In conjunction with the American Library Association’s annual Banned Books Week, held every September, Beth Lapides hosts Lenny at the Library, a panel discussion on one of the most controversial comedians of all time, Lenny Bruce. Lapides, creator of the comedy and storytelling series UnCabaret, will muse on the outlaw stand-up comic with fellow comedian Andy Dick, as well as Paul Krassner, editor of Bruce’s 1965 autobiography, How to Talk Dirty and Influence People; Merrill Markoe, co-creator of Late Night With David Letterman; Kliph Nesteroff, author of the 2015 book The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy; and Robert Weide, director of the excellent 1998 Oscar-nominated documentary Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth, which featured Krassner as well as Bruce’s ex-wife, Honey, and daughter, Kitty.
UnCabaret has been on the forefront of putting women front and center in comedy. We’re famous as being a place for the women of comedy to be their most fabulous. We’ll be doing comedy in solidarity with the Woman’s March 1/22! Our stage has been a home for comedy from the most original female voices working in comedy today. Kathy Griffin, … Read More
Merrill Markoe is one of the true originals in comedy writing. If you are talking comedy in LA you are talking Merrill. Though she makes very few appearances her tone, her voice helped define an entire generation or maybe three of comedy writers.
The briefing: She is an Emmy winning writer, famous for co-creating Late Night with David Letterman. Without Merrill, no Stupid Pet Tricks. She is a keen observer of human, as well as canine behavior, and her TV shows, books, articles all combine her compassionate take on life with her acute sense of the ironic and absurd. Merrill started off as a visual artist and she continues to be a visionary.
You might recognize her from her appearances on Letterman, TV Nation, Friends and have probably read her writing in NY Times, Rolling Stone, LA Times and Vanity Fair etc. I asked Merrill “what makes you, you?” on UnCabaret’s podcast UnCabaret UnStaged and the episode is Something Extremely Important.
Along with Merrill we are thrilled to welcome Erin Foley (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Conan), Kira Soltanovich (Tonight Show, Girls Behaving Badly), James Davis (Chelsea Lately, Funny or Die), Mak Grgic (Cinema Verisimo, Croatian Chamber Philharmonic) and Deborah Pardes (Love and Discipline, Strange Tattoo, To Have Sex).
Yes, that Richard Chamberlain! The heartthrob from “Dr. Kildare” and “The Thorn Birds” has a background in musical theatre and released many records in the 1960s. Beth and Mitch are delighted that he will be singing for us this Sunday. And telling us some stories too! #livinglegend #heartthrob #cool Adding to the musical merriment will be cute young USC boys Exist Elsewhere, … Read More
And I pray/hope/wish — pick your favorite verb of aspiring — that we become a planet with more hand-to-hand clapping and less hand-to-hand combat, in the very, very near future. And meanwhile, I’ll fight my hardest to make the world safe for comedy of a different kind.