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3 comedies you need to watch for good laughs

Keeping it inclusive and culturally diverse!

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We can all use a good laugh every now and then. But now that our society and culture has become more progressive, popular comedies that people used to love — mostly from the 90s — aren’t really that funny anymore.

As the world gets more connected, our awareness of  global, socio-political issues increases. Nowadays, the comedies worth watching are the shows with subtle messages that raise issues reflecting our reality.

Here, we listed down three comedies that are worth checking out, especially if you want a good laugh while staying woke.

Community

I was late to Community party but was very glad I made it. When Netflix dropped its six seasons last April 2020, I found myself sneaking in an episode or two in my daily quarantine life. Having spent three months on lockdown, we can all use a comedy to lift our spirits (other than a psychological evaluation right after the crisis).

Community is a popular sitcom that’s (forgive me for saying this) streets ahead. First aired in 2009, it had a pretty diverse cast. There’s a classic white alpha guy and two white women; one atheist who’s also an activist and a Jewish obsessed with competing.

There are African-Americans, too! One of them is a highly-religious Christian mom, the other is played by Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino. There’s also a half-Arab, half-Polish Muslim, a senior citizen who practices a Buddhist-like cult, and a Chinese-American teacher turned student.

Together, they formed a storyline of misfits turned friends, turned families.

Britta Perry (Gillian Jacobs) performing her awkward song on a Christmas episode

Watching Community heightened my awareness of issues regarding race, gender, nationalities, ages, and cultures. While most of these issues are brought out for comic relief, the characters worked together to find a solution and come into realizations.

Personally, I found it interesting how I can learn life lessons after watching a show that’s supposed to just make me laugh. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone: getting entertained and educated!

The Good Place

I first heard about The Good Place through my best friend who loved watching tellies and was instantly hooked. I honestly believe when pilot episodes make you laugh so hard, the series is going to be extremely good. And that’s what happened when I watched The Good Place.

It’s a story about four deceased individuals who end up in a heavenly utopia called The Good Place. The cast comprise of a white, selfish saleswoman from Arizona, an indecisive black Ethics professor, a hot rich fraud British philanthropist with legs for days, and a Filipino DJ and drug dealer from Florida.

Jason Mendoza (Manny Jacinto) acting as the Taiwanese monk Jianyu to prevent his cover from being blown

What I love about The Good Place is how it tackled ethics and philosophy creatively, bringing up morals through the concept of heaven and hell. Moreover, diversity and representation are on point in this show, with ethnically appropriate actors and actresses. (And they don’t even make a big deal out of it!)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Last but not the least, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a must-watch comedy for everyone. As usual, I was late to the party but I’ve fallen in love with it.

The show didn’t tackle pressing topics such as racism, sexism, and homophobia through specific episodes. Rather, it’s intertwined in the storyline along with a racially mixed group of cops.

The precinct’s captain is a happily married, openly gay cop. Being in the police force since the 80s, he shared his many disadvantages and struggles due to his sexuality.

Gina Linetti (Chelsea Peretti) being sarcastically frustrated during her mother’s wedding

There are topics mirroring our reality in each and every episode: a bisexual cop’s coming out and her parent’s refusal to accept it, the horrors and fear that black people endure in their daily lives (even if they’re in a position of power), struggles of motherhood, pursuing your passion, and a lot more.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is the most inclusive, diverse, and progressive comedy we all need to watch. It’s open-minded, lighthearted, and ridiculously funny. I still re-watch it to this day when I need a good laugh. It’s guaranteed to have me in tears while laughing out loud.

March on, progressive and inclusive comedies!

I still find myself at odds with my friends, especially with the types of comedies they enjoy. However, I believe that we just need to help our friends explore comedies that don’t use transphobia, homophobia, sexism, fat-shaming, white supremacy, and plain racism as a way to deliver ‘funny’ lines.

How about you? Do you have a go-to comedy you enjoy? Share it with us!

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TikTok is still most downloaded entertainment app amid controversies

In the United States and the Philippines

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What does the world think about the recent TikTok controversies? Throughout the entire year, the American government has hounded the Chinese video-sharing platform for alleged cybersecurity issues. Amid all the legalistic battles, the controversy aimed at a more cultural change: dissuade users from installing the app. Has that worked at all? Apparently, it hasn’t.

According to a study conducted by iPrice Group, TikTok is still the most downloaded entertainment app in the West and in Southeast Asia. Contrary to expectations, the platform is still popular in territories where it, theoretically, should have fallen.

The United States, the seat of the controversy, is on top, edging out China, TikTok’s own home country. Meanwhile, the other countries in the top ten are mostly in Europe or Southeast Asia.

Among this esteemed list, India remains on the eighth spot. The South Asian country recently banned the app back in August, making its entry a surprise. Although, since the survey was conducted between January to September, India will likely drop off in a future list.

The Philippines, on the other hand, is only on the 11th spot. The study suggests that the country was an early adopter before the 2020 surge. True enough, the Philippines hosted the platform during its early days. Back then, users went on singing duets with strangers. Now, TikTok is a hodgepodge of dancing trends and memes.

For most countries, Netflix trails not too far behind as the second-most downloaded entertainment app. The third spot is more varied including Amazon Prime Video and Disney+.

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Disney just released a Filipino Christmas video

Guaranteed to make you cry

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Though most Filipinos would argue for September, November marks the perfect staging ground for Christmas all over the world. Not too close but close enough, the month is the perfect time to celebrate the coming holidays with Christmas-themed media. Right on cue, Disney just released a Filipino Christmas video guaranteed to make you cry.

On the global company’s UK Facebook page, Disney introduced its ad for Christmas 2020. A breath of fresh air from the company’s usually American leanings, the ad starts of in 1940 Philippines on presumably Christmas Day or thereabouts. A Filipino child greets her father coming home from work. After being greeted with a mano, he gives her a Mickey Mouse doll.

Almost immediately, the child flashes forward to 2005 when she, now as a grandmother, has moved to the United Kingdom and shares the doll with her granddaughter. The lola-apo combo create a yearly Christmas tradition: crafting a parol while playing with the Mickey Mouse doll. Naturally, as the years go by, the apo grows up, finds other priorities in life, and leaves her lola alone for the first time. When she comes home, she finds… well, you’ll have to see for yourself. It’s a tearjerker.

(Bonus: if you want to add a more depressing layer to your Disney tears, 1940 was a year before Japan invaded the Philippines. The lola did not have a good time after that Christmas. That doesn’t even mention the strangely missing parents from 2005 onwards.)

Coupled with the upcoming film Raya and the Last Dragon, Disney’s Filipino ad sets up a more inclusive future for Southeast Asia in popular media. At the very least, it accurately portrays how beautiful a Filipino Christmas can be.

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Netflix is testing a Netflix channel

With scheduled programming

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Is it hard to find something to watch on Netflix? After months of staying at home, most of us would have already blazed through our backlog of old to-watch titles. If you’re in that all-too-familiar struggle for a new show to binge through, Netflix is brewing up a solution for you. Besides the newly introduced Shuffle feature, Netflix is testing a Netflix channel.

In France, the global streaming platform is testing a traditionally styled content channel called Netflix Direct, as reported by Variety. Available for Netflix subscribers, the linear channel will show content from Netflix’s content library through scheduled programming.

The new channel will eliminate the burden of choice — a welcome benefit for some users. “Maybe you’re not in the mood to decide, or you’re new and finding your way around, or you just want to be surprised by something new and different,” Netflix said.

Currently, the platform is testing the channel in France where cable television is still prominent. Though it already debuted officially, the channel will broadcast at a larger capacity sometime in December. If it performs well in France, the channel might debut in other territories.

Besides the linear channel, Netflix is also testing a “Shuffle Play” button, selecting a new recommended title for users after every use. With the new developments, the platform is slowly making it easier to watch new titles without getting bogged down in a flood of choices.

SEE ALSO: Netflix is offering some films and TV series for free

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