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Comedians say ‘comedy academy’ not needed

Vice Ganda (MNS photo)

Vice Ganda (MNS photo)

Two well-known comedians are apprehensive about the suggestion of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) to put up a “comedy academy” in the country.

Vice Ganda, who recently made headlines after offending broadcast journalist Jessica Soho over his jokes, said he is not keen on the idea of spearheading an institute where comedians would have to attend classes.

Vice Ganda, along with other ABS-CBN executives, recently met with MTRCB Chairman Eugenio “Toto” Villareal, for a discussion on how to properly handly “comedy bar humor.”

Nag-suggest siya. Sabi niya ‘Magtayo ka ng school, simulan mo?’ Sabi ko parang hindi ko pa naman kaya. Sabi niya, ‘Magtulungan tayo,’ kasi wala pa raw institute for comedy sa Pilipinas. ‘Simulan mo na tutal bata ka pa pero kino-consider ka ng icon sa comedy. Marami ka namang makakatulong diyan eh.’ Sabi ko nga ayaw kong magturo,” Vice Ganda said.

“Mas maraming may mas alam sa akin pagdating sa ganyan. Siguro kailangan ko rin humingi ng tulong sa kanila,” he added.

Comedienne Giselle Sanchez, for her part, said she doesn’t deem it necessary to put up a “comedy academy.”

Ang comedy po ay hindi iyan eskwelahan na kailangan turuan kami. Regalo po iyan sa amin ng Diyos para ibigay sa tao. Kung gusto niyong limitahan ang aming pagkokomedya, pwede niyo naman siguro kami bigyan ng warning,” she said.

Sanchez argued comedians are intelligent people who can practice self-censorship.

Halos lahat ng komedyante matatalino. Kaya naman namin ang self-censorship. Hindi naman siguro ako tatagal ng more than 20 years sa comedy kung hindi namin ine-exercise ang self-censorship. Chairman Toto, huwag niyo na ilagay ang comedy school,” she pleaded.

This appeal was echoed by actress Anne Curtis, who has already worked with numerous comedians in her current and past projects.

“It’s a gift to have that kind of timing. But if it’s like a coming out workshop with the MTRCB lang, eh ‘di sige,” she said.

Curtis is Vice Ganda’s co-host in “It’s Showtime.” (MNS)

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