Bubble Gang

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Bubble Gang
Bubblegangtitlecard2013.jpg
Bubble Gang logo during its 18th anniversary
Genre Sketch comedy, Gags
Format Comedy show
Created by Marivin Arayata
Developed by GMA Entertainment TV Group
Written by Cesar Cosme
Chito Francisco
Henry Maceda
Manny Pavia
Roel Raval
Mon Roco
Herman "Isko" Salvador
Directed by Uro Dela Cruz[1]
Creative director(s) Michael V.
Starring See Casts
Opening theme "Bubble Gang"
Ending theme "Bubble Gang"
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) Filipino, English
Production
Executive producer(s) Camille Hermoso
Jan Navaro[2]
Location(s) Studio 6, GMA Annex[3]
Camera setup Multicamera setup
Running time 45-75 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel GMA Network
Original run October 20, 1995 (1995-10-20) – Present
External links
Official website

Bubble Gang is the longest-running Philippine comedy sketch gag show airing on GMA Network since October 20, 1995. It is the longest-running sketch comedy program on Philippine television.[4] The show shot up to popularity for their parodies of television commercials, politicians and current events.[5] The show also airs internationally via GMA Pinoy TV, while re-runs are aired via Fox Filipino.

History[edit]

Development[edit]

Bubble Gang first aired on GMA Network on October 20, 1995.[4] It was inspired by the ABC's gag show Tropang Trumpo.[6] Two of its first cast members; Ogie Alcasid and Michael V. came from that show.[4][7] The show occupied the Friday night timeslot of the now-defunct musical variety show, Vilma!. GMA hired two talents from talent manager, Douglas Quijano, Wendell Ramos and Antonio Aquitania who is one of the first casts of Bubble Gang with Alcasid and Michael V. on their early days.

Broadcast[edit]

During its first year, it was shown around seven in the evening and carried a slogan "Bubble Gang: Just Chew It!" The show gained popularity in 1996 when it introduced a segment called Myusik Tagalog Bersyon which Michael V. translates English songs to Tagalog literally. In later months of 1998, Bubble Gang came up with an idea to parody the religious program, Ang Dating Daan into Ang Dating Doon.[4] They originally intended to quote the Bible, but because of religious sensitivities, they just decided to quote English fairy tales and Tagalog nursery rhymes and make fun of it.

In July 20, 2012, the show made a tribute to Dolphy, the King of Philippine Comedy, a week after the actor's death.[8] The tribute was made to honor Dolphy's contribution to Philippine Comedy.[9] In July 2013, Ogie Alcasid left the show after moving to TV5.[10]

Format[edit]

The format of the show emphasizes pop culture parody. Skits and sketches are performed in a manner similar to other variety shows. It also spoofs other shows and commercials, and it also takes on other celebrities and political figures.[11]

Cast[edit]

Main cast members
Extended cast members
Former cast members

Characters and segments[edit]

Some of the current and recurring characters portrayed in the show:

Some of the current and recurring segments of the show:

Spin-offs[edit]

Comedy show
  • Bubble Gang Jr. — Bubble Gang Jr. was short-lived comedy show based on Bubble Gang but featured child actors as comedians. It premiered on July 19, 2005.[14]
Television films
  • DoSeNa — A HD television film to celebrate the show's 12th anniversary.[4] DoSeNa literally means 'Dose Na' or 'It's Twelve' in English. Coincidentally, "Dosena" is also a Filipino word for a "dozen".
  • Bungallow - A HD halloween television film to celebrate the show's 15th anniversary.[15]
Movies
Others
  • Hole in the Wall — Hole in the Wall is a Philippine version of the American game show series with the same name that aired in 2009. Though not literally a spin-off, the show is hosted by Yaya and Angelina, portrayed by Michael V. and Ogie Alcasid respectively, two of the famous characters in Bubble Gang.[19]

DVD release[edit]

The series was released onto DVD-format by GMA Records. The DVD contained "the best of the best" episodes of Bubble Gang throughout the years. The DVD was released in 2009.[20]

Reception[edit]

Controversies[edit]

Character spoof[edit]

In September 2002, the show was sued by L.A. Lopez after the show made a character spoof, a retarded man known as "El Aye Lopez", of the latter in 2001. The spoof, according to Lopez, caused him to be affected much emotionally. Lopez was also asking 5 million pesos for damages and a public apology from the show. The case was later dismissed.[21][22]

Rape as a joke[edit]

In April 1, 2011 episode, Bubble Gang depicted rape as a funny and amusing experience. The show received negative criticisms about this. One who criticized the show was Norma P. Dolloga of Kapatirang Simbahan Para sa Bayan and Kasimbayan Women’s Collective. She said in an open letter sent to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, "'Bubble Gang,' in projecting rape as a funny experience, was not only insensitive to and inconsiderate of the feelings and status of the victims of rape, it further promoted violence against women. It trivialized the suffering and pain of rape victims. Must the producer, director, script writer, and even the actors and actresses, and the whole management of the show be reminded of the agonies that rape victims go through? Did they even consider the feelings of a health worker gang raped in Mindanao? Of Nicole who was dumped like a pig in a dark corner of a pier with her pants down and referred to by a companion of her rapist as a “bitch? Of Sarah Balabagan who had to defend herself from the sexual advances of her employer? Of the comfort women of World War II? Of the women who were imprisoned and raped during the martial law days? Of the Filipino women raped during the Gulf War in 1991? Of OFW women who are being sexually abused by their masters and treated like slaves?" Furthermore she iterated, "Broadcast media are a very influential medium, and they can teach their viewers the value of social responsibility. Television programs should promote and develop critical minds instead of a decadent culture." On a closing statement she said, "The violence of rape is no joke."[23] The issue was again brought up after an ABS-CBN talent, Vice Ganda, made a joke about Jessica Soho being raped.[24][25]

Sexually sensitive comedy sketch[edit]

Michael V. and Rufa Mae Quinto, along with GMA Network's executives, were summoned by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) chairman Atty. Eugenio Villareal for a mandatory conference after over a sexually sensitive comedy sketch called "The Adventures of Susie Lualhati" (where Quinto played the role as Susie) aired in the show's November 29, 2013 episode. The chair of MTRCB was alarmed after what he had found of a derogatory and discriminatory portrayal of a woman in the said episode.[26] Michael V., Quinto, and the GMA executives met with MTRCB on December 9, 2013 and was able to discuss the issue. It was agreed in the meeting that Bubble Gang will submit proposed measures that will ensure audiences about gender-sensitivity contents by December 16.[27]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

Year Award Giving Body Organization Category Nominee Result Source
2014
5th Golden Screen Awards for TV Entertainment Press Society, Inc. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Gag or Comedy Show Sef Cadayona Won [28]
5th Golden Screen Awards for TV Entertainment Press Society, Inc. Outstanding Gag Program Bubble Gang Won [28]
5th Northwest Samar State University Students’ Choice Award for Radio and Television (NSCART) Northwest Samar State University (NwSSU) Best Comedy Program Bubble Gang Won [29]
10th USTv Students’ Choice Award University of Santo Tomas Students’ Choice of Comedy Program Bubble Gang Won [30]
1st PUP Mabini Media Awards Polytechnic University of the Philippines Best Television Comedy Program Bubble Gang Won [31]
1st Paragala Central Luzon Media Awards Holy Angel University and Communicators’ League Central Luzon’s Choice for a Gag Show Bubble Gang Won [32]
2013 2013 Asian Television Awards Television Asia Plus Best Comedy Performance by an Actor/Actress Michael V. Highly Commended [33]
27th Star Awards for TV Philippine Movie Press Club Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won [34]
27th Star Awards for TV Philippine Movie Press Club Best Comedy Actor Michael V. Won [34]
27th Star Awards for TV Philippine Movie Press Club Best Comedy Actor Ogie Alcasid Nominated [34]
27th Star Awards for TV Philippine Movie Press Club Best Comedy Actress Ruffa Mae Quinto Won [34]
11th Gawad Tanglaw Gawad Tanglaw Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won [35][36]
2013 Golden Screen Awards Entertainment Press Society, Inc. Outstanding Gag Program Bubble Gang Won [37]
2013 Golden Screen Awards Entertainment Press Society, Inc. Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Comedy Program Ogie Alcasid Won [37]
2013 Golden Screen Awards Entertainment Press Society, Inc. Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Comedy Program Michael V. Nominated [38]
9th USTv Students' Choice Awards University of Santo Tomas Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won [39]
4th Students’ Choice Awards for Radio and TV Northwest Samar State University Best Comedy Program Bubble Gang Won [40]
2012 8th USTv Students' Choice Awards University of Santo Tomas Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won [41]
25th Star Awards for TV Philippine Movie Press Club Best Comedy/Gag Show Bubble Gang Nominated [42]
25th Star Awards for TV Philippine Movie Press Club Best Comedy Actor Ogie Alcasid Nominated [42]
25th Star Awards for TV Philippine Movie Press Club Best Comedy Actress Rufa Mae Quinto Won [42][43]
2011 9th Gawad Tanglaw Gawad Tanglaw Best Gag Show Bubble Gang7 Won [44]
25th Star Awards for TV Philippine Movie Press Club Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won [45][46]
25th Star Awards for TV Philippine Movie Press Club Best Comedy Actor Ogie Alcasid Won [45][46]
25th Star Awards for TV Philippine Movie Press Club Best Comedy Actor Michael V. Nominated [45]
25th Star Awards for TV Philippine Movie Press Club Best Comedy Actress Rufa Mae Quinto Nominated [45]
2010 24th Star Awards for TV Philippine Movie Press Club Best Comedy Actor Ogie Alcasid Won [47]
2010 UP Gandingan Awards UP Los Baños Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won [48]
6th USTv Students' Choice Awards University of Santo Tomas Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won [48]
2009 23rd Star Awards for TV Philippine Movie Press Club Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won [48]
23rd Star Awards for TV Philippine Movie Press Club Best Comedy Actress Rufa Mae Quinto Won [34]
23rd Star Awards for TV Philippine Movie Press Club Best Comedy Actor Ogie Alcasid Nominated [34]
23rd Star Awards for TV Philippine Movie Press Club Best Comedy Actress Michael V. Nominated [34]
5th USTv Students' Choice Awards University of Santo Tomas Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won [48]
2008 2008 Asian Television Awards Television Asia Plus Best Comedy Programme Bubble Gang Highly Commended [49]
2008 Asian Television Awards Television Asia Plus Best Comedy Performance by an Actor/Actress Ogie Alcasid Highly Commended [49]
2008 Nickelodeon Philippines Kids' Choice Awards Nickelodeon Philippines Favorite Television Show Bubble Gang Nominated
22nd Star Awards for TV Philippine Movie Press Club Best Comedy Actor Michael V. Nominated [34]
22nd Star Awards for TV Philippine Movie Press Club Best Comedy Actor Ogie Alcasid Won [34]
22nd Star Awards for TV Philippine Movie Press Club Best Comedy Actress Ruffa Mae Quinto Won [34]
5th USTv Students' Choice Awards University of Santo Tomas Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won [48]
2007 2007 Asian Television Awards Television Asia Plus Best Comedy Performance by an Actor Michael V. Runner-up [50]
21st Star Awards for TV Philippine Movie Press Club Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won [48]
2006 20th Star Awards for TV Philippine Movie Press Club Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won [48]
2005 2005 Asian Television Awards Television Asia Plus Best Comedy Performance by an Actor Michael V. Won [51]
2005 Golden Screen Awards Entertainment Press Society, Inc. Outstanding Performance in a Comedy Gag Show Ogie Alcasid Won
19th Star Awards for TV Philippine Movie Press Club Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won [48]
2004 2004 Asian Television Awards Television Asia Plus Best Comedy Programme Bubble Gang Won
18th Star Awards for TV Philippine Movie Press Club Best Comedy Actor Ogie Alcasid Won
18th Star Awards for TV Philippine Movie Press Club Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won [48]
1st USTv Students' Choice Awards University of Santo Tomas Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won [48]
2003 17th Star Awards for TV Philippine Movie Press Club Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won [48]
2002 16th Star Awards for TV Philippine Movie Press Club Best Comedy Actor Ogie Alcasid Won
16th Star Awards for TV Philippine Movie Press Club Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won [48]
2001 15th Star Awards for TV Philippine Movie Press Club Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won [48]
2000 14th Star Awards for TV Philippine Movie Press Club Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won [48]
1999 13th Star Awards for TV Philippine Movie Press Club Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won [48]
1998 12th Star Awards for TV Philippine Movie Press Club Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won [48]
1997 11th Star Awards for TV Philippine Movie Press Club Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won [48]
1996 10th Star Awards for TV Philippine Movie Press Club Best Gag Show Bubble Gang Won [48]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Original casts of the show. As of 2013, Michael V. and Antonio Aquitania are the only last remaining original casts of the show.
  2. ^ YouTube comedy duo, more popularly known as "Moymoy Palaboy", that gained fame after recording and lip syncing songs. The duo now became part of the show in 2009, where they debuted with their own segment, "Iyotube" parodying the video sharing website YouTube.
  3. ^ Recent additions to the show, known collectively as the "Bubblets."[52]
  4. ^ Diego Llorico is also a segment producer for the show.
  5. ^ Salvador, Cosme, and Francisco are the trio that was well known with the "Ang Dating Doon" which aired from 1998 to 2000 and 2005. In 2011, the segment was revived with the trio reprising their roles as Brothers Pete, Willie, and Jocel.[53][54]
  6. ^ Newest additions to the comedy show. They were introduced in August 2, 2013. They are collectively known as the "Bagong Gang".[55]
  7. ^ Tied with TV5's Loko Moko U and ABS-CBN's Going Bulilit.[44]

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