Apparently, a day before this big event, Pedring (typhoon) hit the Philippines that resulted to cancellation of flights. GB and Tim were set to arrive here in SG at around 2PM last Tuesday (27th September). Prior to leaving Manila, I already told GB to call me as soon as they arrive. It was already past 4PM and there were no calls or even SMS/PMs from the boys so I told my SG friends that they probably won't make it. But we can still go to the club as there are still other performers; Indians, Chinese, Malay, Brit, and a lot more. Come 5PM, I decided to check their flight status online, and there I saw that their plane has already landed (just got delayed). Yey! A few minutes later and they called me and asked me to meet them up at the hotel. They just quickly washed up and later we were picked up by the show's producer.
Okay, enough of the intro. I just wanted to share how ecstatic I was coz they made it to the event despite the bad weather (Thank God, they arrived safe and sound) :)
Just to give you a background, Comedy Masala is a weekly (Tuesdays) stand up comedy event happening at Home Club (The Riverwalk, Singapore). For its 1st Anniversary, they flew in 2 of the best stand up comedians (the POV kind of comedy) from the Philippines, Tim Tayag and GB Labrador (I am one supportive friends! Haha!) to headline for the show.
A lot of Filipinos came to catch the show (the host even mentioned it was like we were at Lucky Plaza even if it wasn't on a Sunday and not our "day-off".. hahaha! Baliw lang :D ). Our Kabayans got big laughs and applause as they delivered their sets. One thing that I liked about GB and Tim's sets were they did not resort to green jokes (the gross kind) and the materials were not the typical Male vs. Female, Husband-Wife, Racism kind of jokes. There were a few, but not the offensive ones.
I was even worried that GB's materials are not fit for other nationalities' taste and wouldn't be understood by all, it was also his first time here in Singapore so he had a hard time choosing his materials. Even Tim was not sure of his jokes though it wasn't his first time to perform at the Masala. But they nailed it and everybody praised them after the show; from locals to white people. :)
|The Tourist.. Haha!|
I was able to capture their set but the quality is poor as I was only using my phone and I was seated far from the stage (and the crowd just keeps laughing, hence, the noise).
If you want to see samples of their sets, you can check out Youtube and search for Tim Tayag and GB Labrador. :)
Here, I have one video of GB when he competed in HK last year (I was there too!) :D
We ended the night by partying and taking pictures (poor quality photo... arrrgghhh)... and chatting with the guests (ako na feeling artista! hahah!)
|Me, GB, Tim and some SG-based Pinoy friends.|
Tim started performing stand-up comedy in 1997 in San Francisco. He has showcased his act in world famous comedy clubs such as Punch Line and Cobb’s where famous comics like Robin Williams, Chris Rock, and Drew Carey took their first comedy steps. In 2002, Tim decided to go back to the Philippines and share his style of comedy with Filipinos. Tim has expanded his career into television. He was the “supahhost” of talent search reality show “MTV Supahstar”, which aired on MTV. He wrote, directed and hosted the international travel program “On-Foot” on the Living Asia Channel. Tim was also co-host on the wildly popular late night show Men’s Room on Studio 23. Tim is a regular headliner with the Comedy Cartel in the Philippines.
GB was the 1st Runner-Up in 2010 Hong Kong International Comedy Festival. GB has been making a stellar rise in his comedy career and is fast becoming one of Philippines most sought after comics. He has performed in various clubs in the U.S. including shows for 2nd Avenue and Jack TV. In December 2008 GB became the finalist of Jack TV’s “Laffapalooza 2”. GB’s style of comedy has no boundaries—he believes that anything you find funny in this world is worth delivering on stage. His jokes are about his daily experiences, family, friends, and life as a Filipino.
To all my SG friends, GB and Tim (plus one more Pinoy comic) will be back in November to perform again for a big event at the Masala. GB MIGHT be back in October too (still thinking about it). Hope to see you there! :)