Ping pong with Pablo Fábregas: “You have to be a bit of a turnip to disdain humor”

He is an actor and writer, but since the beginning of the last decade Pablo Fábregas has become one of the most celebrated comedians on the Argentine stand-up scene. With shows like Unstable, junk, pucha and his performances on Comedy Central, Fábregas knew how to carve out a place for himself in the always difficult arena of making anyone who gets in his way laugh.

Beyond his place as co-equiper of Sebastián Wainraich in round and a half (the program that from Monday to Friday from 5 to 8 pm is broadcast by Urbana Play, on 104.3 FM), Fábregas stars this summer in Buenos Aires on the local theater billboard. more comedyis the title of the show that together with Fernando Sanjiao they are offering at Paseo La Plaza (with performances in January on Fridays at 10:30 p.m., Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. until February, with a scheduled return next March on Fridays and Saturdays at 11:30 p.m.).

“Were you always funny?”

–Humor was always in the house where I was born, it was very important. The entire collection of the magazine Humor It must still be at my parents’ house, we always saw Benny Hill and comedy was involved in the family organization.

–When did you realize that you could make people laugh?

–I think I became aware that I could do something with that in high school. I knew I had an extra tool. Today, I’m going to be honest, I see myself recorded and I don’t find myself funny. I work on this, people laugh and have a good time, but I look at myself sometimes and I don’t believe or I don’t understand if I’m funny.

–How did you start?

–I was never very clear where I was going, only now I have it. From a very young age I liked the radio and I began to do production, to write for programs and scripts, from there I jumped to producing comedian friends when the stand up scene emerged. The truth is that I don’t like to be behind the stage but on top, so at one point in 2000 I knew that I didn’t want to get off there and I stayed on stage. Today I feel that being up performing for people is like a kind of addiction that I’m going to need for the rest of my life.

–Did you use jokes to meet girls?

Yes, because humor is my tool. I think it is also like a phase of intelligence and at the same time it tends to make up for certain deficiencies. I totally identify with that, so humor is my weapon of seduction.

Do you have a tester to know when a joke doesn’t work?

–Today, when I see something or they tell me about it, I immediately realize if it is going to work. Of course there are things that surprise me and others that are crap but can also work. In general, I can assume if they will work or not but that does not mean that I will be fully effective. When something is great, this being said in general terms, I realize it before it happens.

Unstable was the name of one of your shows. Was it self-referential?

Yes, one hundred percent. The play was written in the throes of the pandemic. I gave it that name because I was telling things about my life and because I had an emotional instability with which I was going through that entire period. It does not mean that I was crying or super euphoric all day, but in the pandemic I realized that things affected me more than I thought. All of that eventually turned into a play.

–What was the first thing you bought with a lot of money earned from your shows?

–Musical instruments and technology. I liked that because I started using them in my shows, although nowadays I would have to sell them because I don’t know what to do with them. However, I had the satisfaction of buying them because I have a passion for instruments.

– Do you touch anything from everything you bought?

–The guitar, but I’m not a guitarist at all.

–Did something unexpected happen to you on stage?

–Yes, bored with myself (laughs). I realize that sometimes I have to retire something, and it happens that I am saying it at that moment, I hear myself from the outside and I feel like a shock. That’s crazy because I tell myself that I’m a fat man who has to change, as if there was a third person who is also asking me to change (more laughs).

Are you funny offstage?

–In a relationship I am fun and as a father, too. The family that we built with Inés is fun, there are no serious or ass-faced people.

Have they ever been offended by your jokes?

–With religion someone is always offended. I am a defender that people can feel, be happy or think whatever they want, but I also defend the possibility of laughing at others. I don’t know very well how far this respect goes. I remember that he had a monologue about Argentina, the Malvinas and all that with which they have also cursed me very hard. Ah, once I also made some jokes about the porteños who crossed General Paz and they bitched at me very loudly, there was a lot hate for several days.

Do you feel that comedians are respected like other serious actors?

–You have to be a bit of a turnip to disdain humor and comedy. Whether it is easy or difficult depends on what each one does. All the branches of art have their short and exempt version, and there are even method actors who are horrible but for that reason the theater is not bad.

–Together with Wainraich on the radio they make football or death, a parody of a soccer program where certain characters from that sport are satirized. Has anyone ever been offended by that?

-I never found out, but it gives me the impression that there may be people who have felt offended. Comedy has to do that anyway. «

Ping pong with Pablo Fábregas: “You have to be a bit of a turnip to disdain humor”