'A rising phenomenal star'. This, in a nutshell, best described Vice Ganda, Philippine versatile comedian, movie and TV personality who has blazed the Philippine entertainment industry with aplomb, verve and wit.
With several TV series and sitcoms tucked under his belt, Vice goes big time as a regular host of 'SHOWTIME' , a popular TV talent search in the Philippines which has attracted wide mass appeal based on strong audience participation. His talk show, 'Good Evening Vice' where he is its main host, was awarded Best Talk Variety Show in the 8th USTv Students Choice Award; a proof of his endearing appeal even to elite university students in Manila.
His foray to Filipino movies has, likewise, created a mass hysteria when in 2010, his first comedy-drama film, 'Petrang Kabayo' (Petra, The Horse) became a smash hit earning for him an Achievement Award for Excellence in Comedy during the 42nd Box Office Entertainment Award. Later, in the same year, he broke box office records with his comedy-action film, 'Private Benjamin' making it the highest grossing Filipino film of all time. The movie gave him the Funniest Comedian Award by the Yahoo! Philippines OMG Award-Giving Body. Proving that his success is not flash-in-the-pan mold, his recently -shown movie, 'This Guy's In Love With You Mare', had breached a whooping Php 100 million (approximately 3.1 M NZD) mark in just five days that sealed his name in the box office history.
A true multi-awarded artist, Vice also invaded the music industry with his first studio album Vice Ganda: Lakas Tama released under Viva Records. An attest to his versatility are the twin awards bestowed on him as Best Male Concert Performer and the Phenomenal Box Office Star during the 43rd Box Office Entertainment Awards Night. The Tambayan OPM Award, another award giving-body, gave him the 'Phenomenal Artist of the Year'.
By then, he felt he was ready to conquer the world stage given his multitude of fans around Europe, Middle East and America. Thus, he launched his World Concert Tour Series in Nov 2011 in London, Wales, Manchester and as far as Dublin in March 2012. He also performed in Dubai & Abu Dhabi last March 2012. He also performed in Nevada, Canada and New Jersey in September 2012. Vice Ganda is set to invade Auckland, New Zealand on March 15, 2013.
Indeed, gone are the days when Vice Ganda, who is Jose Marie in real life, had to thrive in comedy bars in Manila for a living as a stand up comedian. Gone too when before, he had to wait for a big break while appearing at television programs either doing cameo roles or pitching in as segment host. Instead, he rolled up his sleeves and worked hard to hit the road to superstardom.