UnCabaret has been critically acclaimed. It has been appeared in or on The NYT, The Today Show, NPR’s All Things Considered, Los Angeles Magazine, The Onion, Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair etc.
UnCabaret is the ground breaking, a legendary venue for alternative comedy, specializing in an idiosyncratic conversational story based style. Beth lapides, creatrix and host leads the intimate, very personal shows in live and media formats. The show has been running in LA for over 20 years and has produced projects for Comedy Central, Amazon, Comedy World Radio, audible.com. The talent is the cream of the crop including top names like Roseanne Barr, Margaret Cho, Sandra Bernhard, Patton Oswalt, Kevin Nealon, Janeane Garofalo, Kathy Griffin and Jennifer Coolidge.
Beth Lapides’ wildly effective workshop comedy writing and performance workshop. Cultivate your authentic voice for one-person shows, personal essays, standup, scripts, books, teaching and your evolution as a human.
4 Mondays: March 17, 24, 31 & April 7.
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.
Class + one hour private: $300
Privates alone: $100/hr
Underground Theater Annex — 1308 N. Wilton Place (just north of Fountain), LA, CA 90028
FREE STREET PARKING!
Questions and Info: 213-706-3630
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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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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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