What Makes the Lines Funnier | Tambalan Nicole Hyala at Chris Tsuper: The Philippines’ Most Popular DJs

Tambalan Nicole Hyala at Chris Tsuper: The Philippines’ Most Popular DJs by Nicole Hyala at Chris Tsuper; Read: November 2013
Tambalan Nicole Hyala at Chris Tsuper: The Philippines’ Most Popular DJs by Nicole Hyala at Chris Tsuper; Read: November 2013

Dear Nicole and Chris,

Hi!

If ever one of you or both of you are reading this, hope you don’t get a nosebleed from all the English that’s about to come your way.

For five years now, I have been a listener of yours. And I have been a fan since the day I discovered you for myself. Even before then, I’ve heard of your brand of wit and—I know you’ve heard of this so many times now—but you two are terribly hilarious.

You two have this great sense about you when you are on radio or on TV. You feed of each other’s energy and you give each other lines that seem to have no end at all. I’ve heard your solo acts and they are funny but they measure up against the power of your kind of two.

And that is what I expected from the book.

Since I know how you value straightforwardness and sincerity, so I hope you do not take it personally when I say that I barely find your book funny.

My expectation was basically seeing a full transcript of your sessions. Okay, maybe not full ones, since the product placements need to be edited out, which would leave about 75-80% of the session. But I believe that would’ve still worked!

Your humor grounds itself on a number of things but—significantly—it’s your mistakes that make your lines funnier. When Chris stutters, when Nicole stumbles on an English word, when Chris forgets what the topic is, when Nicole gets distracted by muscular boys, when both of you smell food just outside of the booth and hurry on to end the session so you could eat.

Possibly, I am reaching for the stars here. I know that getting published is quite a feat—and not an ordinary one at that! And I know well the limits of a book. (I work in publishing myself.) I was just wishing that your spontaneity, which any faithful listener knows so well, wasn’t edited out. To me, it was as if a great part of what made you funny was lost in transition, from record to page. But I guess that is the sacrifice that must be made: for the sake of clarity and brevity, the supposed ad lib must be gone.

At the end of this post, I know I may be in for an online bashing from fellow fans. And I have accepted the fate. But I trust that you will see past this criticism. (Somehow, I even believe that you knew—in your own way—that, because of such editing, someone would eventually say this.)

Know that, if there is a second book, I would still look forward to it. I just really that it gets a better treatment than what was given to the first one.

Hope you two stay awesome and funny.

Respectfully,

Mati Serraño

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