YouTuber, boxer & influencer Alex Wassabi looks back at his rise on YouTube, before he had 12M+ social media followers. Through his parents sacrifices and migration from the Philippines, he’s been able to accomplish his dreams and also give back to the family that help make him the man he is today. He details of his memorable trips to the Philippines and the process of how boxing brought him back to YouTube after taking a hiatus to focus on his mental health& overcoming burnout. His parents, the Burriss’ provide commentary on Alex’s inspirational story and why they are proud of him, currently living in a home that he helped buy for them in North Carolina.
Watch the FULL EPISODE HERE of this special Asian Pacific America History Month edition of “Making it in America” sponsored by McDonald’s, highlighting the next generation of leaders making history in America and the trailer below:
ABOUT ALEX WASSABI:
Alex Wassabi, also known as Alex or Alexander Burriss, is a YouTube star who runs a comedy based channel called Wassabi Productions and his very own vlogging channel named after him. Alex Burriss was born in Great Falls, Montana, U.S. When he reached the age of 1, Alex moved to Kentucky with his family and lived there for the first half of his childhood. Eventually, he moved again to North Carolina, U.S. when he was in fifth grade. Growing up, Alex was the class clown; he wanted to make people happy. He was very interested in basketball, that he participated in the Local Leagues for 6 years until he went to high school.
In Middle school, Alex was diagnosed with ADHD, which meant that it was hard for him to pay attention in class without getting distracted. However, he usually pays attention only to topics that he's interested in. After college, he moved to Los Angeles, California as a part of being a YouTuber.
Alex has a big family of 6: his mother, his father, his older brother Aaron, his younger brother Andrew, his sister Mariah, and himself.
Alex recently became a winning boxer, a moment he had described as a "dream that actually came true," he mentioned he will use the earnings to help put his brother through college. He writes on his YouTube, "I can't thank you all enough for the support and love throughout it all. You gave me the best experience of my life. I love each and every one of you!"
Stay tuned for more to come from Alex Wassabi.
ABOUT "MAKING IT IN..."
Making it in... is a new MYX & TFC original series that follows the multigenerational journey of migrant families that have created top Filipino entrepreneurs, artists, leaders in various parts of the world like America, Canada, the Philippines, Europe and beyond.
Keith Pedro is a Fil-Canadian JUNO Awards “Comedy Album of the Year” nominated comedian, actor & producer. The "Trillipino" is known for being featured on Russell Peters' Roast Battle Canada that was also nominated for a Canadian Screen Award this year. He has been making waves on the Kevin Hart's new Laugh Out Loud network, along with his covid based comedy EP, entitled the Vaccine.
After a 2 year hiatus due to the pandemic, Keith recently performed in Las Vegas at South Point Hotel's legendary Dirty at 1230 and V Theatre in Las Vegas, opening up resident comedian Edwin San Juan. Pre-pandemic, Keith has been touring all across the globe spreading his hilarious wit to many different audiences. From Montreal's Just For Laughs comedy festival all the way to performing in Honolulu. He is known for his off-the-top improvisational and crowd work skills displaying his in-your-face persona and his fast-talking, smart-ass swagger. Even aside from stand-up comedy, Keith has done everything from being a part of the Sketch Crew "THE BOOM" all the way to acting on Degrassi The Next Generation. He looks forward to continuing his international travels & attending the JUNOS in Toronto, which will be documented on the TV original series, The Crossover, airing on MYX this May.
Watch his “Making it in Canada” episode of the MYX original docu-series, that was filmed in his hometown of Toronto, that details his journey into comedy below. Learn how Keith’s turned his passion to purpose, with the help and sacrifice of his mom. As an immigrant born in the Philippines, she sought out life for better experiences as a successful RN in Canada where Keith is raising his family with unlimited opportunities today.
Watch the full episode here:
Directed and filmed by Axel Villamil & Red Label Studios. Executively produced by Roslynn Alba Cobarrubias with Supervising Producer, Nino Llanera of MYX.
Get a new ab workout at Keith Pedro’s upcoming “Trillipino” MYX Comedy Special taping at the end of March in Los Angeles in partnership with SoCal Filpinos. More details to come.
ABOUT KEITH PEDRO:
KEITH PEDRO is a Fil-Canadian JUNO Awards nominated comedian, actor & producer known for being featured on Russell Peters' Roast Battle Canada, Kevin Hart's LOL Network, Sirius XM's "Top Comic," Degrassi & MYX original series, "Making it in Canada." His "Trillipino" album is nominated for "Comedy Album of the Year" at the 2022 JUNOS.