ILLUSTRATOR Warren Espejo

What Are These Old-School Pinoy Comedians Up to Now?

Some of them are still making us LOL.


 

Our childhood memories wouldn't be complete without reminiscing about watching movies and TV shows featuring the funnymen who exposed us to Filipino comedy. Whether it's through stand-up, slapstick humor, or some great comic timing, Filipino comedians are pretty good at their game. To tickle your funny bones (and get a heavy dose of nostalgia in the process), we revisit some of our favorite old-school comedians to see how they've evolved through the years. 

 

 

Andrew E.

Andrew E. became a household name when he starred in the movie Humanap Ka Ng Pangit in 1990. Consequently, he released an album with the same name, which launched his rapping career. He's still actively performing now, and is set to make a TV comeback through ABS-CBN's Big Big Show.

 

 

Bayani Agbayani

Bayani's TV debut was his hosting career on GMA 7, Salo Salo Together (1993) with Randy Santiago, Dennis Padilla, Anjanette Abayari, and Ai Ai Delas Alas. His showbiz career really progressed after that—he had various films and TV shows including Pera o Bayong, Mana Mana, Tiba Tiba, Otso-Otso Pamela-Mela-Wan, Super Laff In, Kaya ni Mister, Kaya ni Misis, Okay, Fine! Whatever!, and noontime shows like Magandang Tanghali Bayan. Recently, the actor was appointed by MTRCB as board member of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), but he declined the offer.

 

 

Bentong

Bentong was a set decorator and crane operator before he was discovered by Willie Revillame because of his effortless comedic skills. He became a sidekick for years before he took a break from the spotlight. We last saw him when he became a co-host on Willie's show, Wowowin, in 2016.

 

 

Bonel Balingit

Bonel started as a basketball player before becoming a comedian. He's popularly known as "The Gentle Giant." He became famous for starring in various movies such as Tong Tatlong Tatay Kong Pakitong Kitong (1998), where he took the title role with fellow comedians Babalu and Redford White. He became a cast member of the long-running TV show Ang Probinsyano in 2016.

 

 

Dagul

Dagul became a household name when he first appeared on GMA TV show Kool Ka Lang in 1998. He gained notoriety after joining ABS-CBN's Goin' Bulilit, which celebrated its 12th anniversary this year.

 

 

Long Mejia

Long was another comedian from Kool Ka Lang. Aside from being a TV star, he also did several movies including Impostor (2010), Exodus: Tales from the Enchanted Kingdom (2005), and Gagamboy (2004). He also became a TV5 talent and was seen on gag shows Lokomoko U, Lokomoko High, and Hey It's Saberday. Today, he's a regular guest star on various TV shows.

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Michael V.

Bitoy's comedy career started when he became part of gag show Tropang Trumpo in 1994. After that, he never left the scene and had a ton of TV shows, films, recordings, books, and many more. He currently has two top-rating shows on GMA-7: Bubble Gang and Pepito Manaloto.

 

 

Ogie Alcasid

After earning a Gold record for his self-entitled album, Ogie Alcasid, in 1998, he pursued acting and became part of Eat Bulaga!, Game Na Game Na, and then Tropang Trumpo, alongside Michael V. He was also a Bubble Gang mainstay before he switched networks. Now, he's a certified Kapamilya and was one of the judges for The Voice Teens.

 

This story originally appeared on Fhm.com.phMinor edits have been made by the Spot.ph editors.

 

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