I nearly peed in my pants when I watched his show on Logo as part of the Wisecrack series. Alec Mapa is one of the funniest men in America! It was confirmed again when I saw him live on stage at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco.
He has a way of making political commentary, mixing both racial and gay issues, with comedy with such biting clarity that only speaks to his real talent.
Mapa has appeared in numerous TV shows like Desperate Housewives and Half and Half. He has been a regular on Ugly Betty as Fashion Commentator, Suzuki St. Pierre. Known for playing mostly flamboyant gay roles, he recently played it down on the big screen comedy, ” You Don’t Mess with the Zohan” opposite former New York University class mate, Adam Sandler. By the way, he is a scene stealer.
Mapa was raised in San Francisco and a lot of his comedy is based on the Asian American experience. He recently addressed the subject of coming out by actors and actresses in an interview with .
If you were advising a young gay or lesbian actor or actress, would you advise them to be out or be in?
“I think that’s entirely up to the individual. I’m not about outing anybody, because I think that the process of coming out is such an individuated process; it’s such a personal process. I don’t know that person’s personal history; I don’t know where they’re coming from and I can’t impose my experience on them. Does that make sense?”
“What I do say to young actors is: Be really clear about what it is you bring to the table. And I came out … I worried so much about coming out and what effect it would have on my career, and the truth is, I didn’t have a career until I did. And the reason I did is because I think it was first authentic thing I had to offer.”
Alex Mapa is also know for his tireless efforts in raising both awareness and funds for causes relating to the LGBT community. If you ever have a chance to tune into a program on TV , see a movie or see his stand up routine, Mapa is an American gem you do not want to miss!