About UnCabaret

UnCabaret is a place for comedy luminaries to shine their brightest, and has been so for 25 years.


UnCabaret is kicking off its 25th anniversary of soul baring, mind bending, intimate, conversational, idiosyncratic comedy. We are in love with unique voices and have been since our legendary days in WeHo, in that downstairs room at Luna Park. Since then we’ve been on Comedy Central, Amazon, NPR, PBS and audible. Featured in the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly and The Hollywood Reporter. We’ve been at the HBO Comedy Arts Festival, The Ace Hotel, had spin offs, tours, a podcast and 5 critically acclaimed CD’s.  But the heart of it has always been our Sunday night show. 

UnCabaret, which was arguably the first ‘alternative comedy’ show was, and has remained, a hotbed of personal storytelling

The LA Times dubbed Beth Lapides, host, producer, creatrix of UnCabaret, the “High Priestess” of ‘alternative comedy’. Meaning the revolution that reclaimed comedy as an art form, allowing for depth, meaning, even transcendence.

Of course, sparking the movement is one thing. Our commitment to fanning the flames, to continued reinvention is strong. Recently UnCabaret was named one of the 5 Best Comedy Shows in LA by Los Angeles Magazine. The LA Times recently wrote about the new UnCabaret. Frontiers wrote this nice review.

UnCabaret was arguably the very first ‘alternative comedy’ show and has remained a hotbed of personal storytelling.

UnCabaret fostered the careers of iconoclastic comedy stars like Patton Oswalt, Kathy Griffin, Bob Odenkirk, Julia Sweeney, Margaret Cho, Greg Behrendt, Laura Kightlinger, Mike McDonald, Scott Thompson, Merrill Markoe, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Andy Kindler, Jeff Garlin, Andy Dick, Dana Gould, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Randy and Jason Sklar, and Taylor Negron.

UnCabaret is where award-winning comedy writers like Judd Apatow, John Riggi, Michael Patrick King and Larry Charles have come to connect directly with audiences. 

Where luminaries like Jon Stewart, Sarah Silverman, Roseanne Barr, Sandra Bernhard, Carrie Fisher and Bill Maher have popped in for some comedy free styling.

Our current home is the showroom in  Au Lac, an elegant, intimate vegan venue in #DTLA, aka downtown Los Angeles. More info about the particulars of the Sunday Show here.

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Many of the OG are back and we’re also always adding new deeply talented performers of both the comedic, and now, musical variety. Our line ups the past few years have included: Tig Notaro, Byron Bowers, Moshe Kasher, Miss Coco Peru, Jennifer Coolidge, Jen Kirkman, Julie Goldman, Justin Sayre, Karen Kilgariff, Marc Maron, Michelle Collins, Natasha Leggero, Kira Soltanovich, Lauren Weedman, Allee Willis, Casey Wilson, Eddie Pepitone,  Justin Willman, Sam Pancake, Drew Droege, Missi Pyle, Guy Branum, Rebecca Corry, Terra Naomi, Baron Vaughn, Matt Braungher, Dweezil Zappa, Alec Mapa, Zach Sherwin, Del Shores, Cheri Oteri, Rob Delaney, Jill Sobule, Kelly Mantle, Rory Scovel and more!

The talent on our roster have Netflix specials and regularly appear on late night TV, but you will see them do new, fresh and generally never seen before material at our shows.We are also always thrilled to find writers and actors and other personalities whose stellar talent doesn’t quite fit into the late night format.

Founding producer and host Beth Lapides is now joined by Musical Director and co-producer Mitch Kaplan. Beth and Mitch began working together on music for Beth’s “100% Happy 88% of the Time” and the current UnCabaret theme song, Change, was originally created for that project. They also produce UnCabaret’s podcast, Life and Beth, whose guests have included Daniel Radcliffe, Lili Taylor, Willem Dafoe, Sasha Alexander, Dina Martina, Justin Willman, and Merrill Markoe. Available here on the website or at iTunes.

As UnCabaret, Beth, with co-founding producer Greg Miller, also produced and hosted a 7-episode stand-up series for The Recovery Network called “The Sweet Smell of Excess” featuring Margaret Cho, Michael Patrick King, Moon Zappa, and others, a Beth hosted talk format pilot for MTV called “The Couch” with guests John C. Reilly, Andy Dick, Scott Thompson, and Mike Mills etc. UnCabaret has also consulted on talent and developed projects (Comedy Central, Oxygen, Buena Vista TV, Evolution Film & Tape, Stone-Stanley, and the Sci-Fi Channel), collaborated with the Skirball Center, Kripalu Center For Yoga and Health, Grand Performances, ACLU, Lollapollooza, Drug Policy Alliance to create special events, benefits, workshops and festivals.
uncabaret.com launched in 1993, and was at the forefront of web design and online community-building. The site was Lycos Top 5% and named Entertainment Weekly Top 10 Sites of the Year in 1997. Of course since then we have become just another website spreading the good word, but continue to be forward looking almost every Sunday night.

Backstage with m"ladies. #wehopride #pride @juliegoldmanscouch @selene_luna #comedian #lgbt

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@jeffgarlin bringing the magic. #losangelesnightlife #happymemorialday

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Before he went on @andydick told me had nothing. The next 20 minutes disproved that. @aulacrestaurant #dtla

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Bookended by fabulousness @alecmapa @whatsupdanny @aulacrestaurant #postshow #dtla #thankyou

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