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Filipino-American comedian Rex Navarrete discovered his knack for telling jokes when he was going to school in the San Francisco Bay area, when he would bring in Eddie Murphy's classic album Comedian to show his friends. When he began attending college, his parents assumed that Navarrete would become an architect, but at the insistence of one of his professors, he gave standup comedy a try, and immediately knew he had found his calling. In the spring of 1989, the then 19-year-old did his first routine in front of 800 people at the annual Asian Pacific Islander Student Union conference at U.C. Santa Cruz, and hasn't looked back since. It took him a few years to hone his act, but by the time Navarrete was 28, he'd perfected a routine that centered around utilizing a cast of "characters," ranging from an old teacher of his to a domestic worker (he bases his act on what he calls "real Rex moments," in other words, true life experiences). In 1998, Navarrete issued his first comedy album, Badly Browned, following it up a year later with a sophomore effort titled Husky Boy (both issued on the Classified label), and in 2001, his first release on his own label, Kakarabaw Productions, entitled Bastos. ~ Greg Prato