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(Clockwise from top left) Luke Ashlocke, Anton Chan, Wes Zaharuk, Earl Okin, Matt Davis, and Erika Sigurdson

(Clockwise from top left) Luke Ashlocke, Anton Chan, Wes Zaharuk, Earl Okin, Matt Davis, and Erika Sigurdson

Pinoys love to laugh so much that many of us are able to crack jokes even in the direst of situations.

It’s no surprise then that the Magners International Comedy Festival held recently in Manila was a huge hit. The event featured six stand-up comedians from around the world, each with unique brand of comedy.

Luke Ashlocke from Scotland focused on finding the funny in everyday stuff (e.g. traffic situation in Manila).

Canadian Erika Sigurdson, who was named Funniest Female Comic at the prestigious Winnipeg Comedy Festival in 2015, described herself a “situational feminist comedian.” Her act included comparison of languages, say, how the British made the word “labor” seemingly more complicated by adding a “u” in their spelling.

Wes Zaharuk, who described himself “an old psychic,” makes jokes using a bit of magic. He is renowned the world over for his “tornado-like” approach to comedy, which includes eye-popping prop tricks. He is a one-man tour de force, known to combine routines with power tools, bananas and film noir.

Wes wowed audiences at the festival with his “I Like To Move It” dance number, going on to do almost full monty (he covered his privates with a piece of cloth).

Joining them was Anton Chan who incorporates personal stories into his routine. Anton has been traveling all over the world so some of his jokes touch on cultural differences and sameness.

Matt Davis is into green jokes and people seem to like it, too. He is a big hit online with his performance videos having already garnered one million views.

Earl Okin, on the other hand, uses music to elicit laughter. He sings and creates sounds using bare hands. The comedian regaled audiences with his jazzy version of Wheatus’ “Teenage Dirtbag.” (All photos from their official website