Move over Jay Leno, Letterman and Jimmy Fallon. In Hawaii we have Frank Delima, Oggy T, Bula Laie and my favorite, Andy Bumatai. There are a handful of “funnymen” who are well known in Hawaii. We also have a late-night talk show featuring local entertainment and guests. We were invited to be in the audience to hear our youngest son perform after he auditioned for the live show, Nightime with Andy Bumatai.
It was held in Waikiki, the heart of Honolulu. The taping was done at the Outrigger Main Showroom. As we arrived, we were escorted to our seats, which consisted of a few front rows, given soft drinks, and told the basics. There was a live band performing for the beginning for which we were to be quiet (no babies crying or kids walking onto the stage).
We were told not to make noise during the taping unless a live stage assistant held up a sign. The signs had prompts like “Make Noise,” “Clap” or “Laugh.” We tried to be very still until we saw the signs lifted. When it was time for us to do our part, we made plenty of positive noise by cheering and clapping.
Although the show was filmed late, all of our children and grandchildren came for the rare experience and to support our son. We lived about an hour’s drive from Honolulu on the North Shore, so it was quite a distance but, well worth it. So, each adult was responsible for a child to keep them quiet and take them out if they were unruly, kind of like in church.
Hawaiian comedians fight hard to overcome their tendency to speak in pidgin (mixture of Hawaiian and English, with a sprinkling of other languages thrown in) but, occasionally they slip right back into it. This keeps the locals happy (they love it) and the tourists try really hard to understand and laugh anyway, to be culturally sensitive.
The show began with Andy Bumatai drinking his cocoa and making chit chat with a member of the band. After his monologue, he introduced who would be on the show. Our son, Cubworld was one of the first entertainers in Hawaii to raise $50,000 on Sellaband.com in a very short time. Those who listen to the artist on the website http://www.sellaband.com, support him/her by investing money to help make a professional recording.
We had to sit through some corny entertainment beforehand, but tried to make the best of it. Of course, we had come particularly to hear our son, Cubworld. He was introduced as an international internet superstar. He did fly to Amsterdam and toured Europe together with some of his friends, who were his backup band and singers, all supported by his believers on Sellaband.
Andy invited Cubworld (Jacob) on to the stage to explain how he had become popular, and asked him pertinent questions. Afterwards, he was taken over to the band area to perform his own song, “Lights Fade.” Cubworld has since released two CDs that are available online. We cheered and clapped at the end of his performance.
The whole experience being on the night time talk show with Andy Bumatai was a fun experience we shall not soon forget. I am glad we got this chance to witness a taping of a television show.
The show mentioned above was recorded in four parts. I listed the first three. The last link is from when Andy Bumatai was just starting out as a comedian.