The Pinoy Stand-Up Revolution Hits Cebu!
Comedy Cebu, a newly-formed, observational comedy group, is staging their debut show, hoping to spread the Pinoy Stand-Up Revolution that has already started in Manila. The event, “LAUGHTRIP Queen City of the South: Cebu” is a 90 min LIVE Stand-Up Comedy show, produced by Iris Montesclaros, will be featuring the best comedians of the country.
Hosted by Eri Neeman, performing comedians will be GB Labrador, James Caraan, Victor Anastacio, Gary Jackson, Red Ollero and headliner Alex Calleja, at the Ibiza Beach Club of Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island, in Lapu-Lapu City, this December 5, 2014, from 8:30pm-10pm.
Jackson, a US citizen and Hongkong resident, whose job in predictive analytics takes him around the Asia-Pacific region, also happens to be an international stand-up comedian (from TakeOut Comedy, HK) who has had the experience and privilege of performing regularly around with different comedy groups in the Asia-Pacific region, in Australia, South Africa, India and the USA. Among the groups that he is affiliated with is Comedy Manila.
After witnessing first-hand the joyous and unforgettable festivities of Sinulog 2014, which is one of the many experiences about Cebu that reaffirmed his interest to make a home here in Cebu with girlfriend Iris Montesclaros, he brought up the possibility of helping cultivate the comic talent of Cebu to his “brothers” from Comedy Manila.
The Comedy Manila group also counts Eri Neeman (of Bubble Gang), Alex Calleja (Daddy Alex of 101.9 MOR, also a writer for Goin’ Bulilit) and GB Labrador (ABS-CBN screenwriter) among its comic talents along other comedians/comediennes of different ages, comedic styles and regular international guests. These comedians have also gained experience in the international scene, having competed and won in comedy festivals locally and abroad. They do sets in both English and Filipino. More importantly, they aim to enrich the comedy appreciation and talent of Filipinos all over the country, which is why they have been bringing their performances to different parts of the country.
They practice point-of-view comedy which, as many may know, has been made popular by comic legends such as George Carlin, Louis CK, Ricky Gervais, Will Ferrell, Chris Rock, and even Fil-Am’s Rex Navarette and Jo Koy, among others. This type of comedy, which makes use of anecdotal, life observation and perspective humor, is very different from the gay/pink/drag queen/insult comedy that is popular in mainstream comedy clubs here in the country.
Comedy Cebu does not only aim to bring Comedy Manila to Cebu, but they are also intent on initiating the formation of a local observational comedy community to answer to the artistic and entertainment demands of the thriving Cebu population. Through time, Comedy Cebu also aims to help attract, scout and recruit interested and promising Cebu-based talents through their shows, headlined by the best stand-up comedians in the world no less, and through open mic nights and comedy competitions in the future. Comedy Cebu’s goal is to provide not only quality stand-up comedy entertainment to Cebu and but also a productive avenue for aspiring comics of all ages, race/nationalities and gender orientations, who can deliver their sets using point-of-view comedy in Bisaya/Tagalog/English, to develop and showcase their talents.
Comedy Cebu has an official website, www.comedycebu.com, where the group posts their upcoming shows and announcements. They are also on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/ComedyCebu, and as well as on Twitter and Instagram, both with the @ComedyCebu handle. They can be reached through email at firstname.lastname@example.org for any inquiries.