UnCabaret is a legendary venue for idiosyncratic, conversational comedy. Arguably the very first alternative comedy show, we specialize in bringing together an eclectic mix of original talent, inspiring them to take creative risks, and synthesizing unique individual performances into a fast-paced, funny, thought-provoking whole.
UnCabaret was recently named one of the 5 Best Comedy Shows in LA by Los Angeles Magazine. Entertainment Weekly called UnCabaret “Liberating,” Los Angeles Magazine called it “Legendary,” The New York Times called it “Seminal.” The LA Times dubbed Beth the “High Priestess” of a revolution that reclaimed comedy as an art form, making it deep, meaningful, even transcendent, and influenced ‘alternative comedy’ shows in LA, NY, Austin and Toronto. LA Weekly called Beth Lapides “The High Priestess of alternative comedy.”
For 25 years UnCabaret has been a hotbed of personal storytelling that fostered the careers of iconoclastic comedy stars like Kathy Griffin, Julia Sweeney, Margaret Cho, Greg Behrendt, Laura Kightlinger, Mike McDonald, Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Andy Kindler, Jeff Garlin, Andy Dick, Dana Gould, Patton Oswalt, Randy and Jason Sklar, Sherri Shephard, Moon Zappa and Taylor Negron. UnCabaret is where award-winning comedy writers like Judd Apatow, John Riggi, Michael Patrick King and Larry Charles have 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.
After a bit of a breather the show is up and running at First & Hope, a beautiful, intimate venue in downtown Los Angeles. Many of the OG are back and we’ve also added more deeply talented performers of both the comedic and musical variety, including Byron Bowers, Moshe Kasher, Miss Coco Peru, Natasha Leggero, Michelle Lee, Rae Dawn Chong, Jennifer Coolidge, Jen Kirkman, Julie Goldman, Lauren Weedman, Allee Willis, Rob Delaney, Jill Sobule, Ruby Friedman, Ben Gleib, Richard Chamberlain, and Kelly Mantle.
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), teacher (The Comedian’s Way, UCLA, 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” and are excited about expanding their mix of comedy and music into UnCabaret.
Beth and Mitch recently produced 4 episodes of UnCabaret, available exclusively on Amazon as downloads and streaming content.
UnCabaret has been produced by Beth, and originating producer Greg Miller, as a Comedy Central Special, a daily radio show on Comedy World Radio, a podcast on audible.com and three 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 has also consulted on talent and developed projects for Comedy Central, Oxygen, Buena Vista TV, Evolution Film & Tape, Stone-Stanley, and the Sci-Fi Channel. UnCabaret has also collaborated with the Skirball Center, Grand Performances, ACLU, Drug Policy Alliance to create special events, benefits, workshops and festivals.
UnCabaret Records released 3 critically-acclaimed CDs and 2 volumes of greatest hits from “Say the Word.”
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.
UnCabaret continues to be forward looking with its Amazon project, podcast, development slate and and in the line-ups that have been appearing every Sunday night at First & Hope.