Alec Mapa is an actor/comedian who has entertained people in every possible medium all over the globe. As the co-host of Showville on AMC, Alec visited small towns throughout America and taught locals how to express their unique talents for their friends and neighbors.
Alec is best known for his television roles on hits like Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives, and “Half and Half”. Alec spent four seasons portraying Suzuki St. Pierre “Fashion Reporter Extraordinaire” on ABC’s Ugly Betty. Currently in reruns Alec can also be seen as Eva Longoria’s personal shopper Vern on Desperate Housewives or as the wise cracking receptionist Adam on the long running comedy “Half and Half”.
TV audiences have also seen Alec in myriad of guest starring roles on classic TV shows such as Seinfeld, Roseanne, Friends, NYPD Blue, Dharma and Greg and countless others. “Guest starring roles on TV shows were my bread and butter throughout the 90’s ” says Mapa. “there were a million sitcoms with a couch and a family or a coffee shop and whenever they needed someone to make three lines funny, I was hired.” It was multiple guest starring roles that led to Alec’s first regular sitcom gig playing Vern on the short-lived sitcom “Some Of My Best Friends ” starring Jason Bateman. “The show was a huge flop. It ran 5 times in 4 different time slots ,but the show was written by Marc Cherry who then went on to write “Desperate Housewives” . Everyone who made sitcoms saw it, and decided I was trustworthy enough to carry a series regular role.”
An accomplished stand up comic Alec has had three televised comedy specials on the LOGO and HERE! networks. His latest stand up show “Baby Daddy ” chronicles his journey to fatherhood through the foster adoption process. It has played to sold out houses in Los Angeles , New York and San Francisco. Alec is a frequent headliner for Atlantis Cruises and has performed on ships all over the world. He’s performed on the George Lopez Show, The Ellen Degeneres Show and co-hosted The View twice.
Alec is the national spokesperson for Raise A Child US , an organization that encourages LGBT people to adopt through the Foster care system. A tireless advocate for LGBT rights, Alec has performed on behalf of The Matthew Shepard Foundation, HRC, The Trevor Project, GLAAD, R family , and The LA Gay and Lesbian Center. Alec’s tireless fundraising efforts for LGBT causes have earned him the unofficial title “America’s Gaysian Sweetheart”.
He lives in LA with his husband, Jamison Hebert and their son, Zion Joseph.