Top 10 Comedians of 2009

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Comic relief is one of the things that keep Filipinos afloat amidst all the turmoil brought by calamities and the hype of the upcoming 2010 election. Here are the 10 most admired and lauded comedians of 2009:

Pokwang, whose real name is Mariette Subong, is one of the most sought – after comediennes in the Philippines. She continues to amuse the viewing public as a mainstay host in the top-rating ABS-CBN show Wowowee, known for her outrageous fashion statement and playful banter with the show’s contestants and her co-hosts. She is also known for impersonating various personalities in the daily comedy show Banana Split. Her most prominent impersonations are those of Manny Pacquiao’s mother Dionesia and talent manager and celebrity mom Annabelle Rama.

Vice Ganda is funny in a feisty way and gives criticism a funny biting edge as one of the judges in the morning variety show Showtime. He was previously known for being one of the longest defending champions in The Singing Bee game show, and a stand-up comedian for various bars in Metro Manila. Initially he started out with a singing career in Eat Bulaga’s O Diva show but encountered voice problems and had to shift to comedy, a good decision that continues to pay off at present. He exaggeratedly uses his “resemblance” to a horse in most of his comic antics, to the delight of his audience

His career has gone a long way since his days in the soap opera Marina in 2004. A regular standup comedian of Laffline and Punchline, Chokoleit has a career in comedy as sweet as his name. Amidst the challenges of coping with his mom’s death in Davao earler this year and ill effects of typhoon Ondoy, Chokoleit maintains a steady stream of stress relief via comedic antics for his fans here and abroad. He often makes a good exchange of banter with Pokwang in Wowowee, ABS-CBN’s noontime variety show.

Also known as Bitoy , Michael V is the multi-awarded comedian who stars in his own show, Bitoy’s Funniest Videos, and works with a team as a mainstay of Bubble Gang, GMA Network’s longest running and persistently high rating gag show. He is most notable this year for being “Yaya” in the “Yaya and Angelina” tandem which depicts the comical side of the relationship between a spoiled young rich kid and their house help. Originally a segment in Bubble Gang, it snowballed into cultic fame and their movie “Spoiled Brat the Movie” also generated the same amount of positive viewers’ support.

Siblings Rofil and James Obeso, now known as Moymoy Palaboy, started out their lipsynching success with mere curiosity as to how they’d look on a video. But 7.2 million YouTube viewers later, they found that their lipsynching of songs is already their claim to fame. The Moymoy Palaboy tandem videos became YouTube hits, eventually landing them a segment in Bubble Gang and most recently, a stint in promoting a toilet bowl cleaning commercial. They are able to give hilarious justice to even the saddest of songs with their exaggerated visual gestures.

Most popularly known as the impersonator of boxing champ Manny Pacquiao under the name Manny Pooh-kyaw, Pooh (originally known as Reynold Garcia) is a regular stand-up comedian for various bars such as MetroBar, Laffline and Punchline. He is now also one of the comedians in ABS-CBN’s daily afternoon gag show Banana Split. He also performs on comedy concerts with other comedians like Pokwang.

Jason Gainza From second placer in the Pinoy Big Brother season 1 reality show, this former overseas Filipino worker was able to establish a name in the local scene with his impersonations and his comedy acting techniques. The crown to his talents was his impersonation of TV host Boy Abunda in the NNNN segment of ABS-CBN’s gag show Banana Split. He is also a co-host of Trip na Trip, a late night travel show from the same network.

Stand-up singer and comedienne Kitkat has been actively seen in ABS CBN shows such as the previously aired ABS-CBN weekly show “Your Song Presents: Sa Kanya Pa Rin” and other supporting roles in other TV projects. She has continuously built her career as a comedienne with local shows and regular gigs at comedy bars such as Laffline, Punchline and Metro Bar.

Late nights are never the same again since Jojo Alejar’s show Jojo All the Way was aired on TV5. His show mimmics the style of American late night shows such as Jay Leno. This is comic relief for latenight viewers, who are often faced with sole options of watching dead-serious documentaries on the top-rating local channels. Decades ago, Alejar was known to be part of the pool of German Moreno’s That’s Entertainment artists. But after taking a hiatus from showbiz by serving as Chief of Staff for a local government official, Alejar was finally able to rubberband back to stardom through the throes of comedy.

Energy FM 91.5 DJ Mr. Fu is now popularly known for many things. He re-defined the usual banter present in FM radio stations with his outrageous comic jabs at life’s realities. After having started out as the energetic DJ that gives ridiculously sarcastic and funny pieces of advice to listeners, Mr. Fu is now the source of jabbing comic relief in GMA Network’s show Pinoy Records with Tim Yap. His signature expression is a loud and booming “MEGAnun!!!” to the delight of his radio listeners and TV viewers.




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