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Vice Ganda
Vice Ganda in Toronto 2014 02.jpg
Vice Ganda in Toronto, Ontario, 2014
Jose Marie Borja Viceral

(1976-03-31) March 31, 1976 (age 42)[1]
Tondo, Manila, Philippines
ResidenceQuezon City, Philippines
Alma materFar Eastern University
  • Comedian
  • TV host
  • actor
  • singer
Years active1999–present
AgentViva Artists Agency
Star Magic
Musical career
Years active2010–present
LabelsViva Records (2010–2011)
Star Music (2010 (2010)–present)[2]
Associated actsRegine Velasquez
Toni Gonzaga
Boyband PH
Comedy career

Jose Marie Borja Viceral (born March 31, 1976),[1] known professionally as Vice Ganda (lit. "Beautiful Vice"), is a Filipino comedian, television presenter, actor, and singer. He is a regular host-judge on ABS-CBN's noontime variety show It's Showtime, and has starred in several films, six[3] of which are considered to be the highest-grossing in Philippine cinema.[4][5]

Viceral is best known for his stand-up routines, in which he uses observational comedy, situational irony and sarcasm in pertaining to Filipino culture and human sexuality. He is also the first openly gay endorser for Globe Telecom.[6][7]

Early life[edit]

Before coming out as gay to his family and loved ones, Vice Ganda was known as "Tutoy", which was his nickname as a young boy.[8] The youngest of five children, Viceral grew up in the neighbourhood along José Abád Santos Street in Manuguit, Tondo, Manila. His father, a barangay captain, was murdered when he was young, prompting his mother, an Ilocana from San Juan, La Union, to leave the children for work abroad as a caregiver.[9]

He studied political science at Far Eastern University.[10]

Vice Ganda as Tutoy, his nickname as a young boy.

Personal life[edit]

Vice Ganda underwent depression, which made him want to stop doing what he does/loves to do and eventually give up on them. However, after speaking with two of his friends, Regine Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid, he realized thats it's "the devil" that was "playing" with his mind, so that it will bring him down and make him think negative. Since then, he fought and decided to always stay positive.[11]


Stand-up comedy[edit]

Viceral started out as a singer, then as a stand-up comedian for Punchline and The Library, whose owner Andrew de Real gave him the stage name "Vice Ganda".[12] There he spent several years developing his material in the comedy clubs. Viceral's career began to build after appearances on television and reviews from tabloid columns. He works alongside fellow comedians Chokoleit, Pooh, John Lapus and Rey Kilay.


Viceral appeared in several television series and sitcoms such as Dyosa, under the direction of Wenn V. Deramas. He also had another supporting role in the drama series Maging Sino Ka Man: Ang Pagbabalik. In 2009, Viceral became part of Showtime, a talent search programme where he eventually gained his present role as a regular presenter/judge. His life story of being bullied as a young, closeted homosexual has also been featured in the drama anthology, Maalaala Mo Kaya.[13] Aside from Showtime, he is currently hosting his own Sunday talk show, the consistently top rated Gandang Gabi, Vice!.[14] Currently, Viceral is under the management of ABS-CBN, and handling him is business unit head Deo Endrinal[15] after being managed for four years[16] by local entertainment columnist/host Ogie Diaz.[17] In 2016, he became one of the judges in Pilipinas Got Talent.


Before venturing into mainstream movies, Viceral starred in minor roles in independent films such as, Condo with Coco Martin and In My Life, where he appeared alongside Vilma Santos and John Lloyd Cruz. In 2010, Viceral starred in a remake of the comedy film, Petrang Kabayo,[18] which was an instant hit at its release.[19] The following year, he starred in Praybeyt Benjamin with Derek Ramsay, directed by Wenn V. Deramas. The movie became the first local film to reach 300 million pesos in ticket sales, and proved to be an even greater box office success than Petrang Kabayo.[20] In 2012, Viceral starred in the Filipino comedy film This Guy's In Love With U Mare! under Star Cinema and Viva Films, alongside Luis Manzano and Toni Gonzaga, directed by Wenn V. Deramas. In 2013, he made another movie called Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy. In 2014, Star Cinema released a movie called The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin an official entry for the MMFF 2014. Viceral participated alongside actress Alex Gonzaga, and actors Richard Yap and James "Bimby" Aquino-Yap. The film was directed by Wenn V. Deramas. In 2015, Star Cinema released Beauty and the Bestie, an official entry for the MMFF 2015, directed by Wenn V. Deramas. Viceral participated alongside actor Coco Martin, Kapamilya loveteam James Reid and Nadine Lustre, actors Marco Masa and Alonzo Muhlach, and comedians MC Calaquian and Lassy Marquez. Vice Ganda has a new, upcoming movie called "Fantastica" and it is set to premiere on December 25, 2018 nationwide.

Viceral is presently under contract with Viva Films.[21]


In 2011, Viceral released his first studio album, Lakas Tama under Vicor Music. It features mostly pop and novelty songs, including "Palong Palo", written by Callalily frontman Kean Cipriano.[22] He is also included in the compilation album of Showtime, released by Star Records. In 2013, he released his 2nd album, self-titled, and debut album under Star Records. In 2014, Viceral released his 3rd album, entitled #Trending, which featured the song Boom Panes and Push Mo Yan Teh!


On July 16, 2016, Viceral launched his first book titled President Vice: Ang Bagong Panggulo ng Pilipinas (lit. "President Vice: The New Troublemaker President of the Philippines"),[23] a parody about how he would deal with problems of the Filipinos in case he was elected the next president of the Philippines.[24]


In 2017, Vice Ganda launched his own beauty products for the purpose of wanting women to feel beautiful and loved. Also, the story behind his makeup line is that as a young boy, he would accidentally break his mother's lipsticks and realized how expensive they were. [2] Therefore, he made his dream come true by creating Vice Cosmetics and making them affordable for anyone and everyone.


One of Vice Ganda's biggest inspirations is his teacher who told him to always follow his dreams no matter how big or wild they are.[25]

Public reception[edit]

Viceral's brand of humor has been viewed as polarizing. Much of his comedy style is sarcasm, making fun of current events, and picking on the physical appearance or social status of other people. The latter has been met with criticism from some Filipino audiences, viewing it as a denigrating form of insult comedy or off-color humor at the expense of those mocked by the comedian.


In May 2013, Viceral was widely criticised for making several jokes about gang rape during his I-Vice Ganda Mo Ko! comedy concert show. One of them was directed towards respected news anchor Jessica Soho, whom he mentioned in a joke regarding several personalities starring in a hypothetical adult movie. Philippine women's rights group GABRIELA condemned the joke as being distasteful in light of rape victims. GMA reporter Arnold Clavio, a colleague of Soho, defended the news anchor and expressed his disapproval of Viceral's body-shaming remark in one of the former's radio programs.[26] Although Viceral, initially defended his stance, saying that the brand of humor he uses is based on his roots doing stand-up in comedy bars and karaoke lounges, the comedian eventually issued an apology over the issue during an episode of It's Showtime!.[27]

Noted actress Nora Aunor also took umbrage at Viceral's style of humor when she pulled out of her appearance as a special guest judge for the Tawag ng Tanghalan grand finals at the last minute. Aunor believed Viceral's brand of insult comedy was against her moral beliefs, and was perturbed with the idea of being on the show alongside Viceral.[28]

Cultural impact[edit]

As cited by Bautista (2012), researchers from University of San-Jose Recoletos studied the role of sarcasm and criticism on Filipino humor. Half of 100 participants stated that they gain more confidence from mimicking Viceral's style of humor, while 64% of the respondents said that they usually imitate Viceral's sarcasm during conversations with other people.[29]



Studio album[edit]

Year Title Label Notes Certifications
2011 Lakas Tama Vicor Music Gold[30]
2013 Vice Ganda Star Music featuring the song *KaRaKaRaKa Gold[31]
2014 #Trending featuring the songs *#BoomPanes, #PushMoYanTe* Gold[32]

Compilation album[edit]

Year Title Label
2010 Showtime: The Album[33][34] Star Music


Year Title Label
2013 Whoops Kirri (Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy OST) Star Music
2015 Eh di wow! (Inday Bote OST)
Wag Kang Pabebe
Chuva Choo Choo (Beauty and the Bestie OST)
2016 Pasa Diyos ft. Vice Ganda (Collaboration with Young JV)
Ang Kulit ft. Onyok Pineda & Awra Briguela (The Super Parental Guardians OST)
2017 Hanggang Kailan Aasa (revival of Michael Pangilinan's Hanggang Kailan)
Qiqil si Acquoeh (Gandarrapido: The Revenger Squad OST)


Solo Major Concerts[edit]

Year Title Venue
2001 Channel V Chatterbox Galleria
2002 D'Vice Live Music Museum
2003 DV3
2005 V Day Metro Comedy Bar
2006 DIVAS LIVE Back to Back to Back
2007 Happy Vice Day
2010 May Nag-Text.. 'Yung Totoo! Vice Ganda sa Araneta Smart Araneta Coliseum
2011 Eto Na: Vice Ganda, Todong Sample sa Araneta
2013 I-Vice Ganda Mo Ako sa Araneta
2015 Vice Gandang Ganda Sa Sarili sa Araneta.. Eh Di Wow!
2017 Pusuan Mo Si Vice Ganda sa Araneta
Vice Ganda For All Concert (Vice Cosmetics Launch)

Music Festivals[edit]

Year Title Venue
2018 Vice Cosmetics Ganda For All Music Fest:
The Guinness World Records Official Attempt
Smart Araneta Coliseum

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2009 23rd PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Single Performance by an Actor Maalaala Mo Kaya: Bola Nominated
2011 2011 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Bert Marcelo Achievement Award for Excellence in Comedy[35] It's Showtime/ Petrang Kabayo Won
2012 2nd EdukCircle Awards Best TV Comedian Gandang Gabi, Vice! Won
PMPC Star Awards for TV 2012 Best Reality Game Show Hosts It's Showtime hosts Won
Best Celebrity Showbiz Talk Show Male Host Gandang Gabi, Vice! Won
2013 PMPC Star Awards for TV 2013 Best Celebrity Showbiz Talk Show Host Gandang Gabi, Vice! Won
GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Phenomenal Box Office Star[36] The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin Won
38th Metro Manila Film Festival Best Festival Actor Sisterakas Nominated
GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Phenomenal Box Office Star (with Kris Aquino and Ai Ai delas Alas)[37] Sisterakas Won
39th Metro Manila Film Festival Best Festival Actor Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy Nominated
2014 1st Paragala: The Central Luzon Media Awards Central Luzon's for a Variety Show Host It's Showtime Won
30th PMPC Star Awards for Movies Movie Actor of the Year[38] Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy Won
GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Male Concert Performer of the Year[38] N/A Won
Yahoo OMG Awards 2014 Loveteam of the Year
with Karylle
It's Showtime Won
Eastwood City Walk Of Fame Philippines Celebrity Inductee Acting, Singing, Hosting Won
4th EdukCircle Awards Best TV Comedian Gandang Gabi, Vice! Won
Most Influential Film Actor of the Year Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy Won
Best Talk Show Host Gandang Gabi, Vice! Won
GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Phenomenal Stars (with Vic Sotto)[38] Won
2015 Star Cinema Awards Favorite Fandom of the Year
with Karylle
It's Showtime Won
29th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Male TV Host It's Showtime Won
GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Phenomenal Box-Office Star The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin Won
2016 47th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Phenomenal Box-Office Star Beauty and the Bestie Won
6th EdukCircle Awards Box Office Tandem of the Year (with Coco Martin) Beauty and the Bestie Won
2017 48th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Phenomenal Box-Office Star The Super Parental Guardians Won
2nd Golden Laurel: LPU Batangas Media Awards Best Talk Show Host Gandang Gabi, Vice! Won


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