can relax, laugh, talk and be as loud as they want.” Location wise, he knew Malate was the perfect choice.
Andrew humbly shares that the concept of stand-up comedy has always been his forte. Enjoying the arts, directing, and script writing have also been helpful in putting up the Library.
Though his vision was clear, it took Andrew a lot of pain and effort to take the Library to where it is now. And many people are now thankful he readily faced those challenges.
After some time, the Library gained popularity and produced some of the country’s best comedians and comediennes such as Arnel Ignacio, Aiai de las Alas, Allan K., Philip Lazaro, and Leonard Obal.
Realizing the growing number of patrons, Andrew decided to open more comedy bars. Thus, laffline, Punchline, Comic Bar, and Klownz where born. In the US, the Library and the Comic Bar were franchised. It didn’t take long before Andrew earned the title Godfather of Comedy Bars.
Despite tremendous business success, Andrew continues to keep his feet planted in the ground. “I am a very simple person, simpleng gimik, simpleng lifestyle.”
Asked about the formula for success, Andrew shares, “Lakasan lang ng loob. Kailangan may heart ka sa business. Kailanagn mahilig ka talaga sa arts.”
And to people, gay and straight, who wish to get into the comedy scene, he shares, “Pag may talent, do not quit. Baka mawala yan.”
Simple advise, but worthy of careful thought. After all, the Godfather (of Comedy Bars) was the one who spoke it. ---A.M.
July • August • September 2005
Volume 1 Issue 4