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Creative director(s)  Michael V.
Director  Uro Q. dela Cruz
Network  GMA Network
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Created by  Marivin Arayata
First episode date  20 October 1995
Opening theme  Michael V.

Genre  Sketch comedy, Gags, Sitcom
Developed by  GMA Entertainment TV Group
Written by  Cesar Cosme Chito Francisco Henry Maceda Manny Pavia Jay Sario Mon Roco Dello Gatmaitan Rene Cruz Jr.
Directed by  Uro Dela Cruz Bert de Leon
Awards  PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Comedy Actress
Cast  Michael V, Kim Domingo, Paolo Contis, Ogie Alcasid, Diego Llorico
Similar  Pepito Manaloto, Eat Bulaga!, Wowowin, Magpakailanman, Sunday PinaSaya
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Bubble Gang is a Philippine comedy sketch gag show airing on GMA Network since October 20, 1995. It is the longest-running sketch comedy program on Philippine television. The show shot up to popularity for their parodies of television commercials, politicians and current events. The show also airs internationally via GMA Pinoy TV, while re-runs are aired via Fox Filipino.

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Development

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Bubble Gang first aired on GMA Network on October 20, 1995. It was inspired by the ABC's gag show Tropang Trumpo. Two of its first cast members; Ogie Alcasid and Michael V. came from that show. The show occupied the Friday night timeslot of the now-defunct musical variety show, Vilma!. The cast of the show where: Aiko Melendez, and Eric Fructuoso, and newcomers Susan Lozada, Assunta De Rossi, Jackie De Guzman, Wendell Ramos and Antonio Aquitania (who were hired by the late GMA talent manager, Douglas Quijano) who is one of the first casts of Bubble Gang with Alcasid and Michael V. on their early days. There were two extras in the show, such as Diego Llorico, who was working as a production assistant to the show, currently also a segment producer, & Susan Lozada's personal assistant Marissa "Mykah" Flores, she was eventually one of Wendell Ramos love interest.

Broadcast

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During its first year, it was shown around seven in the evening and carried a slogan "Bubble Gang: Just Chew It!" The show gained popularity in 1996. The so-called "Bubble Gang Mania" rapidly caught on when it spoofed the sprouting of Mexican telenovelas in Philippine television which proved to be successful ratings-wise. Instead of riding on with the trend, they goofed around the concept and made their mark as the site of the biggest gathering of soap spoofs, it introduced two segments such as Miyusik Tagalog Bersiyon & Miyusik English Versiyon which Michael V. translates songs to Tagalog/English literally, the latter would later make an album with the same title which was released in 1997. In later months of 1998, Bubble Gang came up with an idea to parody the religious program, Ang Dating Daan into Ang Dating Doon were the latter religious show was popular that time. They originally intended to quote the Bible, but because of religious sensitivities, they just decided to quote English fairy tales and Tagalog nursery rhymes and make fun of it.

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On December 31, 1999, Bubble Gang was preempted to give way for the Global Millennium Day Broadcast as GMA Network becomes the official Philippine network.

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On July 20, 2012, the show made a tribute to Dolphy, the King of Philippine Comedy, a week after the actor's death. The tribute was made to honor Dolphy's contribution to Philippine Comedy.

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On July 19, 2013, after the months of rumors over Ogie Alcasid's transfer to TV5, he finally left the show, despite his Pick Up Line segment was over, his friend & cast member Michael V. remarks on saying "No one can replace Ogie as Boy Pick-up".

In early 2013, the show launched its talent search called Bagong Gang: The Search for the New Recruits, Joyce Ching (cast member of the now-defunct Bubble Gang Jr.), Jan Manual, RJ Padilla, Juancho Trivino, Arny Ross, and Protege winner Denise Barbacena were among the other contestants.

The show celebrates its 18th anniversary and dubbed the two part special as "Barely Legal", on October 7, 2013, in the Republiq Club in Resorts World Manila. The show introduces new cast such as Chariz Solomon, Carla Abellana, Paolo Contis, Mikael Daez, Andrea Torres, Max Collins, Sef Cadayona, and Betong Sumaya, and new segments such as Ikaw at ang Ina, Lala Ytera, Atlit, Istambay sa Looban, & Antonietta. Bagong Gang contestant Denise Barbacena & Jan Manual won the contest & now part of the show, with Ching, Padilla, Trivino, and Ross also joining the cast, coincidentally, numbers of the cast members are 20+ more. For its 18th year on Philippine Television, the show surpass its other comedy shows such as T.O.D.A.S. of IBC-13 (which ran for 1 decade) and John En Marsha of RPN-9 (which ran for 17 years).

On October 24, 2014, the show will celebrate its 19th anniversary and dubbed as "19 B.C." with an ancient Sparta theme

On November 6, 2015, marks the show's 1000th episode on television.

Bubble Gang celebrates their 20th anniversary on November 27, 2015 with a documentary titled "I M Bubble Gang: The Bubble Gang 20th Anniversary Special" and produced by GMA News and Public Affairs, The past and present casts including former "Kababol" Ogie Alcasid in which he returns to the set will be interviewed by the network's most trusted personalities, Jessica Soho and Mike Enriquez, They will have stories regarding on the funny and amusable experiences they spent for the past 20 years on Philippine television, Also some sketch skits from past to the present are also featured, and indeed, Bubble Gang is the longest-running comedy show in the Philippines that has been giving excitement, fun and laughter for 20 years and counting.

On February 26, 2016, Bubble Gang was preempted to give way for the tribute concert for German Moreno entitled Master Showman's Final Bow. This is the fourth time that the show has been preempted in a regular Friday as the show is preempted on Good Friday in observance of the Holy Week.

On November 2016, Bubble Gang added some newest members like Starstruck alumnus Arra San Agustin, Jak Roberto and Arianne Bautista. It was also reported that Bubble Gang will celebrate its 21st Anniversary which they will have guests like Ogie Alcasid, the Phenomenal love team AlDub and many more.

Format

The format of the show emphasizes pop culture parody. Skits and sketches are performed in a manner similar to other variety shows. Creative director and mainstay Michael V., according to him, picked up the idea from ordinary Filipinos. It also spoofs other shows and commercials, and it also takes on other celebrities and political figures.

Cast

Main cast members

Characters and segments

Some of the current and recurring characters portrayed in the show:

Some of the current and recurring segments of the show:

Spin-offs

Comedy show
  • Bubble Gang Jr.
  • Bubble Gang Jr. was a short-lived comedy show based on Bubble Gang but it featured child actors as comedians. It premiered on July 19, 2005.
    Television films
  • DoSeNa
  • A HD television film to celebrate the show's 12th anniversary. DoSeNa literally means 'Dose Na' or 'It's Twelve' in English. Coincidentally, "Dosena" is also a Filipino word for a "dozen".
  • Bungallow
  • A HD halloween television film to celebrate the show's 15th anniversary.
    Movies
  • Yaya and Angelina: The Spoiled Brat Movie
  • A film based on the Bubble Gang Ang Spoiled. It premiered in theaters on September 23, 2009 before the 14th Anniversary.
  • Boy Pick-Up: The Movie
  • A film based on the 'undefeated' character Boy Pick-Up from the 'Pick-Up Lines' sketch. It premiered on June 6, 2012.
    Others
  • Celebrity Turns with Junee and Lani
  • Celebrity Turns with Junee and Lani is a talk show on GMA Network hosted by Junee Lee (from the sketch Yours Truly, Junee Lee, portrayed by Michael V.) and Lani Misalucha.
  • Hole in the Wall
  • Hole in the Wall is a Philippine version of the American game show series with the same name that aired in 2009. Though not literally a spin-off, the show is hosted by Yaya and Angelina, portrayed by Michael V. and Ogie Alcasid respectively, two of the famous characters in Bubble Gang.

    DVD release

    The series was released onto DVD-format by GMA Records. The DVD contained "the best of the best" episodes of Bubble Gang throughout the years. The DVD was released in 2009.

    Character spoof

    In September 2002, the show was sued by L.A. Lopez after the show made a character spoof, a retarded man known as "El Aye Lopez", of the latter in 2001. The spoof, according to Lopez, caused him to be affected much emotionally. Lopez was also asking 5 million pesos for damages and a public apology from the show. The case was later dismissed.

    Sexually sensitive comedy sketch

    Michael V. and Rufa Mae Quinto, along with GMA Network's executives, were summoned by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) chairman, lawyer Eugenio Villareal for a mandatory conference after over a sexually sensitive comedy sketch called "The Adventures of Susie Lualhati" (where Quinto played the role as Susie) aired in the show's November 29, 2013 episode. The chair of MTRCB was alarmed after what he had found of a derogatory and discriminatory portrayal of a woman in the said episode. Michael V., Quinto, and the GMA executives met with MTRCB on December 9, 2013 and was able to discuss the issue. It was agreed in the meeting that Bubble Gang will submit proposed measures that will ensure audiences about gender-sensitivity contents by December 16.

    References

    Bubble Gang Wikipedia


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