- Argentine humour
Argentine humour is exemplified by a number of humorous television programmes, film productions, comic strips and other types of media. Everyday humour includes jokes related to recurrent themes, such as jokes at the expense of Galicians (the inhabitants of Galicia,
Spain) called "chistes de gallegos" (where they are commonly portrayed as simpletons), often obscene sex-related jokes ("chistes verdes", literally "green jokes", a term equivalent to the English-language "blue humour"), jokes about the English, the Americans, blonde women (supposedly clueless), dark humour(called "humor negro"), word and pronunciation games, jokes about Argentines themselves , etc.
There are and have been many humorous Argentine television shows, of many genres and themes. Many artists focus on
political humour. Shows include "Cha Cha Cha", "Todo por dos pesos", " Caiga Quien Caiga" commonly referred to as "CQC", "El Show de Videomatch", etc.
Notable television comedians include
Juan Verdaguer, Tato Bores, Alberto Olmedo, Jorge Porcel, Antonio Gasalla, Alfredo Casero, Guillermo Francellaand most recently Diego Capusotto.
Comic strips and comic books
Quino's " Mafalda" is one of the internationally best-known Argentine comic strips and comic-book series. Its humour is related to local and international politics. Maitenais another successful comic-book writer, dealing with women and family values.
Fontanarrosa was another famous Argentine cartoonist, known for his comic strip "Inodoro Pereyra" featuring a
Gaturro, Macanudo, Yo, Matías
Humour can be found in the works of some of Argentina's best-known writers. For example,
Jorge Luis Borgeswas known for his dry, sometimes dark, humour. He begins his story "The Dread Redeemer Lazarus Morrell" by describing Bartolomé de las Casasas having taken pity on the natives suffering and dying in the mines of the Antilles, thereby leading the Spanish government to relieve their suffering by importing African slaves to suffer and die in the mines of the Antilles. His one-paragraph short story "On Accuracy in Science", probably inspired by a remark of Lewis Carroll's, imagines a map drawn at 1:1 scale, so that it covers the entire country that it illustrates. Borges and another of the country's leading writers, Adolfo Bioy Casares, created the pseudonymous H. Bustos Domecq, under whose name they wrote, among other things, comic detective fiction.
Argentine youth, especially young men, enjoy phone pranks. One of the first popular prank-callers in Argentina was "
Doctor Tangalanga". ("Spanish-language article: Tangalanga")
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