President Obama does a skit with Panfilo before he leave for Cuba

In a direct appeal to the Cuban people’s sense of humour, the White House has released a video of President Barack Obama joking with the country’s most famous comedian a day before the president makes a historic trip to the island.

Luis Silva plays Panfilo, an elderly character on a wildly popular show that often uses biting humour to comment on social reality and lampoon the failings of Cuba’s government and centrally planned economy.

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