TV Writing Stories! Brent Forrester, Erin Foley, Steve Hely, Jordan Black, Sam Morrow and More!

UnCabaret Presents...

TV Writing Stories! Brent Forrester, Erin Foley, Steve Hely, Jordan Black, Sam Morrow and More!

Sun ยท April 23, 2017

Doors: 7:15 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 10:00 pm)

$10.00 - $30.00

The Showroom at Au Lac, Bar Fedora, serves food from their world class plant based menu, prepared by Chef Ito. You can arrive early, 6ish, and eat in the dining room before the show, or eat dinner, snacks, drinks during the show. You can even start your meal in the restaurant and have them carry over the rest of your meal in the showroom.

The showroom itself is a beautiful intimate room, with a speakeasy vibe.

It's located right across from Disney Hall.

Questions and more info call 213-706-3630 or uncabaret.com

We look forward to seeing you there!

xo

Beth Lapides
Beth Lapides
Creatrix, host, producer of UnCabaret (Comedy Central, Amazon, HBO Comedy Arts Festival). Host, Creator of The Other Network (Just For laughs), The Couch (Pilot for MTV). Actor (Sex & The City, Will & Grace). Commentator (Politically Incorrect, CNN). Radio Host (Comedy World Radio) Author ("Did I Wake You?", O Magazine, LA Yoga, Elle Decor, Time Magazine).
Brent Forrester
Brent Forrester
Brent Forrester is the executive producer of the Judd Apatow Netflix series Love. He has also written for The Simpsons,
King of the Hill (which he also exec produced), The Ben Stiller Show, Mr. Show with Bob and David and Undeclared. He served as a writer, director and consulting producer on The Office.

He also directed a 2008 series of webisodes of The Office and wrote the NBC.com web series In Gayle We Trust.

He also wrote the screenplay for the 1996 film The Stupids, the film The Low Self Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie with Mindy Kaling, and a sitcom pilot for Ron Howard.

Forrester also voiced Leon the Drug Addict in the episode of King of the Hill "Junkie Business".
Sam Morrow
Sam Morrow
On the title track of his sophomore release, There Is No Map, Sam Morrow sings "Well, I didn't learn too much, back when I knew it all.", a sentiment that perfectly encapsulates the soulful journey of this promising young American troubadour.

"In the past, I never really gave myself the opportunity to grow like I have since getting sober. I never really cared to learn about myself, my flaws, my strengths. I've been sober for long enough to where I see things coming back to me, but the fog of the chaos is only getting thicker, and that scares me."

It's been a busy year for newcomer Sam Morrow. Over the course of 15 months, he will have released his first two full length albums, a live in-the-studio EP with accompanying videos, be named an NPR "World Cafe Next" artist and play more than 100 shows, including an East Coast tour with blues legend John Mayall, kicking off The Bandit Town Festival and a successful SXSW.

In 2014, Forty Below Records released Morrow's first record Ephemeral, about which influential Americana magazine No Depression declared, "Sam Morrow has crafted a sterling debut LP that offers ready comparisons to the inspiring melancholia of Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska, Steve Earle's Train a Coming and Jason Isbell's more recent Southeastern."

While Ephemeral introduced the world to Morrow's story and sound with a collection of haunting vignettes, his sophomore effort, There Is No Map, goes a couple steps further, exploring the joy ride before the hangover. Infused with an explorer's soul and world-weary eyes, the structure and heart of this album mimic Morrow's own growth as a person and artist. It's an undeniable celebration of life, in all its unvarnished glory, as is evident right out of the gates where album opener, 'Barely Holding On', finds our thrill seeking maverick, thundering down the asphalt on a cocaine-fueled adventure.

"(Album producer) Eric Corne and I had a vision, since the end of our last record," says Morrow, "for this one to be daring. The last album dwelled on the darkness of growing up and running from reality, so I wanted this record to highlight the real adventures I had, and still have. We also wanted this record to be more of an ensemble, with the instrumentation helping to tell more of the story. We got some of our favorite musicians together in the studio for four days total; Matt Tecu on drums, Eamon Ryland on guitar, Ted Russell Kamp playing bass and Sasha Smith on keys. We recorded the first five songs in two days at Kingsize Soundlabs, in Eagle Rock. It provided a space where we could just go in and create, not simply record. The beauty of the ensemble that we put together is the ability for Eric and I to work together with them on a very raw idea. One of the songs we did at Kingsize was 'Wasted Time.' The interaction between Eamon's pedal steel playing, Sasha's organ part, and Matt's minimalist percussion approach wouldn't have happened tracking separately." Corne continues, "We topped it off with Eamon's iconic baritone guitar solo and gorgeous background vocals by Samantha Valdez. She added that classic country element, like an Emmylou (Harris) or Patsy (Cline) would have done. "It's easily my favorite track on the record," exclaims Morrow.

"I felt as though I was changing as a person and so my music should follow. My tastes had matured and I found myself digging deeper in the depths of traditional Americana; Little Feat, Hank Williams, Paul McCartney's RAM, Lucinda Williams, Merle Haggard. I found myself being influenced by things I wasn't before. Early in my life, I turned a shoulder to country music but once I started seeking out the sounds beyond what we're spoon fed, I found my home; the land of storytellers and outlaws picking against the grain. But I still wanted to stamp it with my own brand. I wanted to dip into psychedelia and make a record referencing all different kinds of music that I love." On, 'Am I Wrong,' you hear some Ray Charles crossed with The Doors; 'Green' blends country and gospel; and 'The Deaf Conductor' serves up acerbic Dylanesque wordplay over a rollicking Crazy Horse thump and guitars reminiscent of Lowell George (Little Feat).

Whereas Ephemeral was written amidst a fog of lingering depression and addiction, Morrow's turn with There Is No Map, is a wide-eyed journey through the past, careening into the future; Drenched in a childlike optimism and chemical-induced glee, the realities of this record are consequences of Morrow's own juxtaposed experiences. Even its artwork taunts the imagination with a provocative impossibility of conflicting worlds; There is No Map wrestles with paradox and invites the listener to take a seat, sweat along and tackle their own internal struggle.

In the end, there is no map to center of one's soul. It's an existential journey and one that promises to be a landmark for Sam Morrow and anyone willing to listen.
Erin Foley
Erin Foley
Erin Foley's razor-sharp observational comedy has gotten her big laughs on @midnight, Conan, Chelsea Lately, Comedy Central, Carson Daly, Arsenio Hall, Montreal Just for Laughs, amongst a slew of others! Foley continues to crush audiences nationwide with her hysterical view on life, spot- on humor, rapid firespeech and aerbic wit like no other! When she's not performing stand-up, Foley is also a talented actress whose credits include Curb Your Enthusiasm, NBC's Go On and the film Almost Famous. Erin has branded a unique position for herself in the industry as not only a gifted stand-up but a talented actress. Her versatility makes her one of the most incredible and admired comedians touring the country today. No surprise, The Huffington Post named her in the Top 20 in its list of "53 of our favorite comedians."

Huffington Post writes, "She offers smart comedy on politics, culture, sports and commercialism that can appeal to anyone in an urban area or with a college degree."
Jordan Black
Jordan Black
Jordan Black is and actor and director known for He is an actor and director, known for Bridesmaids, Pee-wee's Big Holiday, Spread, The Mindy Project, The Black Version, Community, Key and Peele. He was a writer on Saturday Night Live and is a member of The Groundlings.
Steve Hely
Steve Hely
Steve Hely is a TV writer best known for The Office, 30 Rock and Veep and one half of the podcast "Great Debates".
Liz Astrof
Liz Astrof
Liz Astrof is a writer, producer, consultant, and adviser. Liz has worked on such productions as The King of Queens, Kim & Kath, Raising Hope, Last Man Standing, Whitney and 2 Broke Girls.
Venue Information:
Au Lac
710 W 1st St.
Los Angeles, CA, 90012
http://www.aulac.com/