As network television's very first gay Asian series regular on the short-lived CBS sitcom "Some Of My Best Friends" starring Jason Bateman, Alec Mapa has successfully worked in every genre of entertainment from theatre to television to film to comedy. He's best known for his roles on ABC's "Ugly Betty" (fashion reporter "Suzuki St. Pierre") and "Desperate Housewives" ("Vern," "Gabriel Solis'" personal shopper) as well as four seasons on UPN's "Half and Half." In addition to these regular roles, Alec has guest-starred in over 40 television series including "Alias," "Friends," "Roseanne," "Seinfeld," and "NYPD Blue." 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.
Film audiences know Alec as "N'Cream," from the wildly popular drag queen musical "Connie and Carla." His other films include "Playing By Heart," "Marley and Me," and "You Don’t Mess with The Zohan."
First discovered in the Tony Award winning production of "M. Butterfly," Alec has continued to delight 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."
Now, Alec can be seen in his new one-man show "Baby Daddy" at the Laurie Beechman Theatre (407 WEst 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue) in NYC from February 9 - 11 at 7:30pm. "Baby Daddy" is an outrageous evening of stories and stand-up comedy as Alec hilariously recounts his latest heart-stopping adventure on the road to fatherhood. Recently, Alec's life was turned upside down when he and his husband, producer Jamison Hebert (BULLIED) adopted a five-year old boy. How do you go from stand-up gigs, red carpets, gay cruises, and circuit parties to being a responsible car pool driving, P.T.A. member? Find out on this fast-paced ride with sudden dips and turns! Tickets are $20 plus a $15 food/drink minimum. To purchase tickets call 212-352-3101 or visit www.SpinCycleNYC.com.
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Carol Burnett, Lily Tomlin, Gilda Radner, and Whoopi Goldberg. I wanted to be a funny lady onstage and luckily that's exactly what happened.
2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? I'd love to get into a slap fight with Joan Collins. I know she'd kick my ass, but it'd still be a piece of heaven. I also think I can die peacefully if I ever got to be in a scene with Meryl Streep.
3. How did you come up with the idea for "Baby Daddy"? After adopting a 5 year old boy out of foster care, the show pretty much wrote itself. Everyday my son says or does something so outrageous, infuriating, or joyful that I feel like I have to tell everyone. This show is all true stories of my transition from gay party boy to carpool dad. It's as filthy as it is funny and completely inappropriate for the entire family.
4. What excites you about your upcoming show "Baby Daddy" and what do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? Everyone's so depressed nowadays because all we're living through is uncertainty. Is the economy going to turn around? Will I get a job? Will Rick Santorum ever shut the fuck up? So I'm here to make you laugh until you pee.
5. What's your favorite part of the creative process in putting a show together? Finishing it. I'm never really relaxed until I know a piece of writing is put to bed, so when it's done I always feel like the worry was worth the effort. Most of the time.
6. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? I'm a bottomless pit of need aching to be loved.
7. I've had the pleasure of watching you on "Some Of My Best Friends," "Ugly Betty," and "Desperate Housewives." Looking back, what did you enjoy about starring on each of these shows? What is your most cherished memory about each of these times? The people. I've heard it said that the bigger the star, the nicer the person and luckily in my case that's been true. Jason Bateman, Eva Longoria and Vanessa Williams are three of the most genuinely nice, professional people I've ever met. I would work with all of them again in a heart beat.
8. What do you get from performing your one-man shows that you don't get from being on series television or in movies? Immediate feedback.
9. What's the best advice you've ever received? Telma Hopkins, who I did four seasons of a sitcom called "Half and Half" with, heard me complaining about a script and said to me, "Shut up, save your money and buy a house." And that's exactly what I did.
10. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? A sandwich made up of me Ryan Reynolds and Ryan Gosling.
11. Favorite way to spend your day off? Real Housewives of Atlanta marathon.
11a. Favorite way to stay in shape? Rollerdisco!
12. Boxers or Briefs? Whichever's cleaner.
13. Favorite website? I really don't care to discuss that here. My son can read.
14. Superman or Wonder Woman? WONDER WOMAN, OF COURSE!