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Recap: Charity Auction for Planned Parenthood with Tawny Newsome

Posted by Amoebite, August 8, 2017 11:03am | Post a Comment

Amoeba Charity Auction for Planned Parenthood with Tawny Newsome

We sure had a great time at Amoeba Hollywood on Saturday! Our special guest auctioneer Tawny Newsome, musician and comedian and all around wonderful person, graced our stage and helped us raise close to $2,000 for our local Planned Parenthood chapter.

We had some outstanding prizes, and Tawny's relaxed style coaxed the audience into raising their auction paddles (which were actually Amoeba handheld fans, so they did double duty that hot day). Full of quips and one-liners, she had the audience chuckling--and she even got the shy people to join in!

Tawny Newsome is a Second City alum, actor (Bajillion Dollar Propertie$' "Chelsea Leight-Leigh") and a singer/guitarist. She was a touring member of Second City before joining the Mainstage cast and released a solo album in 2012. In 2013 Rolling Stone suggested Tawny for SNL's new cast. She moved from Chicago to LA about a year and a half ago where she's kept very busy. This October, Tawny is releasing her 4th album with Jon Langford (Mekons, Waco Brothers) which they recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals studio with original Muscle Shoals session players. They recorded the new album three days after last year's election with Tawny, John and their two band-mates flying to the town of 400. Four Lost Souls will be out on Bloodshot records September 22, with a tour starting that same month.

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Recap: Charity Auction for the Sierra Club with Jake Fogelnest

Posted by Amoebite, June 5, 2017 05:24pm | Post a Comment

Charity Auction recap Amoeba Hollywood

On Saturday, June 3rd, we held a charity auction at Amoeba Hollywood with a brand new guest auctioneer, the dapper writer and comedian Jake Fogelnest! The auction, benefiting the Sierra Club, couldn't be more timely--with the issue of climate change on all of our minds. We are all hoping to protect our planet for generations to come, and the Sierra Club has been working tirelessly for more than a hundred years to do just that!

Sierra ClubThe Sierra Club was founded by legendary conservationist John Muir 125 years ago in 1892 and it's now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization -- with more than two million members and supporters. Its successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, they made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.

Our guest auctioneer knows a thing or two about music and pop culture. Jake started a television show, from his New York City bedroom, when he was 14-years old! Squirt TV made its debut in January of 1994 on Manhattan public access. The show featured Jake spouting off his opinions of music, film and television. Jake wrote, produced, directed and edited the entire series, himself. The one-man show quickly became a cult success in Manhattan. Jake's quirky style, sense of humor and edgy commentary attracted fans and Squirt TV evolved from Public Access to the mass audience of MTV. Jake latest projects include Comedy Central's upcoming series Corporate, Netflix's Girlboss, and Hulu's Difficult People.

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New 'What's In My Bag?' Episode with Comedians Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler

Posted by Amoebite, May 1, 2017 05:55pm | Post a Comment

Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler

We were psyched to have comedians Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler host our charity auction for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank at Amoeba Hollywood back in December. Schaal and Braunohler saved some time to do a little shopping and picked up music, stand-up, movies, and baby clothes, including a prison-striped Johnny Cash "Folsom Prison Blues" onesie. "Then it looks like the baby's in prison," says Braunohler, "and that's always fun."

Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen Live at the VirgilKurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal are the hosts of Hot Tub with Kurt & Kristen, a weekly variety show originally based in New York City and now taking place at The Virgil in Los Angeles. The duo also co-created the online series Penelope: Princess of Pets. In November, Kill Rock Stars released their comedy album, Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen Live at the Virgil, on double vinyl. 

Braunohler has performed at some of the most well-regarded comedy showcases and entertainment festivals in the world, including Montreal's Just for Laughs festival, the New York Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, SXSW, Bonnaroo, All Tomorrow's Parties, HBO US Comedy Arts Festival, and the Chicago Improv Festival. He has appeared on Bob's Burgers, Chelsea Lately, and John Oliver Presents. He currently hosts the podcast The K Ohle with Kurt Braunohler for the Nerdist network and just launched a new audio series available on Audible with his wife, Lauren Cook, called Wedlock.

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Recap: Charity Auction for MALDEF with Martin Moreno

Posted by Amoebite, April 3, 2017 10:42am | Post a Comment

charity auction at Amoeba Hollywood with Martin Moreno

On Saturday, April 1st our guest auctioneer, comedian Martin Moreno, held the gavel with a firm hand as he auctioned off a cool array of fun stuff to benefit the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund, which needs our help now more than ever. As Martin said "It is a great time to be brown in America!" (It was April 1st, right??)

Martin's comedy career began in his early 30s, and his twice-divorced take on "soul mates" and his personal journeys molded him into the hilarious, irreverent, badass standup comic he is today. He's co-hosted Comedy Central's Gabriel Iglesias Presents: Stand Up Revolution, voiced a character Hey, It's Fluffy!, and toured the U.S. and beyond gaining a loyal hardcore following. Catch him on Season 3 of Fluffy Breaks Even on FUSE in July with Gabriel Iglesias and follow him on Twitter: @martincomic.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (or MALDEF for short) was founded in 1968 and is the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Often described as the “law firm of the Latino community,” MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access. Their approach combines advocacy, educational outreach, and litigation strategies to achieve socio-economic change.

Here are some of the highlights and bids from today's auction:

charity auction items at Amoeba Hollywood

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Recap: Charity Auction for the ACLU with Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher

Posted by Amoebite, February 6, 2017 05:15pm | Post a Comment

Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher Amoeba Charity Auction

Comedians Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher hosted our bimonthly charity auction at Amoeba Hollywood last Saturday, February 4th with proceeds going to the ACLU and their work to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people can live openly without discrimination and enjoy equal rights, personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association. Sponsored by our friends at LA WEEKLY.

For almost one hundred years the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the laws and the constitution of the United States. The ACLU has a long history of defending the LGBT community. They brought their first LGBT rights case in 1936 and founded the LGBT Project in 1986. Today, the ACLU brings more LGBT cases and advocacy initiatives than any other national organization does. They are dedicated to making progress both in the courts of law and in the court of public opinion. 

The brilliant and quick-witted Cameron and Rhea gave our auction a real shot in the arm with their brand of dry, high comedy. The two of them held the audience rapt and drove the bids up with their pithy banter, all the while reminding us how important it is to keep vigilant and to keep working to protect our civil liberties. A great time was had by all and we thank them so much for hosting our auction!

Some of the auction highlights:

  • Mickey Mouse Cruiser Turntable + Mickey Mug + Vintage Mickey Button $90.00
  • Dinner at Oliver’s Prime Steakhouse at the Grafton on Sunset along with a Ukulele and harmonica ("to serenade your fellow restaurant-goers!") $120.00
  • $50 Urban Outfitters gift card $65.00
  • Women's March posters designed by Shepard Fairy, Ernesto Yerena & Jessica Sabogal, plus women positive stickers and buttons! $200.00!!
  • Grateful Dead prize pack $35.00
  • Tickets to The Internet's SOLD OUT show March 19th at the Fonda Theatre $50.00
  • Tickets to see Galactic February 17th at the Fonda Theatre $35.00
  • Tickets to see Cloud Nothings February 22nd at the Teragram Ballroom $25.00
  • Amoeba VIP in-store pass + Trader Joe's Gift Card and Lunchbox $100.00
  • IMPOSSIBLE Polaroid Camera and Film $75.00
  • Barry Manilow calendar from 2013 ("the good old days...) and a Barry Manilow tour book $35.00
  • Lemmy and Motorhead pack $35.00
  • Cameron and Rhea Signed Record and Pin!! $130.00!!

All together the audience bid $1,065.00, and with Amoeba's match that means $2,130.00 will go directly to the ACLU and their work with the LGBT community.

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