Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer and Cameron Esposito Join Lineup for UNCIVIL UNION Pride Week Benefit Concert, 6/25
Broad City stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer and comedian Cameron Esposito have been added to the stellar lineup for UNCIVIL UNION, an all-star PRIDE Week concert benefitting The Ally Coalition, Broadway Impact, and New Alternatives for Homeless Youth.
The two co-creators of Comedy Central's breakout hit will join Esposito -- whose stand-up act once prompted Jay Leno to rave that "Lesbians rule!" - will join a growing roster of indie comedy and music stars performing in the June 25th concert, including host Carrie Keagan, W. Kamau Bell, Nikki Glaser, Jillette Johnson, Mates of State, Wakey!Wakey!, and more.
Founded by members of the Grammy Award-winning band FUN. and designer Rachel Antonoff, The Ally Coalition works with members of the music, fashion and entertainment worlds to raise awareness of LGBTQ equality and funding for local LGBTQ groups across the country.
"UNCIVIL UNION combines two of our favorite entertainments - music and comedy - to celebrate equality," said The Ally Coalition co-founders Rachel Antonoff, Nate Ruess, Jack Antonoff and Andrew Dost. "Even better is that we can support terrific local organizations tirelessly working for equal rights."
In keeping with its mission, funds raised through UNCIVIL UNION will benefit New Alternatives For LGBT Homeless Youth, which helps homeless LGBT youth become self-sufficient and transition into stable adult lives, and Broadway Impact, a grassroots organization of theater artists and fans mobilized in support of marriage equality.
Emceed by No Good TV's Carrie Keagan, who previously hosted VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live, headliners include: Bell (FX's Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell); Glaser (MTV's Nikki & Sara Live); Johnson, who will perform "Cameron," her moving ballad about a transgender friend; indie-pop duo Mates of State; and Wakey!Wakey!, and featuring lead singer Michael Grubbs (One Tree Hill).
"We are thrilled to be working alongside these amazing organizations to bring UNCIVIL UNION to NYC PRIDE, a week of celebration and renewed commitment to the cause," said Gavin Creel, Rory O'Malley and Jenny Kanelos, the co-founders of Broadway Impact. "It promises to be an incredible night of music, comedy and equality."
"New Alternatives is excited to partner with the Ally Coalition on this event which will help support LGBT homeless youth in New York City," said Kate Barnhart, Executive Director of New Alternatives for LGBT Youth. "While we are busy celebrating Pride, it's easy to forget that for some LGBT youth, coming out can have dire consequences, including family rejection and homelessness. It is our responsibility as LGBT adults to take responsibility for making sure that these youth are able to ?nd safety and community."
Additional support for UNCIVIL UNION is provided by comedy network Above Average: "We're a comedy network. We've been creating videos to make you laugh since 2012. Proud members of the Broadway Video family, the people who bring you Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Portlandia, and more."
* The $98 VIP ticket price reflects 1998, the year Matthew Shepard was killed. Jason Collins, the first openly gay athlete in professional sports, has worn #98 as a tribute. A Brooklyn Nets jersey signed by Jason Collins will be auctioned at the benefit.