Following up on yesterday’s post: We’re exploring international TV shows equivalent to The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, in terms of their cultural significance and satirical style. To kick off our trip around the world, let’s take a look at the funniest fake news TV shows of South America and Italy, where everyone loves Tarantino movies and double entendres. As awesome as descriptions are, it’s even more telling to watch the clips!
Caiga Quien Caiga
About: Caiga Quien Caiga, translated to “Whoever May Fall,” is the big front-runner on the world stage, having won an International Emmy for Best Non-Scripted Entertainment in 2010. Also known as CQC, this Argentine TV show is a weekly news mashup that injects current affairs, show business and sports with humor and irony. When you watch the clip featured above, you’ll get the futuristic, rock-concert vibe right away. CQC has also been adapted in Spain, France, Chile, Italy, Brazil, Portugal, and briefly in Israel and the Netherlands. The hosts vary from country to country, but in Argentina, they are Juan di Natale and Guillermo López.
First Aired: 1995
Fun Fact: All presenters on the show wear trademark black suits and sunglasses, inspired by Quentin Tarantino’s movie Reservoir Dogs.
Custe o Que Custar
About: Custe O Que Custar, translated to “Whatever It Takes,” rounds up weekly events in politics, the arts and sports with a satirical slant. The show, also known as CQC, is directly modeled after its successful counterpart, Caiga Quien Caiga. In the episode featured above, in the Política segment (15:45), the “reporter” appears to be hounding various public officials with ridiculous, off-the-wall questions. Even without speaking Portuguese, you can get the flavor and context! They’re known for adding humor with superimposed thought bubbles, graphics and sound effects. The hosts are Rafael Cortez, Felipe Andreoli, Oscar Filho, Monica Iozzi, Mauricio Meirelles and João Pedro Carvalho.
First Aired: 2008
Fun Fact: Really, who knew Reservoir Dogs was so influential in South America?
About: Le Iene, translated to “The Hyenas,” is another adaptation of CQC. The show features comedic sketches and reports covering political affairs and consumer issues. One of the show’s most popular recurring sketches, besides the mock news reporting, is the “double interview,” in which two people are asked the same questions. Their answers are then edited together on a split screen, so that they answer one after the other. You can watch an example of the intervista doppia in the clip above. The current hosts are Ilary Blasi, Enrico Brignano and Claudio Amendola.
First Aired: 1997
Fun Fact: Le Iene was also the release name in Italy for the film Reservoir Dogs. And you guessed it: all the presenters on the show don the signature black suits, white shirts and black ties prescribed by the movie.
Striscia la notizia
About: Striscia la notizia literally translates to “the news slithers” in Italian, but more accurately means “strip the news.” Stricia airs right before the regular news, which gives it the perfect stronghold to sneer at government corruption and rip scams to shreds. The show is hosted by Ezio Greggio, Enzo Iacchetti, Michelle Hunziker, and the comedy duo of Ficarra and Picone. One of the show’s segments can be translated to “the new monsters,” and it shows the best and worst of TV, using clips and witty commentary, kind of like The Soup on E!. Watch the clip above for an example.
First Aired: 1988
Fun Fact: The term striscia has a variety of double meanings which relate to the show’s editorial voice: cocaine, which conveys excitement; comic strips, which are funny; and snakes, which are sly.
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