‘Risas y Salsa’ was one of the most successful comedy shows in the history of Peruvian television. Although several years have passed since its premiere in the 1980s, to this day many still remember the program and its members, as is the case with ‘Petipan‘, who was part of the sketch ‘La Banda del little corn‘.
Justo Espinoza Pelayo earned the affection of all Peruvians for his character. Although he had a successful comedy career, he eventually left this path and ended up becoming a lawyer. Next, we tell you how the trajectory of the deceased comedian was.
Beginnings of Justo Espinoza
Justo Espinoza Pelayo was born in 1943 and is originally from the Mantaro Valley, in Jauja, Junín. At the age of 19, he arrived in Lima to seek a better future. He began working as a receptionist at the Huampaní Vacation Center, but his affinity for his art led him down another path.
That is how he decided to study in the theater at the Lima Theater Club, and shortly after, he joined Channel 5, where he worked on the “Tulio Loza Show”. Since that time they already called him ‘Petipán’, because Justo himself had put on that ‘chapa’ because of his size and because he liked that mini yolk bread.
In 1966, ‘Petipán’ joined the ranks of the old Channel 9 where “La Escalera del Triunfo” was produced, a game show hosted by Augusto Ferrando himself. In 1967, he returned to Panamericana Televisión for ‘La Revista de Tulio’ and was also part of ‘El Vidrio’.
‘Petipán’ in Laughter and Salsa
At the beginning of the 1980s, she was part of the cast of ‘Risas y Salsa’, along with Analí Cabrera, with whom she remained on the program for 19 years until it stopped airing. ‘Petipán’ participated in various segments such as ‘El Jefecito’, and his popularity was so great that they proposed a space where he would be the protagonist, which was called ‘La banda del Choclito’.
Justo Espinoza played the role of a mafia leader with a strong character to give orders. He also gave life to the husband of Eduviges, the first Andean female character on Peruvian TV and who was played by Guillermo Rossini.
Justo Espinoza retires from TV
After ‘Petipán’ left the comedy program, he devoted himself to what he had studied: Law. Although Guillermo Guille tried to persuade him to return to television, the humorist never accepted, he even did not want to be interviewed.
The beloved comedian died on May 4, 2021, after being hospitalized at the Almenara Hospital due to complications from Covid-19, a disease he could not overcome.
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