Cochi e Renato
Life and career
Childhood friends, the couple accustomed from childhood to perform together in front of an audience of friends and relatives. Their professional debut came in 1965 in the small cabaret Cab 64 in Milan, where they performed along with Lino Toffolo and Bruno Lauzi. Later they were also joined by Enzo Jannacci and Felice Andreasi with whom they formed the comedy ensemble Motore, who had a good local success in Milan. The couple became first known in 1978 thanks to the RAI innovative variety shows Quelli della domenica (1968) and È domenica, ma senza impegno (1969). Characterized by a peculiar comic verve, filled with paradoxical and surreal moods, they got a large success in the early 1970s, with the variety show Il poeta e il contadino and with the participation with the musical show Canzonissima. The couple began to crack in 1974, when Pozzetto started devoting himself to a full-time film career. After a long separation, the couple reunited in 2000s for a series of television and stage projects.
Cochi e Renato were also very active as singer-songwriters (often with the collaboration of Enzo Jannacci), and they had several commercial successes; their main hit is the 1974 song "E la vita la vita" which reached the first place at the Italian hit parade.
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