The phrase “laughter is healing” is one of the most recognized and used by the artistic world, but it is also likely that it has a share of reason. For this reason, comedians are usually very loved and valued by the public, as is the case with Sebastián Presta.
with his character helpful, the man raised in El Palomar, is one of the most renowned humorists in the country and is currently running out of shows at Paseo La Plaza in Buenos Aires. His work My mother, my girlfriend and Idirected by Diego Reinhold, and starring Presta along with Graciela Tenenbaum and Victoria Almeida, is presented from Wednesday to Sunday at Paseo La Plaza.
On the stage of the Pablo Picasso room of said promenade located on Corrientes street, with the scenery of My mother, my girlfriend and ISebastián Presta spoke exclusively with MDZ and analyzed his career, talked about current humor and how his characters were developing.
– From its premiere to today, has the work changed?
– It changes a lot. They told me “a 43-year-old man who lives with his mother” I said “no, he is already old”, but there are many people who still live with his parents. There are still those characters of people that he has his family, but before he goes to eat with his mother.
– How was your moment to become independent?
– The psychologist took me out of the house when I was 21 years old. She told me “you are leaving your house”. I didn’t know what I was going to do with my life, my mom told me “Sebastián, you have to do something.” I worked in some other store, but I liked the theater. I never imagined doing this or working on TV. I started on a cadet cable channel by someone my father knew. I began to see and learn about the production. From a cadet I became a video operator, then a cameraman and became an assistant in people looking for people. Seba Wainraich appeared and we began to play in Kitschwhile making production in Hard to tame. They fired me in 2016 and I said “it’s all over here”, but in reality it was the kick I needed to dedicate myself to the theater.
– Do you remember the first day you appeared on camera?
– It was in Hard to tame with Mauro Viale driving. An actor had to go as a gay hairdresser, who was going to do Mauro’s hair, but he didn’t show up and they sent me. He was funny and reappeared, but it was a mess.
– What do you keep from that first character?
– From that first character I maintain the terror of the void, of being wrong. After the pandemic that I was able to download a change, it was only then that I began to enjoy this work. A lot of time has passed, there are people who get on without any problem, I had already failed as a child.
– Is it easier when something is recorded?
– The success of my recorded sketches was that I recorded them many times until I liked them. He was a ball breaker. I really like Things that won’t happen to you in your p @ # a life, The boyfriend who doesn’t step on the stick, If he doesn’t put it on, nobody puts it on.
– How was Coco Sily’s cousin born?
– Coco’s cousin accidentally left. The “iiih” was a sound made by the laugher of Hard to tame and at that time Coco was doing the Argentine Macho. In that mix of Coco’s cousin and the “iiih” of Negro it was left, we did it once, people liked it and it stayed.
– Today, with the changes in society, could you continue doing them?
– They could continue to be done, but not quite like that, we set sail a lot. I ended up dancing with two model actresses on top of a table, we had the character of the cocaine-addicted grandmother. I like to misplace myself and transgress to a certain limit without giving a minority a hard time or someone having a hard time. You have to have eggs to do it and I don’t have them.
– Did you imagine this life in the theater?
– I never imagined that this would happen to me. I was on this stage replacing other actors in Funny with Wainraich, Peto Menahem and I made the replacement when one was missing. I needed to go, I was missing an oven blow. But he is a workman and you have to put up with failures.
– How did you get over all that?
– With therapy I got over everything. Working it and giving it to him head on. Once I did standup and a waiter told me, very seriously, “I didn’t like what you did at all.” I went two years without doing it. Many standaperos told me “you have to bank the beginning.” It’s a pending issue, I’m going to go look for that young man and I’m going to make him laugh. Maybe it was what he needed to hear.
– Did it cost you?
– He was short, shy, everything cost me a lot. Humor saved my life, but I don’t know how it came about because I wasn’t a funny guy. I saw a lot of (Antonio) Gasalla, (Alfredo) Casero and now the boys from Uncoded They make me laugh a lot.
– What other projects do you have, besides the play?
– There are very recent projects, I have a movie now. There are some other fictions with participations. I would like to dedicate myself to the cinema, I would love it. I would love financial freedom, it was always working to make ends meet and that is where I see that others do not, that they reach more.
– I notice you are very humble, like you don’t believe it at all…
– No, they told me. I am not aware of what I do. I have a hard time believing it. Success in my life is something else, yesterday I went to pick up my girlfriend’s daughter from gymnastics and she looked at me with a smile and that was a success. When I was younger, success was meeting (Adrián) Suar, going on TV, but after all that happens to you, success comes from peace of mind. I would love to do series, do Vikings, but when I grow up, this thing of having some mates with people I love and seeing it as a success is taking hold of me.
– How do you receive the affection of the people?
– I like meeting people who love me. There are people who are very happy and see me and are happy. Much love from the people. Those who know say that laughter is healing, that laughter heals. I love to make people laugh.