Wed Dec 11 2019

8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

Brea Improv

180 S Brea Blvd Brea, CA 92821

$20.00 - $70.00

Ages 18+

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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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By purchasing tickets to this event, you are authorizing this charge and acknowledging our terms and conditions below. ALL SALES ARE FINAL, unless an event is cancelled by the artist or venue. There are no refunds, transfers or exchanges. There is a two item minimum purchase per person in the showroom. Any two item combination of food or beverage satisfies the minimum. Unless otherwise stated, there are no food or beverages included with your ticket purchase. All events are 21 years of age or older, unless otherwise stated in the event description. You must have a valid state or government issued photo ID to show proof of age. All seating is on a first come first served basis. For best seating, arrive early. In order to be seated, at least half of your party must be present. Under certain circumstances, we may not be able to seat your entire party together. Resale is not permitted and the venue has the right to cancel or deny entry to someone suspected of resale or suspected buyer of resold tickets. Venue reserves the right to resell tickets of any person/party that has not been seated by scheduled show time. No refunds will be issued. Valid Photo ID and the Credit Card used for the purchase must be presented to pick up tickets. Tickets will not be released to anyone other than the purchaser unless prior arrangements have been made. Venue is a non-smoking property. Vape pens are also prohibited. Management reserves the right to deny and refuse entry or remove parties that may be deemed a distraction to other guests. This includes those that may appear intoxicated or not abiding by venue policies. Upon entry of the Venue, you thereby and irrevocably grant the Venue owner, and its affiliates, subsidiaries, licensees, successors and assigns (collectively, “Owner”) the right to photograph, record, film and otherwise capture your image, voice and likeness and to own, license, assign and/or use the same (and/or any portion thereof) in perpetuity and throughout the world in any manner and/or medium including, without limitation, in connection with any productions, programming, advertising and promotion, subject in all respects to Owner’s sole discretion. Dress Code: Guests are asked to wear casual evening attire. Attire shall be deemed appropriate at the sole discretion of management. For security reasons, management reserves the right to search personal items and may request that personal belongings not be permitted into the venue. Photography, videography, filming or any recording during the show is strictly prohibited. Tickets prices and fees are “market-priced” and may fluctuate over time and at any time prior to a final purchase. By entering the venue, you acknowledge that the venue and its parent companies, affiliates or subsidiaries, are not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged property.

Rex Navarrete

Wed Dec 11 2019 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

Brea Improv Brea CA
Rex Navarrete

$20.00 - $70.00 Ages 18+

Two item minimum purchase per person required.

ALL SALES ARE FINAL

Ticket Info:
General Admission – first come, first seated

For Group Sales, CLICK HERE or call (714) 482-0700
Got Questions? CLICK HERE
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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Ages 18+
limit 10 per person
General Admission
Host-Escorted Seating
Standard Ticket
$20.00
Premium Booth
Booth seats 4 people and includes a $200 Food & Beverage Credit Per Table. Tax Included. Gratuity Excluded.
$70.00

Delivery Method

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Terms & Conditions

This event is 18 and over. Any Ticket holder unable to present valid identification indicating that they are at least 18 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 an event is cancelled by the artist or venue. There are no refunds, transfers or exchanges. There is a two item minimum purchase per person in the showroom. Any two item combination of food or beverage satisfies the minimum. Unless otherwise stated, there are no food or beverages included with your ticket purchase. All events are 21 years of age or older, unless otherwise stated in the event description. You must have a valid state or government issued photo ID to show proof of age. All seating is on a first come first served basis. For best seating, arrive early. In order to be seated, at least half of your party must be present. Under certain circumstances, we may not be able to seat your entire party together. Resale is not permitted and the venue has the right to cancel or deny entry to someone suspected of resale or suspected buyer of resold tickets. Venue reserves the right to resell tickets of any person/party that has not been seated by scheduled show time. No refunds will be issued. Valid Photo ID and the Credit Card used for the purchase must be presented to pick up tickets. Tickets will not be released to anyone other than the purchaser unless prior arrangements have been made. Venue is a non-smoking property. Vape pens are also prohibited. Management reserves the right to deny and refuse entry or remove parties that may be deemed a distraction to other guests. This includes those that may appear intoxicated or not abiding by venue policies. Upon entry of the Venue, you thereby and irrevocably grant the Venue owner, and its affiliates, subsidiaries, licensees, successors and assigns (collectively, “Owner”) the right to photograph, record, film and otherwise capture your image, voice and likeness and to own, license, assign and/or use the same (and/or any portion thereof) in perpetuity and throughout the world in any manner and/or medium including, without limitation, in connection with any productions, programming, advertising and promotion, subject in all respects to Owner’s sole discretion. Dress Code: Guests are asked to wear casual evening attire. Attire shall be deemed appropriate at the sole discretion of management. For security reasons, management reserves the right to search personal items and may request that personal belongings not be permitted into the venue. Photography, videography, filming or any recording during the show is strictly prohibited. Tickets prices and fees are “market-priced” and may fluctuate over time and at any time prior to a final purchase. By entering the venue, you acknowledge that the venue and its parent companies, affiliates or subsidiaries, are not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged property.