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Anjo Yllana, Janno Gibbs, Gene Padilla voice their thoughts on today’s brand of comedy

At the story conference for Hello, Universe, Anjo stated that comedy today is a mix between their generation and the new generation.

On July 20, seasoned comedians Anjo Yllana, Janno Gibbs, and Gene Padilla voiced their thoughts on the brand of comedy today.

At the story conference for Hello, Universe, Anjo stated that comedy today is a mix between their generation and the new generation.



“Siguro mix, kasi ‘yung mga millenials– ‘ganern, ganern ‘yung mga comedy ngayon. Siguro hindi na rin nila naabutan ‘yung comedy noon. Ewan ko lang, feeling ko lang, millenials din kasi nga, there was a time noong ’90s na talagang comedy ‘yung malakas eh. Tapos napunta na tayo sa telenovela, wala masyadong comedy.”

He also noted that comedians should continue reintroducing, reinventing, and adopting concepts.

“Siguro reintroduce, reinvent, at the same time adopt ‘yung mga beterano ng bagong comedy ngayon.”

Janno highlighted a timeless element to comedy, expressing a quote, ‘funny is funny.’

“Proven noong nagbalik kami nila Andrew and Dennis with our Sanggano series, nag-prove lang na–to me, funny is funny. Universal ang pagiging funny, basta nakakatawa, alam mo kung ano ang nakakatawa at hindi. Hindi nagbabago ‘yun. 

“Plus, with the younger generation, ‘yung ginagawa namin bago sa kanila. So sa kanila parang, ‘uy, bago ‘to.’ Bago sa panlasa nila.”

Gene cited that younger generations have recently discovered their comedic films thanks to social media.

“Marami din akong nakausap na mga bata na mahilig manood ng comedy shows, comedy movies, ngayon kasi gawa nga ng ating social media, ngayon nakakapanood sila sa YouTube, sa Facebook, ‘yung mga eksena dati namin. So nagagandahan pa rin sila.”

He also agreed with Janno, adding that they should continue to find refreshing ways to introduce comedy to the youth.

“Tama ‘yung sinabi ni Janno na kapag funny, funny, wala ka ng dapat baguhin. Kasi bago nga sa pandinig nila, bago sa paningin nila, so naappreciate nila. 

“So kami, kailangan lang namin ibalik, or mag-add on pa kami na kumbaga papasok pa rin sa panlasa ng millenial. Ganon lang adjust-adjust lang pero hindi namin tatanggalin kung ano kami, kung anong brand of comedy ang meron kami, kasi ‘yun na ‘yung bread and butter namin. ‘Yun ang passion namin eh.”



Their movie Hello, Universe is under the direction and screenplay of actor-writer-director Xian Lim. The upcoming fantasy comedy film stars Janno Gibbs, Anjo Yllana, Gene Padilla, Benjie Paras, Maui Taylor, Sunshine Guimary, MJ Cayabyab, Madelaine Red, Majo Lingat, and Joe Vargas.

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