From: Sarah Wheaton
Sent: Saturday, March 19, 2016 7:07 PM
To: Allen, Jessica L. EOP/WHO
Subject: Pool report 2: skit background
From the White House:
"The President on Friday filmed a skit featuring a popular Havana-based Cuban comedian known as "Panfilo," who, as part of his comedy routine, regularly attempts to place calls to the President. While Panfilo's attempts are typically thwarted, he encountered success on Friday. Panfilo's weekly show is widely watched throughout Cuba. You can view the video here: >https://www.facebook.com/USEmbCuba/videos/vb.93151733910/10153931434828911/?type=2&theater<."
Additional background on Panfilo:
Panfilo is a Cuban comedian whose television show is seen weekly by about two-thirds of the Cuban people. The show airs Mondays at 8:30 p.m. His show was initially created in 2000 as part of a theater festival, and has been on Cuban television since 2008. He has won the award for Most Popular TV Show in Cuba and the Best Male Actor in Cuba Award in 2014. Panfilo, whose real name is Luis Silva, has also performed in the United States in the past.
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