Celebrating one of Mexican Comedy’s greats


Today celebrated comedian/actor Ramon Valdez’s(1923-1988) 87th bday is commemorated. When speaking of the greats in Mexican comedy you just can’t leave his name out. Ramon Valdez  was in deed a grand talent.  His projects were wide and varied, but Mr. Valdez is greatly remembered and admired for his iconic role of “Don Ramon” on the Mexican TV classic “El Chavo del 8” He was also known for working along side his brother Tin Tan( fellow actor/comedian) on the silver screen .

RAMON VALDEZ’S BIO

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramon_Valdez

Ramon Valdez with his brother Tintan in the movie “El Rey del Barrio” (King of the Neighborhood)

Ramon Valdez with Teen heart throb, now world renowned: singer, producer and songwriter Luis Miguel.

Sketch with comedian/writer/producer  Chespirito(Roberto Gomez Bolaños) playing amateur burglars, petty thugs “Chompiras & Peterete” (pronounced : Chohm pee-rahs & Peh-teh-reh-teh)

Playing Don Quixote on the show by Roberto Gomez Bolaños, “El Chapulin Colorado”(The Scarlet Grasshopper)

From the “Chespirito” show, playing an old man who wants to be a movie star, featuring  a cute song and montage of characters he played on he show.

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Mexican Pop Culture Icon to Cross Over


The iconic Mexican classic, a show near and dear to Mexicans, a total household name “El Chavo del Ocho” franchise is set to expand yet again. It all started with a live action comedy show back in 1971 , in 2006 an animated series ” El Chavo Animado” was released. The cartoon was produced by Roberto Gómez Fernández, son of writer/creator of  “El Chavo del Ocho” Roberto Gómez Bolaños. Gómez Fernández decided on the project as an homage to his father’s famous work, also he wished to pioneer one of the first animated series made in Mexico, based on a TV program.

The series consists of 100 episodes, and on August 26 will be entering its 4th season.  It is on the top 3 list for channel 5 on which it airs, competing with top contender Sponge Bob who has one of the best ratings among children’s programs. Now, an English version of animated “El Chavo” is next on the horrizon. 52 dubbed episodes are in the works, set to premier next year. The show’s staff are hard at work with colaborating voice over talents, and writers in figuring out just how to transmit that special, unequivocal “El Chavo” magical brand of entertainment. Due to cultural differences the staff is working on how to modify jokes, and adapt them for their new audience.

Lots of great stuff in store for the thriving franchise, the wide and positive response from the animated series gives way to an upcoming video game, set to be releases sometime in December. Along with an the release is an  El Chavo musical show set to open in December as well. The video game will be a  Nintendo DSi title with 52 mini games or “missions”. For the upcoming season: the show started with episodes based on storylines from the original live action series; the new season promises never before seen episodes and in HD.

New to El Chavo? Get to know this Mexican TV Classic. More Info about el Chavo

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Chavo

http://www.chavodel8.com/

Follow El Chavo on Twitter : @chavodel8com

To watch episodes of the live action series simply look up “Chavo del Ocho” on YouTube

More on this story

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Mexican Beauties


Check out this beautiful video, it is the intro to Mexican TV show: “Lo que Callamos Las Mujeres” = The secrets we Women Keep. It’s a long running series that deals with women’s issues, and experiences . Each day a new short drama along with its main character is introduced. Sometimes the stories are sad, serious, and other times they’re lighthearted, fun, and romantic. The show’s storytelling serves as  a form of  commentary on important social issues. The show’s purpose is not only to entertain, but to diffuse information on important topics,to incite consideration and action in its viewers. Fun fact about the show: Many of the contestants from “La Academia”= Mexico’s American Idolesque show become cast members of  “Lo Que Callamos  Las Mujeres.”  This is one of the reasons why the show’s popular. Fans of La Academia like to see their favorite singers act. In conclusion, it’s a really a cool show. If  you are interested, you can watch it on TV on the Azteca America network or online, there’s some videos on YouTube just search “Lo que Callamos Las Mujeres”

Mexican Reality TV


La Academia’s (The Academy)winner was crowned last night.  The live final took place in Chiapas. The three finalists: Napoleon Robleto 23 from Guatemala, 15 year old Giovana Paz =Mexico, &  Sebastián Martingaste 26 from Argentina.  Big excitement and a grandiose competition was anticipated as the climax built after the exciting semi final during the previous week. The semi-final was a battle down to the wire during a special concert in which the contestants flew to Guatemala for their performance. As for the final: When all was said & done, it was none other than the baby of the group Miss Giovana who was left standing as 2009’s  La Academia Champion.

What’s “La Academia’?  Well, it’s kinda  like American Idol meets Big Brother meets… a whole bunch of others stuff. =)  You really have to watch to truly experience the full effect.   The show has garnered many fans & has gained popularity both  in Mexico & Abroad. The premise of the show: contestants battle  it out in weekly  singing duels & are also judge on group performances in order to win the honor of being launched as up & coming artists. They compete for: a singing contract, the release of their debut CD, prize money , national & international recognition, among other prizes. As t hey show goes along the different competitors gain fans and it’s pretty interesting to see it each following grow some fan base growth becomes a total phenomenon. La Academia though based in Mexico, opens it’s doors to international contestants and those who have joined include: contestents from the U.S. , Central & South America & even some European contestants.

The contestants once past auditions, & having been selected are assigned to live & study at the academy. Thy are given super star makeovers,  vocal, dance, physical training, and instruction by professionals on the basics of stardom & the industry: how to carry  & represent themselves as superstars in the media & publics eye. Basically it’s like super star boot camp.   It was an unpredictable thrill ride for the students of “La Academia” as the contest brought them new, exciting ,and unexpected experiences. Besides being able to have private  voice, dance teachers, stylists, they were able to travel, meet & mingle with many celebrities , including those who served as judges.

While at the academy they were surprised with  several visits by secret celebrity guests who offered them  warm & friendly  advice & spent time hanging out with them.  They also took part in various fun activities that helped  them bond as a group and provided for  adventures such : as  being  able to take boxing  lesson from a pro,  get cooking lessons from star chefs & &  participating in their own high end runway show to celebrate fashion week with help form big names in the fashion world. The show has been going on for quite a few seasons now & has become a very successful franchise. For more info, picture, vids , interviews , message boards & much more feel free to visit: http://www.tvazteca.com/laacademia/index


HOSTS : INGRID CORONADO Y RAFAEL ARANEDA



Giovana named the Winner

There was heavy rain during the Final.

The Academia teachers supporting their students.


They winner,  15 yr old Miss Giovanna Paz sang her heart out!

Of course it wouldn’t be a reality program with out drama.

Students during step class.

La Academia Fashion Show

students during ballet class.

Concert Rehearsal.

Music class

students during dance lessons.

It wasn’t all work & no play though, for the contestants  had fun times, made plenty of friends &  lasting memories.  Shown here: student celebrated on of their friend & cast members’ birthday.

The excitement of all backstage & all it’s magic.

Visit to “La Academia” by Daddy Yankee

photo source: yahoo mexico & tvatzeca.com

Mexican TV: Today, a Children’s Classic


Today it is my pleasure to introduce you to a classic :”Carrusel” (carousel). This video is from  the show’s intro. Mexico is well know for it’s Novelas(dramas, soap operas, what ever you want to call them) this particular novela(series) was actually a children’s program. The successfully popular show  aired in the 90’s. It was broadcasted both in Mexico & abroad, including  here in the USA.  If you’re a 90’s brat & Hispanic… Chances are, you grew up on this. (I sure did =P)
ABOUT THE SHOW:  It’s a really sweet, cool  story about a teacher & her class. The children in the group are diverse, come from different walks of life ,backgrounds, & situations.  There’s : rich preppy kids, poor kids from humble homes,  nerdy kids, cool kids, trouble making kids, kids with happy home lives, and those with dysfunctional families.  The show dealt with an array of interesting topics such as: friendships, family, first loves, spoiling kids, getting along with others,domestic violence, kidnapping, discrimination, the importance of education….etc
Some of  Mexico’s most popular celebrities started their careers with this Series.
Speaking of the class being diverse, Side note: While some people think that if you go to  Mexico all you’ll find is brown skinned people with dark black hair…. The truth is,  if you really traveled about Mexico you’d be surprised by what you’d find. Because Mexico & it’s people  has been influenced by a history of invasions, immigrating  groups & foreign settlers , you can find Mexican citizens with touches  of influence from different countries &  ethnicities, Such :as Asian, European,  African.. etc

Mexican TV : El Chavo del 8


Hilarious video from the classic Mexican family program “El Chavo del 8” = The youngster from apt # 8.  This is a program that is near & dear to Mexican culture.  Watching this with family has been a tradition passed down from generation to generation.  In this episode Mr. Ramon agrees to go to work for his snooty neighbor Mrs. Florinda as a vendor for her homemade churros.  Of course with the kind of luck Mr. Ramon  has…Trouble quickly ensues.  Mrs. Florinda keeps watching him like a hawk, no one will buy a churro, & on top of everything “El Chavo” won’t stop bugging & distracting him. The real LOL moments start when Mr. Ramon has to use the restroom, but can’t leave the churro stand unattended.

Hoy Presentamos un clip del “Programa #1 de la television humoristica” por supesto : EL CHAVO DEL OCHO!  Este clip es del episodio “Los Churros” en el cual Don Ramon trabaja para Doña Florinda vendiendo sus churros caseros.