La Carabina de Ambrosio

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La Carabina de Ambrosio
Directed by Humberto Navarro
Produced by Televisa Chapultepec
Written by Humberto Navarro
Starring Gualberto Castro, Chavelo, Beto el Boticario, Gina Montes and more
Narrated by La Pajaro Peggy
Production
company
Televisa
Release dates
1978 - 1987
Running time
45 minute shows, presented weekly
Country México, México City, México D.F., México
Language Spanish

La Carabina de Ambrosio was a Mexican television show created and developed by Humberto Navarro, filmed at the Televisa Studios, Chapultepec in Mexico City, from 1978 until 1987. The slogan of the show was "A Magical, Comical, and Musical Variety Show." The show had guest emcees that included César Costa, Gualberto Castro, Fito Girón, and Manolo Muñoz. While the emcees sang a cast member would interrupt rudely and a comedy skit began. The show consisted of numerous skits, jokes and tricks played on the emcees. It is rumored that the reason there were so many emcees during the run of the show was due the numerous tricks played on them.

Since 2007, the show is in re-runs on TV Clásico.

Humberto Navarro[edit]

Humberto Navarro, creator and producer, of La Carabina de Ambrosio, was a young up-and-coming talent of Televisa. He developed La Carabina de Ambrosio with the theme of "you don't know what comes next." There were comedy skits, outrageous magic from equally outrageous magicians, music, entertainers, vedettes all presented out of sequence.

Gina Montes[edit]

Navarro knew what the Mexican television audience wanted, yet were too embarrassed to ask for. Navarro started the show with Brazilian dancer Gina Montes. She was a sultry, dark-haired femme fatale who wore a black French-cut leotard with thigh-high high-heeled black boots. This was a scandalous costume for the era and stunned the television public when Gina bumped and grinded while white smoke was pumped in at her feet. She opened and closed the show with her gyrations while the credits rolled.[1] Navarro knew this was an outrageous presentation for conservative Mexican television, but the public loved it. Gina disappeared suddenly from the TV show and from Mexico. No one knew what had happened to her until recently. The show hit number one in Mexico! The show’s success skyrocketed Navarro into fame throughout Mexico. Navarro employed famous singers as emcees. Singers such as Gualberto Castro, César Costa, Fito Girón, and Manolo Muñoz. He added the controversial and often meritorious Mexican vedettes such as Wanda Seux (up to this point vedettes were not shown on Mexican television only in nightclubs and bars). Their almost scandalous costumes brought in the highest rating in Mexican television during the era. Navarro added guests entertainers such as, but not limited to, singer / dancer Laura Zapata.

La Pájara Peggy[edit]

La pájara Peggy or “the Big Bird Peggy,” a large, bright yellow, gawky bird that looked more like a duck and spoke in an obnoxious voice audaciously interrupting cast member. During the first two years of the show, Navarro himself dressed up in the yellow bird outfit and had outrageous interactions with the emcees, often whacking the unsuspecting emcee over the head with a wing or a kick in the shins with a big webbed foot. These slapstick antics sent the stage hands into uproarious laughter, and sent Navarro's bosses into shock. At the time, it was unheard of that a Televisa executive would dress up in a big yellow bird suit and act silly on national television. A memo from the owner of Televisa requested that Navarro find a replacement. Actor/comedian Moisés Suárez replaced Navarro as La pájara Peggy.[2]

Cast[edit]

  • César Costa ......... Emcee, other roles Padre Chispita, Gulp (a spoof on The Incredible Hulk series starring Bill Bixby), etc.
  • Gualberto Castro..... co-Emcee, also sang and played Profe Gualas.
  • Fito Girón........... co-Emcee and singer.
  • Manolo Muñoz.........co-Emcee and singer.
  • Paco Stanley........ co-Emcee, and played Paco Pacorro.
  • Alejandro Suárez.... co-Emcee, comedian and played roles as el Simpatias, el Vulgarcito, Supermam, etc.
  • Xavier López "Chabelo"......Comedian portrayed Guillo el monaguilllo, Pujitos, etc.
  • Roberto Ramírez Garza "Beto El Boticario".... Magician
  • Benito Castro..........Kin Kin el Acapulqueño
  • Charly Valentino
  • Luis de Alba.........Peritos, Maclovio, etc.
  • El Mago Frank y Blas ...Magician and Ventriloquist
  • Gina Montes.....Dancer
  • Humberto Navárro y Moisés Suárez........Played the "La pájara Peggy" a huge awkward yellow bird
  • Jorge Alberto Riancho ....... co-Emcee
  • Jorge Arvizu "el Tata"......... played roles as El Tata, Don Rutilano, Lim Piao, etc.
  • Judith Velasco
  • Maribel Fernández aka "La Pelangocha"......Played La Babis.
  • Víctor Alcocer
  • La Maga Marian.... Played by Mariana E de Castro (esposa de Gualberto Castro).......Magician
  • Aida Pierce.....played La nina Aidita, La Enfermera, Virginola, etc.
Gualberto Castro, Emcee 
Humberto Navarro, Creator / Producer / Occasional Director 
Chavelo, Comedian 
Gina Montes, Star Dancer 
Beto el Boticario, Magician 
La Maga Marian, Magician 
Kin Kin el Acapulqueño 

Legacy[edit]

In 2012, as a tribute to the classic variety show, Mexican morning talk show Hoy ran a series of segments that recreated famous sketches from Carabina in which the hosts would impersonate the characters and personalities from the original series. For example, long-time host Andrea Legarreta appears as dancer Gina Montes and Paul Stanley (son of Paco Stanley) acts as Chavelo. The recreations proved to be so popular that Hoy brought the series back as a permanent fixture and recently began its fourth season.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Video of Gina Montes dancing during the opening credits
  2. ^ See T.V. Guia, 1979
  3. ^ Video of Hoy's Revival of the Series

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