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.
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I had a dream that comedy could be more fun.
I had a dream that comedians could do new material every time they got on stage.
I had a dream that there could be a place where women were more than welcome to do comedy, where gay comedians, and questioning comedians and off beat comedians and writers who were funny but weren’t actually comedians could feel at home.
I had a dream of a place where sophisticated audiences would feel like the comedy was for them.
Of a place where thinking comedy and emotional comedy were the same.
Where comedians felt like they could take risks.
Where intimacy was valued.
Where stories were told.
Where I actually found the comedy funny.
And then one night I was performing for an audience who thought I was funnier than I was and I asked the the last time they laughed and they said they didn’t laugh much because they were women, and artists, and lesbians, and when they went to comedy clubs the comedians made fun of them. So I told them I would produce a show for them. It would be unhomophobic, unxenophobic, unmysogenistic. It would be UnCabaret.
Some people call it alt comedy. And Sunday we are doing a show in honor of another person who had a dream. A bigger dream.
So in honor of Martin Luther King’s Birthday we are doing a special I Had A Dream Show. Stories and songs of dreams gone awry, come true, dream boys, girls, even actual dreams of the Freudian kind. And of course some Civil Rights!
Our very dreamy line-up includes Sam Pancake, Byron Bowers, Dave Ross and Karen Kilgariff and Chris Woods.
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$20 General Admission
No food or drink minimum. Full restaurant dinner available in restaurant before the show. Light food and full bar during the show.
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UnCabaret s famous for being the alt comedy show that leaves snark at the door and invites audiences into a house of eclecticism. To mix housing metaphors. This Sunday we have outdone ourselves on a house rocking eclectic line up!
Superstars Richard Chamberlain, Loni Anderson and Tippi Hedren join OG UnCabaret Taylor Negron, Laura Kightlinger and Tim Bagley! Plus Lindy Robbins (who wrote the Demi Lovato song Skyscraper) Baron Vaughn(Comedy Central) and autograph event queen Karen Cadle.
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Thanksgiving + Hanukah = Thanksgivanukah
Comedy + Stories + Music + Inspiration + Mystery + Intimacy = UnCabaret
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The + is part of the picture. Connections. Between the performers. Between the writing and the performing. Between the performers and the audience. Between on stage and off. Between one Sunday night and the next.
Here’s the big picture part: Connection is what we are here to learn right now. Environmentally borders are irrelevant. Science tells us that we have biophotons – little quanta of energy bouncing off of me and onto you and off of you onto me and we literally are each other. As well as stardust. And yet we are also uniquely ourselves. We alternate between these two realities. Uniquely ourselves – all one. That is one alternative aspect of UnCabaret’s brand of Alt Comedy!
And so we at UnCabaret are very excited about Thanksgivunakah! A holiday that will certainly be greater than the sum of its potato pancakes and stuffing. Greater than the sum of cranberries and candles. And yet at the same time still uniquely both Thanksgiving and Hanukah.
And this Sunday we are grateful to have 8 unique flames of our UnCab family creating a menorah of a show:) Beth (that’s me!) and Mitch welcome Rebecca Corry, Drew Droege, James Adomian, Morten Kier, Dan Levy and Hilary Parkin. Plus bonus candles Denise Fraser turning the beat around and Louis Van Taylor saxxing it up!
An awesome way to cap off the wonderful but stressful Thanksgivanukah weekend… tickets here
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