Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Cult comic Catalano dies

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Rome, May 2 - An comic who left his mark on Italian
entertainment history with deadpan truisms on a cult 1980s TV
show died Thursday aged 77.
Massimo Catalano was one of a troupe of eccentrics recruited
by showman Renzo Arbore for a short-lived and fondly remembered
1985 show, Quelli della Notte (The Night People).
His banal one-liners, delivered as if they were nuggets of
wisdom, included: "Its better to marry a rich, beautiful and
clever woman than an ugly, poor and stupid woman".
Musician and presenter Arbore said: "He'll stay in the
common language, he'll always be the king of banality. He
created a saying (about such obvious but droll statements):
'That's a Catalanism'".
Catalano started out as a trumpeter with swing band The
Flippers which had a string of hits in the 1960s, teaching Italy
to cha cha cha.
The late singer-songwriter Lucio Dalla had a stint with them
as a clarinettist in 1961.
Catalano, a left-wing intellectual and bon vivant, died of
cancer in his Umbria home a year after his wife.

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