Brod Pete retires from showbiz after 43 years

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Aside from launching his music career, Brod Pete will also conduct online Comedy writing workshop. (Photo: Herman Salvador/Facebook)
Aside from launching his music career, Brod Pete will also conduct online Comedy writing workshop. (Photo: Herman Salvador/Facebook)

Comedian Herman Salvador, popularly known as Brod Pete, has announced on Wednesday (Aug. 3) that he had already retired from show business after 43 years.

“Yes, laos na po ako after 43 years [sa show business] as a writer and comedian. I’m now retired. Nakakasawa din,” Salvador, who was also a writer, said.

(Yes, I’m obsolete after 43 years in show business as a writer and comedian. I’m now retired. It’s also tiring.)

He said that he tried to take his chances with politics, but he wasn’t lucky enough to make it to the cut.

I’ve tried politics, mas nakakatawa kaysa sa comedy ang politika. Di ako pinalad para konsehal – siguro dahil sinabi ko na para mawala ang baha, ipapasemento ko ang Marikina River – [you know, for] soundbytes – anyway, Marikina deserves [no less],” he said.

(I tried politics, it’s way funnier than comedy. I wasn’t lucky enough to be elected Councilor – probably because I said my solution for the flood is to have the Marikina River cemented, you know, for soundbytes – anyway, Marikina deserves no less.)

However, he’s not yet stepping out of the public’s eye as he is set to start on a new venture: ”I am launching my singing career – to pursue my true love – music!” he said.

Aside from this, he’s also launching his online comedy writing workshop for aspiring writers who may want to get a break like he did.

“I just wanna share what [I have learned about comedy] writing all those [years since the 1980s until now] and get some bread to break,” he said.

Before being known for his parody segment in Bubble Gang “Ang Dating Doon,” a reference to a religious group in the Philippines’ conduct of Bible exposition, Salvador was a writer for “John en Marsha,” one of the longest-running TV shows starring the late Nida Blanca and the King of Comedy, Dolphy.

He also wrote for, and starred, in the spinoff show “John En Shirley” in 2006, “Lastikman” in 2007, and Mr. Suave in 2003. He’s also one of the brains behind Dolphy’s 1990s hit TV sitcom “Home Along da Riles.”

Marvin Joseph Ang is a news and creative writer who follows developments on politics, democracy, and popular culture. He advocates for a free press and national democracy. Follow him on Twitter at @marvs30ang for latest news and updates.

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