Wed Jul 14 2021

8:00 PM (Doors 6:30 PM)

Brea Improv

180 S Brea Blvd Brea, CA 92821

$20.00 - $70.00

Ages 21+

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EVENT INFO:

There is a two-item minimum purchase requirement in the showroom for all guests. 

Seating is general admission, first-come, first-served, with the exception of groups and premium booths.

No cell phone use, photography or video recording is permitted during  performances.

All sales are final.

Per CDC guidelines and state/local mandates, masks are not required for guests who are fully vaccinated.  If you do not wear a mask while in attendance, you are attesting that you are fully vaccinated.  An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series or t​wo weeks after a single dose vaccine.   You may be seated within 6-feet of other unmasked guests.

MISCELLANOUS:

For group sales info, e-mail our Events Manager to learn about special  menu options and reserved seating.

Additional questions may be addressed in our Frequently Asked  Questions.

For further assistance contact Brea Improv at 714.482.0700 or by e-mail.

Rex Navarrete

  • Rex Navarrete

    Rex Navarrete

    Stand-up

    Many claim that college is the turning point in one’s life, when one finds his or her future. This was the case for San Francisco Bay Area comedian Rex Navarrete, when Navarrete’s college professor told him he was wasting his talents.

    “He told me, ‘Get out of my office-we shouldn’t be joking here, you should be taking those jokes to the stage,” recalls Navarrete of his Asian American Studies professor Dan Gonzales, the teacher who encouraged his dream to be a comedian in 1989.

    That spring, 19 year-old Navarrete was baptised by fire, entertaining a crowd of 800 at the annual Asian Pacific Islander Student Union conference at UC Santa Cruz.

    “I was looking for my identity then just as everyone else was at that age,” says Navarrete. “Much of my material was very serious, it lacked comedy. I figured that I had some important stuff to say, so say it in the format of stand-up. This is where I started to take comedy as a vehicle seriously.”

    By the early 1990’s, Navarrete began seeing his routine evolve through the use of characters, many of whom were struggling underdogs. His portrayals, which ranged from his ESL teacher Mrs. Scott to his Uncle Boy and to Maritess the domestic worker, gave him the voice to air his thoughts on issues and speak about things that otherwise wouldn’t be mentioned.

    Navarrete gathers all of his material from what he calls “real Rex moments,” reality and shared life experiences. “I think everything has humor; you will always find humor. I don’t always make stuff up. Even though most of my material is geared for a Filipino audience, if you’re smart enough you’ll understand the universality of it. Look at the comedy traditions of Jewish and African American comics, which are now the mainstream through Seinfeld, Bruce, Allen, Rock, Pryor and Murphy. Our struggles become our comedy.”

    “My parents never knew I would become a comedian. They did think I would go on to become an architect. I led a dual life; I would play the role of a Filipino at home and at school be the American with my classmates. I bought my first Eddie Murphy album in middle school and memorized ‘Comedian’ with my friends. That was my first real introduction to stand-up comedy and the art of storytelling.”

    A lot has happened since then. Navarrete has performed his brand of comedy all across the nation touring numerous colleges, universities and community events. He has become a household name in Filipino American homes. In 1998, he released his first comedy CD entitled, “Badly Browned”, which was followed by another CD in the summer of 1999, “Husky Boy”. Both have become bestsellers on the Classified Records label and have brought high praise by listeners across the country.

    In the summer of 2001, he released his third CD album this time under his own label Kakarabaw Productions entitled, “Bastos”.

    As a major follow-up to the three CDs and touring like crazy in Asia and North America, he produced, directed and released “Hella Pinoy”, his first ever live standup DVD concert. Shot in San Francisco, it has all the hidden goodies including a feature-length performance, a behind the scenes documentary, his early days of standup and much more. It’s become a must have DVD in anyone’s comedy collection.

    In 2005, came the release of his follow-up DVD entitled, “Badass Madapaka” filmed live at the historic Wiltern LG Theater in Los Angeles. This DVD also contains footage from his tours in Manila, Honolulu and San Francisco. We get a glimpse into his life on the road and the unique audiences Rex gets in front of. In 2006, “Rex In The City” debuted on MTV Philippines airwaves. This is the first ever Stand-up/Sit-com to broadcast in Asia. With all of this happening, he is also completed production for a first-ever Filipino American animated series, “The Nut Shack”, which aired on Myx and The Filipino Channel.

    2009 brought on his third live DVD, “Komik Organik”, taped live at the Improv in San Jose, CA. This project celebrates his twenty years in the business of being the foremost authority of the Filipino species, with topics ranging from the history of Filipino food to world welterweight champion boxer Manny Pacquiao.

    Rex’s fourth live comedy album was recorded at Cobb’s Comedy Club in the famous North Beach district of San Francisco, CA. “Live at Cobb’s” is a 2010 digital release available on iTunes worldwide, alongside the reissue of his original three CDs in digital download format. Now fans can own all four albums with a click of the mouse or the swipe of a finger.

    He currently travels all over North America, touring cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Hawaii doing his one-man show. In 2004, he brought his act to the peoples of Germany, Austria and Switzerland sharing the bill with renowned Philippine vocalist, Regine Velasquez. He has also had the distinction of becoming the most celebrated stand-up comic to perform to multiple sold-out shows in Manila, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia since 2002. He regularly returns to Manila which has become fertile ground for his style of stand-up, inspiring the growth of an emerging local stand-up comedy scene. His next plan of attack is to perform in the United Kingdom, where fans eagerly await his arrival.

    Navarrete remains to be a one of the hardest working, relatively unknown American comedians today though he’s performed alongside notable national headliners as George Lopez, DL Hughley, Paul Mooney, among others. He does plan to release a number of other comedy albums on CD and DVDs under his label for fans to enjoy. The future seems to only give him the chance to connect with a larger audience that is now finally getting the opportunity to experience the changing face of American stand-up comedy.

    All four CDs and three DVDs can be purchased online at www.RexNavarrete.com

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This event is 21 and over. Any Ticket holder unable to present valid identification indicating that they are at least 21 years of age will not be admitted to this event, and will not be eligible for a refund.

By purchasing tickets to this event, you are authorizing this charge and acknowledging our terms and conditions below.
• ALL SALES ARE FINAL, unless event is cancelled by the artist or venue.
• No refunds, transfers or exchanges. Ticket resales are not permitted.
• Tickets prices and fees are “market-priced” and may fluctuate.
• Mandatory two-item minimum purchase per person in the showroom.
• No photography, videography, filming or recording during the show.
• Valid photo ID and credit card used for purchase are required to pick up tickets.
• No smoking and no vaping.
• Management reserves the right to deny and refuse entry to or remove parties who are deemed a distraction to other guests.
• Management reserves the right to search personal items and may not allow personal items into the venue.
• The venue and its parent companies, affiliates or subsidiaries, are not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged property.

Upon entry of the venue, (i) you hereby and irrevocably grant the venue owner (Levity Live, LLC), and its parent(s), affiliates, subsidiaries, licensees, successors and assigns (collectively, “Owner”) the right to photograph, record, film and otherwise capture your image, voice and likeness (collectively, “Footage”) and to own, license, assign and/or use the Footage (and/or any portion thereof) in perpetuity, throughout the world in any and all media including, without limitation, in connection with any productions, programming, advertising and promotion, subject in all respects in Owner’s sole discretion.

Furthermore, you hereby acknowledge and are fully aware that there are a number of potential risks associated with your entry into the venue during and/or after the COVID-19 pandemic. This waiver, release, and other representations and covenants set forth herein are in consideration of your entry and participation/attendance of any live event performance.

Therefore, without limitation, you hereby acknowledge and understand, even with certain safety measures that are implemented within the venue (i.e. social distancing, facial covering, etc.) that you could contract COVID-19 disease which could result in a serious medical condition requiring medical treatment in a hospital or could possibly lead to death.

Accordingly, you, knowingly and freely, assume all such COVID-19 related risks, both known and unknown, relating to your entry into the venue and your participation/attendance in this live event. And, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, you and your heirs, successors and assigns, hereby forever release, waive, relinquish, and discharge Owner, along with its parent(s), subsidiaries, affiliates, licensees, successors and/or assigns, including without limitation, their respective officers, agents, employees, or other representatives (collectively, the “Owner Representatives”), from any and all COVID-19 related claims, demands, liabilities, rights, damages, expenses, and causes of action of whatever kind or nature, and other losses of any kind, whether known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen, (collectively, “Damages”) as a result of your entry to this venue and participation of this live event, including but not limited to personal injuries, death, disease or property losses, or any other loss, and including but not limited to claims based on the alleged negligence of any Owner Representative(s) or any other person related to COVID-19 sanitization. You further promise not to sue the Owner or any of Owner Representatives and agree to indemnify and hold them harmless from any and all Damages resulting from your contraction of COVID-19.

If any portion of these terms & conditions are found to be unenforceable, the remaining portion will remain in full force and effect. If we fail to enforce any of these Terms, it will not be considered a waiver of any of our rights.

For more info, please visit our terms & conditions page.

Rex Navarrete

Wed Jul 14 2021 8:00 PM

(Doors 6:30 PM)

Brea Improv Brea CA
Rex Navarrete

$20.00 - $70.00 Ages 21+

EVENT INFO:

There is a two-item minimum purchase requirement in the showroom for all guests. 

Seating is general admission, first-come, first-served, with the exception of groups and premium booths.

No cell phone use, photography or video recording is permitted during  performances.

All sales are final.

Per CDC guidelines and state/local mandates, masks are not required for guests who are fully vaccinated.  If you do not wear a mask while in attendance, you are attesting that you are fully vaccinated.  An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series or t​wo weeks after a single dose vaccine.   You may be seated within 6-feet of other unmasked guests.

MISCELLANOUS:

For group sales info, e-mail our Events Manager to learn about special  menu options and reserved seating.

Additional questions may be addressed in our Frequently Asked  Questions.

For further assistance contact Brea Improv at 714.482.0700 or by e-mail.
Rex Navarrete

Rex Navarrete

Stand-up

Many claim that college is the turning point in one’s life, when one finds his or her future. This was the case for San Francisco Bay Area comedian Rex Navarrete, when Navarrete’s college professor told him he was wasting his talents.

“He told me, ‘Get out of my office-we shouldn’t be joking here, you should be taking those jokes to the stage,” recalls Navarrete of his Asian American Studies professor Dan Gonzales, the teacher who encouraged his dream to be a comedian in 1989.

That spring, 19 year-old Navarrete was baptised by fire, entertaining a crowd of 800 at the annual Asian Pacific Islander Student Union conference at UC Santa Cruz.

“I was looking for my identity then just as everyone else was at that age,” says Navarrete. “Much of my material was very serious, it lacked comedy. I figured that I had some important stuff to say, so say it in the format of stand-up. This is where I started to take comedy as a vehicle seriously.”

By the early 1990’s, Navarrete began seeing his routine evolve through the use of characters, many of whom were struggling underdogs. His portrayals, which ranged from his ESL teacher Mrs. Scott to his Uncle Boy and to Maritess the domestic worker, gave him the voice to air his thoughts on issues and speak about things that otherwise wouldn’t be mentioned.

Navarrete gathers all of his material from what he calls “real Rex moments,” reality and shared life experiences. “I think everything has humor; you will always find humor. I don’t always make stuff up. Even though most of my material is geared for a Filipino audience, if you’re smart enough you’ll understand the universality of it. Look at the comedy traditions of Jewish and African American comics, which are now the mainstream through Seinfeld, Bruce, Allen, Rock, Pryor and Murphy. Our struggles become our comedy.”

“My parents never knew I would become a comedian. They did think I would go on to become an architect. I led a dual life; I would play the role of a Filipino at home and at school be the American with my classmates. I bought my first Eddie Murphy album in middle school and memorized ‘Comedian’ with my friends. That was my first real introduction to stand-up comedy and the art of storytelling.”

A lot has happened since then. Navarrete has performed his brand of comedy all across the nation touring numerous colleges, universities and community events. He has become a household name in Filipino American homes. In 1998, he released his first comedy CD entitled, “Badly Browned”, which was followed by another CD in the summer of 1999, “Husky Boy”. Both have become bestsellers on the Classified Records label and have brought high praise by listeners across the country.

In the summer of 2001, he released his third CD album this time under his own label Kakarabaw Productions entitled, “Bastos”.

As a major follow-up to the three CDs and touring like crazy in Asia and North America, he produced, directed and released “Hella Pinoy”, his first ever live standup DVD concert. Shot in San Francisco, it has all the hidden goodies including a feature-length performance, a behind the scenes documentary, his early days of standup and much more. It’s become a must have DVD in anyone’s comedy collection.

In 2005, came the release of his follow-up DVD entitled, “Badass Madapaka” filmed live at the historic Wiltern LG Theater in Los Angeles. This DVD also contains footage from his tours in Manila, Honolulu and San Francisco. We get a glimpse into his life on the road and the unique audiences Rex gets in front of. In 2006, “Rex In The City” debuted on MTV Philippines airwaves. This is the first ever Stand-up/Sit-com to broadcast in Asia. With all of this happening, he is also completed production for a first-ever Filipino American animated series, “The Nut Shack”, which aired on Myx and The Filipino Channel.

2009 brought on his third live DVD, “Komik Organik”, taped live at the Improv in San Jose, CA. This project celebrates his twenty years in the business of being the foremost authority of the Filipino species, with topics ranging from the history of Filipino food to world welterweight champion boxer Manny Pacquiao.

Rex’s fourth live comedy album was recorded at Cobb’s Comedy Club in the famous North Beach district of San Francisco, CA. “Live at Cobb’s” is a 2010 digital release available on iTunes worldwide, alongside the reissue of his original three CDs in digital download format. Now fans can own all four albums with a click of the mouse or the swipe of a finger.

He currently travels all over North America, touring cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Hawaii doing his one-man show. In 2004, he brought his act to the peoples of Germany, Austria and Switzerland sharing the bill with renowned Philippine vocalist, Regine Velasquez. He has also had the distinction of becoming the most celebrated stand-up comic to perform to multiple sold-out shows in Manila, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia since 2002. He regularly returns to Manila which has become fertile ground for his style of stand-up, inspiring the growth of an emerging local stand-up comedy scene. His next plan of attack is to perform in the United Kingdom, where fans eagerly await his arrival.

Navarrete remains to be a one of the hardest working, relatively unknown American comedians today though he’s performed alongside notable national headliners as George Lopez, DL Hughley, Paul Mooney, among others. He does plan to release a number of other comedy albums on CD and DVDs under his label for fans to enjoy. The future seems to only give him the chance to connect with a larger audience that is now finally getting the opportunity to experience the changing face of American stand-up comedy.

All four CDs and three DVDs can be purchased online at www.RexNavarrete.com

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limit 10 per person
General Admission
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Premium Booth
Premium Booth seats 4 and includes & $200 food & beverage credit ($50 credit per ticket). Tax included. Gratuity not included. Booth provides a premium viewing experience in the first tier.
Premium Booth for 4 | Admits 4
$70.00

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Terms & Conditions

This event is 21 and over. Any Ticket holder unable to present valid identification indicating that they are at least 21 years of age will not be admitted to this event, and will not be eligible for a refund. By purchasing tickets to this event, you are authorizing this charge and acknowledging our terms and conditions below.
• ALL SALES ARE FINAL, unless event is cancelled by the artist or venue.
• No refunds, transfers or exchanges. Ticket resales are not permitted.
• Tickets prices and fees are “market-priced” and may fluctuate.
• Mandatory two-item minimum purchase per person in the showroom.
• No photography, videography, filming or recording during the show.
• Valid photo ID and credit card used for purchase are required to pick up tickets.
• No smoking and no vaping.
• Management reserves the right to deny and refuse entry to or remove parties who are deemed a distraction to other guests.
• Management reserves the right to search personal items and may not allow personal items into the venue.
• The venue and its parent companies, affiliates or subsidiaries, are not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged property.

Upon entry of the venue, (i) you hereby and irrevocably grant the venue owner (Levity Live, LLC), and its parent(s), affiliates, subsidiaries, licensees, successors and assigns (collectively, “Owner”) the right to photograph, record, film and otherwise capture your image, voice and likeness (collectively, “Footage”) and to own, license, assign and/or use the Footage (and/or any portion thereof) in perpetuity, throughout the world in any and all media including, without limitation, in connection with any productions, programming, advertising and promotion, subject in all respects in Owner’s sole discretion.

Furthermore, you hereby acknowledge and are fully aware that there are a number of potential risks associated with your entry into the venue during and/or after the COVID-19 pandemic. This waiver, release, and other representations and covenants set forth herein are in consideration of your entry and participation/attendance of any live event performance.

Therefore, without limitation, you hereby acknowledge and understand, even with certain safety measures that are implemented within the venue (i.e. social distancing, facial covering, etc.) that you could contract COVID-19 disease which could result in a serious medical condition requiring medical treatment in a hospital or could possibly lead to death.

Accordingly, you, knowingly and freely, assume all such COVID-19 related risks, both known and unknown, relating to your entry into the venue and your participation/attendance in this live event. And, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, you and your heirs, successors and assigns, hereby forever release, waive, relinquish, and discharge Owner, along with its parent(s), subsidiaries, affiliates, licensees, successors and/or assigns, including without limitation, their respective officers, agents, employees, or other representatives (collectively, the “Owner Representatives”), from any and all COVID-19 related claims, demands, liabilities, rights, damages, expenses, and causes of action of whatever kind or nature, and other losses of any kind, whether known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen, (collectively, “Damages”) as a result of your entry to this venue and participation of this live event, including but not limited to personal injuries, death, disease or property losses, or any other loss, and including but not limited to claims based on the alleged negligence of any Owner Representative(s) or any other person related to COVID-19 sanitization. You further promise not to sue the Owner or any of Owner Representatives and agree to indemnify and hold them harmless from any and all Damages resulting from your contraction of COVID-19.

If any portion of these terms & conditions are found to be unenforceable, the remaining portion will remain in full force and effect. If we fail to enforce any of these Terms, it will not be considered a waiver of any of our rights.

For more info, please visit our terms & conditions page.