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Augie T: The entrepreneurial stand-up comedian, knows the value of solidarity and unity for stand-up comics especially in a time of economic challenges. A big fan of the laugh-makers who preceded him, Augie ? gured the time was ripe for a gathering of the giants. So he formed Na Alii of Comedy, a collaborative tour with the Island comics he used to admire and mimic as a kid, inviting four “royalty” of the laugh brigade to hop on the bandwagon: Frank DeLima (with whom he has regularly toured in the past two years), Andy Bumatai, Mel Cabang and Edward Kaahea. Together, the vets have amassed more than 100 years of comedy experience over the past four-plus decades. But with time, landing individual bookings has become an issue, since there has been a lack of venues and a shortage of interest among talent-buyers. Nonetheless, Augie has been able to unite the veterans — to shed off the dust and return to the spotlight —starting this weekend. Together, of course. “It’s hard to ? nd sponsorships to do shows,” said Tulba, the prevailing comedy favorite of his generation of concert-goers. “But when you work together, you help each other, and the ultimate goal is to put on a successful show.”
Andy Bumatai: “I’ve been some doing standup (a Thursday run at Che Pasta downtown), to tune up and memorize segues that connects the material,” said Bumatai. “When you’re on the road ? ve nights a week, it’s bang bang bang, easy; but when you’re only on once a week, it’s a little more challenging.” Bumatai has been one of Hawaii’s successful and ambitious stand-ups, mixing a Waikiki career with television specials early on, and attempting a talk-show series the last decade. He still has faith in local-style comedy and its generally low overhead vs. a musical act. Stand-ups are a solution to a bad economy, he said. “Very cheap. You hire a comic, you provide a mike, and there’s only one plane fare and hotel room, thank you. That’s why comedy is thriving again,” he said. “That’s why I’m looking (to operate) a small club, with a good stage, a spotlight, designed for comedy.” Also a “clean” act traditionally playing for families, he’s eager to see how Na Alii plays out. “What’s good about this tour is that everyone gets to see us old guys who don’t swear,” said Bumatai. “Being old and ugly can be a plus — look at Mel,” he joked.