Hawaii's Evening Talk Show Is On The Air

Andy Bumatai To Host Prime Time Variety Show

Hawaii's Evening Talk Show Is On The Air

A few weeks ago, a legitimate "first" aired on Hawaiian airwaves. "NightTime with Andy Bumatai" debut on K5, and Hawaii was handed its first Late Night-format talk show, airing at 9:35 p.m., every single weeknight. Taking a page right out of Letterman or Conan, Bumatai begins each show with a brief stand-up comedy routine, moves swiftly to guest interviews, and manages to squeeze in a few skits and gags sure to entertain. Crunching enough material in to the program's half-hour time slot keeps the show moving fluid, yet leaves viewers begging for more. "Good thing there's always tomorrow night," Bumatai assured us.

We sat down with Hawaii's newest twilight fixture on your tube, and got to the bottom of how the show came to be, and why it took so damn long.

B on Hawaii: How did the show come about" Was it your idea, or did producers approach you with something they had already conceptualized?

Andy BUMATAI: My partner Jim Bryan and I came up with the show. The idea came about because we needed a job. Also, we saw a nice little niche in the Hawaii T.V. landscape that we decide to fill.

B: Can you tell us a little bit about your background?

BUMATAI: How much time you got? Well, I started out doing stand-up comedy in 1977 opening for Frank DeLima at the Noodle Shop. Rising through the ranks I went on to play bigger venues, ballrooms and the like. A few stints as a club owner (don't ask, it didn't end well), living in L.A., and a few awards for a program called "All In The Ohana", I earned my place in the Hawaiian comedy scene.

We could save some serious time if we directed your fabulous readers to my website www.AndyBumatai.com where my full "Bio" is.

B: Tell us a little bit about the format of the show. Is there room for some zany comedic bits, like on Letterman or Conan?

BUMATAI: The format of the show is typical to talk shows going back to when television were wood burning. Right now it's a half-hour show with me doing a short monologue and then 2 or 3 guests.

Yes, we have produced funny videos that have run during show. My favorite so far, was one that showed what it would be like if Mrs. Hawaii 2007 [Nadine Wise] were homeless.

B: Will there music performances on the program on a regular basis?

BUMATAI: Yes. We've had Honolulu Jazz Quartet, Sean Na'auao, Robi Kahakalau, Tamane Gardner and Traci Toguchi to name a few. Oh, and Richard Dreyfuss did a little rapping. Does that count?

B: It certainly does? Wow, Dreyfuss is huge... Is there a focus on inbound talent and A-list stars, or is this more of a keep-it-Hawaiian kind of thing?

BUMATAI: Our goal is to put together an interesting show by mixing together a cross-section of local and national talent. Our long-term goal is to "go national" with Night Time when we're ready. So it's all "on the job training" until then.

The national stars we've had on the show so far are the aforementioned Richard Drefuss, George Segal, Rip Taylor, Don Stroud. Paul Wee (The Simpsons Movie animator) and Esera Tuaolo (The former NFL player who is now an openly gay singer) who sang an amazing version of "Imagine" by John Lennon. Not bad for the first three weeks.

B: I understand you're currently broadcasting out of the Honolulu Design Center. Will that remain the set location of the show?

BUMATAI: We are actually moving to the Tropics Showroom in the Hilton HawaiianVillage Resort and Spa, which I think will help a lot. It's a true showroom that will allow us to create more of a "velvet trap" for the biggest names in the business.

B: Why, in your opinion, has there not been a "Late Night" style show in Hawaii before? Or, was there one in the past"

BUMATAI: We are Hawaii's first weeknight prime time late night talk show.

I believe there hasn't been one because you need an "alignment of the planets" in order for one to com together. You need and host with a stand-up comedy background who can perform interviews, a producer who knows talk show formatting and how to wrangle the many other aspects.

Oh, and the show needs to be something people will enjoy watching.

"Our goal is to put together an interesting show by mixing together a cross-section of local and national talent."