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No Te Duermas
Format Talk show, Variety show
Starring Antonio Sanchez "El Gangster"
Country of origin Puerto Rico
Running time 60 mins.
Original channel Telemundo
Original run February 1990 – December 30, 2008

No te Duermas (translated as Don't Fall Asleep) is a Spanish-language television program, a late-night talk and variety show from Puerto Rico. It started airing in 1990 as a late night show with comedian Antonio Sanchez El Gangster in WSTE-TV SuperSiete. Later on, the show moved to Telemundo Puerto Rico, enjoying great success.



The idea of the show came from two sources. Originally, producer Gabriel Suau approached Antonio Sánchez with the idea of a talk show called No te Duermas. Suau wanted to have Axel Anderson as host while Sánchez would intervene with comedy sketches, characters and interrupting the interviews. Sánchez, instead, presented Suau an idea he had for a show. Suau then decided to drop his original idea and gave Sánchez the opportunity to lead it.

On February 1990, the show debuted in Channel 7 (Super Siete) instantly peaking at #1 in local popularity charts. After a year, Telemundo made Suau an offer and the show moved on October 1991. The show continued to be #1 for two years, and stayed on the Top 10 for the following years.

In 2005, while negotiating their contract, Telemundo offered Sánchez the chance to do the program from Monday to Friday, and compete directly with Univision's Anda Pa'l Cara. Sánchez accepted, changing also the overall format of the show. In February 2008, the show changed to a Monday through Thursday format, with Esto Esta Kñon, a political discussion and satire show, aired on Friday. This show is produced by Antonio Sánchez himself.

Near the end of 2008, Sánchez announced he would retire the show after almost 19 years. During December 2008, the show will feature interviews with many people that contributed to the show's success during its history, and shows of old comedy sketches. The last show will be aired on December 30, 2008.

Hosts and models

Sanchez has been the host of the show for its duration. However, he has been accompanied during most of the show history a female co-host to accompany him. Some of them have been:

  • Lourdes Collazo (1990)
  • Sandra Vanessa (1990)
  • Jailene Cintrón (1991 - 1996)
  • Yizette Cifredo (2003 - 2004)
  • Laura Hernandez (2005 - 2007)
  • Daniela Droz (2008)

The show has also put models in the spotlight by being on a prime time show. Some of the most famous have been Taína, Glerysbeth, Maripily, La Burbu, Mara Cruz, and others.

Show format

The show features interviews to artists, music performances, curious facts, and comedy sketches featuring mostly characters by Sanchez himself. The show was criticized in its beginnings for its raunchy style and general portrait of women. This, however, has helped the show to maintain a strong male following.

Comedy Characters

Here is a list of some of the comedy characters portrayed by Antonio Sanchez in his show:

  • El Poeta que todo lo compone (translated as "The Poet that composes everything") - A poet that always find his verses almost ending in obscene words but replaces them with another one.
  • Lindín - an obese man (Sanchez in a suit) that finds himself inmensely attractive.
  • Kiko Jones - a spoof of Indiana Jones. His "adventures" are always intercut with scenes of real movies in a campy way to make it funnier.
  • Super Moncho - a Puerto Rican version of Super Dave. A stunt man performing increasingly absurd stunts, before which he will always yell "Pelo power!!" (he would then rip open his shirt and exposing chest hair made of magic marker and some times very little real hair) and ends up always failing. At the end he will always yells "Estoy vivooo!!" ("I'm aliiiiveee!").
  • Pedro Lambellagas (translated as 'Scab Licker') - a news reporter with a lame voice and a unibrow. Most of his news reports are criticisms of the local government or funny takes on local news.
  • Pepe Pirindingo - a taxi driver that's always faced with crazy situations.
  • Pepín Galarza - a naive and innocent geek. Somehow women are attracted to him putting him in extremely sensual situations. At that point he would always ask to the screen "Gangster, ¿que hago?" ("Gangster, what should I do?"). After receiving a good advice from Sanchez, he would go and do some stupid thing.
  • Dr. Selástraga - a promiscuous doctor that's always asking his female patients to get undressed.
  • Minga - A gossiping woman that comments on celebrities and other everyday subjects. She would go on to have her own show (see Minga y Petraca).
  • Don Remigio - a horny old man that always pursues beautiful women and ends up getting hit. His sketches are usually featured in a silent movie style with fast-tracked editing and old music in the background.

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