Radio Rochela was a Venezuelan television sketch comedy and variety show, created by Argentine producer Tito Martinez Del Box.

Radio Rochela
GenreSketch Comedy
Created byTito Martínez del Box
Written byAlvaro Ignacio "Nacho" Palacios
StarringJuan Ernesto López
Cayito Aponte
Elisa Parejo
Juan Carlos Barry
Ariel Fedullo
Félix Granados
Napoleon Rivero
Alexander Noguera
Norah Suárez
Carlos Rodríguez
Coco Sánchez
Hilda Fuenmayor
Ivette Dominguez
Roy Díaz
Karen Leiba
Gladiuska Acosta
Héctor Vargas
Joseline Rodriguez
Marinés Hernández
Alexxey Córdova
Gilberto González
Opening theme"La Cruzada del Buen Humor"
Country of originVenezuela
Original languageSpanish
No. of seasons51
No. of episodes2,652[1]
Executive producerWladimir Gimenez
Production locationVenezuela
Running time60 minutes
Production companyRCTV
Original release
NetworkRCTV (1959-2007)
RCTV Internacional (2007-2010)
ReleaseSeptember 16, 1959 (1959-09-16) –
April 5, 2010 (2010-04-05)[2]

Characteristics edit

The show premiered on Radio Caracas Televisión (RCTV), a terrestrial television network in Caracas from 1959 to 2010, under the original title of La Cruzada del Buen Humor.[3]

The show's sketches parodied contemporary Venezuelan culture and Politics.[4] Each week, the show featured a host who is currently an RCTV telenovela actor or actress who is pranked and performs in sketches with the cast.

Throughout its five decades on air, Radio Rochela has been recognized as ‘’the most important comedy show on Venezuela’’ .[3] Radio Rochela was mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records as the comedy television show in history longest, being air uninterrupted for 5 decades.[5] Cast members included Juan Ernesto López, Cayito Aponte, Elisa Parejo, Juan Carlos Barry, Americo Navarro, Joselo, Félix Granados, Ariel Fedullo, Jorge Citino, Eduardo Martínez del Box, Napoleon Rivero, Olimpia Maldonado, Ricardo Pimentel, Alexander Noguera, Norah Suárez, Laureano Márquez, Perucho Conde, Carlos Rodríguez, Coco Sánchez, Hilda Fuenmayor, Ivette Dominguez, Roy Díaz, Karen Leiba, Gladiuska Acosta, Ricardo Gruber, Héctor Vargas, Joseline Rodriguez, Jorge Tuero, Marinés Hernández, Alexxey Córdova and Gilberto González.

History edit

In the year 1959, a group of students at the Central University of Venezuela decided to begin a series of comedy acts at the architecture school. The Argentine producer Tito Martinez Del Box, never saw one of their presentations but he has a part of the El Show de las Doce, hosted by Victor Saume. La Gran Cruzada del Buen Humor' became one of the most popular segments on this midday show.

Finally in 1960, La Gran Cruzada del Buen Humor was separated from El Show de las Doce and was renamed Radio Rochela. The show went on the air Monday at 8:00 pm on RCTV. In the 1970s and 1980s "Radio Rochela" was one of the most popular programs in Venezuela.[6]

On May 27, 2007, RCTV went off the air after the government of Hugo Chávez refused to renew its broadcast license (Chávez had announced that his government would not renew RCTV's license on December 28, 2006).[7] On June 4, 2007, a week after RCTV's shut down, there was a Radio Rochela special that aired on Globovisión during Aló Ciudadano.

On July 16, 2007, RCTV resumed broadcast on cable and satellite, and so did "Radio Rochela" with Wladimir Gimenez as executive producer and Alvaro Ignacio "Nacho" Palacios as head writer.

Cast edit

Many popular Venezuelan comedians have worked on Radio Rochela. All members have the ability to characterize any famous people (politicians, artists, etc.) because the program constantly parodies programs, celebrities and politicians. Entire cast:

  • Cayito Aponte
  • Henry Rodríguez
  • Américo Navarro (1961–1985)
  • Fausto Verdial
  • Virgilio Galindo ("Ruyío") †
  • Betty Hass
  • Irma Palmieri †
  • José Ignacio Cadavieco
  • Argenis Angarita
  • Pedro Elías Belisario
  • Cesar Granados ("Bolido")†
  • Joselo (1960–1964) †
  • Jorge Tuero
  • Juan Carlos Barry ("El Machazo")
  • Nelly Pujols
  • Kiko Mendive
  • Nelson Paredes ("Cara de Piedra") †
  • Olimpia Maldonado †
  • Honorio Torrealba † (1977–1988)
  • Romelia Agüero
  • Haydeé Tosta
  • Manolo Malpica ("Semillita")
  • Karla Luzbel †
  • Emilio Lovera (1982–2005)
  • Juan Ernesto López (Pepeto) (1959–2010) †
  • Umberto Buonocuore †
  • Charles Barry †
  • Roberto Hernández
  • Laureano Márquez
  • Gilberto González
  • Elisa Parejo (1959–2010)
  • Gilberto Varela
  • Norah Suárez (1989–2010)
  • César "Nené" Quintana
  • Milton Izquierdo
  • Pedro ("el Gato") Soto †
  • Gladiuska Acosta (La Coconaza).
  • Beto Parra
  • Ricardo Gruber
  • Victor Hernández
  • Juan Carlos Barry
  • Ariel Fedullo
  • Martha Olivo "Malula" †
  • Ivette Domínguez
  • Gioconda Pérez
  • Jackeline Márquez
  • Martha Piñango †
  • Jorge Citino
  • Tito Martínez del Box †
  • Eduardo Martínez del Box †
  • Nancy Soto
  • Toco Gómez
  • Perucho Conde
  • Roy Díaz
  • Ricardo Pimentel †
  • Victor Cuica
  • Franco Colmenares
  • Maribel Zambrano
  • Fina Rojas †

Notes edit

  1. ^ "the program aired weekly (Mondays) for 51 years. The 52 weeks were multiplied by 51 (years), less the days that RCTV was off the air (by closures in the early eighties, the fire headquarters in 1961 and 1978 and non-renewal of its concession in 2007 for 49 days). The accounts were added the days when RCTV aired on cable TV". {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |url= (help)
  2. ^ " > RCTVi despidió al elenco de Radio Rochela".
  3. ^ a b " > Radio Rochela (Historia)". Archived from the original on 2011-02-22. Retrieved 2011-05-01.
  4. ^ " > Radio Rochela (Historia y en que se basa)". Archived from the original on 2011-02-22. Retrieved 2011-05-01.
  5. ^ " > Radio Rochela (On The Record Guinness Book)". 29 May 2010.
  6. ^ AlexAlberto (17 December 2008). "RCTV - RADIO ROCHELA - KIKO MENDIVE Y AGUAAAAA..!". Archived from the original on 2021-12-13 – via YouTube.
  7. ^ [dead link]

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