Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

‘A Holiday in Alec Mapa’ at The Laurie Beechman Theater, Dec. 11 & 12

Alec Mapa

Alec Mapa

ALEC MAPA (Ugly Betty, The View, RuPaul’s Drag Race) is kicking off the holiday season with A Holiday in Alec Mapa,  a rare night of stand up comedy from “America’s Gaysian Sweetheart”  for two nights only — December 11 & 12 at 7pm at The Laurie Beechman Theater (inside West Bank Café at 407 West 42nd Street in New York. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door (if still available). There is also a $20 food/drink minimum at all performances at this venue. To purchase tickets call 212-352-3101 or visit

“Smart, hilarious and funny.” — Ellen DeGeneres
“Alec Mapa is a freak. No one should be this talented” — Variety
“By turns filthy, fierce and fabulous, Mapa’s seemingly mundane anecdotes are an outrageous delight… utterly divine.” — Next Magazine

Alec Mapa has entertained audiences worldwide in every imaginable medium. Lately that medium is television. Mapa’s latest comedy special Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy premiered on Showtime in June. TV audiences can currently enjoy Mapa in recurring roles on ABC Family’s Switched At Birth and Lifetime’s Devious Maids. Many will also remember him from Desperate Housewives (as Gabriel Solis’ personal shopper) and Ugly Betty (as fashion reporter extraordinaire Suzuki St. Pierre), as well as his turn as a guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Audiences first discovered Mapa on Broadway in the Tony Award winning production of M. Butterfly. He 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 short-lived CBS sitcom Some Of My Best Friends. He then starred in four seasons of the UPN sitcom Half and Half. Film audiences howled at Mapa as “N’Cream” in the wildly popular drag queen musical Connie and Carla. Other films include Playing By Heart, Marley and Me and You Don’t Mess with The Zohan. Mapa’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. Mapa has entertained live audiences with Rosie O’Donnell aboard her R Family Cruises and all over the world with Atlantis Cruises. Mapa was awarded the prestigious Davidson Valentini GLAAD Award for promoting equal rights for the LGBT community. A tireless fundraiser, Mapa 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”. @AlecMapa.

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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and

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