About UnCabaret

UnCabaret is a place for comedy luminaries to shine their brightest, and has been so for over 20 years.


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. But 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 at this link. Frontiers wrote this nice review.

Arguably the very first ‘alternative comedy’ show, UnCabaret has been a hotbed of personal storytelling for over 25 years. UnCabaret fostered the careers of iconoclastic comedy stars like Kathy Griffin, Bob Odenkirk, Julia Sweeney, Margaret Cho, Greg Behrendt, Laura Kightlinger, Mike McDonald,  Merrill Markoe, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Andy Kindler, Jeff Garlin, Andy Dick, Rick Overton, Dana Gould, Patton Oswalt, 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 to try their hand at this 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. Many of the OG are back and we’re also always adding new deeply talented performers of both the comedic, and now, musical variety. For weekly updates on line-ups and special events get on our very exclusive email list!

Many of our roster 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. Line ups the past few years have included: Tig Notaro, Byron Bowers, Moshe Kasher, Miss Coco Peru, Natasha Leggero, Michele Lee, Rae Dawn Chong, Jennifer Coolidge, Jen Kirkman, Julie Goldman, Karen Kilgariff, Marc Maron, MIchelle Collins, Sam Morrow, Kira Soltanovich, Paul Doucette, Lauren Weedman, Allee Willis, Casey Wilson, Eddie Pepitone,  Justin Willman, Sam Pancake, Drew Droege, Missi Pyle, Guy Branum, James Adomian, Rebecca Corry, Justin Sayre, Terra Naomi, Baron Vaughn, Matt Braungher, James Davis, Dweezil Zappa, Alec Mapa, Zach Sherwin, Del Shores, Cheri Oteri, Rob Delaney, Jill Sobule, Ben Gleib, Richard Chamberlain, Kelly Mantle, Rory Scovel and more!

Founding producer and host Beth Lapides is producing this new iteration along with Musical Director Mitch Kaplan. While best known for UnCabaret, Beth also works as an actress (Sex & The City), is an acclaimed theater artist (she has toured her one person shows internationally), a host (Comedy World Radio), a media personality (CNN, Politically Incorrect), a writer/author (“Did I Wake You? Haiku For Modern Living”, O Magazine, LA Times, Time, HuffPo), teacher (UCLA Extension, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health) and producer. Mitch is an award-winning singer, songwriter and pianist and has worked in those capacities and as a musical director with such iconic luminaries as Sandra Bernhard, Ana Gasteyer and Cady Huffman. His songs have been recorded by artists such as Chaka Khan, Thelma Houston, Sister Sledge and Martika. Mitch and Beth began working together on music for Beth’s “100% Happy 88% of the Time”.

Beth and Mitch recently produced 4 episodes of UnCabaret, available exclusively on Amazon as downloads and streaming content. They produce a podcast in which guests answer Beth’s question: What makes you you? Then guests, who have included Daniel Radcliffe, Lili Taylor, Sasha Alexander, Justin Willman, The Sklar Brothers and Merrill Markoe – are treated to their own, Mitch Kaplan created, personal theme song. Available here on the website or at iTunes.

UnCabaret was originated by Beth, with her  producing partner of many years, Greg Miller, They produced UnCabaret as a Comedy Central Special, a daily radio show on Comedy World Radio, a podcast on audible.com and 5 CD’s. UnCabaret had extended runs at Luna Park, Knitting Factory, HBO Workspace, M Bar as well as at appearing at the HBO Comedy Arts Festival, The Getty Center, Lollapalooza, and colleges and theaters nationally. It birthed offshoot shows Say The Word and The Other Network. And is the subject of a documentary in the making by Little Miss Sunshine directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Performances recorded at the UnCabaret have been featured on NPR shows including This American Life.

UnCabaret also produced 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, Grand Performances, ACLU, 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. Since then we have become just another website spreading the good word, but continue to be  forward looking with our Amazon project, podcast, development slate and and in the line-ups 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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