One of the last pvblic gatherings I went to this plague year was a stand-up comedy show. It’s almost surreal to think about now: a pack of people crowding together and laughing, no masks, no barriers, and 10 days before the lockdown.
It’s a milestone now, but that night was just another BLAGAG open mic night by SOLIDOK, a long-time comedy troupe comprised of both veteran and up-and-coming comedians in the country.
In case you need that nostalgic pre-pandemic atmosphere back, show headliner Red Ollero has released the pay-per-view video ‘Red Ollero Live at The Paper Lantern’ with full proceeds going to typhoon victims through Tulong Kabataan.
Red, who opened for JoKoy’s ‘Just Kidding World Tour’ concert in Manila, planned to release the recorded video as a full special this 2020 but has since decided to release the 35-minute set solely for donations.
Stand-up comedy is a craft in it and of itself, a balancing act between relatable storytelling and hitting that sweet unpredictable punchline. With his deadpan delivery and impeccable timing, Red narrates everything from being disappointed by the taste of ostia ‘kasi medyo hinype up nila‘, to what if Jose Rizal’s El Filibusterismo got a Netflix adaptation.
‘Seriously kung naging Netflix series [El Fili], episode one to four: Tinola I, Tinola II, part 3, part 4. Season 1 bbinge watch mo, tinola lang nangyari.’
Comedy in the country is so rarely raved about because we’ve succumbed to the likes of celebrity-populated variety shows and crude jokes (often from the President) to define our sense of humor. But much like with any art form, it’s the little pocket communities that make the culture thrive – with people like SOLIDOK and Red adapting amidst the pandemic.
Red’s show has raised over PHP 30,000 so far, and it has no plans of stopping until the pay-per-view’s end of air on December 14.
Catch the show at ticketme.net