Andy Bumatai Fan Site
Articles and information about the life and career of
award winning Hawaiian comedian Andy Bumatai. In addiition
to doing stand-up comedy, Andy is an actor who has appeared
many times on stage, television, and film.
Hawawiian-Filipino comedian Andy Bumatai was born on December 24, 1954
(or was it 1953?) second in a family of six kids. His older brother Ray Bumatai died in 2005,
and he has two younger brothers, Benton Bumatai and Gabe Bumatai,
and two sisters, Ramona Brosius and Heidi Bumatai
Andy decided to become a stand up comedian in 1977 at the age of 23,
and his first job was playing between sets for Frank Delima at the Noodle
Shop in Honolulu. For about a year after that he replaced Rap Reiplinger
in the comedy group Booga Booga. After Andy returned to a solo career,
he won a Hoku award in 1979 for "Most Promising New Artist", and he
went on to win three more Hoku awards, for best comedy album,
in 1995, 1981, and 1980.
Andy lived and worked in Los Angeles for about ten
years, but he returned to Hawaii before his son started school,
because he wanted his children to grow up in the islands.
Andy studied acting while he lived in Los Angeles, and he had regular roles
in the TV series "Raven" and "Marker". He also appeared in
many other TV shows and several feature length films. Over time,
Andy developed a keen interest in computers, telecommunications, and the Internet,
and while he is still acting and performing stand-up comedy
he is also the manager of
Digital Hawaii, a company that designs Web pages
and produces multimedia presentations, and he was
vice president of
Pacific Information Exchange.
Andy is married and his has two children.
He was the second eldest of six children, and his older
brother actor Ray Bumatai, died on October 6, 2005 at
the age of 52, after a three year battle with brain cancer.
Ray and Andy loved to work on their vintage Harley-Davidson
motorcycles together, and they also acted together several times.
For more information about Ray Bumatai see this
October 2005 Honolulu Advertiser article.
I first heard Andy perform in Waikiki, very early in his career.
I found his humor slightly shocking at first, but that was
because I did not yet understand how much Hawaiians love
to make fun of themselves and the different ethnic groups
that are so much a part of Hawaiian culture. At first I kept watching
the Japanese visitors when he was making fun of them, and the
middle-America haole's when he was making fun of them, but soon I forgot
about all of that, and found myself laughing hysterically along
with all of the other locals in the audience. I laughed so hard
there were tears in my eyes. If you have an opportunity to see
Andy perform live, don't miss it!
Nighttime With Andy Bumatai TV Show
You can be part of the studio audience at
one of the Waikiki tapings of comedian Andy Bumatai's
nighttime television show.
Andy Bumatai Hoku Awards
-1979 - Most Promising new Artist
-1995 - Best Comedy Album: Stand Up Comic
-1981 - Best Comedy Album: All in the Ohana
-1980 - Best Comedy Album: Andy: Live in Waikiki
Articles About Andy Bumatai
Making Lemonade From Life
Photo of Andy With His Family
Andy Bumatai Film and TV Appearances
Andy Bumatai Audio Recordings
All in the Ohana
-Stand Up Comic
Andy Bumatai Video Recordings
All in the Ohana
High School Daze
Andy Bumatai Commercial Films
A Man Called Sarge
Andy Bumatai's Official Web Site
Andy's Pidgin Refrigerator Magnets
In 2004 Andy Bumatai and Good Kine Incorporated produced
a fun product called "Pidgin on Da Fridge" that
includes 600 small magnets printed with
Hawaiian pidgin words that can be made into sentences
and stuck to your refrigerator or other metal surface.
Buy "Pidgin on Da Fridge" at Amazon.com
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