This is one of the most recognizable faces of River Plate humor. Dadi Brieva For more than four decades, he has dedicated himself to bringing laughter to the stage, and on this new tour, where he will tour much of our country, he also brings a certain nostalgia for that past of which there is no record. This is the center of Super Daddy: The Time Wizard whose tour in Uruguay has already started and will continue until next September 18. In this interview with The Saturday Show, the comedian talks about bringing humor to the interior of the country, advances part of the show, talks about his friendship with the members of Midachi and talks about the importance that Montevideo has had in his relationship with La Chipi. From yapa, a funny anecdote from the first date that the couple celebrates, right in Montevideo.
Daddy Brieva, who toured Uruguay with his shows, decided to go elsewhere during his tour in Super Daddy: The Time Wizard. It started with Tarariras, yesterday it was presented in San Carlos, tonight in Rocha, tomorrow in Minas, on Tuesday the 13th in Florida, on Wednesday in Melo, on Thursday in Tacuarembo, on Friday the 16th and Saturday the 17th you will be at the Metro Theater and on September 18 at the Politeama de Canelones.
“What allows you to introduce yourself inside?”
“It’s like being in Entre Rios, Santa Fe, Concordia, I don’t notice any difference.” We must acknowledge and be grateful that Uruguay is very good and opens its arms to all artists who have come and passed through those places where there were none before. But to be honest, I come when it’s convenient for me and when it’s not. This one doesn’t fit me, but like La Catalina and Lack and Rest a hundred million times there, everyone comes here. The other time I saw that Pachu Peña was in Nueva Helvesia and Fatima Flores also came. Our sad reality that makes us go out and find where it’s most convenient to do our work. It is what it is.
“That’s how it’s always been, and when it’s convenient to cross, it’s done.”
-Yes of course. I remember a chronicler told me he saw us in 1988 and I say yes, when your paths crossed drinking mate in Buenos Aires. Those years were such a time as now. We had spectacular hyperinflation and you hit two mangoes. Let them take advantage of it. The other time I was in Santa Fe and met a couple from Paysandú who were walking. They weren’t guys from Montevideo, they were my aunt Elvira and my uncle Pancho in a small car and he gives them the money. It’s nice that they can meet and hang out.
— In “The Wizard of Time” you remember these anecdotes and stories from your childhood.
— Like Daddy Man, with other anecdotes. This time I do more discussion between the feminine and the masculine, between the father and the mother, magic and time, who owns each thing, and I mess around a lot with girlfriends, death (always with a sense of humor), I talk about awakenings.
“Yes, because I’m saying that in the cities, people used to hold vigils in the living rooms of the houses, and the images you’ve left are very funny.” This is when people exploit the most. That and an anecdote I have about two friends we went out dancing with. Then I start with the mother, the TV joke and then the father, and end with the tanguito and remember everything. I continue to football and finish as always with music that is always Uruguayan, this time: “Adiós Juventud” because it sums up my show, it is not a delivery, it gives me another chance, I will not give up.
“Because the show is about your memories. How was school?
“I was a chubby ass and I was bullied a lot.” I talk about it a lot because I make humor about pain. I said that even my teacher bullied me because I wear thick glasses and they called me: “little boy”, “four eyes”, “mask” and my teacher said: “Jose Feliciano, where did you leave the dog?”, or asked me to they whistle because they cannot see. It makes you strong, warrior, it makes you want more. You also prioritize combat, focusing on who the enemy is and where you need to go. It’s a shame that there are guys who have to go through this, but well, today, if I had to choose with all that I’ve suffered, I’m thankful that it happened to me. Thanks to it, I am who I am. They put so few chips in for me to make my life successful or anything else, I had so little credit that I turned it around. It’s a very Uruguayan thing not to give you two mangizas and break you…
“At that time, did you already use humor as a salvation?”
“No, not at that time, it was difficult for me to find myself in a comfortable place.” I was involved in theater, I did a satire for the first time in November 1973, then I went on stage for the first time.
— A fine date for satire.
– Back then we were all fighters, there life passed if you didn’t die a civilian. Later I did Bertolt Brecht, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, some national theater, we did a little bit of everything. And it was on a rock where I met these two crazy people and they made us laugh with very little, it was all very simple and I loved this non-production. There was no shrillness and I was like, “that’s good, it is.”
“What did Midachi leave you?” What is left of Dad from those years?
“You ask me about Midachi and my eyes light up because for me it was the cake of my life.” I settled everything with that. I will even tell you something that is not true: I think they had stronger things in mind even than my family. There were many years and many things that shaped my life. It was very important and it was very unlikely, coming from Santa Fe in the 1980s, that I would be able to have what I have where we are. I am very proud of the race we did with Midachi, we turned 41 on July 16th.
— Since El Mago del Tiempo is an anecdote, tell me some of Uruguay.
— I have many memories from here because I come to Montevideo very often. I like it because it has a very deep cultural identity that I don’t think the Uruguayan is fully aware of. It is a city very much like Rosario and you can find the sacred and the profane, the choicest intellectual to the most disgusting mess. There is a very nice mix here, I feel very comfortable. I have many friends of all kinds. I remember I would sing at the old Fun Fun, this is where Chippy and I got engaged. Our first dinner was at La Casa Violeta, right by the ocean. She was a bartender and had taken oenology courses and I don’t know what else, and I came from the Menem era, one by one we were buying $500 worth of wines and she was talking to me about Malbec wine. I told him: “you don’t understand anything about wines, I took the most expensive ones”, and he never returned any wine to me. If it was vinegar, but it cost $500, it was very good. How would you return a bottle of wine. Well, the wine arrives, one tanat and I say: the lady will taste. He looks at him and says, “he has no fever.” I tell the waitress, “he didn’t mean that,” and she says, “no, he doesn’t have a fever.” I asked her if she put ice on it and she said no and asked for a frappe. It was such a bummer and she says, “this is how you’re going to try it, otherwise we put soda or do whatever you want, but if you’re going to try it, you have to do it right.” Very strong this first meeting.
— Of the Argentine artists, you are the most Uruguayan.
— I am very impressed by Uruguay. I don’t do marketing for it because I know that all the Argentinian actors say they feel Uruguayan and promise to come and live here. I will not come to live here, no nonsense, but those who know me know that I have a place here and I go.