Humour, criticism, political views and spicy paprika come together in this Cabaret series from the end of 1950s Hungary.
Pesti paprika on radio
In 1958 the Hungarian Radio broadcast a three-part cabaret series under the name Pesti paprika. The cabaret scenes are sassy, witty and funny and they give a whole new meaning to the terms “paprika” and “spice”. According to the cabaret host, Pesti paprika is a lot older than Szegedi paprika, it is as old as Buda and Pest. It is rooted in asphalt. It grows in apartment houses and offices. On concrete floors of factories and in smoke-filled coffee houses. Pesti paprika is the toughest plant in the world. It flourishes in heat and frost. No fire, flood, earthquake or war can do any harm in it. It is like a jungle plant: it grows speedily and it spreads everywhere. Pesti paprika is very similar to Szegedi paprika as both are spicy and hot. They only differ in the way people use them. Paprika from Szeged is food-seasoning, whereas Paprika from Pest seasons LIFE itself. Pesti Paprika is humour and spirit. Pesti Paprika Cabaret stories are brought to you by PaprikaMolnár’s Paprika Museum.
This scene called Pulp fiction offers criticism of 1950s Hungary. The reality behind the humour is biting:
Wife: What are you reading, sweetheart?
Husband: Something really interesting and exciting!
Wife: Is it some pulp fiction?
Husband: No, definitely not. It’s a novel on today’s reality.
Wife: What’s it about?
Husband: It’s about a nobleman who is married to a wealthy woman. He is living an incognito life and presents himself to the community as a poor man to get closer to people’s heart.
Wife: And you call this non-fiction? Such stupidity! Where can you read things like that today? Tell me, who wrote this?
Husband: Well, this is a political report on me. The party political HR wrote it. I am that nobleman incognito.
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