Pinoy actor finds niche in television comedy

PROVO, Utah – A Filipino American has found a starring role in a “Saturday Night Live” type show that’s quickly picking up fans across the country.

Jeremy Warner began working for “Studio C,” a sketch comedy TV show that airs throughout the United States via BYUtv, as a freelance comedian in 2012. Now, he writes and acts for it full-time.

Along with the rest of the show’s cast, Warner aims to provide viewers with content that’s both quirky and witty without crossing the line of being inappropriate.

“We want to make something that’s funny and good that anybody can watch,” he said.

The mustachioed 30-year-old said his comedy ironically originated from what he describes as a “dark” childhood.

“My parents got divorced when I was little,” he said, “and I think that’s where I started developing my humor, as a coping thing.”

Warner, who’s half Pinoy through his mother’s side of the family, credits classic Filipino values, such as “pakikisama” and “sipag,” for his success at “Studio C.”

Proud of his heritage, he’s recently started to mention his Pinoy roots in some of the show’s sketches.

“I think it’s just because it’s who I am,” he said. “It’s something about me.”

Since the program’s first season in 2012, its audience has skyrocketed, and thanks to a YouTube channel that’s now collected more than 500,000 subscribers and 200 million views, “Studio C” has also established a solid online following.

Accordingly, Warner has become quite the celebrity and is often approached by admirers of the show.

He said he enjoys meeting fans, especially “when you hear a story of how something you did had a profound impact on somebody or helped them when they were feeling down in the dumps.”

As far as future plans go, Warner would like to continue to ride the “Studio C” wave and eventually write and produce feature films.

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