Simon Palomares. Spanish comedian and filmmaker

Simon Palomares is best known for his work with Wogs Out Of Work and his comedy appearances. But he has directed the documentary Latigo, which looks at the comedy scene in Cuba. How has a country that has effectively been cut off from most of the world for over six decades nurtured such a rich comedy scene? This is the question that takes Palomares to the heart of what Cubans find funny. In doing so, he reveals fascinating insight into both Cuba itself and how people use comedy to deal with the challenges of their daily lives. Interviewing a range of comedians – some of whom have been performing for almost forty years – Palomares examines how humour can be a powerful tool for political commentary, exploring the impact of media technologies such as television and the internet.Simon spoke to many Cuban stand up comics to find out what they had to laugh about. Greg chatted to Simon to find out more about how the film came about, and his experiences in Cuba. Latigo screens as part of the Spanish Film Festival at Place Cinemas around the country in May.

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