UpClose: UnFictional Live

KCRW Presents UpClose: UnFictional Live

Mon. 09/16 | 7:00PM @ New Roads School's Moss Theater (map)

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On Monday, September 16, join KCRW's Bob Carlson, for a live taping of UnFictional, KCRW's unique storytelling program.  Hear stories told live on stage from comedians Tig Notaro and Rob Delaney, author and writer for The New Yorker Susan Orlean, author of He’s Just Not That Into You Greg Behrendt and more!

Doors open at 7pm and tickets include complimentary beer and wine pre-show.

This is the first ever live taping of UnFictional, a program of stories that suck you in and stick with you long after you've heard them; stories of outrageous humor and crushing heartbreak.

 UnFictional is the flagship program from KCRW's Independent Producer Project, an initiative to cultivate and support the work of independent radio producers, writers and artists. It's hosted and curated by KCRW producer, Bob Carlson, known for his ear for compelling radio stories that are funny, sad, sincere and often dark. The show airs on KCRW on Tuesdays at 2pm, Fridays at 7pm, and anytime at kcrw.com/unfictional.

The evening will take place at New Roads School’s Ann and Jerry Moss Theater: a state of the art theatre located on the New Roads campus in Santa Monica.



UnFictional is a program of storytellers and documentaries that cover the ground between the sophisticated and the profane. Audiences will hear captivating stories of real life told by writers and performers with a talent for tales that will suck you in. The program also features documentaries created by the most talented producers from around the country. UnFictional is one part of the Independent Producer Project, an initiative to cultivate and support the work of independent radio producers and other writers and artists. The idea is to create a clearinghouse of creativity both online and on the air.

Listen for stories of hometowns and family secrets, as well as tales of drugs, sex, and aliens (both extraterrestrial and earthbound.) The stories on UnFictional will stick in your head like a memory.



*NOTE: lineup is subject to change*

Tig Notaro

Tig has become a favorite and regular on both NPR’s, This American Life, and on Conan.  Tig’s sophomore album LIVE, sold over 100,000 units in just 6 weeks, which is unheard of for comedy albums today.  Louis CK is quoted as saying that it is one of the best stand-up performances he ever saw. Tig has guest starred on such shows as NBC’s The Office and Community along with HBO’s The Life and Times of Tim. She has written for The 2011 Emmy’s and 2010 MTV Movie Awards, and toured nationally and internationally performing at the most reputable comedy and music festivals. 


Susan Orlean


Susan Orlean, the author of Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend (2011) and The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession (1998), has been called “a kind of latter-day Tocqueville” (The New York Times Book Review). Surely one of her generation’s most distinctive journalistic voices, Orlean is fascinated by American stories of every stripe. She has written for Outside, EsquireRolling StoneVogueThe Boston Globe, and The New Yorker. Orlean’s writing has inspired two films, including Adaptation, the Academy Award-winning film directed by Spike Jonze and starring Meryl Streep. She is currently working on a new work entitled “The Library Book.”


Rob Delaney

Rob Delaney is a writer/stand up comedian, much of whose success can be attributed to his massive Twitter following of over 650,000 that grows every day.  In 2012, he won the award for “Funniest Person on Twitter” at the Comedy Central Comedy Awards beating out such luminaries as Steve Martin and Stephen Colbert.  Most recently he self-released his debut one-hour comedy special Live at the Bowery Ballroom via his own website. In November 2013, his first novel, Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage, will be published. He currently performs stand up regularly at the top comedy venues in Los Angeles, New York, and across the United States.


Greg Behrendt 

Greg Behrendt is a multi-faceted talent – he is co-host of the popular podcast “Walking The Room”, an international touring comedian, and leader of the surf-scar band Reigning Monarchs. Greg has appeared on HBO, “The Tonight Show,” “Late Show w/David Letterman,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and Comedy Central. He has been a guest on “Oprah”, NBC’s “Today Show,” “20/20” and “Larry King Live” on CNN.  Greg also spent 5 seasons as writer on HBO’s “Sex and the City” and is an accomplished author. He co-authored the NY Times Bestselling book, “He’s Just Not That Into You” which was also turned into a hit movie, and followed this up with another best seller, “It’s Called a Breakup Because It’s Broken”, which he co-authored with his wife Amiira Ruotola-Behrendt. Their latest book, “It’s Just a F***ing Date” has just been released.


Liz Feldman

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Liz Feldman started performing stand-up comedy at 16, much to the dismay of her parents, whom most of her jokes were about. At 18, she landed a job as a writer/performer on Nickelodeon's All That. She then went on to graduate from Boston University, The Second City and The Groundlings. Feldman won four Emmys for her work as a writer/producer on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and also wrote for The 79th Annual Academy Awards, Blue Collar TV and Hot in Cleveland, for TV Land.  Recently, Feldman was named one of The Advocate's 40 Under 40.  Currently, Feldman is a writer/producer on 2 Broke Girls on CBS.  


Oscar Nunez 

Oscar Nunez is best known for playing Oscar Martinez on NBC's The Office.  He has won an Emmy, two SAG Awards, an ALMA Award, a TV Land Award and an Impact Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition for the role.  Oscar is also recognized for his large supporting role in the hit movie The Proposal and for creating and starring in his own Comedy Central series Halfway Home.


Carlos Kotkin

Carlos Kotkin is a ten-time Moth storyslam winner who has been featured on The Moth Radio Hour and UnFictional. His humorous memoir of romantic misadventures, Please God Let It Be Herpes: A Heartfelt Quest for Love and Companionship, was published by Penguin and optioned by the Fox Broadcasting Network. 


Dave White

Dave White is the author of Exile in Guyville and a contributor to the anthology Love is a Four-Letter Word, the film critic for Movies.com and co-host of the Linoleum Knife podcast. His new book, Keep It Heavy, Man, provided he ever gets around to finishing it, will be available in 2014.



KCRW’s UpClose event series features KCRW on-air personalities with some of the leading figures in film, art, politics, literature and pop-culture. Created in 2010, each UpClose event takes place before a live audience.



KCRW 89.9FM is an NPR affiliate serving Southern California and licensed to Santa Monica College. The public radio station represents cutting edge radio at its best, presenting an eclectic mix of independent music, news, talk and arts programming. KCRW’s programming is internationally renowned and available worldwide at KCRW.com. KCRW offers an all-music channel, Eclectic24, an all news channel and on-air simulcast. Podcasts and archives of our locally-produced programs and live band performances are available on our website, as well as on our smartphone apps for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry.


Schaffer’s Geniune Foods is a full service event company based in Venice, CA.  Chefs Charlie and Kathleen Schaffer embrace the very best ingredients California has to offer.  Schaffer’s Genuine Foods is a certified sustainable company providing unmatched food and service throughout Southern California.



Tickets go on sale Tuesday, August 13 @ 10am through kcrw.com/upclose.


$40 per ticket


Tickets are limited & available on a first-come, first-served basis.



Please email events@kcrw.org or contact KCRW Membership at 310-314-4635 between the hours of 10am & 5pm, Monday – Friday.



The New Roads School’s Ann and Jerry Moss Theater is located at:

3131 Olympic Blvd.

Santa Monica, 90404

Limited parking is available in the New Roads parking lot, located between Olympic Blvd. and Nebraska (enter via westbound Olympic Blvd.); limited street parking is also available nearby, particularly on Nebraska. Please make sure to read signs carefully as much of the nearby areas are restricted.



When and where is the show?
Monday, September 16, 2013

Doors: 7:00pm

Theater Doors:  7:30pm

Show: 8:00pm


The Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre

at New Roads School

3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, 90404

How do I purchase tickets?
Tickets are available through KCRW.com/unfictional

When do tickets go on-sale?
Tickets become available on Tuesday, August13th at 10am.

How much are tickets and how many can I purchase?
All seats are $40. There is an 8 ticket limit per household.

What happens after I order my tickets online?
When your order is complete you will receive a confirmation number on the tix.com site. You will also be sent a confirmation email from tix.com within five minutes.  If you choose to have your tickets mailed to you in the post, Tix.com will send them out via 1st class mail within two weeks of your purchase.  If you choose the “print-at-home” method of receiving your tickets, they will be available immediately.

KCRW will send you important show information via email on Thursday, September12th.


When will I get my tickets?
If you choose to have your tickets mailed to you in the post, Tix.com will send them out via 1st class mail within two weeks of your purchase.  If you choose the “print-at-home” method your tickets will be available immediately.


What can I do if I am having trouble placing my order online?
Please call KCRW Membership between 10am and 5pm, Monday-Friday at 310-314-4635 or email events@kcrw.org.

How big is the venue?
This state-of-the-art venue seats 344 people.

Will there be food and drinks available at the venue?

We will be offering complimentary wine and beer to all of our guests that are 21+.  Schaffers Genuine Foods will be selling concessions before the show.


Is there parking at the venue?

  • Metered street parking is available on Nebraska (which parallels Olympic to the north) between Stanford and Centinela - meters are free after 6pm.
  • Non-permitted street parking on Stanford between Nebraska and Colorado (just west of New Roads School).
  • Metered street parking is available on Stewart, one major block west of Centinela off Olympic.
  • Please avoid all permitted parking areas (even after hours), as it disturbs the residents and check parking signs as some street parking is restricted.
  • Limited self-parking is available in the New Roads School parking lot (enter from westbound Olympic).


What is the show’s running time?

UnFictional Live will run approximately 90 minutes.


Once I place an order, can I change the credit card number to be billed?
Unfortunately, once an order is processed, we cannot change the credit card number.


Can I cancel my order?
No. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.


Is the ticket price tax deductible?
Tickets are partially tax-deductible. The portion of your ticket purchase price that exceeds the fair market value of the event is tax-deductible. For more information please contact KCRW Membership between 10am and 5pm, Monday – Friday at 310-314-4635.


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