HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Popular Hawaii comedian Andy Bumatai released a YouTube video Saturday night to announce he's been diagnosed with cancer.
The 62-year-old says the cancer is at the base of his tongue and spread to his lymph nodes, he said.
"Please don't cry for me, especially if you're Argentina," Bumatai jokes in the video.
He uses his trademark humor to openly discuss a serious subject and fellow comedians say he nailed it.
"That's what comedians do," said Tony Silva, of Da Braddahs. "Take something that's so negative and bring some light to it and fill it with some life. This guy is a legend. He's a consummate professional."
In the YouTube clip, Bumatai goes on to announce his break from The Daily Pigin, a popular web-series of skits and monologues reported in pidgin.
"The bad news is for the next four months, I'll have to call upon the braddahs to help beef and they are chemo, therapy and radiation," said Bumatai.
But he's not alone in this fight. Bumatai's comedian braddahs are rallying behind him.
"He is a positive person and strong-willed and the guys are going to be on his side, da braddahs," Hawaii Comedian Frank DeLima said.
Instead of shedding tears, Bumatai asks for others to simply spread aloha.
"Buy a homeless person a hamburger or help a kid tie a shoe, or let someone have that parking space you both got to at the same time," Bumatai said, in the video.
Bumatai ends the five-minute video with a quote from John Lennon: "He says 'life is what happens to you when you're busy making plans for other things' and man, I got some plans."
"I have all the confidence in the world that Andy will not only show you he's a scrapper, but I think he's going to encourage so much people going through these challenges," said Hawaii Comedian Augie T.
Bumatai was supposed to join fellow Hawaii comedians Augie T, Frank DeLima and Mel Cabang in "The Chance 'Um" tour, which kicks off at Hawaii Theater May 27, but he recently pulled out.