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"NightTime With Andy Bumatai" TV Show
You can be part of the studio audience!

UPDATE: Since this article was originally published there have been a few changes. The "Nighttime With Andy Bumatai" show been renamed "The Andy Bumatai Show" and it is now viewable live on the Internet. For several months the show tapings done in the showroom at the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach Resort, and they are now being taped at ING Studios in Waikiki.

One of the most entertaining evenings I've had in Waikiki in a very long time was watching a taping of the new "NightTime with Andy Bumatai" TV show in the Tropics Showroom of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort. Everyone is invited to be part of the show's studio audience, it's FREE, and it is one of the most fun, entertaining, and unusual nighttime experiences you can have in Waikiki. I highly recommend it.


John Cruz and Andy Bumatai
Singer John Cruz on the "NightTime With Andy Bumatai" Show
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About Andy Bumatai
Andy Bumatai is a great-looking, charismatic and hilariously funny guy who has been one of my favorite comedians since I first saw him perform in Waikiki early in his career. At that time he delivered a screamingly funny show featuring clever, spot-on impersonations and funny stories about all of the different ethnic groups in Hawaii. Andy won best comedy album of the year Hoku Awards for his "Andy: Live in Waikiki" album in 1980, his "All in the Ohana" album in 1981, and his "Stand Up Comic 198421994" album in 1995. If you are not accustom to Hawaii's local style humor, it might seem politically incorrect at first, but believe me, the locals in Hawaii love it. Nobody is spared and nobody is offended. Andy's local style jokes are toned down in his new night show, perhaps because he is targeting a more international audience, but that doesn't stop him from inviting some of Hawaii's top local comedians to perform on his TV show.

Who Are the Guests on the Show?
Half the fun of the NightTime show is Andy Bumatai's engaging personality and clever sense of humor and the other half is his wonderful and eclectic array of guests. I watched two of his tapings and I was blown away by the caliber of the talent. The guests at his September 26, 2007 taping included the internationally renown singer John Cruz, 6'8" Elvis impersonator Jonathan Von Brana and his hula dancers, local comedian Kento, dream interpreter Paul Unkrur, physical fitness expert Julie Anderson, and a fabulous young ukulele player named Taimane Gardner. Andy's October 3, 2007 taping featured Gomer Pyle actor Jim Nabors, Jeannie Buss of the Los Angeles Lakers, an incredible contortionist from the Cirque Hawaii show, author Audrey King Lewis, and two musical performances, jazz duo Mike and Ginai and solo jazz singer Anjj. Check the show's Web site at Ntphawaii.com to learn about upcoming guests.

When Are the Shows Taped?
There are usually taping sessions once or twice a week in the Tropics Showroom of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort. Typically three half hour shows are taped during a three hour filming session. Check the show's Web site at Ntphawaii.com to find out when future shows will be taped.

How to Get There
The Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort is on Kalia Road, on the Ala Moana end of Waikiki. If you drive you can have your parking validated at the resort, but if (like me) you hate driving in Waikiki you can take bus #8, #19, or #20. Get off at the bus stop for the Hale Koa Hotel and the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort. When you arrive at the resort, stand next to the SuperPool, facing the ocean. The Rainbow Tower will be on your right and the Tropics Surf Beach Bar will be on your left. The Tropics Showroom is right behind that bar.

Important Note
Remember, this is not really a nightclub act, it's an actual TV show being filmed. You won't be able to chat or take flash photos while the show is being filmed and you will need to turn off your cell phone. You will, however, get a fascinating look at the behind the scenes action of a television show being filmed, and at the same time be entertained by Andy's clever and irreverent humor and his talented and diverse array of guests. You are also welcome to bring in drinks from the adjacent bar and enjoy them during the show.

More Information
- NightTime With Andy Bumatai TV Show
- AndyBumatai.com

2008 Show Photos at Superman808.com
- February 25, 2008 Taping
- February 18, 2008 Taping
- February 04, 2008 Taping
- January 28, 2008 Taping
- January 21, 2008 Taping
- January 14, 2008 Taping
- January 7, 2008 Taping

2007 Show Photos at Superman808.com
- December 6, 2007 Taping (Outrigger opening)
- November 15, 2007 Taping (last night at Hilton)
- November 8, 2007 Taping
- October 11, 2007 Taping
- October 3, 2007 Taping
- October 1, 2007 Taping
- September 26, 2007 Taping
- September 20, 2007 Taping
- September 17, 2007 Taping
- September 13, 2007 Taping
- September 10, 2007 Taping (Hilton opening)
- August 23, 2007 Taping (last night at Honolulu Design Center)
- August 30, 2007 Taping
- August 15, 2007 Taping
- August 6, 2007 Taping



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