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Recap: Charity Auction for Alzheimer's Los Angeles with Greg Barris

Posted by Amoebite, October 9, 2019 06:07pm | Post a Comment

Charity Auction at Amoeba Hollywood with Greg Barris

Comedian Greg Barris hosted our auction to benefit Alzheimer's Los Angeles at Amoeba Hollywood on Saturday, October 5th and he slyly and effortlessly charmed our audience into digging deep into their pockets to support an amazing organization-- while they also scored some pretty cool stuff!

Alzheimer's Los AngelesAmoeba matched all winning bids, which meant we doubled the money going to Alzheimer's Los Angeles and their mission to provide free education and support services to families and caregivers who need it so desperately. 

Alzheimer's Los Angeles works to improve the lives of local families affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia by increasing awareness, delivering effective programs and services, providing compassionate support, and advocating for quality care and a cure. They offer free classes and workshops about brain health, memory concerns, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, along with care counseling and so much more.

Greg Barris is an American Comedy Scene Darling and served as a staple in New York’s downtown stand-up scene for years. A frequent Time Out New York Critic’s Pick, much loved by Brooklyn Vegan and hailed as "Excellent" by The New Yorker, Greg created and hosted the long-running Brooklyn comedy variety show Heart of Darkness. Greg and guitarist / visual artist Dima Drjuchin (Corrupt Autopilot) teamed up to form the Wigmaker's Son. Together they created a Zappa-meets-Lonely Island pop fantasy comedy album, Greatest Tits, which also featured friend Reggie Watts. Greg released his debut stand-up album Shame Wave on aspecialthing records and will be releasing a new comedy album on the label in the near future. Greg now lives L.A. where you can find him on stages across the city and beyond.

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Recap: Charity Auction for Hurricane Relief with Don Barris

Posted by Amoebite, October 9, 2017 05:45pm | Post a Comment

Charity Auction with Don Barris at Amoeba Hollywood

Saturday at Amoeba Hollywood was the place to be! Our old friend and cohort, the incomparable Don Barris (Windy City Heat, Big 3 Podcast, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Ding Dong Show, and a tireless supporter of Amoeba's auctions), did the honors at the podium and hosted our charity auction for hurricane relief! Don was entertaining and hilarious, as always, with the sharp zingers, as well as the deadpan wily way he has of wrangling extra cash our of unsuspecting Saturday shoppers.

The items on the auction block were amazing and Don did a great job. He really drummed up the energy and he had everyone giggling under their breath or rollicking in the aisles as they threw up their rainbow auction paddles (which conveniently double as fans on the 90 degree day). People really got the jump on their holiday shopping by scoring some unique items!

All proceeds from Saturday's auction went directly to support hurricane relief efforts and, as always, Amoeba matched ALL winning bid amounts, which means double the money going to where it is most needed.

Here are just a few of the cool items we auctioned off:

  • Tickets to see The Breeders (SOLD OUT) show at the El Rey November 13th - $60.00
  • Tickets to see The Drums at The Fonda Theatre November 2nd - $80.00
  • Tickets to see Dhani Harrison at the El Rey November 30th - $45.00
  • Signed & framed Glen Campbell poster - $95.00
  • Neon Demon movie poster signed by Nicolas Winding Refn and Cliff Martinez - $20.00
  • David Lynch signed Twin Peaks soundtrack vinyl - $100.00
  • Pearl Jam collectible pack, including Third Man LP, patch and Vitalogy book - $120.00
  • New Orleans music pack, featuring a Tipitina's shirt, hand picked music from NOLA--commemorating our very first auction in September 2005 after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast $80.00
  • Portable turntable + handpicked vinyl - $130.00
  • Lana Del Rey poster from her appearance at Amoeba with CD and buttons - $40.00
  • Signed HAIM poster + CD $30.00
  • Baby Driver soundtrack LP signed by Edgar Wright - $40.00

All together, Don helped raise a total of $840.00! That means, with the Amoeba match, we going to send $1,680.00 to Direct Relief, which has been providing medical and other aid to hurricane ravaged areas like Puerto Rico, Florida, and Texas.

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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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