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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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Recap: DC Pierson Hosted a Charity Auction for Rock The Vote at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, October 3, 2016 05:13pm | Post a Comment

Charity Auction recap

The amazingly smart and hilarious DC Pierson returned to Amoeba Hollywood on Saturday, October 1st to host our charity auction for Rock The Vote! DC has presided over our auction before so we were ready for hilarity and big bids, and he delivered.

"Can I hear $60.00 for democracy?! Let's get some bids going for Rock The Vote!!"

DC Pierson is a comedian and author of the novels The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep And Never Had To and Crap Kingdom. He is in a group called DERRICK Comedy which made the film Mystery Team. He's been seen in the movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier and on TV shows like Community and Key & Peele. He is absolutely one of our very favorite auctioneers of all time! His skills as an auctioneer were in full force as he offered up a crazy array of concert tickets, collectibles, and gift certificates from our amazing neighbors, and other things you never knew you had to have. As always, we matched all winning bids up to $1,000, which means we doubled the money going to benefit Rock The Vote.

Some of the goodies up for auction this time and the bids they got:

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Recap: Brently Heilbron Hosted a Charity Auction for Inner-City Arts at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, August 9, 2016 03:47pm | Post a Comment

Charity Auction with Brently Heilbron at Amoeba Hollywood

On Saturday, August 6th we were stoked for the return of Amoeba's prodigal son, Brently Heilbron - the original host of our charity auctions! He auctioned off a crazy array of concert tickets (Kraftwerk, Culture Club, Desert Daze Festival to name a few), plus collectibles, gift certificates from our amazing neighbors (Trader Joe's, Stella Barra & Urban Outfitters) and other things you never knew you had to have. As always, we matched all winning bids up to $1,000, which means we doubled the money going to benefit Inner-City Arts in downtown Los Angeles.

Brently Heilbron began performing stand up at the age of 14 and is the host and co-creator of the new PBS comedy series Stand Up Empire. We were so thrilled when he agreed to come back to host this auction 'cause he knows how to get it done! His quick wit and on-stage antics held the audience entranced while he heckled them into digging deeper into their pockets for a good cause. Jokes about....the portable CD player he was auctioning off ("CDs are gonna be cool again, mark my words!! And with this you can listen to your favorite Spin Doctors CD!!"). He brought chuckles and guffaws, and with his stream-of-consciousness commentary we got a small glimpse into his improv genius. While unfurling the giant Adele banner on the stage, we all-of-a-sudden felt the need to have her giant face on our living room wall! He was masterful and entertaining as always and we all felt good raising money for Inner-City Arts.

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