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Vice Ganda

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This name uses Philippine naming customs. The matronymic is Borja and the family name is Viceral.
Vice Ganda
Vice Ganda in Toronto 2014 02.jpg
Vice Ganda in Toronto Ontario, 2014
Birth name Jose Marie Borja Viceral
Born (1976-03-31) March 31, 1976 (age 40)[1]
Tondo, Manila, Philippines
Medium Television, Film, Music
Nationality Filipino
Alma mater Far Eastern University
Years active 1999–present
Genres Observational comedy, Satire
Subject(s) Popular culture, stereotypes, human sexuality
Influences Roderick Paulate, Dolphy, Allan K, Joey de Leon
Notable works and roles It's Showtime
Petrang Kabayo
Gandang Gabi, Vice!
The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin
Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy
The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin
Beauty and the Bestie
Pilipinas Got Talent
FPJ's Ang Probinsyano
Musical career
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2010–present
Labels Viva Records (2010-2011)
Star Music (2010 (2010)–present)[2]
Associated acts Regine Velasquez

Jose Marie Borja Viceral (born March 31, 1976),[1] known by his stage name Vice Ganda, is a Filipino comedian, television presenter, endorser, actor, and recording artist. Viceral is a regular host/judge on ABS-CBN’s noontime variety show It's Showtime, and has starred in several films, five[3] of which are considered the highest-grossing films in Philippine cinema.[4][5]

He 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 a major product in the Philippines (Globe Telecom).[6][7]

Early life[edit]

The youngest of five children, Vice 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 to leave the children for work abroad as a caregiver.

He studied political science at Far Eastern University.[8]


Stand-up comedy[edit]

Vice 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".[9] There he spent several years developing his material in the comedy clubs. Vice’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.


He appeared in several television series and sitcoms such as Dyosa, under the direction of Wenn V. Deramas. Vice also had another supporting role in the drama series Maging Sino Ka Man: Ang Pagbabalik. In 2009, he 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.[10] Aside from Showtime, he is currently hosting his own Sunday talk show, the consistently top rated Gandang Gabi, Vice!.[11] Currently, he is under the management of ABS-CBN, and handling him is business unit head Deo Endrinal[12] after being managed for four years[13] by local entertainment columnist/host Ogie Diaz.[14]


Vice starred in minor roles until 2009, where he appeared alongside Vilma Santos and John Lloyd Cruz in the film In My Life. A year later he starred in a remake of the comedy film, Petrang Kabayo,[15] which was an instant hit at its release.[16] The following year, Vice 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.[17] He is presently under contract with Viva Films.[18] In 2012, he 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. He had a cameo in the film Bromance: My Brother's Romance 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. He 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. He participated alongside actor Coco Martin, Kapamilya loveteam James Reid and Nadine Lustre or shortly called as JaDine, actors Marco Masa and Alonzo Muhlach, and comedians MC Calaquian and Lassy Marquez. The film was directed by Wenn V. Deramas.


On June 15, 2011, Vice 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.[19] He is also included in the compilation album of Showtime, released by Star Records. On April 30, 2013, Vice Ganda released his 2nd album, self-titled, and debut album under Star Records. On 2014, Vice Ganda released his 3rd album, entitled #Trending, which featured the song Boom Panes and Push Mo Yan Teh!


On July 16, 2016, Vice launched his first book titled President Vice: Ang Bagong Panggulo ng Pilipinas, a satire about how he would deal with problems of the Filipinos in case he was elected the next president of the Philippines; it was published by ABS-CBN Publishing.[20]

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 Vice's remark in one of the former's radio programs.[21] 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!.[22]

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.[23]



Studio album[edit]

Year Title Label Notes
2011 Lakas Tama Vicor Music
2013 Vice Ganda Star Music featuring the song *KaRaKaRaKa
2014 #Trending featuring the songs *#BoomPanes, #PushMoYanTe*

Compilation album[edit]

Year Title Label
2010 Showtime: The Album[24][25] Star Music


Year Title Label
2015 Wag Kang Pabebe Star Music
2015 Chuva Choo Choo (Beauty and the Bestie OST)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2016 6th EdukCircle Awards Box Office Tandem of the Year (with Coco Martin) Beauty and the Bestie Won
47th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Phenomenal Box-Office Star Beauty and the Bestie Won
2014 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Phenomenal Stars (with Vic Sotto)[26] Won
2014 4th EdukCircle Awards Best TV Comedian Gandang Gabi Vice Won
Best Talk Show Host Gandang Gabi Vice Won
Most Influential Film Actor of the Year Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy Won
Eastwood City Walk Of Fame Philippines Celebrity Inductee Acting, Singing, Hosting Won
2014 Yahoo OMG Awards 2014 Loveteam of the Year with Karylle Won
2014 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Male Concert Performer of the Year[26] N/A Won
2014 30th PMPC Star Awards for Movies Movie Actor of the Year[26] Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy Won
2014 1st Paragala: The Central Luzon Media Awards Central Luzon's for a Variety Show Host It's Showtime Won
2013 39th Metro Manila Film Festival Best Festival Actor Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy Nominated
2013 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Phenomenal Box Office Star (with Kris Aquino and Ai Ai delas Alas)[27] Sisterakas Won
2013 38th Metro Manila Film Festival Best Festival Actor Sisterakas Nominated
2013 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Phenomenal Box Office Star[28] The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin Won
2013 PMPC Star Awards for TV 2013 Best Celebrity Showbiz Talk Show Host Gandang Gabi, Vice! Won
2012 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
2012 2nd EdukCircle Awards Best TV Comedian Gandang Gabi Vice Won
2011 2011 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Bert Marcelo Achievement Award for Excellence in Comedy[29] It's Showtime/ Petrang Kabayo Won
2009 23rd PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Single Performance by an Actor Maalaala Mo Kaya: Bola Nominated


  1. ^ a b Evangelista, Patricia (June 4, 2013). "The rape of Jessica Soho". Rappler. Retrieved May 9, 2015. 
  2. ^ Vice Ganda Official Star Records Profile ABS-CBN Star Music.
  3. ^ "Beauty and the Bestie breaks "A Second Chance" PH record". Retrieved 2016-01-13.
  4. ^ Neil Ramos (November 17, 2011). "'Praybeyt Benjamin' earns P327M". Manila Bulletin. Archived from the original on November 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ Ricardo F. Lo (November 16, 2011). "FUNFARE:Who's the real Box-Office star? Why Pacquiao entered politics". The Philippine Star. 
  6. ^ Crispina Martinez-Belen (September 7, 2011). "Celebrity World:'Thelma' star stirs heated brawl between actors Coco and Matteo". Manila Bulletin. Archived from the original on November 19, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Globe Prepaid Superlahat20". April 11, 2011. 
  8. ^ Ricardo F. Lo (April 9, 2008). "FUNFARE:Vice Ganda teaches 'tormentor' a whammy lesson". The Philippine Star. [dead link]
  9. ^ Ricky Lo (May 9, 2010). "Vice Ganda: Feeling Beautiful". The Philippine Star. 
  10. ^ Rhea Manila P. Santos (February 20, 2009). "Laugh and cry with Vice Ganda's life story on Maalaala Mo Kaya". ABS-CBN. Archived from the original on July 7, 2011. 
  11. ^ Kaye Villagomez (September 3, 2011). "Vice Ganda explains anti-teleserye stance". Manila Bulletin. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Ogie Diaz no longer Vice Ganda's manager". ABS-CBN News. November 23, 2011. 
  13. ^ Rommel R. Llanes (November 22, 2011). "Ogie Diaz confirms Vice Ganda is no longer his talent; Deo Endrinal is Vice's new manager". Philippine Entertainment Portal. 
  14. ^ Maureen Marie Belmonte (October 3, 2011). "Vice and Ogie's 'love-hate' relationship continues". Manila Bulletin. Archived from the original on October 8, 2011. 
  15. ^ Alex Valentin Brosas (January 15, 2010). "Vice Ganda to star in 'Petrang Kabayo' remake". Manila Bulletin. Archived from the original on January 19, 2010. 
  16. ^ Jullie Y. Daza (November 1, 2010). "Who's Laughing at Vice Now?". Manila Bulletin. Archived from the original on November 4, 2010. 
  17. ^ Boy Abunda (November 10, 2011). "Anne ayaw makipag-agawan ng korona kay Vice Ganda". Pilipino Star Ngayon. 
  18. ^ Alex V. Brosas (August 31, 2011). "Vice Ganda clears the air on rumored rift with Vic del Rosario and concert director GB Sampedro". Manila Bulletin. Archived from the original on April 6, 2012. 
  19. ^ Punch Liwanag (July 1, 2011). "Audio Junkie:'Masa' music overload". Manila Bulletin. Archived from the original on September 8, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Why Vice Ganda decided to launch a book". ABS-CBN Corporation. July 17, 2016. Retrieved July 17, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Rape joke ni Vice Ganda tungkol kay Jessica Soho, binatikos" (in Tagalog). Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  22. ^ "Vice Ganda publicly apologizes to Jessica Soho". Yahoo!. Yahoo! OMG! Philippines. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  23. ^ "Sarcasm and Criticism as Basis of Filipino Humor: An Interactional Sociolinguistics Approach to Exchange of Jokes among College Students by Lablynn Yvette F. Bautista". Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  24. ^ "Showtime the album, an early Christmas treat". Star Records. October 19, 2010. Archived from the original on November 14, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Show Time The Album". October 19, 2010. 
  26. ^ a b c "Complete List of Winners: 45th Guillermo Mendoza Box-Office Entertainment Awards 2014". The Summit Express. Retrieved 2014-05-019.
  27. ^ "44th Guillermo Mendoza Box-Office Entertainment Awards". Retrieved 2014-05-19.
  28. ^ "43rd Guillermo Mendoza Box-Office Entertainment Awards". Retrieved 2013-05-19.
  29. ^ JEFFREY O. VALISNO (June 30, 2011). "Bisyo na 'to". Business World Weekender. 

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