|Lola Ni Dora|
So this afternoon, as I was surfing the channels, I found this old movie of Dolphy entitled Espadang Patpat.
It was a story about a long lost son of a dying millionaire, and the rest of the plot is pretty much predictable where there are villains, side kicks of the protagonist and the ending always and must be a happy ending.
|Dolphy, dubbed as king of Philippine comedy|
But the bigger question is- why after all these years, these old films are still funny?
I may be entirely wrong, but some factors that make a scenario funny is when-
1. It involves a slapstick joke
2. It involves toilet humor
3. It exaggerates the accepted norm
4. It challenges the status quo
5. It is unexpected
6. It is extraordinary but ridiculously extraordinary
7. It is portrayed by an established comedian character who is expected to deliver something funny and witty
In the Philippines, some of the topics that average viewers would find funny are-
1. Gays and anything homosexual (e.g. Vice Ganda)
2. Dumb people (e.g. Ruffa Mae Quinto)
3. People hitting each other (e.g. Wally & Jose)
4. People with disability & physical deformities (e.g. Dagul)
5. Poor people who do not know social etiquette (e.g. Rogelio, Rogelio, Rogelio)
6. Flamboyant people (e.g. John Lapus)
7. Mistakes committed by people in public (e.g. Dora (Eugene Domingo))
I cannot comment further on the social aspect of the Philippines, but these 7 points I have mentioned are what I normally observe from the comedy films & programs.
Certainly, there exists in our society the undeniable machismo and discrimination toward people who are differently abled. I highly doubt if this society will ever grow mature.