Spring Downtown for Alt Comedy 3/23

Yesterday was the first day of Spring!!! Yay. I really try to love winter but it’s hard. Even here in sunny Southern California. The light is less and there is an aura about winter.  There is a stuckness. In spring things start to move. Happen. One thing and then another. And so it makes sense that the first day of spring is also  World Storytelling Day! We love the world. We love stories. We love days. But we especially love our story filled Sunday nights at First and Hope. Look “I” turned into “we”, that’s how awesome spring is!

This Sunday 3/23 celebrate the beginning of Spring at UnCabaret!

Our friend Claudia Lonow (Rude Awakening, How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest of Your Life), Knots Landing) makes her UnCab debut alongside alt comedy UnCab faves Byron Bowers, Karen Kilgariff — both of whom just returned from SXSW — this year’s Outfest Fusion award winner Alec Mapa (Ugly Betty, Tonight Show, Desperate Housewives, Babydaddy) and Kira Soltanovich (Tonight Show). Plus we’ll have music from the seven-octave-singing Timur, and Daniel, of Timur and The Dime Museum.

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The Comedian’s Way For Writers, Performers and Other Humans – Comedy Writing Workshop Los Angeles

Spring Session!

4 Mondays: March 17, 24, 31 & April 7.

7:30-9:30 PM

Beth Lapides’ acclaimed creative workshop helps you shape your unique comedic perspective and zero in on the projects that most suit it.

The Comedian’s Way is a wildly effective method for creating new material for stand-up, one-person shows, spoken word, memoirs, storytelling, talks and developing skills for pitching, auditioning and in general being a funnier and more authentic version of yourself.

It’s a life changing, enlightening environment in which to take creative risks. The Comedian’s Way helps you get unstuck, sort through creative overwhelm, understand your own story, get successful at the work that means the most to you.

Comedy writing and performance skills are something everyone, or at least everyone living in Los Angeles needs. Students range from stand-ups tired of stale material and wanting to reinvent themselves, to comedy writers on shows not happy with their pitching in the room, to meditation teachers working on memoirs, to monologists breaking in new material, to actors wanting to be better on their feet in auditions.

Students have sold TV show, booked parts, produced shows, gone on to tour, win awards, be happier. Almost every student has come away with a greater understanding of themselves, and having had fun.

Many almost embarrassingly good testimonials here.

The Comedian’s Way is obviously a riff on Julia Cameron’s ‘The Artist’s Way’, which so many have found helpful. In that system there are many senses that the artist recovers, but oddly none of those senses are the sense of humor.

Beth calls the sense of humor the seventh sense. And it is as key to a fully experienced life as the other more obvious ones.

Developing your sense of humor means developing your lightness.

Developing your sense of humor is especially key for creatives whether they are comedians or not. All the sensitivity to the darker parts of life, pain, tragedy, confusion, worry, sadness etc that goes to make great art needs to be able to be converted. The saying goes – pain + time = comedy. But it requires skill, not just passive waiting, to make that conversion.

In this workshop, Beth leads students through the process of learning those techniques, and of understand the big story of your life. Beth teaches comedy from the point of view of helping you get more solidly in the moment.

Lots of students have said it was more effective and fun and cheaper than therapy, but this is a class truly designed to help in the work process. The therapeutic benefits are a total bonus!

Class is limited to 12.

Fee: $250

Class + one hour private: $300

Privates alone: $100/hr

Underground Theater Annex — 1308 N. Wilton Place (just north of Fountain), LA, CA 90028



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Daylight Savings Comedy 3/9

We are always running on all burners so we hate to lose an hour’s sleep. But we do love the light. Onstage and off. Lighting up the stage this Sunday comedy from Light Makers: Greg Behrendt (He’s Just Not That Into You), Laura Kightlinger (2 Broke Girls, The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman) , Rebecca Corry (Million Pibble March, Comedy Central) , Jonny McGovern (Big Gay Sketch Show) and Jenny Davis (UnCabaret Intern!). And sweet soul music from Jamila Ford in her UnCab debut and one of our favorite soulful singers, Sam Morrow.

Plus light from the birthday candles on Mitch’s birthday cake!

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We’re Skirballing! Storytelling of the funny kind!

March 14th is UnCabaret’s “Say the Word: The New Me” at Skirball Cultural Center. Join Beth Lapides as she hosts this springtime night of comedic storytelling about rebirth and reinvention and of course resistance to rebirth and reinvention!

We’re excited to welcome back Jay Kogen (The Simpsons), Peter Mehlman (Seinfeld), Wendy Liebman (Letterman, HBO) and to welcome to the show for the first time Ian Harvie (Logo) and C. Brian Smith (Vanity Fair).

“Go!” The Jewish Journal. If the Jewish Journal says to, you better!

The Skirball is an extremely beautiful and commodious place to sit and listen to mind and soul expanding, laugh inducing stories.

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Alt Comedy Plus Music Equals A Night to Go Out and Get Into 2/23

Beth Lapides enjoys Greg Behrendt so much that she asked him to be her sidekick when she had her radio show. It wasn’t long before he spun off to his own “Mantastic” show and then as the New York Times bestselling author of “He’s Just Not That Into You.” One thing we love about Greg is that whatever he’s into, he’s very into. Clothes, cookies, women, his daughters, love, guitars. He was also just a guest on Oprah’s “Lifeclass.” Greg Behrendt is in Episode 1 of UnCab Amazon.

We don’t need to tell you how funny Cheri Oteri is. She’s recently begun to treat us to her stories at UnCabaret, yay!

Joseph Keckler was the Village Voice’s 2013 Best Downtown NY Performance Artist. He sings opera and is very funny. We are delighted to have him grace our stage with his mesmerizing deliciousness once more before he heads back East.

Also here from NY — yay pilot season! — is Bridey Elliott. Her lovely quirky funniness might have a bit to do with the fact that her dad is Chris Elliott. And her grandfather is Bob Elliott of Bob and Ray. This is her first UnCab and we are very much looking forward to it.

It seems like a long time since we’ve had a visit from our friend Greg Fitzsimmons, who’s been out on the road. We are glad to have him in L.A. for a minute because he goes all the way and then a little farther and that makes us laugh. Check him out on Episode 3 of UnCab Amazon.

The Strands just sent us this new picture of them on the stairs. I bet that’s because they intend their music to take you higher!

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