As a child out of East Los Angeles, Rivest Dunlap ran into more than his fair share of obstacles before finally reaching the stage. Still, his underlying dream remained unchanged -- he knew he was born to make people laugh. Always one to follow his heart, Rivest quickly realized that his elementary school teachers were right: he was born to be a comedian. Five years ago, Rivest took the plunge and hasn't looked back since. Pulling from life experiences and creatively poking fun at his own complex cultural identity, his unique brand of comedy has carried him to comedy clubs all over the country, and now to the stage of the Irvine Improv at the Irvine Spectrum Center.