The series is hosted by mainstays referred to as "Dabarkads"note and consists of various game and talent show segments along with live performances from the hosts and/or guest acts.
An Indonesian version called Eat Bulaga! Indonesia also aired from 2012 to 2019, making it the first time that a Filipino television program was franchised by another country. This is then followed by another overseas franchise, Eat Bulaga! Myanmar, which was announced on July 30, 2019 in time for their 40th anniversary.
Eat Bulaga! contains the following tropes:
- all lowercase letters: The logo sometimes renders it as eat bulaga!
- Audience Participation: It's pretty common for the hosts to interact with the audience in some way. For example, they might take selfies with smiling audience members.
- Christmas Episode: Special Christmas segments are shown in episodes that air around that time of year.
- Chorus Girls: For 1999 onwards, The SexBomb Girls. Named after the Tom Jones hit "Sex Bomb", and originally serving as backup dancers for the noontime show, the original 2000s-era lineup have since ventured into singing and acting, starting with the seasonal telenovela called Daisy Siete, and other telenovela roles.
- Excited Show Title!: Eat Bulaga!
- Genre Shift: With their Lenten specials, where they cast aside their gags and musical/game show numbers in favor of inspirational or faith-based dramas in time for the Lenten season.
- Heartbeat Soundtrack: In the segment Jackpot En Poy, the sound of a heart beating plays before people decide whether to throw rock, paper, or scissors.
- Kayfabe: The AlDub segments a spinoff of the "Problem Solving" segment involving a Kayfabe relationship between Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza went to the point that any interviews with Mendoza had to be conducted in written form or with someone else speaking on her behalf as her real voice was not supposed to be revealed until September 2015 when Maine, then known in character as Yaya Dub, met Alden in person for the first time; Mendoza, in her Yaya Dub persona, communicated mainly through audio samples taken from various popular songs and media.
- Long-Runner Cast Turnover: The first three Dabarkads, Vic Sotto, Tito Sotto, and Joey de Leon, are still on the show even after all these years. The cast of co-hosts, on the other hand, has seen constant changes throughout the show's run.
- Long-Runners: Barring network changes from RPN, ABS-CBN and finally on GMA, the show has been on air since July 30, 1979.
- The Moral Substitute: Compared to It's Showtime, as both the hosts and Bulaga fans brag about their taste in comedy in contrast to Vice Ganda's reliance on insult comedy at the expense of others. But as stated above, Bulaga does have its less-than-wholesome moments.
- Pie in the Face: It's a staple in the "Bulagaan" segments. When a host's song or joke is deemed to be bad or unfunny, he or she gets the pie in the face. After that, free for all pie slinging between the hosts ensues.
- Please Subscribe to Our Channel: The YouTube description asks you to "SUBSCRIBE to our channel now to get exclusive videos and full episodes of Eat Bulaga! Be with your favorite Dabarkads 24/7!"
- Product Placement: Certain segments are sponsored by Ajinomoto, Coca-Cola, etc.
- Pun: The phrase "Juan For All, All For Juan" is a pun on the phrase "all for one, one for all" and the name Juan, referring to Juan dela Cruz, the national personification of the Philippines representing a Filipino everyman.
- RockPaperScissors: The segment Jackpot En Poy is a rockpaperscissors tournament for a cash prize.
- Ship Tease: The hosts are very fond of this.
- The AlDub pairing happened because of this.
- Another case is Steffi and Jeremy, both choices in the Bawal Judgmental segment. When both revealed to be 24-years-old and single, the hosts decided to ship them with the approval of Steffi's mother and the audience.
- Shout-Out: The name of EB Fone Home, a segment which ran from 2004 to 2006, is a reference to the quote "E.T. phone home".
- Valentine's Day Episode: The segment Heart to Get is about finding good dates for Valentine's Day.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Jose, Wally and Paolo, in character as the Lolas during the "Kalyeserye" segments. In addition, Paolo himself has also made a career out of it outside of Bulaga for his makeup transformations and drag performances.
- You Are Fat: Ruby Rodriguez in particular, though in fairness she does take the jokes in stride, and also to an extent with Ryzza Mae Dizon.