Prior to coming to his noon press conference, John “Sweet” Lapus made an effort to have his makeup done and his hair curled.
“I would like to apologize for coming in late,” the award-winning actor/comedian told the group of entertainment writers later when he arrived at the Bellissimo restaurant along Tomas Morato, Quezon City.
“Kaya po ako late dahil nagpaayos po ako sa bahay. Nagpakulot po ako ng buhok, nagpa-dark makeup ako,” he explained, sitting next to his good friend, BB Gandanghari who looks fresh in barely-there makeup and a chicly tousled hairstyle.
Sweet, amused and annoyed by BB’s subtle but glamorous look, went on to say, “Pagdating ko ganito lang itsura [niya], ginulo lang yung buhok, nag-powder lang.
“Di ba naman nakakapikon?”
Hearty laughter followed.
“Palaging ganyan kami! Ino-okray ko siya tapos kino-correct niya yung English ko!” Sweet uttered, delivering the punchline of the afternoon.
Candid, light, and laugh-out-loud, Sweet and BB’s first collaboration in a live comedy act will run much like the scene that just played out at the press conference. Beauty and the Sweet, a DSL Events and Production House Inc. project, however, will include dance and song numbers as well as hilarious repartees between the transgender actress BB and the actor/comedian Sweet.
Will they follow a script?
Sweet revealed at the June 27 press conference, “Meron. Di puwedeng wala!
“Alam mo naman, stand-up comedians get in trouble because they rely on their spontaneity.”
“Dapat ‘spon-te-na-e-i-ty!’” BB corrected Sweet later, which prompted another round of laughter.
“So, ang ending nitong [show], pag napikon ako, itutumba ko na ‘to!” Sweet joked.
“But seriously, meron naman kaming rapport [the fact] siguro na we’re friends even before… life—”
“—My [life] before and after!” interrupted BB, who of course pertained to his life as Rustom Padilla prior to her coming out.
DLS head, pop singer and now producer Pops Fernandez, attests to the chemistry of Sweet and BB.
“I’ve seen them together,” she said.
“They’re very, very funny together. I wanna see them perform live on stage!”
Beauty and the Sweet happens on August 2 and 3 (Friday and Saturday) 8 PM, at the Music Museum, Greenhills, San Juan.