Roberto Moldavsky, against crack: “I want to break with the idea that you can’t have a friend who votes differently”

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About 10 years ago, Roberto Moldavski It changed his life 180 degrees. She stopped selling jackets in the Once neighborhood and started working on the radio. Subsequently he arrives at the theater, where he remains still until the present day. And, in the meantime, he has participated in several television programs. Between them Masterchef Celebrities Argentina, The Peña del Morfi ANDDone deal.

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But from Monday 4 March he undertakes a new challenge, away from the Telefe screen. He will host a game show for the first time. Regard 1D2 (One of two)which will be broadcast on eltrece.

With humor that characterizes him, he will present participants with different everyday dilemmas, such as “chicken or pasta” and they will have to guess which one the majority would choose. Even though it’s a fairly laid-back entertainment program, it means a lot of things to the host.

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In a conversation with ClarionRoberto Moldavsky told why he got on the train, what challenges he faces when doing political humor in Argentina and What role does entertainment play in difficult times?.

-Did you imagine yourself as a driver?

-Not exactly. Much of what happens to me wasn’t even in my imagination or dreams.. Whenever I watched the shows, I really liked the role of the host. Yes, of a lifetime. I didn’t think it would be my turn. I thought, “I would like to do that sometime in my life.” And it seems like it’s stuck somewhere and that dream is now coming true.

Roberto Moldavski.  The comedian will host a new entertainment program.  Photo: Ariel GrinbergRoberto Moldavski. The comedian will host a new entertainment program. Photo: Ariel Grinberg

-Are you a little scared by this new challenge?

-I’m logically scared, but when they told me what the project was about, I really liked the proposal. That fear escapes you because you like what you’re going to do. Even because It allows me to be myself. Moldavsky is the one who leads. It’s not like I have to play a character. Even though I have anxiety and everything, it pushes me to have fun, I like it and that helps me a lot and contains me a lot. Even though it’s something I’ve never done, I’m learning it.

-How do you see yourself combining your humor with the dynamic of the program?

-Even if we have to play and respect the rules, this will allow me to put some humor in the midst of the dilemmas, which are very fun and part of life. Talking to the public and participants gives me the opportunity to develop a sort of humor.

A television man

"I belong to the generation that watches television," said Roberto Moldavsky during his conversation with Clarín.  Photo: Ariel Grinberg“I belong to the generation that watches television,” said Roberto Moldavsky during his conversation with Clarín. Photo: Ariel Grinberg

-Do you watch a lot of TV?

-Yes, I belong to the generation that watches TV. We’ve watched TV our whole lives. We started with two or four channels and then it grew. For me, television as it is today is almost a luxury. Like watching TV, I keep it on for a long time during the day.

-Any pilots you have as a reference?

-If you give me the choice, I would like to be like Jorge Guinzburg. But today I also see Dario Barassi, or Guido Kaczka and I love them. There are many good drivers, and also women like Vero Lozano. I take a mix of everything.

-Your son Eial said in an interview that you raised him without television, why did you make this decision?

Eial is a bit exaggerated, because he likes it and needs it. He’s a complicated guy, I tell you because I know him. There were some shows we didn’t want them to watch, because we just didn’t like the message. And I also wanted you to read, which I think is the part my son forgot to say. Also There was one day a week when we all read together, which made my children become great readers..

In the guide, Moldavsky will combine humor with play.  Photo: Ariel GrinbergIn the guide, Moldavsky will combine humor with play. Photo: Ariel Grinberg

Pain and humor

-What role do you think humor plays in difficult times?

-It’s crucial, because things are so difficult that you need shelters. I always say it My play is a refuge for an hour and a half, where I will take you so you can forget everything for a while.. I think the program will be a bit like that too. And TV with a dose of humor is like an antidote, a medicine that does a lot of good. Humor is useful not only for life, but also for saying things, for communicating, for understanding situations. It’s a great shortcut, so it’s worth double these days.

-The Israel-Hamas war affects you very closely, how do you experience that pain together with your work of humor?

-I have been experiencing everything with a lot of pain and anguish since October 7th. A few weeks after the incident, I went to Spain and called an Israeli singer, who is very famous there. We exchanged messages and I saw that they worked. We can’t let them steal our joy too. I always give a slightly harsh example, but it helps to understand. Theatrical and humorous works were written in the Warsaw Ghetto. And it has become culture. We cannot allow these people who have already taken so much from us to also take away our joy..

Roberto Moldavsky has lived in Israel for a decade.  And the war touches him very closely.  Photo: Ariel Grinberg.Roberto Moldavsky has lived in Israel for a decade. And the war touches him very closely. Photo: Ariel Grinberg.

-How was your experience living in Israel? Was it difficult for you to adjust?

-Obviously it cost me a lot. Another language, another culture. It is very difficult to leave Argentina in general. We are very special, in a good way. There is a completely different reality there. Then I got used to it and had a lot of fun. It is a country that is part of my life and I return whenever I can. I have family and friends there. But there are many changes that we must learn to face. Exile is very complicated. People out there idealize him. They think you go out and everything is fine, but that’s not the case.

-What do you miss most about living there?

-I miss the people I lived with there. I miss the streets of Tel Aviv. I liked sitting on a boat, two meters from the sea. But most of all I miss my sister, my nephews and all the gang of my friends that I left there.

Make political humor in Argentina

“I think it“I think it’s good that people vote differently,” says Roberto Moldavsky. Photo: Ariel Grinberg.

-What is the biggest challenge you face when doing political humor in such a particular country as Argentina?

-It’s a great challenge. I want to break away from the idea that you can’t have a friend who votes differently.. Break the crack. I think it’s good that people vote differently. I don’t think it’s right that they use it to make people fight. I have cases of friends who we knew since we were 15 and we stopped talking because of a political argument. The worst thing is that you take any politician and he has gone around I don’t know how many parties or he has changed his mind 40 times and you defend him there and the next day he is on the other side. If we can laugh at this, it means there is no point in arguing..

-How do you get along with the “haters”?

-They get along very badly with me, because they are the ones who live on crack. They need crack and they put it everywhere. Give your opinion on any topic and they throw something at you. They are desperate to pigeonhole you. As if belonging to any party or ideology were an insult, an illness or a defect.

Whoever hates something, what he doesn’t realize is that it depends on the very thing he hates. It’s a trap. He waits all the time for the one he hates to say something or express something. It exists to the extent that you can hate someone. It doesn’t have something of himself, it has something linked to others. He ends up depending precisely on what he hates.

With political humor, Roberto Moldavsky tries to make the fracture laugh, to make people understand that it makes no sense.  Photo: Ariel Grinberg.With political humor, Roberto Moldavsky tries to make the fracture laugh, to make people understand that it makes no sense. Photo: Ariel Grinberg.

-Have negative comments ever influenced you?

-Most people agree with me. But it’s true that some things hurt you. He has never hurt me when someone tells me that I don’t make him laugh or that he doesn’t like my humor. I even took it as a challenge. There are things that many people laugh at that don’t make me laugh, I understand that it can happen. Then personal aggression for the sole purpose of hurting you, I don’t find it funny. We all say not to try, but sometimes a few bullets find their way in and it’s a bad time.

-And recently your son Eial suffered from it, due to an interview in which he spoke about Peronism…

-I told Eial that he didn’t explain it well, because it came from a part of the show we had. We made a sketch like the one done by Tato Bores. My son came to sell me that we export the only thing that doesn’t exist in the world. And he wasn’t dulce de leche, he was Peronism. Because Peronism is the only thing that exists that doesn’t exist in the world.

In the sketch we made a Peronist march for Brazil, another for Italy and another for Israel. So he always told me “everyone is a Peronist”. It was all a joke. When she said it in the interview, taken out of context, it sounded like he was saying something else and he ate a mess. Because if you don’t come to the theater to see it you won’t understand what we’re saying.

-And how did you take your family when they received so many hateful comments for this mistake in their way of expressing themselves?

-I wasn’t amused that they threw Eial at him like that. because he is my son and because I know where the problem comes from. If I were active in Peronism it wouldn’t bother me, I would think it was part of the struggle. But since that’s not the case, you eat a lot of something you have nothing to do with.

Roberto Moldavski.  His son Eial was recently the victim of haters due to a misunderstanding.  Photo: Ariel Grinberg.Roberto Moldavski. His son Eial was recently the victim of haters due to a misunderstanding. Photo: Ariel Grinberg.

-How did you take it? Did she influence you much?

-It affects me more than it seems to him. Obviously I didn’t enjoy it. He himself told me that he was needlessly wasting a lot of money for wanting to explain something that María Laura Santillán had seen in the theater before the interview. He also said: “Nelson Castro has 13% Peronism in his blood.” And no one can believe it’s not a joke. But you can’t say Cristina or Mauricio to those who are at the end of the crack, because they will kill you.

-Did you know he would venture onto social networks talking about philosophy or were you surprised?

-We always talked to Gustavo Yankelevich who had a great talent. But what he did with philosophy I didn’t expect at all. He put it together during a pandemic, had meteoric growth, and did something miraculous, which is that people on TikTok are starting to think. NO slide and they walk past him, but they stop to think about what he’s saying.

I think because of the madness of the networks, that in a minute they make you think of something is original and is a great contribution. I always tell him “what happened to you has nothing to do with your last name, it has to do with what you created”.

Source: Clarin

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