MANILA, Philippines – It has been said countless times: No one can replace Rodolfo ”Dolphy” Quizon as the country’s King of Comedy.
Dolphy himself, however, stressed that there are plenty of other comedians out there who have impressed many people, including himself.
In his biography, ”Dolphy: Hindi Ko Ito Narating Mag-Isa,” the veteran actor named several local comedians that he admires.
Among them are the late Redford White, who died in 2010 and starred with Dolphy in "Home Along Da Airport," and Babalu, who died in 1998 and appeared with Dolphy on many shows from "John en Marsha" to "Home Along Da Riles."
"Sayang ’yon, namatay nang maaga," he said of Babalu. "Nawala, and then nakabalik na sana ulit, sa ABS-CBN, di ba? Nagkaro’n na naman ng mga shows, mga pelikula niya, kumikita.”
But when it comes to oldtimers like him, Dolphy said: ”Pero kung sa listahan ng mga old-time comedians ka kukuha, naku! Ang hirap mamili. ’Yon ang talagang ang daming magagaling d’on, kanya-kanyang style, pasiklab, pautot – maski mga personal mong kinaiinisan, magagalingan ka pa rin.”
Here are five local comedians who have impressed Dolphy.
1. Vic Sotto
Why they're alike: The entertainment media has already dubbed Sotto the country's "Prince of Comedy." Sotto, who is part of the trio Tito, Vic and Joey, shares many similarities with the Comedy King -- both have the same lean physique and have been proven to be charming to the ladies. Sotto and Dolphy appeared in the movie "Dobol Trobol."
Notable movies/TV shows: "Eat Bulaga," "Iskul Bukol," "Okay Ka Fairy Ko," "Mixed Nuts," the "Enteng Kabisote" movie franchise
What Dolphy said about him: ”Si Vic Sotto, OK ’yan.”
2. Vhong Navarro
Why they're alike: Like Dolphy, Navarro also started his career as a dancer -- with the all-male group Streetboys. He has since went solo and focused more on comedy and hosting. Navarro worked with Dolphy on the long-running sitcom "Home Along Da Riles."
Notable movies/TV shows: "Toda Max," "It's Showtime," "Home Along Da Riles," "Agent X44," "My Only U," "Supahpapalicious," "Mr. Suave"
What Dolphy said about him: ”Si Vhong Navarro, OK.”
3. Michael V
Why they're alike: Apart from being an actor, Michael V is credited as the creative genius in his gag shows. Like Dolphy, Michael V can act, sing and dance as proven in his spoofs of well-known music videos. He is also known for his cross-dressing roles and was even chosen to star in an update of the Dolphy classic "Ang Tatay Kong Nanay."
Notable movies/TV shows: "Bubble Gang," "Tropang Trumpo," "Eat Bulaga," "Sinaktan Mo Ang Puso Ko"
What Dolphy said about him: ”Michael V is very talented.”
4. Willie Nepomuceno
Why they're alike: Nepomuceno is known for his impersonations of politicians and celebrities, among them presidents Benigno Aquino III, Joseph Estrada and Fidel Ramos, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, the late King of Philippine Movies Fernando Poe Jr. and, yes, Dolphy. Nepomuceno, in fact, recorded a spoof of the song "Have You Seen Her" with the title "Opisina," while impersonating Dolphy's singing voice
Notable TV/stage shows: "Ispup," "Stop in the Name of Laugh," "Trial and Error"
What Dolphy said about him: ”Si Willie Nepomuceno, well, isa pa itong antigo, pero ang hirap ng ginagawa niya. Pinag-aaksayahan niya ng time and effort. Bihira ang mga comedian na tulad niya.”
5. Bayani Agbayani
Why they're alike: Whether as a comedian, host or novelty singer, Agbayani has also been successful in portraying ordinary people. Like Dolphy, Agbayani also injects action and comedy in many of his films. While the two have not worked together, Agbayani starred with Dolphy's son Epi Quizon in "Pinoy Sunday," about OFWs in Taiwan.
Notable movies/TV shows: "Kaya ni Mister, Kaya ni Misis," "Magandang Tanghali Bayan," "OK Fine Whatever"
What Dolphy said about him: ”Bayani Agbayani, magaling din.”