• TV’S EVER EVOLVING ‘BUBBLE’

    Michael V.’s gag show turns 21 with ‘Gang Salute’ special

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    RICKY CALDERON

    RICKY CALDERON

    Bubble Gang owns the bragging rights for being the longest running comedy gag show on Philippine television. The original concept turns its 21 this month, and as part of the celebration will pay to the Top 21 comedians in showbiz. This two-part TV special subtitled “21 Gang Salute” airs on November 25 and December 2.

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    The GMA Network gag show has indeed surpassed the record of John En Marsha as the longest running sitcom. As everyone knows, the show starred comedy king Dolphy and Nida Blanca, both of whom have passed on in recent years, and to this day is considered one of the best comedy shows on Philippine TV.

    Moreover, Bubble Gang is already close to breaking the record of Nora Aunor’s Superstar, which was on air for an amazing 22-year-run.

    In the last two decades, a good number of shows have been produced to rival Bubble Gang but it has remained unbeaten and on top of its game, humbling its pioneer member Michael V. the most.

    During a press conference on Monday at GMA’s Studio 7, the genius comedian was first to reply when asked what Bubble Gang’s secret is to longevity.

    Michael V.

    Michael V.

    As the creative director, he summed up the answer for the cast saying, “I don’t know if we can call it a secret, but one thing that makes the show click through the years is that we are one solid family in Bubble Gang. We have very good camaraderie. We have dinners together where we get to bond. Each of us works to make every gag or segment work. Walang sapawan. Walang agawan ng eksena. We help one ano­ther to shine in every scene, and most of all, we all share the passion for comedy.”

    Besides a united cast, Bubble Gang also has this ability to evolve effectively through the years thanks to a pool of very good writers. Those who watch the show will know that this bunch is attuned with the times and up-to-date with current events so that every hot issue the nation is talking about is sure to find a parody on the show.

    They have spoofed commercials, TV shows, news programs, celebrities, and politicians. In fact, advertising agencies even send in requests for the show to spoof their commercials after they have seen how being on Bubble Gang creates more awareness for their clients’ products. Also a big hit among Bubble Gang fans are spoofs of popular songs, which stick among viewers beyond the so-called “Last Song Syndrome.”

    The show has further given birth to original characters who are now very much part of Pinoy Pop Culture. Who can forget Yaya and Angelina, Junie Lee, Bonggang Bonggang BongBong and a host of other characters, most of whom are portrayed to perfection by Michael V.

    For all the show’s achievements, Michael V. gives all the credit to Bubble Gang’s loyal viewers whom they consider as their motivation and inspiration.

    “Palagi kong sinasabi sa mga kasamahan ko dito na binabalik ko lang yung success ng show—yung glory and staying power namin—sa mga manunuod. Kasi for me, maganda yung relationship ng Bubble Gang sa audience. We get our inspiration from them. Kumbaga kung wala yung society, hindi kami makakagawa ng parody, sketches, and jokes that are society. And we’re glad naa-appreciate naman ng mga nakakapanood yun hanggang ngayon,” he said.

    Congratulations to Michael V. and the rest of the cast of Bubble Gang for making the Filipino’s Friday evenings filled with fun and laughter for the last 21 years.

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