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This is the kick-off event of “Sexuality Intersections: LGBTQ Film Series,” sponsored by the Office of the Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity and Equity; FAS Diversity Relations and Communications; Learning From Performers (Office for the Arts at Harvard); and the Office of BGLTQ Student Life.
Blog post: Alec Mapa: One Funny Father
Comedian and TV personality Alec Mapa (Suzuki St. Pierre on Ugly Betty and Vern on Desperate Housewives) will participate in a discussion following a screening of his film Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy, a one-man show about how his life has changed since he—of Filipino descent—and his white husband adopted a black child through foster care.
Ellen Degeneres has called him “smart, hilarious and funny”; Variety has said, “Alec Mapa is a freak. No one should be this talented.” With uproarious live performances and groundbreaking television roles, actor and comedian ALEC MAPA has entertained audiences worldwide in every imaginable medium. His comedy special Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy premiered on Showtime last year. Based on his award-winning solo show, Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy hilariously, irreverently chronicles Mapa’s journey to fatherhood via foster adoption. TV audiences currently enjoy him in his recurring roles on ABC Family’s Switched At Birth and Lifetime’s Devious Maids.
Audiences first discovered Mapa on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning production of M. Butterfly. He has guest starred on over 40 television series, including Alias, Friends, Roseanne, Seinfeld, and NYPD Blue. Mapa played network television’s very first gay Asian series regular role on the CBS sitcom Some Of My Best Friends. He then starred in four seasons of the UPN sitcom Half & Half and went on to appear in the ABC hit Ugly Betty and was a frequent guest star on Desperate Housewives. Film audiences have enjoyed Mapa as “N’Cream” in the wildly popular drag queen musical Connie and Carla. Other films include Playing By Heart, Marley & Me, and You Don’t Mess with the Zohan.
An accomplished stand-up comedian, Mapa’s Wisecrack comedy special premiered on LOGO in 2005 and has since become a cult favorite. His follow-up comedy specials America’s Gaysian Sweetheart and No Fats, Femmes or Asians aired on the Here! and LOGO networks respectively.
Mapa was awarded the prestigious Davidson Valentini GLAAD Award for promoting equal rights for the LGBT community. A tireless fundraiser, he 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.”