The way of a clown: Vice Ganda sets tears aside

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VICE with close friend Coco Martin

Being at Vice Ganda’s concert was like being in a comedy bar.

Over the past few years, Vice Ganda has coined various phrases that have become part of the local pop culture slang: “I-Dawn Zulueta mo ako,” “unkabogable,” “PBB Teens”… During his packed solo concert Friday night at the Big Dome, Vice introduced a new one: “I-Vice Ganda mo ako!”

In an interview with Inquirer just a week earlier, Vice said, “It means, simply, to make people happy.” He vowed that he would make every centavo that fans would spend for their tickets count. Based on the eruptions of shrieks and laughter that shook the Smart Araneta Coliseum intermittently, Vice delivered.

GEORGINA Wilson

In the opening production number alone, Vice showed off his trademark long limbs in a black tanga and thrilled the crowd as he started his dance song, “Karakaraka”—twirling, striking poses, even flipping in the air in a body harness, before being lowered onstage to bust out his dance moves.

The multifaceted performer sang, danced and, of course, made everyone laugh with acts that highlighted his brand of comedy, which is grounded in the inanities and ironies of show biz and politics.

In the segment, “I-Vice Ganda Mo ang Senado,” he emerged in a futuristic, silver Filipiniana outfit, pretending to be a newly-proclaimed senator. “Gusto kong magpasalamat sa lahat ng mga naloko ko at bumoto sa’kin,” he said, “sa lahat ng mga mangmang… sa mga ’di nag-isip… Maitutuloy ko na ang mga plano ko para sa sarili ko at pamilya ko maliban sa inyo!”

DANIEL Padilla

Every so often, Vice veered away from prewritten material to give way to more spontaneous exchange with the audience or his guests. He had everyone in stitches as he hacked unwitting subjects with his razor-sharp tongue. One public figure who didn’t escape the lashing was Vice’s flavor of the month, Sen. Nancy Binay.

AI-AI delas Alas and Paulo Avelino

He jested that he would court Binay should he win the 2016 presidential election, and added: “Siya ang gagawin kong First Lady… Ang mga tipo niya ay malapit sa mga tulad kong kabayo— Black Beauty.”

Vice jested that he has been receiving many tweets about Binay that he dreamt about her. “I couldn’t see the dream.” The audience lost it. “Nakita ko siya sa Boracay. Nakikipagtalo siya sa isang tattoo artist. Nagpa-henna raw kasi siya pero ’di niya makita.”

He poked fun at former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. “’Wag niyo nang i-video at ilagay ’to sa YouTube, ha? Mamaya mapanood at marinig pa ni Gloria na sinabihan ko siyang mukhang daga. Eh, alam mo naman si Gloria laging nasa tapat ’yan ng computer kasi nga mouse!”

REGINE Velasquez

ZSA ZSA Padilla with Vice

Vice ended the segment by stressing: “Lahat po ito ay biro lamang… Nagkataon lang na  ’yung iba, malapit sa katotohan!”

For the next segment, Vice changed into a long, sparkly, white-and-blue gown and assumed the persona of a beauty queen. He plucked Georgina Wilson from the crowd and brought her to the stage, where they did an over-the-top walking lesson, and a mock question-and-answer portion.

What’s Vice’s tip on facing a tough question? “Magtalinu-talinuhan ka. Dapat ’di nila maintindihan ’yung sagot mo para makaganti ka!”

ANNE Curtis

The third and final act, in which Vice turned into a blonde 1990s sexy star with an oversized chest—which he slapped whenever he mentioned the word “unkabogable”—was the most hilarious, and certainly the “greenest.” None of the jokes would ever make it in print. But just for a peek, the segment featured Vice doing an uproarious routine on what Kris Aquino, Boy Abunda, Willie Revillame, Kuya Kim Atienza, Gus Abelgas, Charice, Aiza Seguerra and Jessica Soho would be like as bold stars shooting a bed scene.

Special guests who joined the riot onstage were Daniel Padilla, Dawn Zulueta, Enrique Gil, Paulo Avelino, Ai-Ai delas Alas and Regine Velasquez—who performed “Sana Maulit Muli” with Vice, plus a medley of Adele hits (against doctor’s advice on account of her acid reflux condition).

One of Vice’s closest friends from way back, Coco Martin, dropped by— obviously a surprise. “We had a bit of misunderstanding, but we’re okay now,” Vice said.

CHARO Santos-Concio

DAWN Zulueta

Before the night ended, with an emotionally-charged version of “Skyscraper,” Vice turned weepy as he thanked everyone who supported his career on television and in the movies. It might sound like a cliché, Vice noted, but comedians were some of the loneliest people on earth.

“It’s true,” he said. “’Yung baklang nakangiti, malikot, madaldal imahe lang ’yun, eh… Hindi naman kasi talaga ako masaya kagaya nang saya na nakikita niyo… Kailangan ko lang maging masaya para maging masaya kayo.”

We weren’t so sure what had prompted that. But if Vice is indeed going through a rough patch right now, he sure did a good job setting it aside. Because for about four hours, being at his concert was like being in a comedy bar, but with thousands more people laughing with you.

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  • mortnbonn

    still can’t get over the fact that abs-cbn tolerates, perverts of a guy like this giving the impression we are a country of perverts! what example are we showing the kids, that being gay and bastos is okay basta kumikita ang station? those advertising in his shows and concerts are equally guilty!

    • WeAry_Bat

      if you haven’t noticed…from taray to prankahan, the showbiz comedians, comediennes, gays come and go but more so for the virtual gender.

      it is my pet theory they are in showbiz because it is the only way they can reproduce, by influencing or confusing children. so it is the duty of parents to guide the children accordingly, sans the mermaid test.

    • DIGOYBULOY

      then get over it! 2013 na ngayon.. wala ka na sa panahon ni magellan.. who knows maybe you will have gay kids one day too!

      • mortnbonn

        you are one of them obviously…pervert, bastos, and most likely sumali sa mga fiesta- ano? have a great day ahead…

      • NOSOTROS SOMOS HERMOSOS

        yeah, MORTNBONN is really pervert. his words speak up his personality

  • fache

    Yes, he will go to San Francisco, CA and will do his act and dress up and actually walk like a woman is a mistake in the US. Eventually those people will think Filipinos are like that. It is not a good example to young adults and for them to copy him just to make money. I remember at Mall of Asia, one day went my family and I together with tour young ones observed LOTS of teen and young adults acting and dress up differently. Finally, the obvious is there, they were all gays, what a country!!

  • julymorning

    KUNG AKO SAYO VICE BADING, MAG IPON IPON KANA HABANG KUMIKITA KAPA. BAKA NEX YR, WALA NG KUMUHA SAYO DAHIL SA PAG KA AROGANTE MO AT PANG IINSULTO MO SA KAPWA TAO NA HINDI NAMAN NAKAKATAWA. NAGIGING INSENSITIV KA NA AT LUMALAKI NA ANG ULO MO, HALOS KATULAD KA NA DIN NI WILY MANYAK REVILLAME. PAG DI KA MAG IPON, MAUUBOS HINDI LANG MGA SASAKYAN MO, KUNDI PATI MGA BAHAY NG MGA KAMAG ANAK MO, AT MGA DAMIT MONG DI NAKAKATUWA, KASI PINAGPIPILITAN MONG MAGING BABAE, BAAENG BASTOS ANG AT BASTUSIN ANG DATING. PUEDI KA NAMANG MAGING DISENTENG BADING LANG TULAD NILA BOY ABUNDA O MANAY RICKY. PERO ANG YABANG YABANG MO NA E, TAPOS PINAGMAMALAKI MONG MATALINO KA KASI NAG ARAL KA NG DALWANG SUBJEK NA POL SCI SA FEU. WOW, TINDI TALAGA NG HANGIN MO TITA. MAGBAGO KA NA HABANG MAY CHANCE KAPA

  • fache

    I read that Willie Boy is retiring in October. So Vice Bading you will be the next one to go, right? You can sell all of your “gross” customs at ukay-ukay. You are a disgrace!!!!! Even the horse don’t over dress themselves like you! You are a bad example on todays youth.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pia.reign.9 Pia Reign

      Ay di mawawala sa ABS yan kaibigan nyan si Kris. Pag friend ka ni Kris Medco okey ka sa ABS.

  • NOSOTROS SOMOS HERMOSOS

    Baklang Mataas ang Lipad pero pabulusok ang pagbagsak.

  • Guest

    Suicide ka na vice ganda..masama kang tao..kumukita ka sa pangalait ng kapwa

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