November 26, 2010 |
Beth Lapides is following the signs. On the freeway. In the paper. She's interpreting street signs, "For Sale" signs, and "Open," "Closed" and "Be Back Soon" signs. Of course, the "50% Off" signs. And, most important, signs from the universe. They're telling her to evolve. That change is good. And to extend the run of her comedic one-woman show. So she has. Lapides' show, "100% Happy 88% of the Time," which plays Wednesday nights at the Improv Lab Theater in West Hollywood, quickly sold out its first six weeks.
May 17, 2007 |
WHEN she started the alternative comedy venue the Un-Cabaret about 15 years ago, Beth Lapides set down a few rules: no shtick, no costumes, no characters. Comics could bring notes onstage, but no wigs. "We told them, 'Do material that your head is going to explode if you don't tell somebody,' " she said. Perhaps that's why while mainstream comedy clubs have boomed and busted around it, Un-Cabaret has flourished as a place where performers can, nay must, be true to their own voice.
January 27, 2000 |
* The "Un-Cabaret" creator is host of the "Comedy Project" series at the Skirball Cultural Center. Tonight, she interviews Dan Savage and Andy Dick. Morning Bloom: Friday I get up and go to the Flower Mart in downtown. Most people don't realize that you don't have to go at 6 a.m. At 11, some stuff is closed, but there are still plenty of flowers left. Surrounding yourself with that much beauty is a great way to start off the weekend.
February 13, 1994 |
The cabaret room at LunaPark is a low-ceilinged black box hung with red curtains and mirrors--as well a cabaret should be. Little round tables snuggle together. Candles smolder. "I feel like I'm in a Turkish prison," comic Ed Kraznick says appreciatively, taking the stage. LunaPark is the creation of Jean-Pierre Boccara, genius of the Lhasa Club and Cafe Largo.
March 21, 1992 |
At the drop of a hint from a photographer and with an eye to her best profile, Beth Lapides drapes herself in the American flag, puts hand over heart and tosses her upswept hair-doed head with an air of defiance. One thing you can say about this comedian-performance artist who is about to announce her candidacy for First Lady: She knows photo opportunities. Running for First Lady?
July 22, 1989 |
What do you get if you cross a stand-up comedian with a performance artist? The dynamo that is Beth Lapides, of course--an entertainer who mixes good times with social commentary, together in one wacky package. Lapides will grace the Highways stage--sporting her usual natty man's suit, lots of hair and a vaguely Triborough accent--with her monologue "Globe-O-Mania" tonight, Sunday, July 29 and 30. She continues the run with late shows beginning Aug. 5.