Smart and Diverse Stand-Up in Santa Barbara

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Image Courtesy of Kimmie Dee | No Indoor Voices

Anthony Giusti Shindelus

No Indoor Voices (NIV) will continue to produce comedy shows locally with upcoming events from their fall 2018 series coming to the Brasil Arts Cafe on select Saturday evenings this November. Their primary focus is to present provocative stand-up comedy shows featuring experienced comedians. In an interview with TBL, producer Kimmie Dee said, “Everybody is pretty much a headliner. They’ve all had a Netflix special — or something to that degree — or they’ve all been on television.”

Dee emphasizes that NIV has a focus on diversity, saying, “You are going to hear different things at my show. If you are brown, Muslim, Jewish, Syrian, Lebanese, Latina, black, gay, trans, white … there is always gonna be somebody on the show that you can relate to.” Shows in NIV’s fall series certainly feature a wide range of comedians.

NIV is currently midway through their fall series of five shows — the third just completed Oct. 20. Two shows remain and will be held Nov. 3 and Nov 17.

On Nov. 3, Julie Goldman will bring her 10 years of experience in comedy and the perspective of a Jewish lesbian to the stage. She has performed stand-up on Comedy Central, as well as written for comedy productions like E!’s “Fashion Police”. Goldman has also made appearances on TV shows, including “Bones” and “RuPaul’s Drag Race”.

On Nov. 17, stand-up comics and comedy writers Laurie Kilmartin, Jackie Kashian, Steven Lolli, and Mark Brazill will perform. Kilmartin is a current writer for “Conan” with 31 years of experience in comedy. Kashian released a top-selling comedy album, “Comedy Central special”, and performed stand-up sets on “Conan”. Lolli is a stand-up comic who has collaborated with, and earned the praise of, Kat Williams. Brazill is a co-creator of “That ‘70s Show“.

Kimmie Dee and NIV also have other comedy programs in production: a podcast, TV show, and play.

The podcast is named Elbows and Bellybuttons: The Way I see It. Dee stated that her podcast will have interviews with Amy Stiller, the daughter of comedy-duo Stiller and Meara; famed musical comedian Mark Russell; and New Yorker cartoonist, Liza Donnelly. The interview with Donnelly is part of a free, public writing salon at the Oreana Winery in Santa Barbara on Nov. 11.

“The Laughtavist is NIV’s hybrid TV show of comedy and activism. “Waste Management is a dark, comedic play written by Dee about a comedian and survivor of sexual abuse. “The Laughtavist and “Waste Management are both still in production and do not yet have determined release dates.

In the meantime, Kimmie Dee welcomes all UCSB students to see the remainder of the NIV fall 2018 series shows, saying, “[Young people and students are] the voice of the future.” She encourages all to attend her eccentric and inciting events, stating, “We intend to make you laugh.” But with all of the diverse and highly qualified talent she’s bringing to the table this season, Dee probably also intends to make people think differently and learn something new.

Tickets to the stand-up shows are offered for $15 at NightOut.com or $20 cash at the door. More on No Indoor Voices can be found on their website at NoIndoorVoices.com

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