In Comedy, creativity, Writing by Beth Lapides

UnCabaret is celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary. The LA Weekly asked me to write the story of UnCabaret, to guest edit the whole “Un” Issue. I was thrilled, of course, to get a chance to tell the story of this revolution in comedy. And also to be splashed on the cover of the LA Weekly! Here’s the beginning:

“I had to laugh. Darrick Rainey, the editor of L.A. Weekly, called me with notes on this piece. “You need to say what UnCabaret is. Right up top. Your story is too conversational.” “Well, Darrick,” I said smiling, “that’s exactly what UnCab is. Conversational.” But of course I knew what he meant, and here it is.

UnCabaret is the original so-called “alternative comedy” show. It’s a place where comedians set aside their acts and tell stories ripped from the headlines of their lives. They do risky, intimate sets about how they’re changing — raw, unpolished stories, rants about the zeitgeist. It’s a place where comedians explore ideas they will polish and develop elsewhere, or just let go of.

UnCabaret is also a loosely knit collective of aligned and brilliant comedy voices in conversation with one another. The mind-blowingly talented original group includes Patton Oswalt, Bob Odenkirk, Janeane Garofalo, Kathy Griffin, Dana Gould, David Cross, Scott Thompson, Julia Sweeney, Margaret Cho, Tim Bagley, Mike McDonald, Terry Sweeney, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Karen Kilgariff, Merrill Markoe, Ellen Cleghorn, Taylor Negron, Moon Zappa, Judy Toll, Blaine Capatch, Paul F. Tompkins, Henriette Mantel, Warren Hutcherson, Michael Patrick King, Bob Goldthwait, Laura Milligan, Andy Kindler, Greg Behrendt, Rick Overton, Andy Dick and Jeff Garlin. Jon Stewart, Sarah Silverman, Louis C.K. and Bill Maher all dropped in. It’s more female and gayer than most comedy shows. And we’ve always had a sense of urgency rather than of fooling around and killing time.”

You can read the rest of “A Place in The Un” in the LA Weekly here.

We’re celebrating the 25th anniversary with a big one night only show on Novemeber 18 at CAP/UCLA at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. Orchestra nd mezzanine are sold out, get your bacon seats now! Tickets for the show are available online at The Theatre at Ace Hotel.