Danilo Gentili

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Danilo Gentili
Danilo Gentili Jr.

(1979-09-27) 27 September 1979 (age 39)
Alma materFederal University of ABC
OccupationTelevision host, comedian, writer, actor, reporter, cartoonist, advertiser, businessman
Years active2005–present
Known forStand-up, television, film, books

Danilo Gentili Jr. (born September 27, 1979) is a Brazilian comedian, television host, writer, cartoonist, and businessman.

He gained national recognition on the TV show Custe o Que Custar (CQC), aired on the Band network. Gentili then created and hosted Agora É Tarde (2011–2013), a late-night talk show on the same network, later moving to the SBT network with talk show The Noite com Danilo Gentili (2014–present). Gentili is also a partner in two stand-up comedy clubs, has written four books, and has acted in, written and produced films. He was convicted and sentenced to seven months of prison time in April 2019 for defaming a Brazilian federal congresswoman with a suggestion that she was a "puta", or prostitute, in a YouTube video.[1]

Early life[edit]

Gentili was born in Santo André, the youngest son of a housewife and a typewriter technician. He is of Italian descent. His paternal grandfather, Ulderico Gentili, was a church painter who left Italy for São Paulo, Brazil, during World War II. He was raised in the tenements of Parque das Nações neighborhood near Santo André, and later moved to São Paulo. When he was 18, his father died of a heart attack. Six months later his older sibling, Karina Gentili, died in a car accident.

In 2003, Gentili graduated from the Federal University of ABC with a degree in social communication (advertising).[2]


Early career[edit]

In 2006, Gentili joined Clube da Comédia Stand-Up [pt], a stand-up comedy group which performed at local and national festivals. He started a comedy show called Comédia ao Vivo [pt].[3] Gentili also made small television appearances, mostly on MTV Brasil.

Gentili also worked at a cartoonist and caricaturist. In 2008, he collaborated with the Brazilian edition of Mad magazine. During 2008–2009, he wrote a column for Metro Jornal, a popular newspaper in Brazil, and was recognized as "Paulistano of the Year" by Veja magazine.

2008–2010: CQC, Comedians and Politicamente Incorrecto[edit]

In 2008, Gentili appeared on the series Custe o Que Custar (CQC, lit. Whatever it Takes), broadcast by Rede Bandeirantes. Gentili initially performed in a segment called the "Reporter Inexperiente" (English: Inexperienced Reporter) where he asked his guests awkward and unexpected questions with often bizarre turns of events. The segment was an immediate hit and led to a broader take on the same theme where he began to interview people in public, especially about politics.

Gentili became notorious for confronting politicians with humorous but piercing questions which often exposed or embarrassed them, and became known as the terror dos políticos (English: terror of the politicians). His antics sometimes became newsworthy, such as when he was banned from the National Congress after questioning Senator Renan Calheiros about corruption charges. On other occasions, he was physically assaulted by a senator's bodyguard, and detained by police after exposing a public school's administration problems. His fans seemed to connect strongly with his humor, particularly as Brazilian politics continued to spiral into repeated scandals.

During the 2010–11 season of CQC, Gentili also featured in the segments "Proteste Já" (English: Protest Now) and "National Identity" as well as other comedic pieces commenting on national political events.

In late 2009, Panda Books [pt] published his first book, Como se Tornar o Pior Aluno da Escola [pt] (English: How to become the worst student in school). The satirical instruction manual soon received a warning label recommending it for those over the age of 18.

In August 2010, Gentili partnered with Rafinha Bastos and Ítalo Gusso to found Comedians Comedy Club, at Rua Augusta in São Paulo. It was among the first clubs in Brazil dedicated to stand-up comedy.

The day before Brazil's 2010 presidential election, with a television ban on political humour, Gentili released Politicamente Incorreto [pt] (English: Politically Incorrect) on the Internet. This stand-up show was written and performed by Gentili, in which he spoke of every presidential candidate that year. It was streamed on Universo Online (UOL), Brazil's largest Internet portal, attracting 1.2 million viewers. The performance was later released on DVD and audiobook formats, and received worldwide attention including reviews by The New York Times and The Guardian. Gentili released a book of the same name [pt] in which he offered humorous criticism of the political times.

2011: Agora É Tarde and Comedy Central Presents[edit]

Gentili developed a late-night talk show with CQC writer Alex Baldin; a TV pilot was made a condition of his 2009 contract for CQC, and was recorded in 2010. Agora É Tarde (English: It's too late) premiered in June 2011 on Rede Bandeirantes, with Gentili hosting. It cast Ultraje a Rigor as its supporting band and included comedy routines, stand-up and round-table discussions with other comedians in addition to bringing Brazilian celebrities as the main guests.

Despite doubts from the mainstream media, the show received excellent ratings for its time slot and was expanded from two to three nights per week. Newspaper O Globo named Agora É Tarde the best TV show of the year and Gentili the best TV show host.[4] It was also chosen by the Brazilian Press Association as the 'Best Talk Show' in the 2012 edition of their awards.

In October 2011, Gentili hosted eight episodes of Comedy Central Apresenta [pt], originally shown on VH1 Brasil to promote the launch of Comedy Central Brasil. Recorded at Comedians Comedy Club, the shows featured showcase performances by stand-up comedians.

Also in October, Gentili and Monster Juice released his first video game, O mundo vs Danilo Gentili (English: The World vs. Danilo Gentili). The game took first place in the mobile game category at the Brasil Game Show.[5]

In November, he released the DVD Danilo Gentili: Volume 1, a 90-minute compilation of his stand-up performances.[6]

After four seasons, Gentili left Custe o Que Custar to concentrate on his talk show.

2012–2013: Launch of book and film[edit]

The second season of Agora É Tarde was simulcast on BandNews FM. The show expanded to a fourth weeknight as it reached its 100th episode.

In June 2012, Gentili's third book, A Vida e Outros Detalhes Insignificantes [pt] (English: Life and Other Insignificant Details), was published. It related his family's customs and details of old relationships mixed with ideas from his stand-up shows.

Gentili had his film acting debut in Mato sem Cachorro which premiered at the 2013 Rio de Janeiro Film Festival. According to critic Raphael Max, Gentili brought laughs to every scene shared with his co-star.[7]

Financial difficulties at Rede Bandeirantes brought cuts to Agora É Tarde in December 2013 and a scale-back of comedy specials. Amid speculation of dissatisfaction by Gentili, he was bought out of his contract by Sistema Brasileiro de Televisão (SBT).

2014–present: The Noite, Comedy Club and movies[edit]

With most of his team from Agora É Tarde, SBT launched Gentili's new late-night talk show, The Noite com Danilo Gentili (English: The Night with Danilo Gentili) on 10 March 2014. The program exceeded the broadcaster's expectations, doubling its audience in that time slot. Critics praised the show, which they said was on the same level as U.S. late shows.

Gentili also produced and hosted the 2014 series Politicamente Incorreto [pt] on FX Brasil.

In February 2015, Gentili opened another stand-up venue, The Comedy Club in Orlando, Florida. Comedian Diogo Portugal [pt] joined as a partner in the venture.

In August 2016, filming began on Como se Tornar o Pior Aluno da Escola, an adaptation of Gentili's first book with Gentili as creator, producer and screenwriter. It was released in April 2017 to mostly negative reviews.



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2008 Grammy Latino de 2008 Himself
2008–2011 Custe o Que Custar Himself (reporter) 4 seasons [8]
Himself (co-host) 1 episode
2011 Comedy Central Apresenta [pt] Himself (host) 8 episodes [9]
2011–2013 Agora É Tarde Himself (host) 435 episodes, also creator; simulcast on BandNews FM from 2012 [10]
2012 A Liga Himself (reporter) Episode "Viver do Prazer"
2012 O Riso dos Outros [pt] Himself Documentary
2012 Os Fatos Espetaculares de 2012 [pt] Himself (host) Special
2014 Politicamente Incorreto [pt] Atílio Pereira Lead role, producer
2014 É Natal, Mallandro! Himself Special
2014–present The Noite com Danilo Gentili Himself (host) 645 episodes also creator
2015 Mansão Bem Assombrada Bugabu Special
2016 Tempero Secreto Doctor 4 episodes
2016 Procurando Casseta & Planeta [pt] Himself Episode "Juntos Outra Vez"
2016–present Entubados [pt] Himself 14 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Mato sem Cachorro Leléo Also developer
2014 As Aventuras de Paddington Paddington (voice)
2015 Superpai [pt] Cop
2017 BugiGangue no Espaço [pt] Gustavinho (voice)
2017 Como se Tornar o Pior Aluno da Escola Creator, producer and writer

Video games[edit]

Year Title Platform Ref.
2011 O Mundo vs Danilo Gentili iOS [11]
2016 Corre Danilo Corre! iOS, Android

Stand-up comedy[edit]

  • 2005–2009 – Clube da Comédia Stand-Up [pt] – author and comedian
  • 2006–2009 – Comédia ao Vivo [pt] – creator, comedian and author
  • 2009 – Divina Comédia – creator, comedian and author (alongside other comedians)
  • 2011 – Danilo Gentili Volume 1 (solo stand-up show) – comedian and author – released on DVD
  • 2010 – Politicamente Incorreto [pt] (solo stand-up show) – comedian and author – released on DVD
  • 2011 – Festival Risadaria (São Paulo, SP)
  • 2011 – Virada Cultural de São Paulo
  • 2012 – Festival Risadaria (São Paulo, SP)
  • 2012 – Virada Cultural de São Paulo
  • 2012 – Festival Risológio (Curitiba, SC) – 2012 Honoree


  • 2011 – "Ela Traiu o Rock&Roll" – lyrics and melody – recorded by the band Pedra Letícia [pt]

Publications and periodicals[edit]

  • 2009, 2012 – Mad – writer and cartoonist
  • 2009 – Como se Tornar o Pior Aluno da Escola (How to Become School's Worst Student) – Panda Books Publishing Company – author and illustrator
  • 2010 – Politicamente Incorreto [pt] (Politically Incorrect) – Panda Books Publishing Company – author and illustrator
  • 2012 – A Vida e Outros Detalhes Insignificantes [pt] (Life and other insignificant details) – Panda Books Publishing Company – author and illustrator


Aggression and arrest cases by CQC[edit]

In April 2008 when he visited the National Congress for the first time, Gentili was expelled for interviewing the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Arlindo Chinaglia, about the tax reform and the usage of tax money by deputies. The report was aired on 24 April.[12]

He was arrested on 28 October 2009, at Assis, São Paulo, when he recorded a report about the town's zero-tolerance policy against vagrancy while dressed as a homeless man. Danilo was handcuffed and charged with disobedience, public disorder, and contempt.[13]

On 25 July 2009, when trying to interview the president of Brazil's Federal Senate, José Sarney, Gentili was grabbed by one of the president's bodyguards and tossed to the ground. The assault was documented by a photographer from newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo and received national coverage.[14]

In the episode of CQC broadcast on 28 June 2010, Gentili appeared to be assaulted by security guards in São Bernardo do Campo, while recording Proteste Já! about a collapsing school.[15]

+18 censorship[edit]

Gentili's 2009 book Como se Tornar o Pior Aluno da Escola (English: How to become the worst student in school) was criticized for being potentially harmful to students. After receiving a warning from the Ministério Público, publisher Panda Books [pt] added a warning seal that it was not suitable for people under 18 years old.[16] This brought more attention to the book[17] and in September 2012 Clube Filmes had reached a deal to make a movie based on it.[18]

Offense to a milk donor[edit]

By the end of October 2013, Gentili and Marcelo Mansfield were charged with injury by Michele Rafaela Maximino, a nurse and human milk donor, due to a joke made by them on Agora É Tarde broadcast on 3 October.[19] The donor had been entered into the Guinness World Records by donating 300 litres (66 imp gal; 79 US gal) of milk and she alleged the joke had caused her to be bullied in her home town, which caused her to stop donating milk. The justice of Pernambuco ruled that Rede Bandeirantes pay damages of R$5,000 for every day the joke remained on their website.

Bandeirantes lawsuit[edit]

Rede Bandeirantes filed a lawsuit to stop The Noite from airing at SBT.[20] According to the broadcaster, Gentili had been contracted until 2015. The judge did not accept this, nor claims that the new show was plagiarized. In August 2015, Gentili was ordered to pay R$2 million for breach of agreement, the judge noting damages such as the loss of advertisers. Gentili appealed the ruling.

Workers' Party blacklist[edit]

In June 2014, Alberto Cantalice, vice president of Partido dos Trabalhadores, put Gentili on a blacklist called "A desmoralização dos pitbulls da grande mídia" (English: Demoralizing the mainstream media pitbulls) published on the Workers' Party's official website. The list also included Marcelo Madureira, Lobão, Arnaldo Jabor, Reinaldo Azevedo, Diogo Mainardi, Guilherme Fiuza [pt] and Demétrio Magnoli, accusing them of elitism, being against the poor and for hate speech.[21]

Marcelo Madureira's reaction on YouTube, saying that he is not against the poor but he is against the Worker's Party. Reinaldo Azevedo publicized an article in his blog at Veja magazine that he would sue those responsible and that it was a policy issue. Gentili reacted on Facebook, including Madureira and Reinaldo's comments on the subject.[22] Reporters Without Borders condemned the party for the creation of the list.[23]

Lula Institute lawsuit[edit]

On 31 July 2015, Gentili posted a joke in his Twitter after the media announced an attack at Instituto Lula [pt].[24] The institution promised to seek justice.[25] However, the judge rejected the lawsuit, noting that it was an "obvious joke" from the well-known comedian, and criticized the "unparalleled patrol of thought in Brazil."[26]

Incitement of attacks on film critics[edit]

While promoting his 2017 film Como se Tornar o Pior Aluno da Escola, Gentili allegedly incited attacks on the authors of negative reviews through his social networks. The CinePOP website accused the director of initiating a wave of virtual attacks.[27]


  1. ^ The Guardian, April 11, 2019
  2. ^ "Danilo Gentili CQC". Tudoemfoco.com.br. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  3. ^ [1] Archived 8 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Melhores da Revista da TV 2011 premia fábula, remake e o humor". O Globo (in Portuguese). 25 December 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  5. ^ """O mundo vs Danilo Gentili" é premiado Brasil Game Show"" (in Portuguese). 13 October 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Danilo Gentili grava DVD em SP no começo da semana". Guia Folha (in Portuguese). 25 August 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  7. ^ Rafael Max (3 October 2013). "Account Suspended". O Reporter. Archived from the original on 5 April 2016. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Na TV por Jonathan Pereira – iG » Danilo Gentili se despede do 'CQC' com choro e strip tease". natv.ig.com.br (in Portuguese). Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Canal Comedy Central produz programa com Danilo Gentili e aquece para a estreia no Brasil em 2012". O Globo (in Portuguese). 14 August 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  10. ^ TV, Notícias da (1 January 2014). "Danilo Gentili critica Band e diz que precisa melhorar piadas no SBT". Notícias da TV (in Portuguese). Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  11. ^ Jogo Temático do Humorista Danilo Gentili Para Ipad 01/09/2011 macmagazine.com.br
  12. ^ "Equipe do "CQC" é barrada em Brasília". Extra Online (in Portuguese). Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  13. ^ "Danilo Gentili é preso durante reportagem para o CQC - Famosos e TV - R7". entretenimento.r7.com (in Portuguese). Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  14. ^ "G1 > Política - NOTÍCIAS - Repórter de humorístico diz que foi agredido por seguranças do Senado". g1.globo.com (in Portuguese). Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  15. ^ "'Imagina o que não fazem com um anônimo?', diz Gentili sobre confusão com policiais no 'CQC' - São Paulo - Estadão". Estadão (in Portuguese). Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Ministério Público recomenda que livro de Danilo Gentili seja indicado a maiores de 18 anos". Abril. BR. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  17. ^ "Danilo Gentili fala sobre seu livro Como se tornar o pior aluno da escola". R7. BR: Record. 5 June 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
  18. ^ "Livro de Danilo Gentili vai virar filme". AdNews. BR: Folha da Manhã. 5 September 2012. Archived from the original on 1 November 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  19. ^ "Doadora de leite será indenizada por danos morais em ação contra humorista Danilo Gentili". EBC (in Portuguese). 15 April 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  20. ^ TV, Notícias da (30 July 2015). "Justiça condena Danilo Gentili a pagar multa milionária para a Band". Notícias da TV (in Portuguese). Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  21. ^ "Vice-presidente do PT elabora "lista negra" de jornalistas chamados de "pit bulls" da mídia". Portal IMPRENSA - Notícias, Jornalismo, Comunicação. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  22. ^ "Danilo Gentili - É OFICIAL: PT QUER A MINHA CABEÇA Agora... | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  23. ^ "Vice-presidente do PT publica lista negra de jornalistas "pitbulls" | Reporteros sin fronteras". RSF (in French). 20 June 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  24. ^ "Danilo Gentili on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  25. ^ "Instituto Lula pede explicações a Danilo Gentili perante a Justiça". www.institutolula.org. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  26. ^ "Justiça nega pedido de explicações de Instituto Lula a Gentili - Política - Estadão". Estadão (in Portuguese). Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  27. ^ "Estamos Seofrendo Ataques de Odio por Causa do Danilo Gentili". CinePOP (in Portuguese). Facebook. 15 October 2017. Retrieved 16 October 2017.

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