Donna Cariaga of Baguio City was named the season two grand champion of “Funny One,” the only comedian search on TV, on “It’s Showtime” last Saturday (Dec 2).
The only woman in the competition and known to viewers for her timely “hugot” jokes, Donna performed a winning skit where she finally decided on moving on from her ex-boyfriend James.
She won P1 million and beat five other contenders, including first runner-up Anthony Andres and second runner-up James Caraan.
Donna was praised by judge Randy Santiago for her consistency and interaction with the audience, while Vice Ganda commended her material for its timeliness.
“You are full of talent, and your gift is that you are also full of charm. In comedy, the timeliness of one’s material is important. The times and your material are friends – they are one and the same. Your material is so now. You are so now. This day is for you,” said Vice.
Runners-up Anthony and James received P200,000 and P100,000 respectively, while grand finalists Powder Boyz, D’ Kings, and Tres Palitos received a consolation prize of P50,000 each.
Aside from Randy and Vice, Bayani Agbayani, Rufa Mae Quinto, and MC and Lassy also sat on the panel of judges that chose Donna as the grand champion.