In the Mix

Jason Genegabus

Comedian turns
wrestler for a night

THE WORLDS of comedy and professional wrestling collide this weekend when Augie Tulba takes on Japanese wrestler Kenjiro Katahira in a "Boxer vs. Wrestler" match at Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park.

"It's always been a fantasy of mine to wrestle," says the Island 98.5 morning show co-host, who was a Golden Gloves champion back in 1985. He had an undefeated record in six professional fights before deciding to retire.

Under the direction of former WWF (now WWE) superstar Don "The Rock" Muraco, Tulba's been "working out the last couple of weeks ... learning to fall correctly." After Katahira nailed him with a piledriver a few months back at another Hawaii Championship Wrestling promotion, the two have traded verbal jabs a number of times in the weeks leading up to Saturday's match.

"For me it's all fun, but that guy (is) taking it overboard," Tulba said. "He's even shown up at my gigs to heckle me!"

If you want to check out the fight, make sure you get to HCW's "Shin Nen Battle 2004" when it starts at 5 p.m. The match between Tulba and Katahira is scheduled to be the first of the night. Tickets are $15 each; call 841-2621 for more info ...

SPEAKING OF comedians, last month I had a chance to watch Rap Reiplinger's television classic, "Rap's Hawaii," while working on the Star-Bulletin's "ABCs of Christmas." The holidays might have come and gone, but I have another DVD suggestion if you're a fan of local comedy.

With his trademark afro wig and "Wassuuuuup everybody!" greeting, Bu La'ia is back with "Da Bestest of Bu," a collection of clips from his television show produced in the '90s. Head out with the Hawaiian Superman as he cruises Ala Moana, takes a trip to Las Vegas, visits pro surfer Sunny Garcia's house to steal his underwear, sings a song with Sista Robi Kahakalau and kicks back kanikapila style with the late Israel Kamakawiwo'ole.

"Da Bestest of Bu!" is in stores now and has a suggested retail price of $24.95. If only Andy Bumatai would re-release "All in the Ohana" on DVD, then my comedy collection would be complete ...

TOMORROW NIGHT, check out Club Pauahi for what promises to be a "big orgy of sound and visuals" with DJs Matt Ratt, Richard Li, Avon and Shane spinning a mix of indie rock, Brit pop and '80s classic cuts.

During "Hang the DJs," each person will spin three songs before rotating and/or getting booed off the decks by the crowd. Five bucks gets you in; doors open at 9 p.m. ...

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