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27 April 1927
Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Died||11 January 1996(aged 68)|
Mauricio Borensztein (27 April 1927 - 11 January 1996), known by the stage name Tato Bores, was an Argentine film, theatre and television comedian, who specialized in political humor. His ironic TV monologues, delivered at a fast pace, became a reference point for generations of Argentines.
He took his first steps into the humor field in 1957, after the fall of Juan Perón, debuting in state-owned Channel 7. When in character, he wore dress coat, white bow tie and a deliberately badly cut wig, and waved a cigar. Besides the monologues, at some point during each show he pretended to dial the number of the Casa Rosada and speak to the President (whoever it was at the time), asking pointed questions or commenting on uncomfortable news.
Near the end of his life, Borensztein abandoned the weekly show format and resorted to "special programmes" every month or sometimes more often. In one of these, he appeared as Dr. Helmut Strasse, "argentinologist", an archeologist specialized in the lost land of Argentina, which had sunk into the Atlantic Ocean 500 years before the fictional time frame of the show. The show was a humorous mockumentary about the downfall of Argentina where Borensztein, speaking in a mixture of Yiddish, German and some odd words in Spanish, overdubbed into straight Spanish by a narrator, commented on the latest findings and theories while he toured a digging site.
Before the broadcast of one of the programmes, federal judge María Servini de Cubría was warned that the show contained an ironic comment about a ridiculously low fine she had received for mishandling a case. Servini ordered the offending segment to be cut out, and forbade Borensztein to mention her name. This violated free speech, since the programme had not been broadcast and she had not verified it was criminally offensive. Borensztein received overwhelming support from the artistic community of Argentina, but respected the judicial order, from then on referring to the judge as "the unnameable" or as Jueza Barubudubudía (intended as a nonsensical yet transparent rhyme of "Servini de Cubría") until the censorship was lifted.
|Period||Name of the show||Channel||Scriptwriters|
|1957-1960||Tato y sus monólogos||Canal 7||Landrú|
|1961-1963||Tato, siempre en domingo||Canal 9||César Bruto|
|1964-1970||Tato, siempre en domingo||Canal 11||César Bruto|
|1971-1972||Por siempre Tato||Canal 11||Jordán de la Cazuela|
|1973||Dígale sí a Tato||Canal 13||Jordán de la Cazuela|
|1974||Dele crédito a Tato||Canal 13||Aldo Cammarotta|
|1978||Special of "El Mundo del Espectáculo"||Canal 13||Aldo Cammarotta|
|1979||Tato vs. Tato||Canal 13||Aldo Cammarotta, Juan Carlos Mesa|
|1981||Tato por ciento||Canal 13||Aldo Cammarotta, Juan Carlos Mesa|
|1983||Extra Tato||Canal 13||Oscar Blotta (h), Carlos Abrevaya, Jorge Guinzburg, Basurto, José María Jaunarena, Geno Díaz|
|1984||Tato, qué bien se TV||Canal 13||Geno Díaz|
|1985||Tatus||Canal 13||Geno Díaz|
|1988||Tato Diet||Teledos||Santiago Varela|
|1989||Tato al borde de un ataque de nervios||Canal 13||Santiago Varela|
|1990||Tato en busca de la vereda del sol||Canal 13||Santiago Varela|
|1991||Tato, la leyenda continúa||Canal 13||Santiago Varela|
|1992||Tato de América||Canal 13||Santiago Varela|
|1993||Good show||Telefé||Santiago Varela|
|1999||La Argentina de Tato||Canal 13||Special cycle post mortem|
He is the father of Alejandro Borensztein, Sebastián Borensztein and Marina Borensztein.