that are now used to describe a time when the limits between the real and the fake seem difficult to discern. During the past decades, boundaries between journalism and entertainment, and between public affairs and pop culture have blurred. Infotainment became a global phenomenon encouraged since the start of commercial TV. Nevertheless, it was also the time … Continue reading Polivision S1 E1: Satire in the Americas