Laureano Márquez

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Márquez at the ceremony for the 2010 CPJ International Press Freedom Awards

Laureano Márquez (4 July 1963 in Canary Islands), is a Spanish-born Venezuelan humorist and politologist.


Marquez was born on the Spanish island of Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands, in 1963 and obtained a BA in Political Science from the Central University of Venezuela.[1][2] As an actor, he has played leading roles on radio and television, such as in Radio Rochela, Humor a Primera Vista, and Que Broma Tan Seria, and has written and performed in several plays, including La Reconstituyente, El Pantaletazo, and Laureamor y Emidilio.[1][2][3]

He is a writer of columns for several publications, among them the newspapers El Nacional and Tal Cual. He won the El Mejor Artículo Humorístico prize for best humorous article in 2001.[1] He has written the humorous books, 'Se sufre pero se goza, El Código Bochinche and Amorcito corazón.[2]

Known for his use of satire and prose to poke fun at Venezuelan politicians, a subtle and perilous endeavor in today's Venezuela, he was fined in 2007 by local courts after writing a sketch based on a dialogue between Hugo Chávez and his younger daughter.[4][5][6]

In 2010, he won an International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists. The award is given for journalists who show courage in defending press freedom in the face of attacks, threats or imprisonment.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Gomas, Otrova (2002). Fabricantes de Sonrisas: Antología de Humoristas Venezolanos (in Spanish). CA: Ediciones Oox. p. 92. ISBN 978-980-6386-28-0. Retrieved 25 December 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c Figueroa, Andreína (5 August 2009). "Laureano Márquez considera que viajar es una manera de conocerse uno mismo ("Laureano Márquez believes that travel is a way to know oneself")". El Nacional (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Roher, Larry (August 2, 1999). "Caracas Journal; Comic Relief From a Year of Political Vituperation". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  4. ^ Clark, A. C. (2009). The Revolutionary Has No Clothes: Hugo Chavez's Bolivarian Farce. New York: Encounter Books. pp. 84–86. ISBN 978-1-59403-259-2. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  5. ^ Associated Press (February 15, 2007). "Comic Fined For Satire Using Chavez's Daughter". The New York Sun. Retrieved 25 December 2009. 
  6. ^ Romero, Simon (February 15, 2007). "Venezuela: Opposition Paper and Humorist Fined". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "CPJ to honor brave international journalists". Committee to Protect Journalists. 5 October 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 

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