Ogie Alcasid's list of comedy greats of Philippine Cinema

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The success of Yaya and Angelina: The Spoiled Brat Movie, reinforced Ogie Alcasid's place among Philippine Cinema's comedy greats. But Ogie humbly says, "We are not worthy," when his partnership with Michael V is compared with Philippine Comedy classic tandems Pugo and Tugo and Dolphy and Panchito. Ogie shares his list of his all-time comedy greats and why he likes them.


The success of Yaya and Angelina: The Spoiled Brat Movie at the box-office reinforced the status of Ogie Alcasid as one of the comedy greats of Philippine Cinema. The singer-songwriter turned comedian has made his Angelina character one of the most memorable comedy characters in Philippine Movies, at par with classic comedy creations such as Bondying (Fred Montilla), Bitoy (Bentot) and Facifica Falayfay (Dolphy).

His partnership with rapper-turned-comedian Michael V even inspired many movie scribes to compare them with the great comedy tandems of the past and brand them as "the new Pugo and Tugo," "The Dolphy and Panchito of this generation," and "the new Comedy Kings."

Ogie is humbled by all the accolades. "We are not worthy," expressed Ogie while being interviewed by PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portral) during the thanksgiving party given by GMA Films and APT Entertainment at Gerry's Grill on Tomas Morato cor. Eugenio Lopez Street in Quezon City last October 1. The party was for the success of Yaya and Angelina on its first week, which reportedly grossed over P6 million despite typhoon Ondoy's fury.

Ogie said it is not right to be compared with "the greats."

"Kami kasi, spoiled na kami, e," continued Ogie. "Compared sa kanila, mas magagaling sila. Kami kasi meron na kaming tele-prompter, scripts. Sila, noon, sheer talent lang talaga. Adlibs. Di ba kasi noon naman, teatro ang training, sa Clover? So, kami, malayo pa kami sa kanila, sa mga Greats.

"Ang hopes ko nga, e, sana ma-appreciate ng audience ngayon yung galing nila noon."

And since Ogie mentioned "the Greats," PEP asked him for his own list of all-time Greats in Philippine Comedy. Here it is:

DOLPHY. "Isa lang...at siya ang unang komedyanteng nakita kong napapaiyak ka at napapatawa ka niya at the same time. Saka lumaki ako Dolphy ang pinapanood ko, e. Siyempre, idol natin yan."

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VIC SOTTO. "Vic is the 'Ultimate Charmer.' Doon mo makikita na puwede palang maging comedian ang isang pogi. Na extremely charming."

JOEY DE LEON . "Para sa akin, para siyang si Bitoy [Michael V], e. Nagsusulat din. 'Tapos ang galling."

BABALU. "Bago pumanaw si Babalu, nakatrabaho ko yan, e. Pag pinapanood mo si Babalu, nakatayo ka na lang, e. Papanoorin mo na lang. Di ka na makakaarte."

PANCHITO. "The same thing [like Babalu]. Ako, I was starstruck, the first time I met Panchito. I was talagang amazed!"

APENG DALDAL. "Hindi ko na siya naabutan. Pero parang ang tingin ko sa kanya, 'Hari ng Adlib,' e. Ang daming bala. Wala nang gano'n ngayon, e. Iba talaga ang talent nila noong araw, e. The great ones."

PUGO. "Of course, si Mang Nano. Ano talaga...iba yung talent ni Mang Nano. Sa TV, My Son, My Son. E yun ang pinapanood naming noon, e. Bago maging John En Marsha? Sila ni Tita Patsy.

BALOT. "Ha-ha-ha. Si Balot. Siya yung noong araw, na...dahil maliit siya, medyo mataba at mukhang balot, e, nakakatawa na siya agad sa itsura pa lang."

BAYANI CASIMIRO. " Doon mo makikita ang talent. Ang galing. Sobra ang talent. Dancer nga yun, e, pero makikita mo ang flair niya sa comedy."

Among the new crop of comedians, Ogie also has a list of those he really likes.

MICHAEL V. "Of course, Michael V. Si Bitoy. Among the new comedians ngayon, wala siyang katulad, in all respects. Siya yung masasabi kong 'comedy's comedian.' Through the years na pinagdaanan niya, nakita ko kung paano niya pinag-aralan ang lahat ng ginagawa niya. At natutuwa ako sa kung nasaan na siya ngayon, bunga ng pagsisikap niya."

BAYANI AGBAYANI. "Gusto ko ang comedy style ni Bayani Agbayani. Iba rin ang istilo niya."

JANNO GIBBS. "Ang aking ka-'Small Brother.' Before Michael V, si Janno kasi, sa music kami niyan, e. Ibang klase ang wit niya. Ang galing niya. Kung sa pelikula, kami ni Michael V, sa live shows, ako at si Janno 'yan."

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But when asked who does he thinks is the greatest influence on his comedy style, Ogie picked the trio of Tito, Vic & Joey-Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon.

"I guess dahil na rin siguro sa may parallelism yung career path namin, e. Kami nina Bitoy at Janno rin. Kasi, like us, nag-start din sila as musicians. Then naging comedians and here they are now, icons of Philippine television. Mahirap na rin pantayan yung nagawa nila. But I guess kung papipiliin ako kung sino yung parang may impluwensiya rin sa style ng pagpapatawa ko, siguro sila yun. Tito, Vic and Joey yun.

"Araw-araw ba naman noon, di ba? Eat Bulaga...Yun din yung influence nila sa tao."


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