Los Angeles’ own Alt comedy festival RIOT LA is just a few weeks from beginning its second go-round. Coming off an impressive inaugural run, the festival promises has lofty ambitions to become a premiere event for the Los Angeles comedy scene. The festival is the result of a lot of hard work from founder Abbey Londer who started everything from a Kickstarter campaign and ended up bringing in some of the best names in comedy.
Londer told The Laugh Button that she decided to go for Kickstarter for a few reasons, one to get capital, but in addition “we wanted to see how much interest there was for something like this in Los Angeles. LA is an interesting market, there’s already so much exposure here for comedy and live performance. We weren’t sure really if this was something people would be super excited about.” The goal was to see if there was interest, and boy was there, for RIOT LA’s first season was fully funded by around $20,000 raised and Londer and co. raised nearly half of that money in about ten days. No maxing out of the credit cards needed.
This year Los Angeles’ premiere non-commercial radio station KCRW was a sponsor and this year they got even more involved becoming the official presenting sponsor for RIOT LA. “Last year we did a KCRW storytelling show that had Stephen Merchant, Maria Bamford, Marc Maron, Nick Kroll, and Michaela Watkins.” stated Londer, “They were probably one of the biggest investors at the festival.” KCRW will host more comedy shows during the festival and they even brought on Londer in a freelance position to help produce events for the station up until this past October when Londer stepped away because she was, “in the land of festivals and it is busy.” Read More