Just last night, I caught up with TV5’s late-night talk show ‘The Medyo Late Night Show with Jojo A.’, and from the looks of it, the show always gives a lasting impression on its viewers through its monologues, special guests and musical performances. Jojo Alejar, the show’s titular host, always has the penchant to deliver the latest national news and other social trends in the most comic way possible, similar to his American counterparts Jimmy Kimmel, David Letterman and Jay Leno. So why is it only rare to have a Filipino late night talk show like ‘Medyo Late Night’?
First off, the history of late night talk shows in the Philippines have been rather shaky. Although there have been some which lasted quite a while and enjoyed respectable audience figures (e.g. Oh no, It’s Johnny!, Martin Late@Nite), late night programming in the country was recently dominated by public affairs programs. This year, ABS-CBN tried a different approach in late night programming when they started to air ‘Banana Nite’, a spin-off of their popular program ‘Banana Split‘. Like its parent, the program features basically a mixture of gag sketches and stand-up comedy, features used on various programs of the American cable network ‘Comedy Central‘.
GMA also tried a different approach in late night programs. ‘The Tim Yap Show’, hosted by Tim Yap, features interviews with the most-followed celebrities on Twitter. Too bad Tim Yap only gets 15 minutes of fame with his program, so nothing is definitely offered here.
To be honest, I think the most relevant late night program today has to be ‘The Medyo Late Night Show with Jojo A.’ No other show comes close to the tradition of late night programming than that of ‘Medyo Late Night’. Jojo Alejar is a great host because he delivers his monologues with perfect timing and gives interviews in a hard-hitting but comedic manner. ‘Medyo Late Night’ is the perfect program for late nights, especially for those weary of the long hours at the office.
One can wonder if someone can rival the success of ‘Medyo Late Night’. Who knows, maybe one day late night programs will have the same vigor and energy as that of Jojo A.