Catching up with comedian Andy Bumatai

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Andy Bumatai is doing well, especially following his cancer diagnosis a few years ago.

Through it all, the comedian has stayed positive with his infectious sense of humor.

“Everything’s good. I have to do whack-a-mole. It was every three months. They’ve moved me to every six months. That’s a good sign,” he said. “I always try to look at the upside of things. With cancer, it’s like thanks to cancer, I’m finally the weight I’ve been putting on my driver’s license all these years. That’s a good thing. It makes you appreciate what’s really important in life. Suddenly, the dry cleaning being late isn’t the most important thing, and you appreciate things more, so thank you cancer for that.”

Bumatai turns 65 in December, and is celebrating 40 years in the business.

He recently wrapped his In Denial Comedy Tour with Kamaka Brown, which included stops along the West Coast and Pacific Northwest.

“That was so much fun. You go to the mainland and people go, ‘I’m so glad you’re here, brah. We only live an hour away,’” Bumatai said. “Here in Hawaii, people go, ‘Brah, you going be Kapolei? I live Mililani. That’s like 20 minutes. Forget it!’”

Even now, his schedule shows no signs of slowing down.

You can catch Bumatai in action Saturday, Oct. 6, for an intimate, one-night-only show at Surfer the Bar at Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore. Doors open at 7 p.m., the show starts at 8:30 p.m. and is open to guests 21 years and older.

“Great room, good people, and again, for the people out there that don’t want to drive, it’s a lot of fun,” he said.

Tickets are available for purchase here.

Then on Saturday, Oct. 13, Bumatai will open for Marie Osmond at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena.

Tickets for that show are available via Ticketmaster.

Fun fact: Bumatai has a passion for motorcycles and does not own a car.

“It’s interesting, wardrobe-wise,” he noted. “Usually, I have stage-four helmet hair.”

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