Rafinha Bastos

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Rafinha Bastos
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Bastos in 2012
Rafael Bastos Hocsman

(1976-12-05) December 5, 1976 (age 46)
Porto Alegre, Brazil
Alma materPontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul[1]
Occupation(s)Actor, humorist, television presenter, journalist, screenwriter, YouTuber, businessman, basketball player (early)
Years active1997–present
Height2.00 m (6 ft 7 in)[2]
Websitewww.rafinhabastos.com.br www.youtube.com/user/rafinhabastos (YouTube channel)

Rafael Bastos Hocsman, better known as Rafinha Bastos or simply Rafi Bastos (born December 5, 1976) is a Brazilian comedian, actor, journalist and television personality.


Rafinha Bastos was born to a Jewish family in Porto Alegre, Brazil. His ancestors immigrated from Russia.[3] He received scholarship in 1999 to play basketball at Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska. Later, he played basketball in Brazil for Sogipa, from Porto Alegre, in 2000, helping the team to win the title of the State Basketball Championship in Rio Grande do Sul.[4]

Rafinha Bastos was a former host of "CQC"[5] a popular TV show in Brazil. Since May 2010, he also hosts another TV show, "A Liga", which is broadcast by Band TV channel.[6]

In 2010, Bastos, together with comedian Danilo Gentili and producer Italo Gusso, opened a comedy club in Brazil, in the city of São Paulo.

In 2011, Rafinha became worldwide famous after The New York Times named him the world's most influential person on Twitter.[7][8][9]

In CQC's September 19, 2011 live broadcast, Bastos made an allegedly dark humor joke about singer Wanessa; when Marcelo Tas, the show's main host, remarked how beautiful the singer looked pregnant, Bastos replied: "Muito. Comeria ela e o bebê." ("Absolutely. I'd do her and the baby"). The joke caused controversy among audiences and was taken with severe criticism. Following the next broadcast on September 26, Bastos was suspended from the show. He was rumoured to have asked his resignation on his contract, but the fact was not confirmed. On October 13, Wanessa and her husband Marcus Buaiz sued Bastos for R$100,000 claiming personal injury.[10] Currently, Rafinha works in stand-up comedy and regularly posts to YouTube.

In 2016, it was announced that Bastos would be a host on the Netflix reality show Ultimate Beastmaster.[11]


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Os Ricos Também Choram Doctor 2 episodes
2006–2008 Mothern Marcelo
2009 Descolados Valter 2 episodes
2009 As Olívias Léo 2 episodes
2008–2011 CQC Himself
2010–2013 A Liga Himself
2011 Olívias na TV Pedro Henrique 1 episode
2012 Saturday Night Live Brasil Himself
2012–2013 A Vida de Rafinha Bastos Himself
2014–2015 Agora é Tarde Himself
2016–2017 Chamado Central Himself
2016 Tá Rindo do Quê? Himself
2017 Ultimate Beastmaster Brasil Himself
2017 Eu, Ela e um Milhão de Seguidores Michel Goldenberg


Year Title Role
2007 Amigas Odair
2012 O Riso dos Outros Himself
2013 The Dognapper Doctor Roberto
2014 Copa de Elite René Rodrigues
2014 O Segredo do Molho Politic
2015 Superpai Gilson
2015 O Tempo
2016 Mais Forte que o Mundo Marcos Loro
2017 Internet: O Filme Cesinha Passos


  1. ^ "Rafinha Bastos". Os Paparazzi. November 4, 2010. Retrieved January 23, 2014.
  2. ^ "Exclusivo Online".
  3. ^ Rohter, Larry (August 4, 2011). "A Brazilian's Comic Mania: Social Media". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 20, 2023.
  4. ^ "Não é piada: Rafinha Bastos foi melhor que Varejão em jogo profissional". UOL Esporte (in Brazilian Portuguese). February 12, 2015. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  5. ^ "Transmissão Ao vivo". Entretenimento Band.com.br. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  6. ^ "A Liga" – Rafinha Bastos in Band TV Archived April 17, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Leonhardt, David (March 24, 2011). "A Better Way to Measure Twitter Influence". The 6th Floor Blog. Retrieved January 20, 2023.
  8. ^ "Rafinha Bastos: The Most Influential Person on Twitter". The Atlantic. March 25, 2011. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  9. ^ "Brazil's Twitter King Bastos Keeps It Real With $4,000 Tweets – WIRED". WIRED. March 29, 2011. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  10. ^ "F5 Colunistas – Alberto Pereira Jr – Wanessa quer Rafinha Bastos na cadeia – 19/10/2011". F5 – O site de entretenimento da Folha. October 19, 2011. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  11. ^ Prudon, Laura (May 9, 2016). "Netflix Orders Global Competition Series 'Ultimate Beastmaster' from Sylvester Stallone, Dave Broome". Variety. Retrieved October 5, 2016.

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