Noontime TV show giants Eat Bulaga and It’s Showtime are currently airing segments that are similar to each other.
Eat Bulaga offers solutions via its Problem Solving segment while It’s Showtime focuses mainly on love problems through its AdVice Ganda segment.
PROBLEM SOLVING. In Eat Bulaga's Juan for All, All for Juan segment, hosts Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola and Paolo Ballesteros troop to a chosen barangay and engage its denizens for almost an hour of fun. This segment is capped off by “Sugod Bahay”, the portion where Eat Bulaga gives generous prizes to a person picked through a draw at the studio.
Last year, when EB staged its Super Sireyna International, a beauty pageant for transgender women, they also created a spoof, dubbed as Suffer Sireyna, which carried the tagline “the more you suffer, the more chances of winning”. This hilarious spoof pre-empted Sugod Bahay.
Contestants – who in terms of physical appearance were the exact opposites of the gorgeous transgender women of Super Sireyna – were subjected to ridiculously difficult challenges (like eating a mouthful of raw garlic, or a cupful of superhot, spicy food) and outrageous, crazy Question & Answer portion (questions such as: if you will die tomorrow, why not today?; if you can choose the way you die, will it be through cremation or being skinned alive?).
That style of hilarious and outrageous Question & Answer is back via “Problem Solving” as part of Juan for All, All for Juan. This time, chosen participants in the visited barangay refer their problems to a panel composed of the comedic trio Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola and Paolo Ballesteros, and sometimes with Marian Rivera, and ask whether the panel can offer a solution to their problems.
The studio panel composed of Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon and Allan K also participate in the “counseling”. Netizens can field in their questions or problems by tweeting and using the hashtag #EBProblemSolving or posting on its Facebook page. They can also offer answers or solutions to the chosen “problem of the day.”
The so-called problems consulted to the panel in Problem Solving are mostly mundane and ridiculous, but the answers or solutions offered especially by the netizens are even more hilarious and outrageously funny.
Some Q&A from this segment:
Q: Saan ko po ba makikita si Mr. Right?
A: Kumaliwa ka.
Q: Ano ang gamut sa taong mali-mali?
A: Painumin ng alak para magkatama naman.
Q: Ano ang dapat gawin pag walang magawa?
A: Humigop ng maraming sabaw gamit ang tinidor.
The problem solvers – Jose, Wally and Paolo – deliver humorous, sometimes unapologetically irreverent answers. This trio can be funny without being hysterical. They have a natural chemistry and they do not try to outdo each other. They give the participants their moment to shine and let them enjoy their few minutes of TV fame. They let the spotlight stay on the participant, and not on them, while still being effective as comedic hosts.
ADVICE GANDA. Not to be outdone, ABS-CBN’s It’s Showtime launched its “AdViceGanda” segment on February 21. It trended minutes after its first episode. The segment was actually a spin-off from the Sine Mo ‘To segment. During the Chinese New Year week, Sine Mo ‘To featured Vice Ganda as Madam Bertud, a fortuneteller who dished out advice about love.
This time, Madam Bertud is a permanent fixture of the show via the “AdViceGanda” segment. The comedian modulates his voice (seemingly imitating Nora Aunor’s way of speaking) as he offers sensible and thoughtful advice on love and relationships, but mixed with humor. In its first episode, he said, “Walang genius-genius, o logic-logic sa pag-ibig, tulak ng bibig, kabig ng dibdib. Lahat tayo ay may pinagdadaanan, ang mahalaga ay may puhunan.”
In its first few episodes, AdViceGanda selected someone from the studio audience or the so-called madlang people to share his or her love problem. But now, even netizens can participate by tweeting and addressing their love problems to the show, and when selected, the participant appears on It’s Showtime to personally seek Madam Bertud’s advice.
Jugs and Teddy serenade the participant with a song that suits his or her present situation. For example, to a woman who revealed she’s in a three-month relationship with a man who has a six-year relationship with another woman, Jugs sang, “Uso pa ba ang querida” to the tune of Parokya ni Edgar’s “Harana,” and Teddy followed it up with “Uso pa ba ang tanga.”
Madam Bertud reminds the woman who is thinking about getting back together with her ex-boyfriend: “Wala naman masama sa pakikipagbalikan lalo na kung mayroon pang natitirang damdamin at pagmamahalan. Siguraduhin mo lamang na ang nakikipagbalikan sa iyo ay sincere. At dapat maging mas matalino ka. Marami kasing iba diyan, ginagago na, kinikilig pa.”
It was in this segment’s February 27 episode that Vice Ganda teased his co-host Karylle whether she had been cheated on by a boyfriend in the past, to which Karylle gave an affirmative answer. Her answer immediately became controversial, with many people assuming she was referring to Dingdong Dantes, who is now married to Marian Rivera. The couple met on the set of Marimar, at a time when Dingdong and Karylle were in a relationship.
Vice Ganda brought the comedy bar style of comedy to the boob tube: frank, unapologetic and derisory in achieving its objective, which is to make people laugh. But with it comes Vice Ganda’s quick-witted humor for which he is known. He can come up with hilarious advice and witty one-liners for participants at lightning speed. It’s Showtime is obviously banking on this strength of Vice by giving him segments like AdViceGanda.
Both Problem Solving and AdViceGanda are hilarious, thanks to its hosts. Jose, Wally and Paolo do their job without hysteria but they still come across as funny, while Vice Ganda delivers his signature rapid-fire wit.
Problem Solving opens its stage to the barangay participants and engages them more, as well as the netizens, in generating humor. It relies on crowdsourcing to deliver the laughs as well as anecdotes from the problem solving panel.
On the other hand, AdViceGanda’s spotlight is more concentrated on Vice Ganda; the presence of the participant becomes just an anchor and accessory for Vice’s comedy.
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