We Got Up Close and Personal With the Man From the Hilarious Manulife Commercial

Remember that guy from the HILARIOUS insurance company ad (WATCH: This Witty Viral Video Isn’t Your Usual Hugot Commercial)? Well, we got up close and personal with Victor Anastacio—who is, by the way, funnier in real life. Get to know this TV host/ comedian in this interview!

Gud evening saeyo.

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1. Name/ Age/ Profession

Victor Anastacio / 30 / Stand-up comedian, writer, host

2. What university did you graduate from and what course did you take?

Ateneo De Manila, BS Management

3. For how long have you been a stand-up comedian?

Since November 2007, JackTV’s Laffapalooza

4. When and where did you have your first gig?

First paid gig was in Mag:net The Fort, November 2007.


5. What’s your favorite joke?

My favorite joke? That’s like choosing my favorite among my children. It’s hard. I have no children.

6. What is your motto in life?

Bira lang nang bira.

7. What is love?

Love is a great excuse to do foolish things. You know… for the love.


Thanks for the photo, @the_keg_ ! #ComedyManila #comedymondays

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8. Who wrote the script?

JWT and Film Pabrika (Direk Lyle Sacris, Pao Acosta, and their #squadgoals) did the storyboard. And then it was very collaborative. They told me to use existing jokes and narrate like I was doing a 3-minute stand-up set. Then they came up with lines na tighter and wittier. Saya!

9. Who was the production team/ agency behind this video?

WT is the agency; Film Pabrika is the production house. Solid. Word. Represent.

10. How does it feel like being an internet star?

I guess it feels like… wait, may notification.

11. People are asking: is the video really based on your life story?

The story was inspired by (naks, inspired daw) my true-story jokes. But in real life, Mommy is very supportive too. Ma has been my personal NAMFREL quick-count.

“Anak, as of (exact time), (exact number) views na!”


12.  We’ve noticed that you like creating funny videos on Instagram too. Which one is your favorite?

Just an insta-observation about radio DJs haha

Pet peeve

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13. Where can we watch you and your team? Any upcoming shows?

Hope to see you at COMEDY MANILA shows very soon. We’ll be in TEATRINO, Greenhills, all Fridays of May!

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You know… for the love.

For more hilarious videos and tweets by Victor Anastacio, you may follow him at @victoranastacio on Twitter and Instagram, and @VictorAnastacioComedian over at Facebook!

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