The Ace Hotel did a cool blog about us…
It’s Los Angeles and it’s the dawn of the 90s and everybody looks so young. There’s Janeane Garofalo, Paul F. Tompkins, Kathy Griffin. There’s Bob and David, pre-Mr. Show. There’s Margaret Cho and Larry Charles and Patton Oswalt and maybe a babyfaced Apatow. Within a few years, the people in this room will be credited with transforming the face of popular comedy. Right now, they’re in a basement of a restaurant in West Hollywood, and Beth Lapides is holding court.
Lapides’ UnCabaret was a unique pillar in LA’s nascent “alternative comedy” scene — offering performers an “un-homophobic, un-xenophobic, un-misogynistic” stage to work out their weirdness in front of a generous audience. Now in its 25th year, Lapides and CAP UCLA bring UnCabaret to The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Sunday, November 18 for a star-studded anniversary show.
After a quarter century of shows, how does UnCabaret maintain its vitality?
Finding new, unique talent and nurturing them. Being in the now. This now. No, this one. Now. Knowing we are part of a big shift. Staying true to our core beliefs, still feeling urgent about our mission to create “un-homophobic, un-xenophobic, un-misogynistic” comedy. And at the same time being willing to evolve.
Coffee. More coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. Oh and stories, of course.
UnCabaret’s alumni list is obviously staggering, but are there names new or old that you miss on the Anniversary roster?
So many! We would need a full series of shows to include everyone we wanted to include. Dana Gould, Michael Patrick King, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Margaret Cho, Kathy Griffin, Alec Mapa, Sarah Silverman, Tig Notaro, Judd Apatow, John Riggi, Larry Charles, Baron Vaughn, Erin Foley, Marc Maron, Kira Soltanovich, Aparna Nancherla, Jamie Bridgers, Merrill Markoe, etc, etc, etc. Love them all. They are all part of us.
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