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Pepe Viyuela. Otoño Cultural CajaCanarias 2023

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Renowned Actor Pepe Viyuela: From Dramatic Art to Cultural Philanthropy

Spanish actor Pepe Viyuela delved into the study of dramatic art and laid his foundation in the world of performance with wordless parodies involving various objects. His television debut was marked by a notable role in the Spanish comedy show, ‘Un, dos, tres… responda otra vez como humorista’. The show was the platform for his famous query: ‘But, what is this?’ Viyuela is best remembered for a hilariously gripping skit where he finds himself ensnared by a folding chair. The memorable act will be commemorated at the CajaCanarias Cultural Autumn Event in 2023.

In addition to his television and stage roles, Viyuela holds an admiration for cinema. He serves as the vice president of the non-profit organisation, Payasos Sin Fronteras (Clowns Without Borders). He also holds honorary membership posts in Amigosdela Tierra and Saniclown, two non-profit organisations.

Viyuela’s on-screen appearances include the roles of Filemón in two film adaptations of the comic series Mortadelo y Filemón. ‘La gran aventura de Mortadelo y Filemón’ (2003) and ‘Misión: salvar la tierra’ (2008) are the two films that immortalised his presence in Spanish cinematic history.

His theatre contributions have seen him participating in the Mérida Classical Theatre Festival and taking the leading role in the stage adaptation of ‘El pisito’ (The Little Apartment), along with other remarkable performances.

On the smaller screen, Viyuela has captured audiences with his role as the endearing Chema Martínez in the popular television series ‘Aída’. His personification of a multitude of roles in various media platforms showcases his versatility and talent, making him an influential figure in Spanish performing arts.


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Pepe Viyuela studied dramatic art and started out performing parodies with objects and without words. His first television appearance was in Un, dos, tres… responda otra vez como humorista (Un, dos, tres… answer again as a comedian), where he asked his famous question: But, what is this? His best-known skit, in which he was trapped by a folding chair, will be remembered in this 2023 CajaCanarias Cultural Autumn event. This lover of cinema, theatre and television is vice president of the NGO Payasos Sin Fronteras (Clowns Without Borders) and honorary member of the NGOs Amigosdela Tierra and Saniclown. He played Filemón in the two stories of Mortadelo y Filemón that have been made into films: La gran aventura de Mortadelo y Filemón (The great adventure of Mortadelo and Filemón) (2003) and Mortadelo y Filemón. Misión: salvar la tierra (Mission: save the earth) (2008). In theatre, he has participated in the Mérida Classical Theatre Festival and starred in the theatrical version of El pisito (The Little Apartment), among other successful performances. In his television role, Viyuela is well known for his role as Chema Martínez in the series Aída.


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