Don’t you ever miss those nights when you open the television and you get your daily dose of laughter from watching local sitcoms? I do. I miss most Coco Trinidad and Tessie Tomas in Abangan ang Susunod na Kabanata and The Gwapings (Jomari Yllana, Mark Anthony Fernandez and Eric Fructuoso) in Palibhasa Lalaki. When you tune in to your local TV at nighttime, you’d probably catch a telenovela. Makes me wonder if Pinoy viewers today prefer to purge misery, revenge and unrequited love than have a good laugh from a well-made sitcom.
Watching episodes of Camera Café made me miss sitcoms of my childhood real bad. Shows such as Home Along Da Riles, Buddy en Sol and Okay Ka Fairy Ko. For those of you who are not familiar with Camera Café, it is a very short sitcom (3 1/2 minutes each) set in an office where the characters converse in front of a coffee vending machine. It is franchised all over the world (just like PBB and Survivor) but it originated in France. It was directed by internationally-renowned Mark Meily and the script was spearheaded by award-winning playwrights Rody Vera and Liza Magtoto.
The Philippine version of Camera Café is a proof that a well-written sitcom can enjoy success in local TV. We don’t need slapstick humor and dirty jokes to make viewers laugh. Watch some of these hilarious episodes of Camera Café and see for yourself the brand of comedy that our local TV needs more of. May the local TV bring back sitcoms, really good sitcoms in our weeknight TV viewing. Enjoy!