“Humor is not the opposite of depth”

If we wanted to summarize in one sentence the long history of Luis Piedrahita (La Coruña, 1977) it could be said that he is a man who works magic with words. This is how we have been observing him for almost two decades, on the television screen and on radio programs, enjoying his interventions, his monologues, and books that are characterized by wit, wit, and intelligence.

Piedrahita cultivates a humor that makes us reflect on everyday circumstances, giving them a dimension of parody and caricature, but with which he does not distort, but rather defines. Memorable are his publications Is a peanut floating in a pool still a nut? either Spanish is a laudable language, whoever speaks it speaks it as well as his collaborations in the anthill either Window.

It’s my word against mine is the title that the humorist has chosen for his latest show, which arrives in Seville, at the Nissan Cartuja Auditorium, next January 21 –at 6:30 p.m. the first performance and at 9:00 p.m. the second. We took the opportunity to talk with Piedrahita about the keys to his work, his career, that magic of his –and so difficult to achieve–: making a person laugh.

–This interview will be, like all interviews, your word against mine. What are the words that Luis Piedrahita would never pronounce in a monologue?

–I use all the words and talk about all the topics except two. I never talk about current politics or parasitic diseases spread by insects. It is very difficult for me to say words like Pedro Sánchez, Núñez Feijóo, Yolanda Díaz, Santiago Abascal or leishmaniasis in a monologue.

–This show deals with a topic that could well be developed in a brainy essay or from a, shall we say, serious approach. Why choose humor to portray us, to explain existence to us?

–Humor is not the opposite of depth. Humor is fun and can also deal with those issues that really matter to people such as love, the ephemeral condition of existence and the AVE toilet. I precisely believe that these issues deserve more than any other that we treat them with humor. If we are not going to laugh at the condition of the human soul, then at what?

–It seems that humor breaks logic or plausibility. But from that fracture we see other landscapes that are even more logical or true.

-That’s how it is. You have described it very well. Sometimes, the joke is the only voice that dares to put uncomfortable truths on the table. The most interesting battles of thought are those in which, between joke and joke, the truth emerges.

–You invite us to look with different eyes from the variation of a set phrase or from the sharp and acute reflection. Is it the style of humor that we are going to find in It’s my word against mine?

–The humor that I enjoy the most is the one that comes close to poetry. Sometimes it’s an ingenious reflection, other times it’s an adventure of the imagination… Sometimes I get something clumsy and luminous like a Swarovski croquette and other times something perfectly useless like a wool spring. I hope that what I want to say has been completely opaque and that no one has understood what is going to be found in It’s my word against mine. It’s the best way to go.

“Humor is fun, but it can also deal with those issues that really matter to people”

–With these reflections we can fall into the paradox of becoming serious in an interview about a humorous show. But here is another question: is humor an artistic expression? Is humor art? Is it literature?

Humor is a formal resource. It is a tool that is sometimes used in literature, or in movies, in music, theater or even in magic. Right now I have released an online magic course for anyone who wants to learn tricks from scratch, without skill, and in the course you not only learn magic but also make you laugh a lot. It’s called aprendemagia.com, in case you want to take a look at it. This is how humor works, it is a species that everyone can add to the artistic stew that they like. Just as salt enhances flavor, sugar sweetens or chili pepper burns, the function of humor is to make life more bearable.

–The monologue deals with the daily dissatisfactions that we have all experienced, in that habitual attitude of not being happy with what one has. Regarding what has touched you, what are you not happy with?

–No one is happy with what they have received. Nobody. Nobody is happy with his appearance, nobody is happy with his age, nobody is happy with his salary… the paradox comes when you realize that, despite this, nobody would change for another person. We are dissatisfied in specific aspects, but we are satisfied in the overall calculation. Discontent is a gene that comes standard in humans. And it’s good that it is so. It is the only thing that pushes us to improve.

And what are you grateful for?

–I am grateful for having learned to laugh at what I am not happy about, at everything that makes me afraid or sad. A sense of humor is used for that, it is used to make life bearable. It works like the damping system of a car. He who does not have it will feel that all the stones on the road are a nuisance.

“Dissatisfaction is a gene that comes standard in man. And it is good that it is so. It is what pushes us to improve”

-In it Show will touch on “deep existential issues such as fear of someone else’s toilet or true love.” What are your fears?

–Those from all over the world, the passage of time and its consequences. I only buy stopped watches anymore, but even those tell the exact time twice a day.

–After two decades of success, could you define for me what success has been for you?

–Success for me has been receiving a salary for doing something that I would gladly do for free.

–The show concludes with the idea of ​​humor as a lifeline from this collective shipwreck that is life. What conclusions has Luis Piedrahita reached in this stretch of his professional career?

–Life is a journey in which no one is happy with what they have had. The good news is that humor is there to make life bearable. Working, as I said above, like the damping system of a car, making the stones on the road less painful.

“Humor is not the opposite of depth”