Comedians come together to raise money for Search to Involve Pilipino Americans

Hollywood, CA — Filipino American comedians lent their talents for the second edition of Laughs for SIPA.

This is the second time that SIPA, Search to Involve Pilipino Americans, held a comedy show, this time called the “Bastos edition.”

While the event raised funds that would go to SIPA’s youth and senior programs, it was also a chance to highlight Filipino Americans in the entertainment industry.

“The creative community is growing. And within the comedy circuit, there’s so many talented Filipino Americans that can showcase their talent and we just wanted to provide that platform for them,” said Lyle Del Mundo, SIPA Board President.

Among the funny men, and women to hit the stage, Philippine-born stand up NBC 2016 champion JR De Guzman.

“It’s a blessing. I’m honored to be in a position to perform on the show while they’ll probably in a year is going  to find someone like me that wants to break into Hollywood and stuff like that so it’s pretty cool.”

DeGuzman, who is known to blend his jokes with music, has kept busy since winning the comedy competition. He has done specials with Netflix and Comedy Central and has toured the world as well.

“It’s been good. It’s been interesting because, the first year was probably the first hectic where I didn’t know, just like standup focus and so TV stuff was new for me, and now it gave me a good groove to meet the right kind of people and make the right connections.”

As De Guzman and his fellow comedians like Vince Royale brought in the laughs at the SIPA event, they also made sure to inject some Filipino humor in their jokes.

All in good fun…for a great cause.

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