El Risitas

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El Risitas
Juan Joya Borja

5 April 1956 (age 62)
Occupationcomedian, actor
Years active2000–present
Known forSpanish comedian
Notable work

Juan Joya Borja (born 5 April 1956) is a Spanish comedian and actor known by the stage name El Risitas. He gained widespread popularity in 2015 thanks to a series of parodies from a television interview from June 2007 on Jesús Quintero's show Ratones Coloraos.[1][2]


Joya was born in Sevilla. He had a number of jobs throughout his life, including cooking and unloading sacks of cement. His first appearance on television was in 2000, on Jesús Quintero's show El Vagamundo, where he interviewed on various life situations with his partner "El Peíto" or "el Cuñao", in a comedic tone. He became recognizable for his specific laugh which led to his nickname "El Risitas" (translated to "the giggles" in English). He also appeared in the 2005 film Torrente 3: El protector. When he became known internationally by 2015 (see internet meme) he did also perform for companies outside of Spain, for example in a Finnish commercial.[3]

Ratones Coloraos interview meme[edit]

In June 2007, Joya appeared on Jesús Quintero's show Ratones Coloraos and described an incident when he worked as a dishwasher. He describes leaving some paella pans (paelleras) at night in the ocean to soak and clean, and when in the morning he returned to retrieve the pans, they had washed out to sea because of high tide.[2] The original video was uploaded to YouTube on June 25, 2007 and received over a million views eight years before the meme became widespread.[4]

In March 2014,[5] footage from the interview was used by the Muslim Brotherhood to parody the President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.[6] Other parodies were also produced, usually parodying technology and gaming.[2] The most viewed versions of the video subtitled Joya as the designer of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 graphics card, a designer of Team Fortress 2, a Valve employee discussing Dota 2, a Canon representative discussing the C300 camera, an Xbox Live employee describing the platform's system, and a cinematographer describing shooting on a Red camera.[7]

In March 2015, the meme received its most attention after the launch of the 2015 MacBook, where Joya was subtitled as a designer who worked on the prototype. Within a month of its uploading, the video received over five million views on YouTube.[8] The meme's impact has been compared to parodies of the 2004 war drama Downfall, where several scenes from the film are similarly edited with fake subtitles.[2]

Another popular meme was published in April 2015 parodying a political affair in Slovakia known as Vahostav affair,[9] where Joya was subtitled by popular Slovak stand-up comedy performer Jano Gordulic.

In May of that same year, the meme had another success in criticizing Valve Corporation's decision to monetize modding on its Steam platform,[10] with half a million views. Valve quickly reversed its decision afterward.[11]

In November 2018, the meme had yet another success in criticizing Blizzard Entertainment's decision to bring Diablo to mobile devices with the new game, Diablo Immortal,[12] with 350,000 views





  1. ^ "YouTube". www.youtube.com.
  2. ^ a b c d Parkinson, Hannah Jane (2015-03-13). "Apple engineer spoof video: is Spanish Laughing Guy the new Downfall?". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-03-13.
  3. ^ "'El Risitas' triunfa en Finlandia con un anuncio de pizzas". 20 minutos. 2015-10-21.
  4. ^ El Risitas, Jesús Quintero (2007-06-24). Risitas y las paelleras [Risitas and paelleras (paella pans)] (Television production) (in Spanish). Spain: Canal Sur (broadcaster), video via Jesús Quintero's YouTube channel. Retrieved 2015-04-12. Note: The date value is the video upload date on YouTube.
  5. ^ "Viaje a Egipto del 'Risitas' y los 'Hermanos Ubnormales'".
  6. ^ "Viaje a Egipto del 'Risitas' y los 'Hermanos Ubnormales'" (in Spanish). El Mundo. 2014-06-04. Retrieved 2015-03-13.
  7. ^ Hardy, Robert (2015-03-14). "Hilarious Parody Video: DP Discovers That He Has to Shoot on a RED Camera". nofilmschool. Retrieved 2015-04-12.
  8. ^ "'El Risitas' sorprende en Estados Unidos como ingeniero de Apple" (in Spanish). Europa Press. 2015-03-12. Retrieved 2015-03-13.
  9. ^ a.s., Petit Press. "Fico seeks to blame Figeľ for Váhostav".
  10. ^ Cephei (24 April 2015). "SHOCKING interview with Valve employee about selling mods on the workshop" – via YouTube.
  11. ^ O'Connor, Alice (28 April 2015). "Valve Drop Steam Paid Mods For Now".
  12. ^ Mvgen (6 November 2018). "Diablo Immortal: Interview with an Blizzard employee" – via YouTube.

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