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Juan Bobo History Lesson:

Sabado Gigante

Sabado Gigante is the longest-running TV show in world history. This year it celebrated its 50th anniversary – the same show, same format, same host.

The host is Don Francisco. His real name is Mario Kreutzberger Blumenfeld, born and raised in Chile.

Every week, Sabado Gigante reaches an audience of over 100 million people, in over 30 countries around the world. NO OTHER SHOW has ever matched these numbers, and Sabado Gigante does it every week.

The show is a surrealistic blend of soap opera, talk show, beauty contest, Divorce Court, vaudeville, Queen for a Day, and every game show you ever saw. This format is unique – it is so hallucinogenic, that no one has been able to copy it.

In its original home in Chile, Sabado Gigante survived a Socialist takeover, an economic depression, and a CIA-engineered military coup. The show now airs out of Miami.

Though not exclusively Puerto Rican, Sabado Gigante is living proof of the great international Latino audience. For a quick look at Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Ricky Martin, and a dozen other celebrities before they became international stars, watch this commemorative video of Sabado Gigante

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  1. Wito Pacheco says:

    Don Francisco es un hombre muy genial, un gran talento.

  2. Joe Sanchez says:

    Has Jennifer Lopez been back to thank Sabado Gigande for having her on before she became well known? Last I heard she was performing for countries of oppressive regime that hate America, and getting well paid for it. I don’t think Sabado Gigante can afford to pay her to perform for her Latino people. And what about Marc Anthony? Well, I think he has more class and has not forgotten his Puerto Rican roots, unlike the girl from the Bronx, who as an actress plays the part of white women rather than a Latina. Don’t believe me, check some of her movies and the names of the characters she plays. Other than that, God bless her.

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