I LOVE improv and sketch comedy since the days of Monty Python’s Flying Circus to the original Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time-Players of Saturday Night Live to SCTV to Kids In The Hall to Not Necessarily the News to MAD TV and so forth on mainstream media (and not ignoring the contributions made by standup comedians Jokoy, Rob Schneider, Rex Navarrete, Edwin San Juan and Erick Esteban). As a Filipino American actor, there were not many of us in the improv scene when I began studying The Harold (long form improv) in 2009 at the Upright Citizens Brigade. At least there, I knew of only Eugene Cordero, Leann Bowen, Rene Gube, Joy Regullano and the two Charlenes (Charlene de Guzman and Charlene Yi). However, at the October 13th Filipino AF show, I was left speechless! Not because I was laughing more than ever before, but I have never seen SO MANY comedic FilAm talent on ONE stage under ONE roof together performing in front of a majority of Filipinos [close to 300 people] of the audience! It didn’t feel like your parents’ UP reunion parties, the college university PCN parties or even the backyard birthday dance parties. I stood in the back of the Inner Sanctum Stage at UCB Sunset and witnessed all that was happening in front of my eyes like a proud papa. I almost cried. Seriously, my tear ducts were about to runneth over. With all that talent that night, there should be no reason whatsoever to see them in mainstream film and television — in droves!
In celebration of Filipino American History Month, FilAm Creative was proud to sponsor Asian AF Presents: Filipino AF [10/13], a comedy variety show that featured the best Filipino American talent in Los Angeles. Improv, sketch, standup, film, music, dance and perspective were highlighted. The show was hosted and produced by Allyn Pintal, Joy Regullano, & Erich Rheinhart Tamola and executive produced by Asian AF. – https://ucbtheatre.com/performance/56668
STAND UP by Kevin Camia, the Opening Act for Ali Wong’s current tour! (above)
CHARACTERS by Marques Ray (above)
IMPROV by UCB Fil-Am Superteam SINI-GANG with special guest monologist Giselle Tongi (Albert Andrade, Eugene Cordero, Kay Kaanapu, Jiavani Linayao, PJ McCormick, Allyn Pintal, Joy Regullano, Erich Tamola) – (above)
SKETCH by Alfred Aquino II and Gilbert Galon
Featuring Gilbert Galon, Nathan Ramos (CAPE Writers Fellow), Alfred Aquino II, Chase Lihilihi, and Chelsie Lihilihi) – (above)
SHORT FILM – Aswang Next Door by Eugene Cordero and directed by Bernard Badion – (above)
COMEDIC SONG/DANCE by Joy Regullano and choreographed by Ally Vega
Featuring Ally Vega, Jaime Barcelon, Gilbert Galon, Ruffy Landayan, Melanie Anne Padernal, AJ Pati, Joy Regullano, Reuben Uy, and Sandy Yu (above)
Below are highlights from that historical show!
My weekend feels like it was this ongoing marathon with no breaks. 💀 So I’m still processing my magical AF night from this past Friday’s first Filipino AF at @ucbtla. @gilbits asked me the day before if I wanted to dance in his sketch and in typical Ally fashion, of course I said yes. But little did I know I was also about to stretch some acting muscles I haven’t really stretched in a long ass time, lol. Thank you to Gilbert for having me in this super fun sketch! I will gladly always be a fierce Filipino-American voguer that studies engineering at UCI for you. 😂👌🏽 • And shout out to my other fierce engineering students @nay3ray @bruce_leeah & Alfred! WE DID THAT 😎🔥 • • • • #filipinoAF #asianAF @asianafshow @filamcreative #UCB #improv #comedy #dance
Last night was magical AF. 😭 I felt an incredible sense of pride being Filipino-American and honestly.. I’ve rarely ever felt this intensely about it. Last night’s very first #FilipinoAF was so unapologetically Filipino… it makes my little brown heart beam so fcking brightly. ✨ I got to choreograph to a song about white people shitting on our religion and skin color and it was beyond my wildest dreams. 😂 Thank you to the talented @joyregullano for trusting me to choreograph your vision. I had so much fun with this one. ❤️ • Shout out to Joy, @heyallyn, and @erichtamola for producing an amazing show! And to @asianafshow for bringing this API platform up in the community. And of course to this dope ass cast – @melanieannepadernal @krabbipati @reubenuy @thesandyvelasco @gilbits • YAY FILIPINO-AMERICANS! ✊🏽🇵🇭❤️❤️❤️❤️
ROMMEL ANDAYA (filmmaker): OMG, this was such a great turn out and I laughed so much (which is rare). Shout out to Joy Regullano, Allyn Pintal and Erich Rheinhart Tamola for putting this together as well as everyone else who is involved. It was a good night for the community. Special thanks to FilAm Creative, Filipino AF and Asian AF!
SHEILA TEJADA (actress): Look Hollywood, audiences do want to see Filipinos perform!! So proud of all my friends that were in Filipino AF at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre – Los Angeles tonight and my fellow FilAm Creative friends that showed support!
WALTER TALENS (FilAm Creative Treasurer): Great time at last night’s UCB show Filipino AF and got to see Filipino -Americans do some awesome comedy. Eugene Cordero (2015 FilAm Creative Actors Panel guest) killin’ it on stage and showing his support for our team.
MARY GRANT (comedienne): Awesome event at UCB last night!
ANGELA PAVIERA (FilAm Creative Secretary): We always have fun. We always eat. Most importantly we always create!
MARA DE LA ROSA (writer/producer/actress): FilAm Creative representing Filipino AF last night at the Upright Citizens Brigade. Thanks to Asian AF and all the performers for a great night!
MELANIE ANNE PADERNAL (actress): October 13, 2017 was one of the best days of my life. I attended the cast & crew screening of my feature ‘Bernard and Huey’ at the DGA. AND I got to dance my face off at FILIPINO AF. Have you ever been a part of something bigger than yourself, you could literally FEEL the positive energy and love surging around you? That’s what FILIPINO AF was like. Close to 300 friends and family packed the UCB Inner Sanctum, joyously laughing and recognizing our shared culture and upbringing. It was even more special because my Mom was in the crowd too. Sometimes when we think we’re alone, we’re really not. It just takes mustering up the courage to poke fun at ourselves, tell our stories, and repeat. Thank you Joy, Allyn and Erich for spearheading this dope event and for letting me be a part of it, ASIAN AF’s Will Choi for being Will Choi, and everyone who came out to support. So glad to see so many happy faces and reconnect with old friends! UCB continues to be a place where I feel most at home growing into my own. We made history ya’ll!
WILL CHOI: Thank you to everyone who came out to Filipino AF! We had almost 300 people in the audience! Now that’s what’s up!!
Thank you Will Choi and Keiko Agena for creating Scarlett Johansson Presents… [LINK] that led to [the birth of] Asian AF in Los Angeles & New York.
And, thank you to Joy Regullano, Allyn Pintal and Erich Tamola for hosting and producing Filipino AF [10/13]. Until next year!
Compiled and written by:
~ Edwin Santos
November 5, 2017
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