UnCabaret with Allee Willis, Greg Behrendt, Justin Sayre, Jordan Black and Mary Lynn Rajskub!

UnCabaret Presents...

UnCabaret with Allee Willis, Greg Behrendt, Justin Sayre, Jordan Black and Mary Lynn Rajskub!

Sun · March 18, 2018

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).
Allee Willis
Allee Willis
Allee Willis is a Grammy, Emmy, Tony and Webby award-winning and nominated songwriter, performer, visual artist, multimediaist, director, collector, social artist, and party thrower.

Her hits-including Earth, Wind & Fire's "September" and "Boogie Wonderland," The Pointer Sisters' "Neutron Dance," Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield's "What Have I Done To Deserve This," and The Rembrandts' "I'll Be There For You (Theme From Friends)"-have sold more than 60 million records. Willis also co-authored the Oprah Winfrey-produced Tony-winning Broadway musical The Color Purple.

After running on Broadway from 2005-2008, The Color Purple returned to Broadway December 10, 2015, opening to unanimously rave reviews. New York Magazine called it "one of the best musical revivals ever” while The New York Times praised it as “a miracle on Broadway…a glory to behold.”

Willis is currently working on "The D". Recorded at over 50 sing-alongs all over Detroit and featuring more people in history than have ever been the original artist on a record - over 6000 people - Willis, along with collaborator Andrae Alexander, wrote "The D" as a theme to accompany the Motor City's re-invention. The song is accompanied by an eye-popping, Detroiters-as-they-have-never-been-seen-before video directed and co-animated by Willis. “The D" attests to Willis' motto of "from the ashes come the miracles" and that from the greatest of obstacles the greatest of things can happen.

Willis' live shows, including sold-out runs of "Ba-de-ya, Baby!" and "Allee Willis' Super Ball Bounce Back Review," have drawn raves as Willis celebrates her life in music and art with her greatest hits sing-alongs, stories, huge live band, dancers, special guests, motorized art, games, videos, mid-show foot massages via Manly Handz, all delivered with her signature party vibe (People magazine has written that "tickets to Allee Willis' ultra-exclusive parties...are the campiest hot tickets in LA"). In addition to future versions of her innovative, interactive, and inimitable stage review -- a "one-woman show with 25 people in it" -- Willis has also become a regular headliner at the legendary comedy review, UnCabaret.

Willis first returned to live performing after a decades-long absence in 2010. She broke the ice by going back to her college, the University of Wisconsin, to conduct the school's 350-piece marching band through a medley of her hits during halftime of the Homecoming football game, before 82,000 fans. In 2011, she launched "Allee Willis Marches on Detroit," an ongoing series of events and fundraisers dedicated to her beloved hometown-with another marching band event, this time in Detroit's historic Fox Theatre with students from her alma mater Mumford High-the school that became famous in the film for which Willis won a Grammy for Best Soundtrack, Beverly Hills Cop. The cast of the national touring company of The Color Purple sang along with the students as Willis conducted.

A second "Marching on Detroit" event took place in 2012 when Willis staged the "Last Call Before The Wrecking Ball" concert at Mumford, where students sang, danced, and played their way through her hits just a month before the school was demolished. On that same visit to Detroit, she was honored at Cass Technical High School, which was the first high school in the U.S. to license, and the second to produce, The Color Purple. Wilis also received a "Spirit of Detroit" award from the City Council for her work on behalf of Detroit to date (previously, in 2008 she received an official "Testimonial Resolution" from the City as well).

Willis is the curator of The Allee Willis Museum of Kitsch at AWMOK.com, a Willis-designed social network with galleries, art, music, chat, video and live events. Launched in late 2009, it features Willis' world's largest collection of Kitsch artifacts as seen on her popular "Kitsch O' The Day" blog as well as submissions made by visitors to the site. AWMOK.com promotes a vibrant and unique form of social interaction, inviting like-minded "aKitschionados" to upload images and descriptions of their own prized Kitsch.

Willis is an internationally shown visual artist as well, and her paintings, ceramics, motorized sculptures and furniture are widely collected. Willis' first solo gallery exhibition, 1985's "Wear The Right Clothes Even At Home," featured kinetic sculptures, many named after her hit songs, including "Neutron Dance" and "Boogie Wonderland." Her expansive vision further extends to art direction, set design, and animation. Many of the more than 2,000 pieces of art Willis has sold were done in tandem with her fearless alter-ego, Bubbles the artist. Within months of Bubbles' first painting in 1999, it was rumored in The New York Times that Willis actually was Bubbles the artist. In a feature on Willis, People magazine once called her artistic overdrive, "a multi-threat creativity that itself seems like a Godzilla out to conquer Lalaland."

Willis has long braved new worlds of creative endeavor integrating music, art, video, multi-media technology and lifestyle via a series of works in which she co-composes, sings, plays, produces, draws, animates, directs, designs web worlds for and stars in. The first such release, "Allee Willis Presents Bubbles & Cheesecake "It's A Woman Thang"--- part of a 6-song collaboration with singer-songwriter Holly Palmer (a.k.a. Cheesecake) -- was selected as Official Honoree in The 2008 Webby Awards, and won three 2008 W3 Awards. Her second video, "Allee Willis Presents Bubbles & Cheesecake "Editing Is Cool", was also 'featured' on YouTube and won three 2008 W3 Awards. At one point, Willis' 2009 video "Hey Jerrie"-- co-starring Jerrie Thill, a 91-year-old female drummer on an oxygen tank -- was the 12th most popular video worldwide on YouTube.

Willis is also a cyber-pioneer who conceptualized Internet realms and was an outspoken advocate for them back when "new" media was unknown to most. In 1991, a positively Paleolithic age in terms of mainstream computer use, her home was the first fully-wired, networked location in Los Angeles (in the next decade, it went on to become one of the fst all-fiber houses). From 1992 until 1997, she and partner Prudence Fenton dove headlong into developing willisville, the first social networking portal. Willisville featured a radically new approach to interactive content, employing narrative frameworks to navigate the site intuitively, and merging multiple technologies and platforms into one story-driven interface. In 1994, willisville's CEO was seminal entrepreneur Mark Cuban. Early on, Fortune Magazine cited it as one of the emerging Internet's most exciting companies, and its progress was also tracked by the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times throughout the 1990s. In 1999, with Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner -- and in tandem with Bubbles the artist -- Willis also designed lilytomlin.com, a non-linear journey through Tomlin's life, characters and Tony-winning play, The Search For Signs Of Intelligent Life In The Universe.

Starting in the early 1990s, Willis consulted for Intel, Microsoft, AOL and Disney and created virtual worlds for a variety of other entertainment and technology companies. In 1997, representing 3,000,000 BMI songwriters, she addressed the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property regarding artist rights in cyberspace. Regularly called upon to speak on the nascent Internet, she keynoted the very first Digital World conference in 1992 with AOL founder Steve Case and Intel founder Andy Groves, and in 1996 lectured on interactive journalism to a group of prominent print and television journalists at Harvard University.

Willis credits her hometown of Detroit, where the music of Motown got in her blood, as her creative inspiration. She earned a degree in Journalism at the University of Wisconsin before moving to New York in 1969. She landed a copywriting job at Columbia and Epic Records, and in 1972 turned to music and songwriting. Her first ten songs were released on the 1974 Epic album, Childstar. Bonnie Raitt, a fan of the album, gave Willis her first cover that year as she was working as a hat-check girl at the fabled Manhattan nightspots Catch A Rising Star and Reno Sweeney's.

Willis then moved to Los Angeles, where she landed a publishing deal at A&M in 1977 after being turned down by almost every other publisher in town. In 1978, she sold ten million records and has since collaborated with Bob Dylan, James Brown, Herbie Hancock, and literally hundreds of other music luminaries. A Grammy winner for Best Soundtrack for 1985's #1 album Beverly Hills Cop, Willis is one of pop music's most prolific songwriters. In 1987, Willis authored a column for Details magazine, "Some Like It Smog," in which she introduced her proudest musical kitsch discovery, The Del Rubio Triplets, mini-skirted octogenarians who went on to tour the world and appear on over 20 network television programs.

At the same time that Willis' music was regularly climbing the charts, she became a renowned impresario of inspired parties and events-as-performance art. Many took place at her architecturally historic L.A. home, a William Kesling-designed Streamline Moderne gem known as "Willis Wonderland," in a nod to her hit song, "Boogie Wonderland." The house, which has been featured in the NY Times and the LA Times, is filled with Willis' various collections, which represent one of the world's largest assemblages of Kitsch (Willis was actually in the dictionary.com definition of kitsch). Her thematic soirees draw A-list celebrities, art world stars, pop culture icons and other notables. Always press magnets, the parties were early vehicles through which Willis freely expressed all her multi-media talents to serve one fabulous end. Among the most memorable are: "The Night of the Living Negligee, 1-3," a series of all-girl pajama parties, and the "Borscht Belt Birthday Party." The latter was a wry-on-rye affair commemorating Willis being named, "one of the most dangerous subversives living in the U.S." by Russian newspaper Pravda because they mistranslated her hit song "Neutron Dance" as a nuclear-themed "Neutron Bomb". Willis' party-throwing-as-artistic-expression continues to this day.

With everything converging, Willis' signature vision and creative intelligence have entered a new phase. As journalist Anne Stockwell wrote in a recent profile, "To understand where Willis is going, you have to open your mind to a degree of inventiveness that's frankly a little scary." And spectacularly fun
Greg Behrendt
Greg Behrendt
Greg Behrendt is working harder than ever! In 2009, "He's Just Not That Into", the movie based on his bestselling book, opened in theaters nationwide and was America's number one movie. Behrendt's second comedy special, "That Guy from That Thing," was released by Image Entertainment after premiering on Comedy Central. Greg hit the road with the "Greg Behrendt's Totally Into You Comedy Tour" and made his Edinburgh Festival debut at The Assembly Rooms. In 2010, Greg wrote a half hour sitcom pilot for CBS, produced and starred in "There Might Be Cake", an unscripted pilot for IFC, and performed stand-up at both the Melbourne and Montreal International Comedy Festivals, worked as a Consulting Producer on NBC's Love Bites. In 2011 Greg launched the podcast "Walking the Room" and its standup spin-off, "Starfish Circus", both of which he hosts with Dave Anthony; he also headlined an episode of John Oliver's New York Standup Show on Comedy Central, and is currently writing a pilot for AMC with Hank Azaria and Jerry Stahl.

Behrendt currently lives in LA with his wife/writing and producing partner Amiira and their two daughters.
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.
Mary Lynn Rajskub
Mary Lynn Rajskub
Mary Lynn Rajskub is best known for her iconic performance as “Chloe” on FOX’s 24, which she has reprised on 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY, the number-one rated show of 2014. She has also recently appeared in recurring arcs on 2 BROKE GIRLS and CALIFORNICATION, and can be seen as a regular panelist on CHELSEA LATELY. On the big screen, Mary Lynn was recently seen in theaters in SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED (Duplass Bros.), and also starred in THE KINGS OF SUMMER with Alison Brie, Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally. Other credits include ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, MR. SHOW, LARRY SANDERS, JULIE AND JULIA, PUNCH DRUNK LOVE and SUNSHINE CLEANING.
Justin Sayre
Justin Sayre
Justin is a writer most recently for 2 Broke Girls on CBS. He is the author of Husky, and Pretty, young adult books (Penguin Books) and is best know as the creator and host of The Meeting of the International Order of Sodomites, the acclaimed comedy/variety show in residence at Joe's Pub.

The Meeting* was named among the Top nightclub shows of 2013 by Time Out New York, and received the 2012 Bistro Award for “Comedy Artistry” and a 2011 MAC Award nomination for Best Male Comedy Performance.

He was described by Michael Musto in The Village Voice as “Oscar Wilde meets Whoopi Goldberg.” In a recent story for Edge New York, Steve Weinstein said ”Comedian, raconteur, performing artist, gay rights activist and sexual outlaw: I’m not sure Justin Sayre is classifiable. The veteran performer is on his way to becoming a Downtown Manhattan institution along the lines of Charles Ludlum or Charles Busch.” Justin is a child of Forty Fort, Pennsylvania who demonstrated a supernatural instinct for “camp” at an early age. With a voice straight out the MGM finishing school for girls, he moved to New York believing it was still 1947. He was terribly misinformed.

As an actor, he has worked and studied with some of the finest professionals in the city. As a comedian, Sayre is regular guest at Homo-Comicus at the Gotham Comedy Club and contributing writer to Murray Hill’s ShowBiz on MTVX. As a gay, Justin has excelled at scarf placement, devilish quips, and a healthy but firm love of the American musical.

An evening of his short plays, Justin Sayre Is Alive and Well… Writing – called one of the “Top 10 Events on the New York Stage” by the New York Daily News – sold out two shows at Ars Nova in 2012. Sayre’s play, The Click of the Lock, was a finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Conference and debuted at The Cherry Lane Theatre starring Randy Harrison. Sayre is a contributor to The Huffington Post and Flavorwire, as well offering playful and witty love advice at The Date Report.

“The Gay Agenda” – his debut comedy/spoken word album – was released in Fall 2014.
Venue Information:
Au Lac
710 W 1st St.
Los Angeles, CA, 90012
http://www.aulac.com/