With 23 box-office comedy films under his belt, comedian and TV host Michael V can truly be considered one of the country's finest comedians. His hilarious antics, showcased in several TV shows on GMA-7 like Bubble Gang, Eat Bulaga!, and Bitoy's Funniest Videos, have tickled a lot of Pinoy viewers so much that these have spawned movies themselves.
His latest movie, for instance, Yaya & Angelina: The Spoiled Brat Movie, was a spin-off of the popular skit he popularized with Ogie Alcasid. The movie is now on its third week and continues to rake up earnings.
But doing his box-office films takes a lot of inspiration. According to Michael V, who spoke to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during the presscon of his new TV show Bitoy's Showwwtime, he makes it a point to watch good comedy films so he could write blockbusters.
To make Yaya & Angelina, for instance, he culled ideas from seven of his favorite comedy films produced here and in Hollywood.
"Parang ano e, pag pinanood mo sila, hindi sila pare-pareho. So iba-ibang atake sa comedy pero ang ending comedy pa rin, nakakatawa pa rin. These are the films na dapat mong panoorin, dapat mong gawing peg, pag gagawa ka ng blockbuster. So in a way, eto yung mga pinanood namin nung ginagawa namin yung Yaya & Angelina," Michael V explained.
Here are the seven comedy films that serve as Michael V's inspiration:
LIAR, LIAR (1997). This American comedy film is about a lawyer named Fletcher Reede (Jim Carrey) who is prone to lying and breaking promises. Eventually, his son wishes for him to never tell a lie again for a whole day. The wish gets granted, and Fletcher is thrown into hilarious situations he seemingly cannot control.
Michael V said he likes Liar, Liar because it's a "blend ng brilliant script, ng slapstick, yung genius comedy ni Jim Carrey. Para sa 'kin yun e, kasi may drama, may comedy, may action, may konting fantasy in a way, pero sa 'kin talaga napakagandang pagkakagawa ng Liar, Liar."
TOMMY BOY (1995). Starring Saturday Night Live alumni Chris Farley and David Spade, Tommy Boy is about an intellectually and emotionally immature young man named Tommy Boy (Chris) who must rush to save his recently deceased father's auto parts business. Employing the help of his father's former assistant Richard Hayden (David), they take off on a road trip to make enough money so they could reacquire the company from con artists. The comedic team-up won the Best On-Screen Duo award in the 1996 MTV Movie Awards.
CLICK (2006). This Adam Sandler starrer deals with the question of choice—if you have a remote control that could control the universe, what would you do with your life? An overworked architect named Michael Newman (Sandler) is given a universal remote control, and decides to fast-forward his life to a job promotion. He gets it, but not without losing a year in his life. He tries to destroy the remote, but he is then thrown into a nightmarish future where he has lost his wife, kids, and his father. Time continues to run out of control.
THE WEDDING SINGER (1998). Robbie Hart (Adam Sandler) is a wedding singer who is devastated when his long-time fiancée never shows up on their wedding day. His friend Julia Sullivan (Drew Barrymore) tries to cheer him up, and Robbie falls in love. Julia, although already engaged, also falls in love with Robbie. Will the two end up with each other?
ANG TATAY KONG NANAY (1978). This classic Filipino drama and comedy film earned lead star Dolphy a nomination for the Best Actor award in the 1979 Gawad Urian. Ang Tatay Kong Nanay tells the story of a gay man (Dolphy) who adopts the son of his former ward. The gay stepfather tries to shield the young boy (Niño Muhlach) from homosexuality, hoping that the kid does not grow up gay like himself. Director Lino Brocka successfully depicts the complexities of fatherhood for a gay person.
ZOOLANDER (2001). A clueless fashion model named Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) is brainwashed to assassinate the prime minister of Malaysia, who is proposing policies to cut down the profits of fashion designers. Matilda Jeffries (Christine Taylor), a reporter for Time magazine who is writing a story on the male model, suspects that something is wrong. She sets out on an investigation to find the person behind the murderous intent.
WAYNE'S WORLD (1992). This cult classic is a spin-off of a Saturday Night Live sketch of the same title. It is about Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) and Garth Algar (Dana Carvey), two young men who host "Wayne's World" a local Friday-night cable TV show with a unique format. Complex situations arise when a producer approaches the two to buy the rights to "Wayne's World".