I have been a fan of Alec Mapa since 2001 when he appeared on CBS' Some of My Best Friends (starring Jason Bateman). Since then, Alec has entertained me on ABC's Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives, and most recently Lifetime TV's Devious Maids (which is coming back for a 4th Season!) as well as his one man shows I Remember Mapa and Baby Daddy both at The Laurie Beechman Theatre. Now, Alec is returning to The Laurie Beechman Theatre (407 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue inside the West Bank Cafe) with his debut holiday show A Holiday In Alec Mapa on December 11 & 12! This rare night of stand-up comedy is not to be missed! Click here for tickets!
1. Last time we spoke you were about to perform your show Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy. What did you learn about yourself that you didn't know before doing the show? I'm lazy!! Live theater is HARD WORK. Life on a TV set requires a certain muscle but not the kind required to stand up in front of an audience and keep them engaged for an hour. I have to keep performing live so that muscle doesn't go away permanently.
2. Now you are getting ready to premiere your new show A Holiday In Alec Mapa at The Laurie Beechman Theatre. What can fans expect from this show? Listen, the world is nothing but bad news right now. I want people to laugh for a solid hour and leave feeling refreshed and ready to face it all again. So I'll be telling stories about, my insane upbringing, scary Filipino food, awkward sex stories, fart jokes , my pre-pubescent son and why seeing your child in a Holiday Pageant sing anything will make you cry like a bitch.
3. Since this show is called A Holiday In Alec Mapa, how does one spend a holiday in Alec Mapa? WITH COMPLETE ABANDON. Like a comet's about to hit the earth and you can eat or drink anything you want.
4. What is one holiday story you can share with us that you will not be in your show? In my last show I told a story about blowing my husband in a parking lot. Clearly I'm unaware of the boundaries of good taste.
5. The holidays are all about being naughty and nice. What makes Alec Mapa naughty and what makes him nice? Sake makes me naughty. Honestly, if I drink one cup of hot sake, I turn into a sociopath. It's not like I no longer know the difference between right or wrong, I just don't give a shit. I'm always nice. Ask anybody but my husband.
6. In addition to being an actor/comedian, you are also a father. How did your holiday traditions change post-fatherhood? What traditions of pre-fatherhood do you miss? Having a son actually brought back holiday tradition for me. Having a kid brings back cookies and milk for Santa and carrots for the reindeer. With a kid you get to be a kid all over again too, only this time you have to pay the bill.
7. If you were to star in a remake of A Christmas Carol with you as the lead, "Vern," ("Gabrielle Solis' personal shopper from Desperate Housewives) as the "Ghost of Christmas Past," "Jerry," (the male nurse you play on Devious Maids) as the "Ghost of Christmas Present," and "Suzuki St. Pierre" (fashion reporter extraordinaire on Ugly Betty) as the "Ghost of Christmas Future," what would each ghost reveal about your life? "Vern" would point out all my past fashion mistakes: Parachute pants, 90's overalls, crimped hair. "Jerry" would point out that right now I'm pretty lucky to have the husband and son I have right now and to stop complaining. "Suzuki" would bring me to the White House where my son is currently President and tell me that being a Tiger Mom really paid off.
8. Speaking of Ugly Betty, I just did an interview Michael Urie. What is your fondest and most funniest memory of working together? Michael Urie is a wonderful actor who went to great lengths to play a villainess with unattractive qualities on the show. The truth is Michael is very attractive in real life, and I was always struck by that walking back to our respective dressing rooms. He's dreamy.
9. What is your Christmas wish this year? That Donald Trump will be visited by three ghosts and wakes up as a person with an abiding love for all humanity.
Alec Mapa has entertained audiences worldwide in every imaginable medium. Lately that medium is television. Alec’s latest comedy special Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy premiered on Showtime in June. TV audiences can currently enjoy Alec in recurring roles on ABC Family’s Switched At Birth and Lifetime’s Devious Maids. Many will also remember him from Desperate Housewives (as "Gabriel Solis'" personal shopper) and Ugly Betty (as fashion reporter extraordinaire "Suzuki St. Pierre"), as well as his turn as a guest judge on RuPaul's Drag Race.
Audiences first discovered Alec on Broadway in the Tony Award winning production of M. Butterfly. He guest starred on over 40 television series, including Alias, Friends, Roseanne, Seinfeld, and NYPD Blue. Alec played network television’s very first gay Asian series regular role on the short-lived CBS sitcom Some Of My Best Friends. He then starred in four seasons of the UPN sitcom Half and Half. Film audiences howled at Alec as N’Cream in the wildly popular drag queen musical Connie and Carla. Other films include Playing By Heart, Marley and Me and You Don’t Mess with The Zohan. Alec’s stand up comedy specials Wisecrack and No Fats, Femmes, or Asians continue to air on Logo and have gained him a huge cult following.
Alec has entertained live audiences with Rosie O’Donnell aboard her R Family Cruises and all over the world with Atlantis Cruises. Alec was awarded the prestigious Davidson Valentini GLAAD Award for promoting equal rights for the LGBT community. A tireless fundraiser, Alec has toured the country on behalf of The Human Rights Campaign and The Matthew Shepard foundation earning him the unofficial title of "America’s Gaysian Sweetheart."