Vice Ganda had the live audience of "It's Showtime" erupting in laughter Friday as he spontaneously recreated a popular scene of "Aldub," the on-screen tandem that originated from a rival program of the ABS-CBN noontime show.
The comedian, along with co-hosts Anne Curtis, Vhong Navarro, and Amy Perez, were interviewing "Tawag ng Tanghalan" finalists via split screen, as the latter prepared at Aliw Theater in Pasay for the singing contest's finale on Saturday.
As he took his turn to ask questions, Vice Ganda prompted finalist Reggie Tortugo to give him a virtual high five by making their hands appear to touch on the common edge of their frames.
The moment was a reference to a recent episode where Vice Ganda gestured a high five with Tortugo, only to be left hanging by the oblivious contestant. The scene prompted a running gag on "It's Showtime" and became a viral video.
"Ang lakas maka-Aldub nu'n, ah," Vice Ganda quipped after his split-screen interaction with Tortugo, referring to "Aldub" stars Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards starting out similarly.
Coincidentally, Tortugo has been teased as a look-alike of Richards throughout the competition.
The "Aldub" reference didn't stop there. Calling himself "Yaya Dub," the character of Mendoza, Vice Ganda then asked Tortugo to form a heart shape with their hands -- something that's happened time and again in "Eat Bulaga's" Kalyeserye.
"Buhay na buhay ang Aldub Nation!" Vice Ganda said, referring to the tandem's fan group.
Belatedly realizing he was mentioning a rival show's segment, Vice Ganda added, in jest, "Mukhang mapapagalitan ako mamaya... Ma-principal's office ako."
This wasn't the first time Vice Ganda playfully made a reference to "Eat Bulaga," the rival show of "It's Showtime" since the latter moved to its noontime slot starting January 2012.
In April, for instance, Vice Ganda joked that their audience should switch channels to "Eat Bulaga" while a broken prop was being fixed during a live episode of "It's Showtime."