Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Pinoy Pod 45

Filipino American a hit on "YouChoob''

In do-it-yourself world of Internet video, Christine Gambito has become a star. And the Filipino America nurse and aspiring actress is this week's guest on Pinoy Pod.

Gambito is the creator, producer and cast of "Happy Slip,'' which has become one of the most popular channels on the Internet video site YouTube.com - or as she imitates her mother saying it, "You Choob.''Happy Slip, a series of short, humorous videos that draw heavily on her experiences as a Filipino American, this week had 29,700 subscribers, making it the 12th-most subscribed channel on YouTube. And she says she isn't sure how many more tune in through her own video blogging site, HappySlip.com.

One video, "Mixed Nuts,", in which she imitates her mother, father and a Filipino "auntie,'' has been viewed more than 2.7 million times on YouTube. That video finished second in voting completed last week for YouTube Video Awards Best Comedy of 2006.

In another video, that same auntie tells her daughter to play piano with more "peeling." And in a video that has been viewed more than 800,000 times, Gambito sings a love song to an Apple computer.

On Pinoy Pod, Gambito tells The Chronicle's Michelle Louie and Benny Evangelista about the origin of the name Happy Slip, which comes from her mother's heavily accented pronunciation of "half-slip.'' She also talks about how her parents always encouraged her to imitate them and how she developed her spot-on observations of Filipino cultural characteristics.




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