The Human Rights Campaign announced today that award-winning actor,comedian, and journalist Alec Mapa will join the line up of speakers and entertainment for the organization’s 14th annual Equality Dinner Gala on March 9, 2013.
Mapa will provide a 20-minute comedy set to the evening's event.
“Every year we work hard to find just the right celebrity who will donate their time to join us at our dinner,” said JR Simon, co-chair and member of the local Board of Governors. “Alec’s broad appeal and comedy will bring a fresh approach to our Nashville dinner.”
Ellen Degeneres has called him “smart, hilarious and funny. Variety has said “Alec Mapa is a freak. No one should be this talented.”
With uproarious live performances and ground breaking television roles, actor and comedian Alec Mapa has entertained audiences worldwide in every imaginable medium.
Alec’s television career has gone from desperate to ugly with not one but two recurring roles on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” and “Ugly Betty”. On Wisteria Lane Alec is known as Gabriel Solis’ personal shopper Vern.
On “Ugly Betty" no gossip report would be complete without the latest from Alec as fashion reporter extraordinaire Suzuki St. Pierre.
Audiences first discovered Alec 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".
Alec 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 Alec 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”.
Alec’s “Wisecrack “ stand up comedy special premiered on LOGO in 2005 and has since gained a huge cult following.