How YouTube sensation Beks Battalion tackles stand-up comedy challenges
With 2.36 million subscribers and videos consistently racking up six- or seven-figure streams, Beks Battalion – the comedic trio of Chad Kinis, MC Muah and Lassy – are one of the biggest YouTube bands to come out. during the pandemic.
But despite all the success they’ve had in the digital space, they still yearn for their stand-up comedy roots. That’s why they couldn’t contain their excitement when they were told that after two years of vlogging, a big live show was finally in sight.
“It’s been a long time since we played in front of an audience. Hearing people laugh is something we’ve really missed,” Lassy said during a recent press conference for their upcoming comedy concert, “Beks 2 Beks 2 Beks,” on Aug. 26 at the New Frontier Theater.
What Chad missed most about doing stand-up was the immediate feedback and spontaneity. “Doing comedy online is hard because you don’t hear the audience,” he pointed out. “Hearing the laughter and applause from the crowd fuels us and inspires us to come up with more jokes. We have a better idea of the atmosphere. »
But it is not without challenges. In stand-up, Chad, MC and Lassy do not afford the luxury of editing. And the jokes and bits are more likely to fall flat.
What do they do when the punchlines end up being “waley”?
“Every joke can be a hit or a miss, as different places and venues attract different crowds. And different crowds mean different tastes. What’s funny for this crowd may not work for another,” Chad told the Inquirer. “So if your joke doesn’t work, make up another one. You cannot be discouraged.
For Lassy, there’s no doubting yourself when you’re on stage. “Waley’s jokes are one of them. Sometimes you’ll have doubts about your joke, but you… hold on. Just commit to it,” he said.
support each other
Teamwork is also a crucial part of their routines. “If we feel a particular element isn’t working, we always back each other up quickly,” MC said. “But sometimes you just have to confess and laugh at your failures. And people find it funny.
A comedy bar-style stand-up wouldn’t be complete without some teasing and ribbing with the fans. But no matter how light-hearted the exchanges, some people may still feel a bit awkward.
“You have to learn to read the mood of a crowd. We know when to poke for a joke and when to quit… when to be serious,” Chad said. “Just because we’re actors doesn’t mean we don’t have a serious side, that we aren’t performers who ‘feel’. We are not insensitive.
“If we feel like someone has been offended, we immediately change the subject,” MC added. “After our set, we approach them and apologize if they were offended in any way.”
Edited by Viva Live, “Beks 2 Beks 2 Beks” will merge comedy, music and dance. Chad, MC and Lassy are expected to deliver new material and sketches, which they wrote and conceptualized themselves. (Call TicketNet at 8911-5555.)
“We really prepared for this show. Although we frequently post vlogs, there are still some concepts that we haven’t shown yet. So if there’s an idea and a joke that we think is better suited to a live environment, we keep it in our vault. And we’re just waiting for the right time and the right setting to release them,” Chad said.
The show will also feature guests including singers Katrina Velarde, the trio of Khel Pangilinan, Daryl Ong and Bugoy Drilon, comedians Ate Gay and Divine Tetay; and YouTube star Zeinab Harake.
Making the event more special, MC said, is the presence of their friend Vice Ganda, whom the three also consider a mentor.
“He asked us if we wanted him to appear as a guest or just as a spectator. And we said we would like to have him on stage. He agreed, no questions asked. each other, he told us,” MC said, adding that the biggest lesson they learned from Vice was the value of saving money and discipline.
“Even before Vice became famous, he already had savings,” MC said. “He doesn’t go to work if he’s not in the right frame of mind to make people laugh. He always planned his outfits from head to toe. He is one of the most disciplined people I know. »
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