We are full of silent organs that we do not notice … until they fail. "Now I always tell my sister that her brother has cost her a kidney," says comedian and actor José Corbacho. And it is literal, because last July his sister donated one of those organs for a transplant: although some friends had offered themselves, his sister's had a very high compatibility, even for their kinship. So in the fateful and historic month of March 2020 they were heading to the operating room when the pandemic began. "They told me that we'd better do it at another time," jokes the comedian. In summer there was more space in the hospitals and Corbacho showed, after the operation , his great scar on social networks, revealing his health problems, his chronic kidney failure. He also wanted to thank health professionals for the hard work.
He was born in Hospitalet de Llobregat in 1965 with spina bifida, although to a lesser degree, and had a childhood plagued by doctors and hospitals until he came of age. nickel plated and on the go. They predicted kidney problems in the future, although they did not imagine that it would be to endure well until 55 years, without even notable symptoms. "Since my sister is a math teacher, her kidney has given me a power that I had forgotten: that of solving second-degree equations," he jokes. Seriously speaking, this act of love and brotherly solidarity has made him think. "I look back and see so many photos and memories where my sister is taking care of me … it is all very epic and very magical." These days he is a standard bearer of the Spanish Society of Nephrology, on the occasion of World Kidney Day, recounting his experience to help others in their situation and make kidney problems visible.
It seems that Corbacho, who has a torrential speech sprinkled with those laughs mischievous so his , he takes the kidney with humor. It is not for less, given his career. “As a child they always told me that I spoiled family photos and Super 8 videos by making faces and being a thug,” he explains. Then he entered theater groups where he also performed dramas, enjoying the sensation of the darkness of the room, the applause that erupts at the end, until he ended up in the famous Catalan company La Cubana, from whose quarry a large panoply has emerged. of popular actors and comedians, such as Santi Millán or Yolanda Ramos. Now Corbacho is dedicated to remembering other comedians from the past in a series of short documentary pills for the Somos channel, entitled Cómico ours, which deals with the figure of Fernando Esteso, Lina Morgan or Paco Martínez Soria, among others.
“Sometimes these comedians are considered stale, but we have to make the effort to contextualize them in their time … now we are talking about censorship, but then we had to circumvent a censorship of the real ones ”, he reflects. He confesses his predilection for Fernando Esteso, and remembers the comedian's musical hits such as Bellotero Pop or La Ramona . His father liked Esteso but also Gila. "Besides, these people were hellish workers, they made movies, they did theater, they were always working."
Corbacho himself, a lover of jackets with lysergic prints and thick plastic glasses, does not detract. He walks with his theatrical monologue First of all, he is very calm (he is getting a taste of solitude on stage), he participates in television programs such as MasterChef or Your face sounds to me, and produces a theatrical show with Ramón Gené ( Love, love, love) , with a rock band and a symphony orchestra on stage that will talk about the history of music and love and will premiere at the Grec festival. "When we talk about romanticism, for example, we will start with Beethoven, but end with Amy Winehouse," he explains enthusiastically.
is not worried about the expiration of the classic genres of the show before the arrival of the internet , the possible decline of television, the potential disinterest in the theater, that dystopian future. In fact, he is seen very much in youtubers , who continues with his 17-year-old son: the famous Ibai, Auronplay or Wismichu. “Sometimes they tell me to become a youtuber , but I don't even know where to start,” he says, “although, in short, you have to try everything, without complexes. The important thing, what I like, is doing things, beyond the channel through which they are disseminated. ”