HONOLULU (KHNL) - It's a new and improved talk show hitting the airwaves on K5. After a short hiatus, television host Andy Bumatai recently debuted "The Andy Bumatai Show."
He's part comedian. He said this with a lavalier mic clipped to his eyeglasses: "I've been doing some of the tech stuff myself. I've learned to mic myself. In fact I did it here tonight."
He's part interviewer: "We pick a topic and try to get 3 different perspectives on that topic."
And 100% talk show host: "The other format was David Letterman like. This is more of Larry King. What I'm banking on is that Hawaii is ready for a talk show."
You may remember Bumatai's old show, Night Time, from a couple years ago. That relocated three times around Honolulu and Waikiki, before finally going on hiatus. Bumatai resurfaced this January, with a new name, a new format, and a new home in the ING Direct Cafe. "I'm going to name my company Bad Roommate Inc," he joked, shaking his head at the multiple moves.
He's joking. It's called The Andy Bumatai Show. "It's a perspectives kind of show and that's different."
It's also got some technical issues to work out, that affect the look of the show. "I might have bit off more than I can chew technically. But when it works and when we dial it in- and we haven't, but I believe people are tolerant and will watch you grow... why else would I show up in high definition without makeup?"
Bumatai rose to fame in the 1980's as a funnyman. But his career has taken him from a live stage and a barrel of laughs, to a live-on-tape TV show that has its serious moments. "We got a show planned on the blackout, the economy."
So how can a jokester turn into a journalist? "A comedian's perspective is upbeat and lighter. I think we need that today. We have the same job but I have to have punch lines. I have to be on top of what's going on."
That's right, Andy. We only make fun of things during the commerical break.