On Saturday, November 2, Matt Besser and Ian Roberts from Upright Citizens Brigade brought the goods and the guffaws with their dry wit and nutty antics. It was mayhem and mirth on the Amoeba Hollywood stage stage as they helped raise the bids up! Several customers were overheard saying they didn't know what the hell was happening, but it sure sounded exciting.
The Upright Citizens Brigade is a comedy improvisational troupe founded in LA by Matt, Ian, Matt Walsh and Amy Poehler. The UCB Theatre is dedicated to fostering both an appreciation and education of the arts through affordable and high quality comedic performances and classes. Their new book, The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual, was borne out of years of work by the authors to provide the first step-by-step instruction manual for the art of comedic improvisation.
Matt and Ian shot several zingers into the crowd as they drove the bids up and up...
"Not bidding today is just like kicking a homeless person as you walk down the street!"
Our November charity auction beneficiary is our neighbors, Food on Foot. Since 1996 they have provided the poor and homeless of Hollywood with nutritious meals, clothing, job opportunities, and assistance in the transition to employment and life off the streets.
As always, Amoeba matches all winning bids and 100% of auction funds go straight to the charity.
Highlights from Saturday's auction included:
- Tickets to Atlas Genius at the Wiltern Nov. 6 + tickets to the Bangles at the Fonda Dec. 6 - $50.00
- Chvrches at the Wiltern Nov. 18 - $25.00
- Jessie Ware at the Wiltern Nov. 21 - $20.00
- Four passes to Natural History Museum of Los Angeles - $40.00
- Amoeba VIP in-store pass to show of your choice + CD and first in line for signing - $35.00
- House of Blues Gospel Brunch for two - $60.00
- Trader Joe's Gift Card with lunchbox - $60.00
- Signed collectible poster art from Joan Jett - $60.00
- Canvas frame print of Hollywood sign + a fun pack o' stuff - $25.00
- Justin Timberlake Underwear - $5.00
- Beatles Fun Pack - $35.00
- Ringo Starr limited-edition tote + drumsticks - $20.00
- UCB hoodie, socks, etc - $55.00!!
- UCB DVD - $20.00
- Coffee mug and Coffee Bean Gift Card + puzzles - $25.00
Ian and Matt helped raise $500.00 in individual bids, which, when doubled by Amoeba is $1,000 for our friends at Food on Foot!
Don't forget our monthly charity auctions happen on the first Saturday of every month. Our next auction will be Saturday, December 7 at 4pm. We began hosting charity auctions when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and over the years we’ve raised over $450,000 for New Orleans, Green charities, Animal charities, Doctors Without Borders and many local organizations. We have also had an array of funny and talented people host including Bob Odenkirk, Garfunkel and Oates, Don Barris, Matt Walsh, Brently Heilbron, and so many more. See you next month!