RISK! LA w/ Scott Thompson, Paul Gilmartin, Megan Koester

Bootleg Theater Presents

RISK! LA w/ Scott Thompson, Paul Gilmartin, Megan Koester

Sat. February 18, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm (event ends at 9:00 pm)

Bootleg Theater

Los Angeles, CA

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

RISK! LA w/ Scott Thompson, Paul Gilmartin, Megan Koester"
Theme: "Intoxicating"

Scott Thompson (The Kids In The Hall, "Hannibal", "Brain Candy")
Paul Gilmartin ("The Mental Illness Happy Hour", "Dinner And A Movie", "Comedy Central Presents")
Megan Koester (Vice, Thrillist, Jezebel, The Guardian)

Ceda Xiong

Julia Henning (RISK! exclusive debut storyteller)

Hosted by Beowulf Jones (Nerdist, "The Andy Dick Incident", MTV2)

Risk!
Risk!
RISK! is a live show and podcast where people tell true stories they never thought they'd dare to share. Founded in 2009 by Kevin Allison of MTV's legendary sketch comedy show, The State, RISK! has been downloaded tens of millions of times and has featured incredible true stories from Sarah Silverman, Kevin Nealon, Dan Savage, Margaret Cho, Andy Dick, Michael Ian Black, and regular folks from around the world. Slate calls RISK! "jaw-dropping, hilarious and just plain touching." RISK! also puts on live shows for sold out crowds internationally. Learn more at www.RISK-show.com.

Kevin Allison, creator and host of RISK!, started his comedy career on the legendary sketch series The State on MTV. But in 2009, everything changed. "I was doing a solo show out west, playing characters as usual," he says. "Afterward, Michael Ian Black [also of The State] said, 'I kept hoping you'd drop the act and tell some of your own stories.' I said, 'Yikes, that just seems so risky...' But even as I said it, I could feel in my gut that that kind of risk could lead to the best stuff."

The very next week, Kevin was on stage telling his own stories. "Suddenly, I was looking right into the eyes of audience members. We were reacting to each other, like friends. After the show, people didn't just say, 'That was funny,' they said, 'Thank you. That really got to me.' I was finding the meaning in my own experiences and the people listening felt like they'd lived through these things with me. The more I worried I was taking a risk with a story – because it was too emotional, too provocative, or just too nuts – the more the audience lit up."

In August of 2009, host Kevin and producer Michelle Walson started the live show RISK!, "where people tell true stories they never thought they'd dare to share in public" at Arlene's Grocery on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. It was an instant hit. Stories ran the gamut from the sacred to the profane, the hilarious to the horrific – and for the audience, it was a chance to re-connect with the things that make us human. It's still just about the most cathartic, laugh-out-loud, anything-goes kind of smorgasbord you're likely to see anywhere. The monthly RISK! live show, winner of an ECNY Award for Best Variety Show, now lives at The Bell House in New York City and the Bootleg Theater in LA. RISK! also tours to sold out international crowds.

Many remarkable people have shown a side of themselves on RISK! that you probably haven't seen elsewhere, like Michael Ian Black, Janeane Garofalo, R. Ben Garant, Lisa Lampanelli, Kevin Nealon, Margaret Cho, Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman, Michael Showalter, Maria Bamford, Nick Swardson, Lili Taylor, Adam McKay, Rachel Dratch, Andy Borowitz, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Joe LoTruglio, and more.

The audio podcast of RISK! – also hosted by Kevin Allison – premiered online in October of 2009. The podcast includes not just the best stories from the live shows but also "radio-style" stories and interstitial music and comedy from artists all over the world. Most episodes of the show are free and easy to download from iTunes and other sources. With new episodes released each Monday, the RISK! podcast is the winner of an ECNY Award for Best Podcast, and has been downloaded tens of millions of times to date.

In 2010, the RISK! live show series went bi-coastal. Monthly RISK! shows in Hollywood are hosted by Beowulf Jones at the Bootleg Theater.

In 2011, Kevin and the RISK! team created The Story Studio, at www.thestorystudio.org, a school dedicated to teaching people from all walks of life to turn their most meaningful experiences into powerful self-expression. "Practically anybody will benefit from this training," Kevin says. "We always say that, from the bar to the boardroom, a good story well told is what leaves a lasting impression." New workshops through The Story Studio start each month and corporate workshops can be custom-tailored to a company's needs.

RISK! is a labor of love, a communal groundswell, and a start-up with one hell of a future in the works. Be a part of it all. Or, as Kevin ends every episode of the podcast saying, "Folks, today's the day. Take a risk!"
Paul Gilmartin
Paul Gilmartin is the host of The Mental Illness Happy Hour, a weekly conversation that focuses on the battles we have in our heads. According to Gilmartin, the podcast is "not a substitute for professional mental help but more like a waiting room that hopefully doesn't suck." He co-hosted TBS' Dinner and a Movie From 1995 to 2011 and has been a stand-up comedian since 1987.
Megan Koester
Megan Koester is a writer and comedian (obviously) who resides in Los Angeles (somewhat less obviously). A columnist for VICE, she co-produces Entitlement, a monthly comedy show with other VICE scribes which has had the pleasure to host such notables as Neil Hamburger, Marc Maron, Kyle Kinane, Maria Bamford, Kurt Braunohler, Reggie Watts and Andy Kindler (who she collaborated with on her "How Not to Be a Stand-Up Comedian" article for VICE). She's performed at SF Sketchfest, the Hollywood Improv, the SF Punchline, Tomorrow!, The Grawlix, Chicago Underground Comedy, and countless other shows across this great land we call America. She has her very own track on the Holy F**k Live Comedy album, which you can listen to on Spotify if you're so inclined. She USED to be a staple of those Huffington Post "Women You Should Follow on Twitter" lists until she started making a big stink about them being patronizing; she's also one third of the all-female (sorry) sketch group Blessed. A Witstream contributor, she's been featured on Splitsider and is finding it very hard to continue writing this bio in the third person. Most importantly, she has the distinction of being the first person to eat a 12'' flatbread Veggie Delight Subway sandwich on stage, a fact she'll take to her cold, lonely grave.
Venue Information:
Bootleg Theater
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
http://www.bootlegtheater.org/