Caiga Quien Caiga is a popular Spanish TV show that began in 1996. It is a copy of an original Argentinean show that has also been adapted in France, Chile, Italy, Brazil, Portugal, The Netherlands and Israel. Caiga Quien Caiga is a weekly news roundup that takes a humorous and ironic approach to reporting current affairs, business and sport. Caiga Quien Caiga’s reporters are known for asking politically incorrect questions to celebrities, invariably leading to visible discomfort in the interviewees. The Spanish TV version was broadcasted by Telecinco from 1996 to 2008, later by La Sexta and then by Cuatro.
One of the trademarks of the show is the heavy editing of the interviews to add cartoons and sound effects with the goal of highlighting and ridiculing the interviewee’s reactions. Reporters also sometimes give controversial gifts to celebrities. This Spanish comedy show was first hosted by the wonderful “El Gran Wyoming” and most people still associate the show with him. Some of the reporters (like Pablo Carbonell) were already experienced TV journalists, while the rest started their television careers in Caiga Quien Caiga such as Javier Martin and Arturo Valls. The show enjoyed high ratings and numerous awards for programme and its presenters. In 2010, TV channel Cuatro decided to mix things up a little with an all female cast. The hosts in this new period were Ana Milán, Silvia Abril and Tània Sarrias.
A recurring segment is “Proteste Ya” (Protest Now), which involves the people of a certain neighbourhood or home area sending an e-mail to an e-mail address especially reserved for “Proteste Ya”, complaining about government negligence in their neighbourhood. The Caiga Quien Caiga journalists then go to that neighbourhood, find out about the problem and try to force the person responsible to make a commitment to improve the situation, often taking something from their office as a “warranty”. Hosts and reporters all dress in black suits and wear black glasses, inspired by the characters in Quentin Tarantino’s movie Reservoir Dogs. The name of the show in Spanish is a commonly used phrase meaning “Whatever it takes” (literally: “whoever might fall”), as a reference to the unorthodox interviewing methodology.
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