Dwell comedy comes again on-line | lifestyle


IIf live comedy is on your weekend program, you’re in luck – regardless of whether you fancy a personal stand-up or prefer to stay at home and fetch your yukes a little longer via live stream.

Let’s start with Medford-based comedian Carl Lee, who will be making three appearances in Central Oregon this week, starting Thursday at the Open Space in Bend. On Friday, Lee, who starred in Last Comic Standing and Def Comedy Jam, will be at the High Desert Music Hall, a new venue in Redmond, and on Saturday he will be back in Bend for his visit with a Set at craft kitchen and brewery.

Lee said GO! he didn’t really stop performing when COVID-19 hit, and that wasn’t because he was doing stand-up livestreams.

“The funny thing about it, I refused to do zoom,” he said. “I thought to myself, ‘I’m not doing a zoom.’ I’ve turned down a lot of virtual stuff, but I’ve been very lucky. I’ve done a lot of private shows. “

In addition to presenting his comedy at private gatherings, Lee has several venues in southwest Oregon that he also produces for, adhering to capacity and other protocols.

“It turned out great anyway, because you’d be amazed at the energy 50 people can bring with them,” he said. “And then, when you have a comic that hasn’t been on stage for a month, which it brings – so that coming together makes it so much nicer, so much more appreciative and just shows you how live entertainment is just so powerful and just really necessary. “

One place that hasn’t seen or heard his comedy in a long time is Central Oregon. Lee estimated his last visit was around 2006. His comedy tends to be life, family, “and just stupid, stupid things we don’t think about until I say them,” he said. “I bring out a lot of things just to make people think and laugh and let go and just realize, ‘You know what? It’s fine, Boo Boo, it’s fine. ‘ Especially on a live comedy show because that’s adult humor, and I think it’s time these adults let go and just laugh at life. “

In the meantime, the Tower Theater will help bring the Central Oregonians back into comedy through UnCabaret, a long-running comedy and storytelling event in Los Angeles.

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Unlike Lee, UnCabaret’s founder and host Beth Lapides (luh-PEE-des) really didn’t have much of a problem with switching to Zoom. In fact, Vulture Magazine rated the UnCab livestream events one of the best for comedy. The show is streamed on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. and features talents like Julia Sweeney, formerly on “SNL”, Hannah Einbinder, who starred in “Hacks” on HBO Max, the comedian Alex Edelman, who regularly plays on “Conan”, and Alec Mapa, whose 40+ guest roles in shows such as Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives earned him the unofficial title of America’s Gaysian Sweetheart.

Change is a constant at UnCabaret that has been around for 27 years, albeit in different places, occasional breaks and other adaptations. The show is returning to live events but will also keep its zoom iterations going, Lapides said.

One thing has stayed with it: comedians who let their hair down and present stories and comedy in a more “if you weren’t there, you missed it” manner. UnCab made for a much looser style of comedy than the rehearsed jokes where comedians were expected to (really) deserve a laugh every seven seconds, which was more common at the time.

“Comedians were very frustrated. They had to do close tens, ”she said. “Everyone’s trying to … get their sitcom. The way you got it, you’ve developed that perfect 10 minutes. … It was really about perfection. “

The event that UnCab triggered was a one-person show that Lapides put on at a venue called The Women’s Club.

“They laughed a little more than it really warranted – I knew how funny that was,” said Lapides, laughing self-deprecatingly. “I thought, ‘When was the last time you laughed?’ They said, ‘We don’t go to comedy clubs. We’re women and we’re artists and we’re lesbians and when we go to a comedy club they make fun of us. ‘

“So I said, ‘Well, I’ll put you on a show. It won’t be homophobic. It won’t be misogynistic. It will not be cabaret. ‘”

Another prompt came while following the controversial comic strip Andrew Dice Clay one evening at the Comedy Store, a famous Los Angeles club.

“I hated him for doing his misogynistic material, I hated the audience for laughing at him, and I hated myself for hating everyone,” said Lapides. “I was prepared to try to be innovative.”

Early participants included Taylor Negron, Judy Toll, Janeane Garofalo, David Cross, and Bob Odenkirk. But it took a while before he found a home and audience.

“It was conceived in The Women’s Building, then born on the highways, and born in LunaPark,” explained Lapides, referring to the venues it called home. Once it sat in LunaPark for a while: “Slowly but surely, after a few months, it really built up a lot of momentum.”

“It was really at LunaPark that the audience returned with their friends. This idea that it had to be new material every time became a thing, ”said Lapides. “Intimacy was important to us and conversational comedy was important.”

In other words, much more how modern comedy evolved.

“It’s a lot looser. Things have really changed, ”said Lapides. “In the course of UnCabaret, I mean, you can credit me with that. Not only will I acknowledge it, but other people have said that UnCabaret was certainly one of the forces that (changed things) through perseverance. “