Pokwang: Not all comedians have issues

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 18 2014 05:30 PM | Updated as of Aug 19 2014 05:03 PM

MANILA -- Pokwang disagrees with the much discussed theory these days that comedians tend to be lonely people in real life, following the death of Hollywood funny man Robin Williams last week.

Williams, who starred in several comedy blockbusters, died after hanging himself with a belt in his Northern California home after he had sought treatment for depression.

Pokwang, who is one of the most popular comediennes in the country, stressed that depression can hit anyone -- not just comedians.

"Lahat tayo may pinagdadaanan sa buhay, mapa-komedyante ka man o hindi ka komedyante. (Ang importante) ay kung paano mo iha-handle," Pokwang said.

"Hindi naman lahat ng komedyante ay malalalim ang pinagdaanan. Tayo, kahit, ikaw, kayo, kung paano lang natin iha-handle at sa tulong ng mahal natin sa buhay," she added.

Pokwang definitely has no reason to be sad, at least when it comes to her career, as she confirmed that she is now gearing up for a new TV show.

Pokwang recently renewed her contract with ABS-CBN for two years.

"May mga bago tayong trabaho at proyektong naka-ready. Hindi pa pwedeng i-chika pero una papasalamat muna tayo. Mayroon tayong teleseryes and everything at hindi natin alam kung mayroong mga surprises na karagdagang hanapbuhay," she said.

Aside from renewing her contract with Kapamilya network, Pokwang is also celebrating her 10th anniversary in show business.

"Akalain niyo parang kailan lang kuma-Clown In A Million ako mukha akong dilis, ngayon talakitok na," Pokwang said.

Pokwang, who rose to fame after winning the stand-up comedy contest in 2004, will mark her first decade in showbiz with a major concert later this year.

Pokwang, whose real name is Marietta Subong, started in showbiz when she won the "Clown In A Million" segment of the gag show "Yes Yes Show." She has since starred in some 40 movies and TV shows.