Vice Ganda

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Vice Ganda
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Vice Ganda in Toronto, Ontario, 2014
Born
Jose Marie Borja Viceral

(1976-03-31) March 31, 1976 (age 45) [1]
Tondo, Manila, Philippines
Alma mater Far Eastern University
Occupation
  • Comedian
  • TV host
  • actor
  • singer
Agent Viva Artists Agency
Star Magic
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Partner(s)Ion Perez
Musical career
Genres
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2009–present
Labels Viva Records (2010–2011)
Star Music (2010 (2010)–present) [2]
Associated acts Regine Velasquez
Toni Gonzaga
Luis Manzano
Anne Curtis
Boyband PH
Karylle
Comedy career
Medium
  • Stand-up
  • film
  • television
Genres
Subject(s)
YouTube information
Channels YouTube
Years active2014-present
Genres
  • Comedy
  • travel
Subscribers5.5 million
Total views289 million
Associated acts
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg100,000 subscribers2018
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg1,000,000 subscribers2019

Updated: July 2021

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

Contents

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

Before coming out 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 native of Taysan, Batangas and a barangay captain in Tondo, Manila, was murdered when Viceral was young, prompting his mother, an Ilocana from San Juan, La Union, to leave her children to work abroad as a caregiver. [9]

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

Personal life

Ganda suffered from depression. [11] As of November 2019, he is in a relationship with Ion Perez, a member of the supporting cast on It's Showtime. [12]

Career

Stand-up comedy

Ganda started out as a singer, then as a comedian for Punchline and The Library, whose owner Andrew de Real gave him the stage name "Vice Ganda". [13] 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.

Television

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 program 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 . [14] Aside from Showtime, he is currently hosting his own Sunday talk show, the consistently top rated Gandang Gabi, Vice! . [15] Currently, Viceral is under the management of ABS-CBN, and handling him is business unit head Deo Endrinal [16] after being managed for four years [17] by local entertainment columnist/host Ogie Diaz. [18] In 2016, he became one of the judges in Pilipinas Got Talent .

Film

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, [19] which was an instant hit at its release. [20] 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. [21] 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. In 2018 and 2019 respectively, Vice starred in 2 blockbuster movies, Fantastica and The Mall, The Merrier , with Dingdong Dantes and Richard Gutierrez in the former, and Anne Curtis in the latter.

Viceral is presently under contract with VIVA Films. [22]

Music

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. [23] 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!

Book

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"'), [24] a parody about how he would deal with problems of the Filipinos in case he was elected the next president of the Philippines. [25]

Inspirations

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. [26]

Public reception

Controversies

Gang rape jokes against Jessica Soho

In May 2013, Viceral was widely criticized 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. [27] 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 issued an apology over the issue during an episode of It's Showtime. [28]

Nora Aunor

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. [29]

Apollo Quiboloy

On one of his daily comedic discussions following a performance by Gian Magdangal on Tawag ng Tanghalan: Celebrity Champions, Viceral made a joke after the founder of Kingdom of Jesus Christ, Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, among other claims of being responsible for stopping calamities, claimed that he was responsible for stopping the earthquakes in Mindanao. Viceral jokingly challenged Pastor Quiboloy to stop one of the longest running and undying ABS-CBN television series, Ang Probinsyano and the common Philippine problem which is the constant traffic on EDSA. Members of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ took offense and expressed their dismay on Viceral. [30] Radio broadcaster and SMNI anchor, Mike Abe, a friend of Quiboloy, defended the founder and launched his foul-mouthed tirade on Viceral about the controversial "stop" joke on Quiboloy. [31] Two days after the joke, Quiboloy instead threatened that he will not only stop FPJ's Ang Probinsyano and shut down ABS-CBN as a whole within 4 months. Before saying these threats by Quiboloy, however, the company's contract, originally expiring on March 30, 2020, ended on May 4, 2020 based on Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra's speech during the Senate hearing on alleged violations made by ABS-CBN. [32] [33] Two weeks after the shutdown of ABS-CBN, Quiboloy delivered the message to Viceral on his show, Powerline, that he prophesized the network and Ang Probinsyano's end. [34] However, the show (Ang Probinsyano) and all ABS-CBN shows and programs are still ongoing on other TV stations and social media platforms.

Rodante Marcoleta

On May 26, during the first hearing of ABS-CBN's new 25-year franchise, Sagip Partylist Representative and Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta presented videos showing Viceral jokingly asking Pastor Apollo Quiboloy of the Restorationist church Kingdom of Jesus Christ to stop Ang Probinsyano. Marcoleta alleged that Viceral's statement was meant sincerely, and that the challenge was accepted. Viceral responded to Marcoleta via a Twitter post, claiming that it was a joke. [35]

Cultural impact

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. [36]

Filmography

Discography

Studio albums

YearTitleLabelCertifications
2011 Lakas Tama Vicor Music PARI: Gold [37]
2013Vice Ganda Star Music PARI: Platinum
2014#Trending PARI: Gold [38]

Compilation albums

YearTitleLabel
2010Showtime: The Album [39] [40] Star Music

Extended plays

YearTitleLabel
2013Karakaraka (Dance EP) Star Music

Singles

YearTitleAlbum
2013KaraKaraka
(featuring Smugglaz)
Vice Ganda and Karakaraka (Dance EP)
Whoops Kirri Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy Official Soundtrack
2014Boompanes#Trending
Push Mo Yan Te
(featuring Regine Velasquez)
2015Eh di wow! Inday Bote Official Soundtrack
'Wag Kang PabebeNon-album single
Chuva Choo Choo Beauty and the Bestie Official Soundtrack
2016Pasa Diyos
(Young JV featuring Vice Ganda)
Non-album single
Ang Kulit The Super Parental Guardians Official Soundtrack
2017Hanggang Kailan AasaNon-album single
Gigil si Aquo Gandarrapido: The Revenger Squad Official Soundtrack
2018Ganda for AllNon-album single
2019Kay Sayang Pasko Na Naman
(with Anne Curtis and Kritiko)
The Mall, The Merrier Official Soundtrack
2020Corona Ba-Bye Na!Non-album single
Mahal Ako Ng Mahal KoNon-album single
2021Higad GirlNon-album single

Concerts

Major Concerts

YearTitleVenue
2001Channel VChatterbox Galleria
2002D'Vice LiveMusic Museum
2003DV3
2005V DayMetro Comedy Bar
2006DIVAS LIVE Back to Back to Back
2007Happy Vice Day
2010May Nag-Text.. 'Yung Totoo! Vice Ganda sa Araneta Smart Araneta Coliseum
2011Eto Na: Vice Ganda, Todong Sample sa Araneta
2013I-Vice Ganda Mo Ako sa Araneta
2015Vice Gandang Ganda Sa Sarili sa Araneta.. Eh Di Wow!
2017Pusuan Mo Si Vice Ganda sa Araneta
Vice Ganda For All Concert (Vice Cosmetics Launch)
2019The Songbird and The Song Horse

Music Festivals

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

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
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 [41] It's Showtime / Petrang Kabayo Won
20122nd EdukCircle AwardsBest TV Comedian Gandang Gabi, Vice! Won
PMPC Star Awards for TV 2012 Best Reality Game Show Hosts It's Showtime hostsWon
Best Celebrity Showbiz Talk Show Male Host Gandang Gabi, Vice! Won
39th Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actor Sisterakas Nominated
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 [42] The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin Won
GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Phenomenal Box Office Star (with Kris Aquino and Ai Ai delas Alas) [43] Sisterakas Won
39th Metro Manila Film Festival Best Festival Actor Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy Nominated
20141st Paragala: The Central Luzon Media AwardsCentral Luzon's for a Variety Show Host It's Showtime Won
30th PMPC Star Awards for MoviesMovie Actor of the Year [44] Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy Won
GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Male Concert Performer of the Year [44] N/AWon
Yahoo OMG Awards 2014Loveteam of the Year
with Karylle
It's Showtime Won
Eastwood City Walk Of Fame PhilippinesCelebrity InducteeActing, Singing, HostingWon
4th EdukCircle AwardsBest 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) [44] Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy Won
2015Star Cinema AwardsFavorite 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 AwardsMost Influential Film Actor of the Year Beauty and the Bestie Won
Box Office Tandem of the Year (with Coco Martin)Won
2017 48th GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Phenomenal Box-Office Star The Super Parental Guardians Won
7th EdukCircle AwardsMost Influential Film Actor of the YearWon
2nd Golden Laurel: LPU Batangas Media AwardsBest Talk Show Host Gandang Gabi, Vice! Won
20188th EdukCircle AwardsMost Influential Film Actor of the Year Gandarrapido: The Revenger Squad Won
2019PMPC Star Awards for MusicNovelty Artist of the Year"Dahil Kasama Mo Siya"Nominated
Novelty Song of the YearWon

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