See what critics called “sharp, irreverent, and sometimes deadly serious comedy” (San Francisco Bay Guardian); “slapstick comedy that explores and pokes fun at the Filipino American experience” (San Francisco Chronicle); and a “bullshit variety show” (San Francisco Weekly). Featuring: sketch comedy written by A. Samson Manalo, Patty Cachapero, Kevin Camia, and Kennedy Kabasares; director’s notes; diagrams of the original Bindlestiff Studio layout by Ramon Abad; sheet music composed by Theodore S. Gonzalves; an afterword with the founding mother of Bindlestiff Studio, Chrystene Ells; a glossary of terms; and full color photographs.
“This book is a hoot! Funny in a provocative way, and provocative in a funny way: Gonzalves and Manalo rip within the folds of the diasporic Filipino culture. With this tome they prove you can be laugh-out-loud funny and serious at the same time. I had so many light bulbs go off while reading this book, I’m afraid to check next month’s bill.” — Luis H. Francia, author of Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago
”Gossip, Sex, and the End of the World: Collected Works of tongue in A mood provides crucial context for showing that we as a Filipino community have been tackling the same issues for decades – using our creativity, humor, and wit to understand ourselves, our parents, our culture, and our place in American society. The jokes are as fresh and relevant as ever. Ranging from being pissed off that someone had the audacity to eat their leftover sinigang to poking fun of whitewashed Filipinos (Chad!), the sketches touch on deeper questions about what it means to be Filipino American. Whatever we as a community are going through at the present – it has been examined, poked and satirized by generations before. Gossip, Sex, and the End of the World is a comfort – offering validation to Filipino Americans today that they are not alone – and we are talented and as hilarious as hell.” — Malaka Gharib, author of I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir