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KCRW’s UnFictional Live: Bait and Switch

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KCRW’s UnFictional Live at Riot LA: Bait & Switch
Saturday, January 21, 2017 | 8pm

The Alleyway 839 S. Spring (parking lot directly behind the Orpheum)
Enter at 121 West 9th Street at the Super Deluxe Lot

UnFictional is a program of visceral and spellbinding true stories, sometimes heartbreaking, often hilarious. Stories of crime and regret, found objects and lost minds, the secret and the unexplainable. An UnFictional story is like taking a trip with someone you’ve never met, but finding you have a lot in common with them. It’s a sound movie that plays out in your mind and will stick in your head like a memory.
NOTE: This event is strictly 21+ – a valid photo ID will be required at the door.


Riot LA Comedy Festival is back in Downtown Los Angeles on January 19-22! 2017 marks the 5th anniversary of the Riot LA, so it’s no surprise that this year, it’s going BIG.
Come check out Ali Wong, Mel Brooks, Literary Death Match, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Whitney Cummings, Sam Richardson, Tig Notaro, Laura Silverman, Maria Bamford, Thomas Middleditch,Davin Wain, Felipe Esparza, Kyle Kinane, Eugene Mirman, Rachel Bloom, Todd Barry, Nikki Glaser, Anthony Jeselnik, Tommy Johnagin, Rory Scovel, Whitney Cummings, Beth Stelling, Aparna Nancherla, John Early, and many more!



josh-johnson-photo-2Josh Johnson– Last seen featured on ‘Hart of the City’ with Kevin Hart on Comedy Central, Josh Johnson was a 2016 ‘New Face’ at JFL Montreal and is a former writer for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. In 2015 he was named one of Comedy Central’s comics to watch, and with a calendar filled with festivals and over 70+ college dates this year alone is quickly becoming one of the fastest rising stars of the year. A native of Louisiana and Chicago-bred comic, Josh has performed at Bridgetown, Out of Bounds, New York Comedy Festival, Moontower and SF Sketchfest.


brian-finkelstein-photoBrian Finkelstein is a regular host/storyteller for The Moth. He’s told stories on public radio shows including Good Food, The Business, UnFictional, Marketplace and many more. He also writes for TV and film and has been nominated for two Emmy’s. Follow him on Twitter @bsfinkelstein


lauren-cook-photoLauren Cook won an Emmy in the New Media category for writing the web series “FLOATERS.” She co-hosts and produces a storytelling show, Radio Picture Show, the second Wednesday of every month at The Virgil in LA. This show has committed to donating all 2017 profits to Planned Parenthood. Lauren often collaborates with her husband, Kurt Braunohler. In October the pair received rave reviews after performing their play, “The Haunting” as part of The Artist Room series at The Washington Square Hotel in NYC. They will also launch WEDLOCK, an original audio series available on Audible Channels, in early 2017.


richelle-meiss-photoRichelle Meiss is a staff writer for the comedy site Circa Laughs. You might have seen her in commercials for Heineken, Kohl’s, Public Storage, and more. She performs stand up at places like the Hollywood Improv, The Comedy Store, and Flappers, and has been in festivals around the country! She takes improv and sketch at UCB and performs with the Musical Rap Improv Team KABOOMBOX.


matteson-perry-photoMatteson Perry is one of the Los Angeles Moth StorySLAM hosts and a two-time winner of the Moth GrandSLAM. Be sure to check out his first book, published just this year by Scribner “Available: A Memoir of Heartbreak, Hookups, Love, and Brunch”


ken-reid-photoKen Reid is a Boston based stand up comedian, podcaster, former punk rock teen (he was in the little loved 90’s Boston Punk band 30 Seconds Over Tokyo) and adult survivor of a latchkey childhood. Reid was twice nominated as Best Comedian in Boston by the defunct Boston Phoenix and named one of Boston’s best comics by CBS Boston. He’s performed at national comedy festivals including the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, The Riot LA Festival, The Eugene Mirman Festival and has appeared on NPR and is a frequent podcast guest. He’s also the host and creator of the popular TV Guidance Counselor Podcast.




UnFictional host Bob Carlson
Bob Carlson is the producer, host and sound mixer of UnFictional, an award-winning radio program and podcast, featuring unusual long form storytelling and personal documentaries. Bob has spent most of his adult life alone in padded soundproof rooms as a producer and technician at the famously eclectic KCRW in Santa Monica: mixing live music, making radio dramas and documentaries, DJ-ing, and washing windows. His work has also been heard on the BBC, NPR, and Australian Broadcasting Corporation. As a fan of radio storytelling, Bob is almost always seen with headphones listening to podcasts. He also enjoys learning to compose music for the stories on UnFictional. He lives in Los Angeles with with his wife, two children and an extremely territorial little dog.


UnFictional Music Supervisor Dan Wilcox
It was evident at an early age that Dan Wilcox had a passion for music – he learned how to use his parents’ turntable before he could tie his shoes. Growing up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, interesting music was in short supply and Dan would frequent the college record store, comb garage sales, scan fanzines and make out-of-town trips just to satisfy his craving for intriguing and exotic tunes, both new and old. This experience serves him well to this day as both a KCRW DJ and UnFictional’s Music Supervisor.