ALEX CALLEJA, BIBIDA SA SARILING COMEDY SHOW SA CINEMO

Stand-up comedy mapapanood na sa ABS-CBN TVplus channel

ALEX CALLEJA, BIBIDA SA SARILING COMEDY SHOW SA CINEMO

Kakaibang katatawanan ang handog ni Alex Calleja, isa sa finalist sa prestihiyosong Funniest Person in the World 2016 competition ng Laugh Factory, sa kaniyang bagong palabas na “Lakas Tawa” sa CineMo ng ABS-CBN TVplus, kung saan dadalhin niya ang mundo ng stand-up comedy.

Originality ang dapat na abangan sa naturang palabas dahil ito ang pinapahagalagahan niya bilang isang komedyante. “Kailangan mong maging original. Magsulat ka ng sarili mong joke, gumawa ka ng sarili mong persona, identity. Magsulat ka tungkol sa mga bagay na alam mo,” tip ni Alex para sa mga nangangarap na maging komedyante.

Kahit na patok ang pagpapatawa niya bilang isang writer sa “It’s Showtime,” iba pa rin daw ang kaba at pressure na bumida sa sarili niyang show. “Andoon ‘yung pressure kasi ako rin ang nagsusulat para sa show. Pero masaya naman. Iba ang feeling na magsulat para sa sitcom kasi ibang tao ang nagde-deliver ng mga linya. Dito, ako mismo ang nagbibitaw ng jokes,” aniya.

Sa “Lakas Tawa,” pagtatagpiiin ni Alex ang kanyang jokes para bumuo ng iisang kuwento o monologue. Maliban sa jokes, magbabahagi rin siya ng kaalaman sa “Aleksyon of the Day” na isa sa segments ng programa.

Ito na nga ang isa sa biggest breaks ni Alex sa sampung taon niya sa mundo ng komedya matapos niyang iwan ang dating career sa IT at programming. Pinili niyang sundan ang kanyang pangarap na makapagpatawa ng mga tao at naging writer sa Kapamilya shows tulad ng “It’s Showtime,” “Goin’ Bulilit,” at ang Sunday sitcom ng CineMo, ang “Funny Ka, Pare Ko.”

Unti-unti rin siyang nakagawa ng sariling pangalan sa stand-up comedy scene sa bansa kasama ang kaniyang grupong Comedy Manila. Mangilang beses na rin siyang sumali sa mga comedy competition sa loob at labas ng bansa, kabilang na ang stand-up comedy contest ng DZMM Teleradyo noong 2008, ang “LOL: Laugh Out Loud” at ang “Funniest Person in the World” competition ng Laugh Factory sa ginanap sa Finland noong nakaraang taon.

Dagdag pa ni Alex, mataas ang pangarap niya para sa stand-up comedy sa bansa at ikinatutuwa ang pag-usbong nito sa mainstream media.

Panoorin ang “Lakas Tawa” tatlong beses sa isang araw sa CineMo ng 10:55 AM, 4:55 PM, at 10:55 PM, Lunes hanggang Sabado.

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Stand-up comedy premieres on ABS-CBN TVplus channel

ALEX CALLEJA TOPBILLS CINEMO’S “LAKAS TAWA”

Alex Calleja, Laugh Factory’s Funniest Person in the World 2016 competition finalist, is bringing stand-up comedy to television with his new show, sure to make Kapamilyas laugh, “Lakas Tawa” on ABS-CBN TVplus’ CineMo.

Alex places a high value on originality. His top tip for aspiring comedians is to write their own jokes. “You just have to be original. Write your own joke, have your own persona, identity, tackle topics that you relate to,” says the finalist in DZMM TeleRaydo’s stand-up comedy contest “LOL: Laugh Out Loud” in 2008.

He displays his knack for comedy as a writer on “It’s Showtime,” but feels some pressure headlining a TV show by himself. “The pressure is on me because I also write the show. But it’s a pressure that is fun. Writing for a sitcom is different because actors deliver the lines. In this stint, the jokes come out of my own mouth,’ Alex said.

In “Lakas Tawa,” Alex’ jokes tie together to form a narrative or monologue. Audiences can expect him to impart little nuggets of wisdom along the way through “Lakas’ Tawa’s “Aleksyon of the Day,” one of Lakas Tawa’s own sub-segments.

This solo TV stint debut comes ten years after Alex left a career in IT and programming. He followed his passion to make people laugh and found himself writing for Kapamilya shows like “It’s Showtime!,” “Goin’ Bulilit,” and CineMo’s Sunday sitcom “Funny Ka, Pare Ko.”

He has made a name for himself in the local stand-up comedy circuit with his group Comedy Manila. He has also seen himself compete in both local and international stand-up comedy contests such as the “LOL: Laugh Out Loud” stand-up comedy contest of DZMM TeleRadyo in 2008 to Laugh Factory’s Funniest Person in the World competition in Finland last year.

Alex has high hopes for stand-up comedy in the Philippines and is proud of its achievement of breaking into mainstream media.

Catch “Lakas Tawa” three times a day on CineMo, at 10:55 AM, 4:55 PM, and 10:55 PM Monday to Saturday.

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