Chiquito de la Calzada

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Chiquito de la Calzada
Gregorio Esteban Sánchez Fernández

(1932-05-28)28 May 1932
Died11 November 2017(2017-11-11) (aged 85)
Hospital Carlos Haya, Málaga, Spain
Occupation(s)Actor, comedian, singer
SpouseJosefa García Gómez

Gregorio Esteban Sánchez Fernández (28 May 1932, Málaga – 11 November 2017, Málaga), known as Chiquito de la Calzada, was a Spanish flamenco singer and actor, although he rose to fame as a stand-up comedian.

Chiquito de la Calzada became very popular in Spanish TV shows (especially Genio y figura) during the mid-nineties due to his unique style, strongly based on a surreal and histrionic approach to jokes and language, and constant gesticulation and movement while telling his jokes, placing his hands on his waist as if he had lower backache. Some of his characteristic words and expressions such as Fistro or Jarl, as well as his humorous lines or hyperbolic comparisons such as "you work less than Tarzan's tailor" quickly became memes and are now part of Spanish slang.

His moves and jargon were so influential to other Spanish comedians, that some TV characters such as Crispín Klander, Lucas Grijander and Nuñito de la Calzada were entirely built around his image, style and influence. There is a mod for the video game Doom featuring his voice.[1][2]

On 18 February 2019, he received the Medalla de Oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes.[3]

Personal life[edit]

His wife, Josefa García Gómez, died in 2012.[4]


On 14 October 2017 he fell down in his home,[5] and he was rescued by the firemen and hospitalized in Málaga,[6] but he recuperated favourably.[7]

On 31 October 2017 he returned to be hospitalized in Hospital Carlos Haya of Málaga,[8] with chest pains and he underwent blood tests.[9] Finally his condition stabilised.[10]

On 10 November 2017, his health worsened,[11] so he was induced[12] into a coma and was moved to the intensive care unit.[13] He died on 11 November 2017[14] from complications of cardiac catheterization.[15]





  1. ^ Pellicer, L. (14 August 2010). "Un homenaje a la Piquer y Chiquito de la Calzada, en la Fira de Gandia". (in Spanish). Valencia: Valenciana Editorial Interactiva SL. Retrieved 17 August 2010.
  2. ^ Staff (17 July 2009). "Chiquito de la Calzada y Leslie Nielsen, unidos por 'Spanish Movie'". (in Spanish). Telecinco, SA. Archived from the original on 24 March 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2010.
  3. ^ A. S. (17 February 2019). "Cuando el rey Juan Carlos imitó a Chiquito de la Calzada". Vanity Fair (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  4. ^ Notice of death of Josefa García Gómez,; accessed 11 November 2017.(in Spanish)
  5. ^ "Chiquito de la Calzada, ingresado tras ser rescatado por los bomberos en su casa de Málaga tras una caída". Diario Sur. Málaga. 15 October 2017. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Hospitalizado Chiquito de la Calzada tras sufrir un accidente doméstico". El Español. 15 October 2017. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  7. ^ EFE (15 October 2017). "Chiquito se recupera en el hospital: "He tenido una pequeña caidita de Roma"". La Opinión de Málaga. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  8. ^ M. Romero, Antonio (1 November 2017). "Chiquito de la Calzada, ingresado de nuevo en Carlos Haya". Diario Sur. Málaga. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Los motivos del ingreso hospitalario de Chiquito de la Calzada". ¡Hola! (in Spanish). 31 October 2017. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  10. ^ Ruiz Fájula, Damián (31 October 2017). "Chiquito de la Calzada, hospitalizado de nuevo". El Mundo (in Spanish). Málaga. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  11. ^ EFE (10 November 2017). "Empeora el estado de salud de Chiquito de la Calzada". El Mundo (in Spanish). Málaga. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Chiquito de la Calzada entra en coma inducido y se agrava su estado de salud". El Confidencial (in Spanish). 10 November 2017. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  13. ^ "Chiquito de la Calzada, ingresado en la UCI". El Confidencial (in Spanish). Vanitatis. 7 November 2017. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  14. ^ Prieto, Darío (11 November 2017). "Muere Chiquito de la Calzada, genio del humor y renovador del idioma español". El Mundo (in Spanish). Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  15. ^ Morales, Manuel (11 November 2017). "Muere el humorista Chiquito de la Calzada a los 85 años en Málaga". El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 11 November 2017.

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