Mauricio Borensztein (1927-1996), popularly known as Tato, marked generations of Argentines for his sharp political humor. during their 50 years of career in show business He participated in countless movies and plays, but without a doubt his television monologues remained in national history for criticizing, with great humor, openly holding back power.
Argentines and the dollar
the comedian born on a day like today (April 27, 1927) had put the magnifying glass on one of the issues that most affect Argentine citizens: the continuous rise of the dollar. Tato joked, but at the same time made a shrewd criticism, about the reasons why the US currency increased.
“What I don’t understand is why the dollar always goes up. If Boca loses, the dollar goes up three mangoes. The Sunday that Boca wins, the dollar goes up four mangoes. If they announce cold weather for August, the dollar is out of sight,” he exulted in one of his monologues in 1962.
“tax to tax”
On another occasion, the humorist turned the pages of the newspaper until he was surprised by a new tax. “I went headlong to see an expert and he told me: ‘we really like to tax: it’s like a hobby,'” he began.
“So it’s a tax on the tax. It would be like the guy who is about to steal and then when he gets out they put him back in jail for having been in jail. It’s like the story of the good pipe. We are looking at the possibility of applying a tax to those who do not pay taxes. Later, that money goes back to the town, but it must be behind because it hasn’t come back for like 50 years“, shot stinging.
His historic 2,000th monologue: politicians as targets
Tato, in search of the path of the sun was the name of the television program that the comedian carried out during the year 1990. There he made one of his most remembered monologues in which he reviewed the last 30 years of Argentine history.
“In 1960 I put the face for the first time. There was no Maradona or color television. The austral did not exist… It does not exist now, but that is another story,” he launched sharply. “To some politicians and officials who are there watching me, if they continue doing the things they are doing, I’m going to try to be here as long as possible to keep fucking around“, he took aim at power with humor and insight.
Tato Bores “visited” a state hospital
bores recreated a visit to a public hospital with louis brandoniwho acted as a doctor, and highlighted all the shortcomings of the state health system. In this table, it reveals everything from the lack of medical supplies to the low wages of the staff.
“Welcome to the fascinating world of state medicine. In this general room the doctors are chained. What happens is that if they don’t tie them up, they don’t come back anymore,” the actor explained to the horrified comedian.
Judge Barú Budu Budía
In 1992, the federal judge Maria Romilda Servini de Cubría requested that the presentation of one of the T programs be removed and not broadcastato of america. The monologue in question alluded to a case of drug money laundering in which the judge was removed and sanctioned for irregularities.
Colleagues from different artistic disciplines quickly offered their solidarity to the comedian and began the program singing: “Judge Barú Budu Budía is the greatest there is”. Then Susana Gimenez interpreted the figure of Justice and expressed: “Speaking of institution to institution, I want you to know that I sympathize with you“.
The life of Tato Bores
Tato was born on April 27, 1925 in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. He belonged to a low-income Jewish family from Buenos Aires and his grounding since he was a boy was show business. In his adolescence he left school and began his career as a lead, he was in charge of moving musical instruments for the orchestra of louis rolero and René Cospito.
At a bachelor party for one of the group’s musicians, he drew the attention of various personalities for his ability to tell jokes. The screenwriter Julius Porter and the comedian Pepe Iglesiasknown as El Zorro, hired him in Splendid radio.
Between 1945 and 1957 his artistic career was on the rise. He participated in hits like The humorous school, Igor’s adventures, Madam 13 and Bad people. Personally, he also made progress by formalizing the romance with his girlfriend. In 1954 he married bertha szpindlerwith whom he had three children: Alejandro, Sebastian and Marina Borensztein.
His consecration occurred on the television program faces and smileys. There he performed his magnificent monologues and he began to dress in what would become his personal style: with a tailcoat, wig, and cigar. Then came the great success of Tato, always on Sundayon Channel 9, work for which he received his first prize Martin Fierro.
“The monologue has a key: it is a kind of political report; I read the newspaper headlines and tell the news on stage adding a humorous comment. But you always have to update the information: a political joke on thursday does not make friday laugh“, was one of the humorist’s reflections on his work in 1963.
Once the military dictatorship began, Bores moved away from television for two years. He returned to the screens in 1978 with tattoo for everyoneon Channel 13. At that time he tried to broadcast an imaginary talk with the de facto president Jorge Rafael Videlabut it never aired.
During the 1980s, the comedian participated in several theater plays and starred in movies with his great friend Alberto Olmedo: shared apartment and lover for two.
In 1993 he started his last program good show, issued by Telefe. In 1994 he had to end his contract after an operation for a herniated disc that prevented him from returning to work. Some time later he was diagnosed with bone cancer, for which he lived with great pain and difficulty moving until January 11, 1996, the day he died.
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Opening digital retouching: Gustavo Ramírez
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