Los Angeles first went into lockdown on March 19, 2020 and now two years later, Angela Marsden (owner of Pineapple Hill Saloon & Grill) is making it a day for LA to come together to celebrate the people, essential workers, small businesses, comedians, musicians and artists still here in our city.
On Saturday March 19th, 2022 the Pineapple Hill Saloon & Grill will be hosting, "We're Still Here!" A Night of Uncensored Stand-up," featuring Jamie Kennedy and a full line-up of LA's funniest stand-up comics including Patrick Keane, Bill Devlin, Jamal Doman, Kim Clevenger and Dave Caira. Live music before the show and DJ Malachi spinning after the show until 2am.
It's a celebration of people who have not given up on California. A time to come together, to laugh and heal with one another, and to just have fun," Angela says.
"We're Still Here" also has special meaning to Angela as a small business owner who was on the brink of losing everything in December of 2020. It had been 8 months into the restaurant closures and she had spent all her savings to set up a heated outdoor dining area for the holiday season. But within a few days of setting it up, California ordered all the restaurants to shut it all down again. A few days later, a film production set up a similar outdoor eating area right next to her business.
She was never very political nor one to rock the boat but that was her breaking point. She was losing her business, her 15 employees were losing their jobs and thousands of other businesses were in the same boat or had already gone under. For her it wasn’t about politics, it was about people and it was time to speak her truth. In the heat of the moment she made a heartfelt video and posted it to her Facebook page. The video went viral and she became the voice that broke the dam. While she never got a response from the politicians she was addressing, people from all the over world reached out to her and it was their donations that her business afloat. Many also shared their own personal stories with her because they felt their "truth" was no longer welcome on public platforms.
Angela's initial intention was to simply speak up for small businesses but her video suddenly put her in the public spotlight of political controversy. While she has continued to use her platform to speak up for small businesses, her true purpose remains unchanged. "It's about helping people and uniting people, and not allowing politics to divide us. It's about all people coming together and accepting each other despite our differences," she explains.
She sees stand-up comedy as the perfect platform to do this because its always been accepted as a medium for people to speak their mind whether its about the things that divide us or unite us. "This is a night to celebrate the comedy, music and humanity that make us a truly collective community."
"We're Still Here!" A Night of Uncensored Stand-up Saturday, March 19th 2022
This special event will be at the Pineapple Hill Saloon & Grill in Sherman Oaks, CA.
The show will take place in the large outdoor patio area with table seating, food/drink service, and plenty of heat lamps to ensure the most comfortable, enjoyable experience. * 21 and over only.
7pm: Doors open with LIVE music, table service (food & drink menu with special comedy cocktails!)
10pm - 2am: DJ Malachi will spin his special blend that gets everyone on dance floor (indoor and outdoor area will be open to all guests)
Tickets are still available but will likely sell out by showtime tomorrow. To reserve your tickets and find out more info, go directly to: uncanceled.eventbrite.com