A show and celebration at CAP UCLA AT THE THEATRE AT THE ACE Downtown LA for the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking alternative comedy show, UnCabaret!
UnCabaret is the groundbreaking show that...
- mobilized a revolution in modern comedy
- was the first 'alternative comedy' show
- has continued innovating for 25 years
- is celebrating our 25 year anniversary, gathering our energy for launching into the future with a big, one time only event on...
November 18, 2018!
It would be an important event at any time, but it's ultra important right now because...
- of our fractured world
- our challenged spirits
- it's key to focus on the fact that things do change. For the better. That it is possible and here is an example of how it's been done and how we keep doing it.
For the past 25 years the most amazingly talented people have graced the UnCabaret stages. Among them:
- Patton Oswalt
- Bob Odenkirk
- Julia Sweeney
- Kathy Griffin
- Janeane Garofalo
- Maria Bamford
- Scott Thompson
- Sandra Bernhard
- Tig Notaro
- David Cross
- Jeff Garlin
- Laura Kightlinger
- Judd Apatow
- Marc Maron
- Sarah Silverman
- Jennifer Coolidge
- Alec Mapa
- Moon Zappa
- Tim Bagley
- Baron Vaughn
- Michael Patrick King
- Greg Behrendt
- Rob Delaney
- Julie Goldman
- Dana Gould
- Bob Godthwait
- Justin Sayre
- Liz Astrof
- Jen Kirkman
- John Riggi
- Rory Scovel.... etc etc etc!
And always Beth Lapides, the Creatrix, producer and host of UnCabaret. The LA Times dubbed Beth the “High Priestess” of ‘alternative comedy’.
We've been a...
- weekly show
- TV special
- content producer: 4 critically acclaimed CD's, DVD's, streaming audio
- touring show
- radio show
- creator of spin off shows
The 25th AnniversaryShow is among the most ambitious things we've put together.
Your contributions will help us finance the artist fees, artist travel and recording of the show.
So thank you in advance!
We have so many cool rewards...
- The best seats in the house!
- Up front and center available exclusively through this campaign.
- VIP access to parties and backstage and awesome gift bags!
- Special announcement rewards through the 40 days
- Not in LA? Rewards that are 'there in spirit' too:)
So... What's up with the Un?
WHERE WE'VE BEEN
Beth was doing a show at the Women's Building, now a historic landmark in #DTLA. She was struck by the sold out crowd's extreme hunger for laughter and so, during post show hugs she asked them, "when was the last time you laughed".
"We don't laugh," they said. "We're artists. And we're women. And we're lesbians. If we go to comedy clubs they make fun of us."
"I'll make you a show," Beth said. "it will be unhomophobic, unxenophobic, unmisogynist. It will be the UnCabaret."
Sometimes creativity happens like that. A download from the ether.
The night was a hit and became a series. Then The Women's Building lost their funding and closed its doors.
UnCab was now gestating. We knew what it wasn't. But didn't 100% know what it was. #change
So then a run at Highways Performance Space. Beth, Judy Toll, Taylor Negron. Months of high octane late night Saturdays. Bringing comedy to more new audiences.
Jean Pierre Bocarro an artiste of a venue owner whose visionary clubs all helped create Los Anegles culture as we know it today, called to say he was opening a new club in #weho. Luna Park. Did she want to do something.
"Comedy," he asked. "Will it be funny?"
It was a fair question. A lot of comedy really isn't if you have any sort of sensibility. Even now. And then it was often truly horrible. Airline jokes, the way men and women are different. That assaultive stand up rhythm where you feel like you're being beaten into submission, tricked into laugher.
But at this point Beth was really starting to see that something big, something new was possible.
So they booked UnCab for three Sundays at Luna Park. It ran for seven years.
The best, most prolific and original comedians came on board because they were frustrated with the clubs too. This was a time when comedy clubs were filled with comedians doing 'tight tens' trying to get their sit com deals. The era of Seinfeld.
UnCabaret became the hub of a whole scene. Though none of us loved the term 'alternative comedy' that's what stuck. Here's the LA Times article that launched us. It was above the fold of the calendar section. On a Friday. When people still read the newspaper.
The energy of invention in that room was intense!
Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons said UnCabaret was to comedy what The Blue Note was for Jazz.
Quentin Tarentino used to come and he said it ruined 'regular comedy' for him. That he could now see other comedy was all tricks.
All sorts of bright lights came to watch... Sarah Jessica Parker, The Beastie Boys, John C Reilly, Roger Corman, Robin Williams, Emo Phillips, Maynard Keenan, Johnny Galeki, Brooke Shields, Lea Delaria. But of course that was because of who was onstage.
So who will be on the anniversary show? We are going to mix in OG UnCab with many of the amazing talent that has joined our posse over the years.
Julia Sweeney, Janeane Garofalo, Maria Bamford, Greg Behrendt, Scott Thompson, Andy Kindler, Rebecca Corry, Alex Edelman and musical guests Allee Willis and Shelby Lynne!
Plus a big name we can't announce until November, and other alumni massaging their calendars as we speak!
And we'll have some never before seen footage of the LunaPark years from "Little Miss Sunshine" directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Farris.
Plus the band. Mitch Kaplan is Musical Director, and he's been responsible for integrating music into the show over the past seven years. Mitch is putting together a rocking band for the night. And one day during th campaign we're going to gove you the chance to name that band! So keep your eye out!
But wherever we go we somehow seem to create more than a show, we create a space, a place, a home for comedy luminaries to shine their brightest and the audiences who love them to connect the most fully. And that will be the case on 11/18/18!
SO WHERE IS THIS SHINDIG GOING TO BE?
When we thought about putting together this show this was the first place we thought about doing it. Not only because of its physical beauty - but also because of what it represents.
The theater is a loving reanimation of the former flagship movie house of United Artists. And for us, the idea of United Artists, artists coming together so protect and advance their work - couldn't have been more aligned with UnCabaret's mission and history.
Plus we were keen on doing the show in #DTLA. The Women's Building, which was recently made a historic landmark, is in DTLA. And after residencies in a number of LA neighborhoods we returned to DTLA in 2012 and just finished our run in the exceptionally beautiful showroom on the corner of First and Hope.
We are in love with the idea of DTLA right now. Renewal. And The Theatre at The Ace is at the epicenter of Los Angeles' burgeoning art, entertainment and culture scene.
HOW DID THE EVENT COME TOGETHER?
Though we loved the idea of doing the show at Theater at The Ace, the scale of the event was out of our reach, so we set it aside.
Cue the trumpets! Because here comes Kristy Edmunds and her team at CAP (Center for the Art of Performance) who are based at UCLA's wonderful Royce Hall but have begun to program at The Ace as well.
Miraculously they thought we'd be a great fit for that. #dreamscometrue
So we are part of the CAP 2018/2019 Season and they're amazing partners, who understand how important live performance is to the health of a population, how adventurous live performance emboldens the spirit, generates courage, impassions the viewer. Especially in the town where we are all devoted to creating content for various streams, and live from that work, it is truly a labor of love to create for live audience.
Why do we need to raise money if we are working with CAP? Good question! CAP is covering all the venue expenses. UnCabaret is covering artists fees and associated expenses. Travel, hospitality, video etc.
And we need to respectably compensate our amazing performers for the scale of the show. UnCabaret has always been a labor of love and this is a high risk financial venture. But the world keeps demanding we show up in bigger ways, so we have found this way for us to come to gather and raise the energy and fortify ourselves.
We've been convinced the community will step up to help us pull this off.
So you will right?
Which brings us to....
YOU! THANK YOU!
You've made the show what it is.
It was really early audiences bringing their friends the next week, that pushed us to make sure every show was a unique one of a kind experience. In the now of that night. A kind of church.
I need you to be there to help us again. Besides supporting a cultural nexus of Los Angeles there are a few other things you'll be supporting!
THE WOMAN THING
UnCabaret has never been a 'women's show'. Even at the Women's Building. But we have always been feminist. Our talent roster is filled with smart, funny, original, important female comedians. We're a woman owned business. And the organization identifies and a we/she.
The #LGBTQA community....
Fear of difference creates terrorism. Love of difference creates art. And one community that is so about that love is the #LGBTQ community and it's been a driving force of UnCabaret over the years.
Over the years you've undoubtably heard of legendary Uncab sets and nights you missed. This is one you def will not want to miss.
And if you have never seen an UnCab this night will be a perfect introduction to this amazing comedy experience.
OH DID WE MENTION THE MUSIC?
Mitch Kaplan came on as musical director and co-producer seven years ago. He brought his keen ear and had a vision for integrating music with the comedy, using music to even further raise the energy of the nights.
Kickstarter is a unique way - we do love unique things! - for us to reach a broader audience. Beyond the financial support, we love how Kickstarter helps us build a community of friends and supporters who are invested in helping to ensure we are able to continue to inspire and be inspired by the art of comedy! We love meeting new passionate adventurers in LA and beyond.
SHARING IS CARING
If you've gotten this far, love what you see, but can't afford to pledge right now, that's totally cool! We get that. In fact we are always sure to give house seats away all shows. It's important to us that those who can pay lots do, and those who need cheering up and connection from comedy can come for less or on the house.
So if you can't contribute financially please do contribute energetically. #karma #sharingiscaring
We want everyone to know about the magical world of UnCabaret – and you never know which one of your friends or followers might be our next backer!
Just share the link www.uncabaret.com/kickstarter and feel the waves of love we'll be sending your way! <3
THANK YOU AND STRETCH GOALS!
Thanks so much to everyone who helped up reach our goal! We feel your love!
Now we have an important stretch goal... making sure we can record the show. We need to make sure this special night of one time only performances are recorded. And then made available.
And we need to do more than that. We need to record the whole night. Beyond the show, what happens backstage, which will be bubbling with even more of our huge family of talent than we can fit onto stage in one show. And what's happening in the lobby? We know our audience is always filled with astoundingly wonderful personalities as well.
Our budget for to shoot and edit is $7,000.00 which puts our stretch goal at $25,000.00. Thanks so much in advance for helping us get there!
Our Ultimate Stretch Goal is $35,000.00 That would give us a little bit of a net, and some breathing room, so that we could be producing shows next year without worrying, show to show, if we will cover expenses, and it would mean we could hire a little bit of help, and have tech that works. It's a dream. And maybe a dream that will come true! Thank you for being part of UnCabaret!
Risks and challenges
With the full support of CAP UCLA and the Theater at the Ace Hotel, we are confident this event will not only happen but also be a huge success. There's always the possibility that a comic might not be able to appear at the last minute due to an emergency, but our biggest concern now is honestly having TOO MANY amazing performers and fitting them all into the show!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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