Tato Bores

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Tato Bores
Tato bores armchair.jpg
Born Mauricio Borensztein
(1927-04-27)27 April 1927
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died 11 January 1996(1996-01-11) (aged 68)
Occupation Comedian
Years active 1945–1994

Mauricio Borensztein (27 April 1927 – 11 January 1996), known by the stage name Tato Bores, was an Argentine film, theatre and television comedian, who specialized in political humor. His ironic TV monologues, delivered at a fast pace, became a reference point for generations of Argentines.

He took his first steps into the humor field in 1957, after the fall of Juan Perón, debuting in state-owned Channel 7. When in character, he wore dress coat, white bow tie and a deliberately badly cut wig, and waved a cigar. Besides the monologues, at some point during each show he pretended to dial the number of the Casa Rosada and speak to the President (whoever it was at the time), asking pointed questions or commenting on uncomfortable news.

Near the end of his life, Borensztein abandoned the weekly show format and resorted to "special programmes" every month or more. In one of these, he appeared as Dr. Helmut Strasse, "argentinologist", an archeologist specialized in the lost land of Argentina, which had sunk into the Atlantic Ocean 500 years before the fictional time frame of the show. The show was a humorous mockumentary about the downfall of Argentina where Borensztein, speaking in a mixture of Yiddish, German and some odd words in Spanish, overdubbed into straight Spanish by a narrator, commented on the latest findings and theories while he toured a digging site.

Before the broadcast of one of the programmes, federal judge María Servini de Cubría was warned that the show contained an ironic comment about a ridiculously low fine she had received for mishandling a case. Servini ordered the offending segment to be cut out, and forbade Borensztein to mention her name. This violated free speech, since the programme had not been broadcast and she had not verified it was criminally offensive. Borensztein received overwhelming support from the artistic community of Argentina, but respected the judicial order, from then on referring to the judge as "the unnameable" or as Jueza Barubudubudía (intended as a nonsensical yet transparent rhyme of "Servini de Cubría") until the censorship was lifted.

Professional work[edit]

Television[edit]

Period Name of the show Channel Scriptwriters
1957–1960 Tato y sus monólogos Canal 7 Landrú
1961–1963 Tato, siempre en domingo Canal 9 César Bruto
1964–1970 Tato, siempre en domingo Canal 11 César Bruto
1971–1972 Por siempre Tato Canal 11 Jordán de la Cazuela
1973 Dígale sí a Tato Canal 13 Jordán de la Cazuela
1974 Dele crédito a Tato Canal 13 Aldo Cammarotta
1978 Special of "El Mundo del Espectáculo" Canal 13 Aldo Cammarotta
1979 Tato vs. Tato Canal 13 Aldo Cammarotta, Juan Carlos Mesa
1981 Tato por ciento Canal 13 Aldo Cammarotta, Juan Carlos Mesa
1983 Extra Tato Canal 13 Oscar Blotta (h), Carlos Abrevaya, Jorge Guinzburg, Basurto, José María Jaunarena, Geno Díaz
1984 Tato, qué bien se TV Canal 13 Geno Díaz
1985 Tatus Canal 13 Geno Díaz
1988 Tato Diet Teledos Santiago Varela
1989 Tato al borde de un ataque de nervios Canal 13 Santiago Varela
1990 Tato en busca de la vereda del sol Canal 13 Santiago Varela
1991 Tato, la leyenda continúa Canal 13 Santiago Varela
1992 Tato de América Canal 13 Santiago Varela
1993 Good show Telefé Santiago Varela
1999 La Argentina de Tato Canal 13 Special cycle post mortem

Films[edit]

  • Un pecado por mes (1949)
  • La comedia inmortal (1951)
  • Camino al crimen (1951)
  • Esta es mi vida (1952)
  • Mala gente (1952)
  • Por cuatro días locos (1953)
  • Casada y señorita (1954)
  • Vida nocturna (1955)
  • Vacaciones en la Argentina (1960)
  • El Asalto (1960)
  • Propiedad (1962)
  • El televisor (1962)
  • Viaje de una noche de verano (1965)
  • Disputas en la cama (1972)
  • Departamento compartido (1980)
  • Amante para dos (1981)

Family[edit]

He is the father of Alejandro Borensztein, Sebastián Borensztein and Marina Borensztein.

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