It’s April Fools and while we don’t have an elaborate prank to pull off—blame the restrictions of social distancing and being on quarantine— we’ve compiled a list of people and social media accounts we’ve come to count on to deliver the laughs. Just like we did last year. And while some people from that list didn’t make it to this year’s (can’t blame them, it’s harder to be funny these days), we found new ones whose humor more often than not—thankfully —matches with ours. We hope you find them matching yours, too.
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We know, we know. But bear with us on this. Sure, Gonzaga still promotes the tired (and for some, unacceptable) schticks of Pinoy comedy—“nosebleeding” when around intelligent people, making a big fuss about what’s soshaland what’s not—in her wildly popular YouTube channel, but the girl is funny. No one is as quick to the punch as Toni’s sister when it comes to making a fool of herself—or the easily annoyed Gonzaga matriarch, and favorite target-of-pranks, Mommy Pinty. Even those who are lukewarm about Alex couldn’t help but crack a smile when watching one of her over-the-top posturings. And in the middle of all the shits and giggles in her social media, you might even find a healthy discussion or two.
It was only a couple of years ago that Philip Te Hernandez started getting the humongous social media numbers he now normally gets. It all started with a dub he did of Four Sisters and a Wedding, which had him replacing the dramatic dialogue with Davao Conyo, the code switch that toggles between Tagalog and Bisaya and the name Hernandez has adopted as his online persona. Playing on cultural cues and stereotypes, his videos are dynamic, and the material is witty and fast-paced, punctuated hilariously by a well-placed “shuta.”
Comedy Manila co-founder and standup comic GB Labrador has been in the biz for around 12 years now, doing shows in different parts of Asia. Labrador is also the first PH-raised Filipino comedian to participate in Melbourne’s International Comedy Festival. His Twitter posts reflect the kind of comedy that he does: everyday life observations and opinionated humor that never resort to mocking his audience. Think tito jokes that don’t trigger a facepalm reaction.
Sa Pilipinas kung magaling kang singer, mas malaki ang chance mong sumikat sa SM Appliance kesa sa TV.— Gb Labrador (@ThirdWorldComic) February 29, 2020
As much as there is no exact English translation to Booba’s punctuative “Charot,” there is no real and easy explanation to her sudden skill in slaying political and social demons on Twitter, a proficiency she just became known for in the past half-decade. Her tweets are comedic commentary gold, making both high ranking officials and trolls own up to their words and decisions. And she’s not one to back out from engaging in a back-and-forth when necessary.
May tambay akong kaibigan na nagPM sa akin sabe "Okay lang naman mawala ang Dos kasi wala din naman tayo mapapala kapag nag stay sila"— Ethel Booba (@IamEthylGabison) February 28, 2020
Sabe ko "Malaki ang tax na binabayad ng network, talent and employee nito di gaya mo"
Ayun nawala na sya naghananap na ata ng trabaho. Charot!
Time Out once singled out Filipino-American Mendoza as “a New York comedian primed to break big.” The writer, comedian, and filmmaker co-hosts a live show called Drunk Science, where wasted comedians duke it out to present scientific dissertation to real scientists. We especially like his Instagram page, which are filled with such deadpan humor gems like “games we invented for the quarantine,” and “Saturday Night Alone,” all brilliantly, ironically scored.
To David’s Facebook friends, her status updates are the daily dose of whoop ass that can pull them out of any kind of social media muck. Hers is the kind of humor with an edge. Like that of a bully who means well. A photographer and a strategist for an integrated marketing firm, David’s brand of funny catches your attention with its crispness and a booming voice. Nobody covers COVID-19—or any kind of topic-of-the-day for that matter—with as much rigor and hilarious desperation quite like her. Those with self-defined hot takes on her posts be warned: “COMMENTS SECTION CLOSED!”
Just like David, lawyer and part-time comedian Chico’s Facebook posts are strongly worded opinions packaged in hilarity. But he isn’t just doing this for laughs, he is trying to help and trying to educate, primarily by explaining the law and its consequences to its readers. Recently, he did an online standup to help fund Save The Children’s efforts for families in need because of COVID-19.
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Loi Reyes Landicho quotes John Stewart in the About Me section of his award-winning blog: “I have great respect for people who are in the front lines and the trenches of trying to enact social change. I am far lazier than that.” But lazy, the blogger is definitely not, as he has spent the better part of a decade making funny, mostly political commentary that are a lot of times in-your-face, sometimes cheeky, and never ever boring.
After the photo of House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano’s congress floor sign urging people to stay at home went viral, many online reacted in fiery retaliation. Advertising guy Fabo decided to make his response more creative, creating a series of memes out of the photo, replacing the now famous Manila paper sheet with everything from a wheelchaired Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, to a Santacruzan, to our favorite, an isaw grill.
Like many of his contemporaries, Manzano’s style is rooted in slapstick and kenkoy physicality—a type of humor that still has a place in this world, however fervently you deny it, dear readers. While his Facebook videos garner thousands of views, it’s his social media accounts—whose curation is inspired probably by America’s Funniest Home Videos—that gets a lot more attention. From people diving and slamming into sand floors to gigantic cockroaches flying into someone’s mouth, the videos can be accused of being uncomplicated and not unsophisticated, but never not funny.