In the presscon for the new TV5 show Wow Meganon?! last September 6 at Cravings Restaurant along Tomas Morato in Quezon City, veteran comedian Joey de Leon recounted how many shows he has had since he started in showbusiness decades ago.
"Around 50 to 60," Joey said, adding that Wow Meganon?! will be among the comedy shows he had helmed so far. The new TV5 comedy show is a spin-off from his successful long-running weekly gag show Wow Mali.
This time, Wow Meganon?! will be shown daily on TV5's weekday primetime block. Aside from the gags, there will be new segments like street magic and a puppet show.
"Palagay ko sinagad na ng TV5 na hindi na lang once a week kundi daily doses talaga na lahat," Joey said. "Ito talaga puwede naming i-claim na pampamilya, kasi may pambata, may... lahat, matanda't bata. Lahat ng klaseng entertainment, panggu-good time, pinagsama-sama na't naisip ng TV5 ibigay na nang todo. Kaya na-excite ako ng todo."
Joey said he's tired of shows where he's the only "bida." The entertainment press listening to Joey laughed as he said this because it sounded like he was referring to rumored rival Willie Revillame's hosting style in the now-defunct Wowowee.
"Hindi ko type yung tipo ng tao na 'gusto ko ako lang ang bida,' o... hindi tumatagal yung ganun, e. Kailangan... o baka iba na naman ang isipin niyo?" Joey said.
He added, "Masaya yung marami kayo. Alam niyo yung barangay sa history ng Pilipinas, hindi na mawawala 'yan. So dapat ang isang show, parang barangay. May kapitan nga lang, may mga tanod, may mga kagawad, kailangang masaya. Ang Pilipino ang isa sa nagpauso ng fiesta, so kailangan fiesta ang show."
"Hindi kulto, hindi isa lang ang bida. Masaya dapat," Joey stressed.
NEW SEGMENTS, NEW CO-HOSTS. New co-hosts will join Joey de Leon in Wow Meganon?! to help him make viewers laugh their problems away.
Mr. Fu, comic DJ and Mr Meganon himself, joins Joey as his new co-host.Viewers must also brace themselves for some disaster stunts in Calamity Fun, where Mr. Fu introduces a group of trippers doing crazy stunts.
Kids and kids-at-heart, on the other hand, will have fun while learning in Kiddie Kiddie Power where Talentadong Pinoy Hall of Famer Wanlu entertains kids with his puppets while doing physical and mental activities.
Miko Petito and Maui Manalo will also mime till you laugh in Sound of Silence as they hilariously interpret the lighter side of life. Then be amazed as funny magician Jeffrey Tam walks the streets and performs magic tricks for passersby.
Robert Quebral, Wow Meganon?!'s director, is optimistic that this new comedy show will be a hit.
"Alam mo hindi ko masabi e, pero alam mo yung Wow Mali, nilagay namin 'yan sa Sunday before. Tapos nung nilagay namin sa weekday, surprisingly, mas tumaas yung rating n'ya! Tumaas yung rating niya kesa nung Sunday. So we're hopeful na maganda rin yung performance kasi parang meron na kaming basis e. Na gano'n, na nung nilagay namin siya, dun pala siya malakas. Kaya yun yung reason kaya siya ginawang daily," Quebral said.
Wow Meganon?! will air weekday nights at 9-9:30 p.m. on TV5.