UnCabaret is the original
alt comedy show
UnCabaret is a legendary venue for wildly fun, idiosyncratic, intimate, conversational comedy. A place for comedy luminaries to tell the stories ripped from the headlines of there own lives. UnCabaret has appeared on Amazon, Comedy Central, audible.com and on five critically acclaimed CD's.
Why the Un? Unhomophobic, unxenophobic, unmysogynistic. Unhacky.
Now in its 26th groundbreaking year. Our 2020 Season will feature 3rd Sundays at Rockwell Table and Stage in Los Feliz. Tickets here. Each show is a one time only night orchestrated to uplift and inspire. Here's our Mission Statement.
"Seminal!" The New York Times
On 11/18/18 we celebrated our 25th Anniversary with a sold out show featuring Patton Oswalt, Bob Odenkirk, Julia Sweeney, Maria Bamford and more at CAP/UCLA at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on 11/18/18. Here's Variety's story about it. And check out Beth's LA Weekly cover story about how we got there.
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"Liberating!" Entertainment Weekly
"Legendary! " Los Angeles Magazine
"A Triumph!" Variety
We've been featured in and on CNN, NY Times, PBS, LA Times, The LA Weekly, melmagazine, Entertainment Weekly, NPR's 'This American Life' and 'All Things Considered', Vanity Fair, Variety, etc. As well as "We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy", CNN’s History of Comedy, PBS’s 'Women in Comedy' and in Kathy Griffin’s memoir.
"Nothing's Cooler!" Vanity Fair
Among our performers: Patton Oswalt, Margaret Cho, Janeane Garofalo, Bob Odenkirk, Sandra Bernhard, Kathy Griffin, Julia Sweeney, Tig Notaro, Julia Sweeney, Greg Behrendt, Taylor Negron, Jeff Garlin, Rob Delaney, Scott Thompson, Andy Dick, Laura Kightlinger, Baron Vaughn, Jennifer Coolidge, Merrill Markoe, Maria Bamford, Alex Edelman, Roseanne Barr, Greg Proops, David Cross, Rick Overton, Eddie Pepitone, Rory Scovel, Jen Kirkman, Moshe Kasher, Taylor Negron, Casey Wilson, Michael Patrick King, Jen Kirkman, Sarah Silverman, Karen Kilgariff, Kira Soltanovich, Byron Bowers, Judd Apatow, Natasha Legerro, Rebecca Corry, Moon Zappa, Cheri Oteri, Tim Bagley, Jordan Black, Julie Goldman, John Riggi, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Randy and Jason Sklar, Liz Feldman, Casey Wilson, Ali Wong, Kate Willett, Lauren Weedman, Carrie Fisher, Dave Holmes, Drew Droege, Ellen Cleghorn, Dave Holmes, Judy Toll, Erin Foley, Shane Torres, Jackie Kashian, Alec Mapa, Paul F Tompkins, Del Shores, Aparna Nanchurla, Miss Coco Peru and so many more!
"Hilarious!" All Things Considered, NPR
We're an incubator and many projects, including Julia Sweeney’s 'God Said, Ha!' have come out of our Sunday nights.
"The mother show of alternative comedy!" The LA Weekly
UnCab has had extended residencies at LunaPark, HBO Workspace, Skirball Cultural Center, The Knitting Factory, First & Hope/AuLac. We've toured and done pop-ups at The Getty, The Los Angeles Public Library Main Branch, The Laugh Factory, The Great American Music Hall, Knitting Factory NY, CAP/UCLA at The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Ace Palm Springs, Earldom College, Washington University and more.
"Flat out hilarious, refreshingly positive!" Frontiers
Spin off shows have included the critically acclaimed “Other Network Festival of UnAired Pilots” and “Say The Word”, TV writers from top shows including 'The Simpsons', 'Will & Grace', 'Sex & The City', 'The Office', 'Roseanne', 'Freaks and Geeks', 'Late Night with David Letterman' and more, reading stories from their own lives.
“A place where you were allowed — and expected — to dig deeper into some of the more emotional, real-life aspects of how you got to that joke.” Patton Oswalt in melmagazine
Beth Lapides is the creator, host, producer and muse of UnCab. Besides leading UnCab through it's many iterations she is known for her campaign to make First Lady and elected position, her appearance on Sex & The City her one person shows, including 1005 Happy 88% of the Time and her prolific writing.
Mitch Kaplan is our musical director and co-producer. Musical guests have included Phoebe Bridgers, Shelby Lynne, Lisa Loeb, Dweezil Zappa, Sam Morrow, Terra Naomi, Judith Owen, Magnolia Memoir, Jill Sobule, Zach Sherwin, Syd Straw, Kevin Yee, Charlie Hickey, SpaceCream, Harrison Whitford, Logan Heftel, Ruby Friedman, Kelly Mantle, Allee Willis and Garfunkel and Oates.
"It ruined other comedy for me." Quentin Tarentino
Our .edu branch has been in operation for almost 16 years. Our workshop, 'Infinite Writing', runs in 6 week cycles once a season. Beth Lapides teaches both this and the one day seminar 'You But Funnier'. Additionally works privately as a creative consultant. Classes have been presented by Second City Chicago, UCLA Extension, IOWest, The Skirball Cultural Center, mediabistro, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, LA Gay and Lesbian Center, PS 122, and Actors Comedy Studio. Students have gone on to TV writing jobs, stand-up careers, book publishing, touring shows, directing, acting gigs, producing, teaching, speaking careers and happier lives.
For more info on classes check this out.
Come for the comedy, stay for the hugs.