Cushioning COVID with Comedy: The Philippines
Theaters and comedy clubs in the Philippines have been hit particularly hard by pandemic lockdowns. Entertainment group Comedy Manila is holding free and paid online events through social media and conferencing apps. The 50 members include one local superstar with over 800,000 followers on social media, alongside newcomers working regular jobs to make ends meet. Meet the entertainers and fans determined to beat back the pandemic through laughter.
Because of the pandemic, Comedy Manila has taken their shows online, hosting events through virtual conferencing
The shows have allowed Dawit, from the island of Cebu, to continue his career as an entertainer
Fernando began his comedy career in the midst of the pandemic, participating in online shows alongside his regular job
In addition to their existing fans, the group's online activities have allowed them to reach a wider audience than ever before