José Sánchez Mota (born on June 30, 1965), known simply as José Mota, is a Spanish comedian, active since 1989. He first rose to prominence as one half of comedy duo Cruz y Raya alongside Juan Muñoz. Since the duo's split in 2007 he has enjoyed a successful solo career, directing and starring in his own shows such as La hora de José Mota or José Mota presenta, aside from all the New Year's Eve specials he has done for TVE, where he has developed all of his television career except for a brief stint in Telecinco in 2013.
He's also an usual voice actor — one of the most prominent Celebrity Voice Actors in Spain along with Florentino Fernández and Santiago Segura — for animated films and a few live-action ones. He started with Mushu in Mulan and peaking with Donkey in Shrek franchise, in which his Cruz y Raya collaborator Muñoz voiced the title ogre. Tellingly, the ubiquitous Pepe Carabias was a long time collaborator of these two.
- Torrente Franchise - Various Roles in each film
- La chispa de la vida - Roberto (his most Playing Against Type / Tom Hanks Syndrome role)
- Abracadabra - Pepe
- Mulan - Mushu
- Shrek - Donkey
- Monsters, Inc. - Mike Wazowski
- 102 Dalmatians - Waddlesworth
- Brother Bear - Rutt
- Stuart Little 3 - Stuart Little
- Hellboy II: The Golden Army - Abe Sapiennote
- Rugrats Go Wild! - Spike
- Tad, the Lost Explorer - Freddy
- The Angry Birds Movie - Chuck
- Zookeeper - Donald the monkey
Tropes seen in Mota's work:
- Abhorrent Admirer: A non-romantic version with one of his recurring characters, El Cansino Histórico ("The Historic Tiresome Guy"). In each of his appearances, he bumps into an Historical-Domain Character he claims to admire and tries to get them to drink with him, only for them to reject it, which has the effect of turning the Cansino massively angry at them. The character also featured some sketches in which he turned on the receiving part of a similar routine and he realized how annoying it was.
- Acting for Four: A curious In-Universe instance in Operación: And the Andarán. King Philip VI tasks Mota with supplanting the four missing politicians to prevent the word from spreading over their accident.
- Catchphrase: "Hoy no... mañaaaaaana" ("Not today... tomooooooorrow"), "Las gallinas que entran por las que salen" ("The hens coming in for the ones going out"), "¿Te has dado cuenta tú también?" ("You noticed that too?")
- Dramatic Thunder: Spoofed. In a Back to the Future parody, thunder strikes every time Doc says "future".
- Earth All Along: The Twist Ending of Operación: And the Andarán reveals that the island is actually Madrid in a distant future, complete with the ruins of the Spanish Congress of Deputies showing up.Antonio Hernando: Looks like those who followed us did even worse.
- Gratuitous English: If he's parodying an English-speaking celebrity, he'll probably use a strange mix of English and Spanish. Derived from this is his Catchphrase "behind the musgo", "musgo" being the Spanish word for "moss", which he first coined while impersonating Bear Grylls.
- How We Got Here: His 2017 New Year's Eve special, Bienvenido Mister Wan-Da begins with the titular character being crowned king of Spain, and the show's continuity plot revolves around the events that led there.
- National Stereotypes: Whenever there's a male Argentine character in his sketches — for whatever reason it's almost always male —, you can count on him being soccer-mad (this is justified as soccer really is Serious Business in Argentina), a psychologist, a Motor Mouth, or some combination of the three.
- Nosy Neighbor: Parodied with another recurring character, La Vieja del Visillo ("The Old Woman Behind the Lace Curtain"). She took the entire window wall with her to listen to other people's gossips, and somehow nobody ever noticed.Don't tell anybody about this... (after her interlocutor leaves) ...as I'll be telling it myself.
- Oh, Crap!: In Operación: And the Andarán, Donald Trump's reaction after he has just finished building the US-Mexico border wall... and discovers he's stuck on the Mexican side. He promptly tries to Mariachi his way out of trouble, to little avail.
- Sketch Comedy: His specialty. He has starred and directed many TV shows of this kind, both with Cruz y Raya and on his own.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Also in Operación: And the Andarán. After the plane crash at the beginning, Commander España is on the island with Albert Rivera, Mariano Rajoy, Antonio Hernando and Pablo Iglesias. He announces he has found the plane's rescue boat, but it has only room for three people. The four politicians start arguing over who should return, only to find out that the commander has decided to leave without them, tired of their endless bickering.
- Super Zeroes: In the third season of La hora de José Mota, a new team of heroes is gathered to stand in for the late Tío La Vara. Most of them have very dubious or limited powers, but La Argamasa (a parody of The Incredible Hulk) takes the cake:Father Tornices: Your powers are infra-strength and retro-speed. I don't even know what's their use, but if they're there, they should have one.
- Whole Plot Reference: Several of his New Year shows run on this: Ciudadano Kien to Citizen Kane, Resplandor en Moncloa to The Shining or Operación: And the Andarán to Lost. While he was in Cruz y Raya, Regreso al 2004 also referred to Terminator.