UnCabaret is a legendary venue for idiosyncratic, conversational alt comedy which Beth created out of a desire for a more real, intimate, intelligent, emotional, story based kind of comedy. Both the creatrix and host as well as the Executive Producer, Beth’s passion for UnCabaret began with her own frustration with the comedy clubs, an unserved audience and performers whose ntense creativity was being constricted by the mechanics of the biz.
UnCabaret was recently chosen as one of the Best Comedy shows in LA by Los Angeles Magazine.
One of the things that makes UnCabaret such a long standing success is Beth’s commitment to bringing together a uniquely eclectic mix of wildly-original talent, inspiring them to take creative risks. Together with that, UnCabaret has, over the years, cultivated one of the most adventurous, intelligent audiences in the world. The combination of the exceptional talent with the stellar audience synthesizes into a fast-paced, funny, thought-provoking whole.
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 transcendant, 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 hot bed 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 connected 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 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 Freidman and Kelly Mantle.
Founding producer and host, Beth Lapides is producing this new iteration along with Musical Director Mitch Kaplan. While best know 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, Poltically 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 (100 episodes), 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 CD’s 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 it’s Amazon project and in the line-ups that have been appearing every Sunday night at First & Hope.