Joan Capdevila at El Hormiguero
Joan Capdevila was the special – and very hilarious – guest on Cuatro’s show “El Hormiguero” last Thursday, the day of his birthday. Here’s a brief synopsis of all that he went through on the show, as well as what he talked about. It was a great show!
As soon as he arrived on stage, he did the royal wave, endearing himself to the audience, who could tell that this was going to be a very entertaining night. The studio audience also sang “happy birthday” to him.
Then the host of the show put some scenes up on the screen, including Pepe’s description of Joan as “feo de cojones” during the celebration in Madrid after the World Cup. Joan’s reply was “he’s not right, but I don’t care.” He described Pepe as “an authentic showman” and “fun.” He also called the national team “a group of friends,” saying that he believes “the most important thing is to have a good group, and Spain has achieved that.” With regards to the World Cup, he said, “it’s the moment of your life. I would have been happy to play just one minute [he played the entire tournament] and I’m lucky to be part of an incredible generation.”
Then the famous scenes of Joan dancing with a cubata on his shoulder in the 2008 celebrations in Colón and with the bucket on his head in South Africa in 2010 are shown. With regards to the former, Joan confessed that he doesn’t drink much, and wanted to make clear that it was Santi Cazorla who taught him how to balance the glass between his ear and his shoulder. And as to the latter, he said he was disappointed that he couldn’t get the photo with Shakira – perhaps Geri Piqué can lend him a hand? – so they pose with a cardboard cutout of Shakira.
Next up, the Cuatro team tries to trick Joan. They cut in with breaking news to say that Vicente del Bosque has resigned. But Joan proves hard to trick, saying, “I don’t believe it. I’m sorry, but I don’t believed it. They did a good job but I wasn’t fooled for a second.”
Joan then talks a bit more about being a “professional joker,” saying it’s true that he has a book of jokes in the locker room, but he doesn’t tell as many jokes now as before. When pressed to tell a joke, he says, “have you heard the one about “el hombre entre dos vallas? No? Vaya hombre vaya!” Jajaja!!!
He’s also asked about playing cards with his national team teammates, and he reveals that Iker hates losing and gets really upset. Cazorla “is very stubborn and become unbearable.” Pepe “is the boss of the games. He starts small, then makes huge bets when he loses.” Joan says he plays to have fun, not to bet money, so he had stop playing with Pepe.
Then scenes from “Conexión Samanta” of Joan and Gerard are shown. He says he’s doing the best he can as a father, and that Gerard is a great kid since he sleeps and eats well. He described fatherhood as the best thing that could happen to anyone, said he couldn’t describe the experience in words and that he highly recommends it.
The program then moves on to a race, to see who is the fastest with the cubata on the shoulder. Joan first teaches the host how to balance it, and then they have a race, complete with obstacles. They have go around barrels, up and down stairs, walk a plank and step through tires. The best parts are when Joan shoves the presenter aside, so it was no surprise that he won the race. Watch the race here.
Then we have some entertainment, and the program ends with a challenge. Joan is challenged to cut an apple in half, and if the two sides weig exactly the same, a member of the audience wins €1000. So Joan (who’s left-handed for everything) takes the cut (why didn’t he cut lengthwise?) and the two sides end up weighing 98.8 and 120.7. He’s given an option to take a bite out of one of the halves, but they still end up weighing a different 98.8 and 109.8.