Mexican television icon Roberto Gomez Bolaños, aka Chespirito, honored in Google Doodle

ByJose Mayorquin via KABC logo
Friday, February 21, 2020
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If you've glanced at Mexican television, you'll know the characters of Roberto Gomez Bolaños, better known by his stage name "Chespirito." Here's why he's being celebrated on Googl

LOS ANGELES -- Friday's Google search engine "Doodle" artwork honors the late Mexican television icon Roberto Gómez Bolaños, better known by his stage name "Chespirito," who was born on this day in Mexico City in 1929.

Gómez Bolaños has been called the Charlie Chaplin of Mexico and is regarded as one of the most important Spanish-language humorists of all time.

Chespirito, a sketch comedy show Gómez Bolaños created and starred in, ran from 1971 to 1992. It instantly became one of the most popular shows in Mexico and throughout Latin America.

The show embodied many aspects of Mexican culture while making a critique on the unrealistic image of superheroes.

Among his most beloved characters are El Chapulín Colorado (the red grasshopper) and El Chavo del Ocho, a poor orphan famous for his iconic hat, striped shirt, and red suspenders.