From UH football player to standup comic, Tumua Tuinei will, for the first time, serve as the headliner for a comedy show at Hawaiian Brians this Friday.

Tuinei, a graduate of Punahou School, served as a linebacker for the Rainbow Warriors and says football is just one of the influences for his comedy.

"You know my family is a big football family, they're huge, they're tall. And then there's me you know I'm 5'8". I don't know what the hell happened to me but that's just comedy right there", said Tuinei.

Tumua's father Tom played for UH and in the NFL with the Detroit Lions. His uncle, Mark Tuinei, was a Pro Bowl offensive lineman and Super Bowl champion with the Dallas Cowboys.

"I like to tie football with it because I talk a lot about how I played with the University of Hawaii football team, wait let me rephrase that, I practiced for the UH football team, because I hardly got in the game you know. The only time I got in the game is when we were winning by 45 points" added Tuinei with a smile.  

Tumua got his start in standup comedy while trying to fulfill requirements for a course he was taking for Theater minor. From there, he picked up gigs at venues like Anna O'Briens, Blue Note Hawaii, and the famous Hawaii Theatre, but this will be his first time serving as the headline act.

Tuinei's performance this Friday, January 11th is set for 8:00 p.m. at Hawaiian Brian's at 1680 Kapiolani Boulevard. Tickets are $20 at the door and $10 presale. To purchase tickets, head here. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.