Andy Bumatai is a Hawaii-based comedian, actor and TV show host. Bumatai recorded a number of comedy albums. His first won a Na Hoku Hanohano award for “Most Promising Artist” and he went on to win three more for “Best Comedy Performance.”
Bumatai also created a number of TV specials for Hawaii’s KGMB-TV, notably “High School Daze” and “All in the Ohana.” Bumatai was also Executive Producer of Nighttime Productions, and produced and hosted his own Hawaiian-based talk show, “The Andy Bumatai Show.” Bumatai’s latest TV shows to hit the Hawaiian airwaves, “In The Car With Andy Bumatai” & “Toolin’ Around”.
Andrew Jackson Bumatai is of mixed decent, Dad’s side Hawaiian-Filipino, Mom’s side Haole-German. He was born in Germany (where his parents met and were married) on Christmas Eve, 1953. Still a young child, Andy and his family moved back to U.S. mainland where he attended his first four grades in San Francisco, CA.
In 1966 Andy returned to Hawaii with his family. After one year of living in Kalihi, they moved to Waianae where he attended Waianae Elementary, Intermediate, and High School. He soon learned to surf, play saxophone and flute, and was voted the class clown in Intermediate School. His talent was showing itself and naturally he made many friends. But Andy learned one of his first lessons of comedy in Waianae – there’s always somebody who can’t take a joke on the tough leeward coast of Oahu.
Andy dropped out of high school, moved out of his parent’s home, and got his first job as a dishwasher. He worked hard at various jobs for several years settling in a lucrative sales position. By the time he was nineteen, he had his own luxury apartment and two Mercedes. It was at this time when he noticed the total absence of stand-up comics on the entertainment scene. Andy decided to fill that void and quit his lucrative job, sold his cars and moved into a cheap apartment to begin his career in comedy.
After being turned down by several nightclubs around Honolulu & Waikiki, Andy got his chance opening for Frank Delima at the Noodle Shop in the Waikiki Sand Villa Hotel. With much needed experience and some paid dues, Andy got his big break becoming a member of Hawaii’s comedy trio Booga Booga filling in for the late Rap Reiplinger . A year later he left Booga Booga and got a solo stand-up comic spot at Kojack’s club in Honolulu, and released his first stand-up album “Andy Bumatai – Hawaii’s First Stand-Up Comic.”
In 1979 Andy wrote and starred in a KGMB CBS-TV one-hour special “Andy Bumatai’s High School Daze”. A year later, 1980 Andy released his second one-hour TV special “All in the Ohana”. Since then Andy Bumatai has entertained Hawaii and mainland audiences with his special blend of comedy and entertainment up ’til this day.
With news of the U.S. Census Bureau recognizing Hawaiian Pidgin English as an official language Andy Bumatai has taken opportunity to “enlighten” audiences of “Pidgin 101” with a series of short video takes on facebook and youtube.
“Toolin’ Around” can be seen on Las Vegas’ Cox Cable Channel 96.
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