Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Alan Abel in Chicago for Hoaxing Workshop & Screening of ABEL RAISES CAIN

Long before punk’d became a verb with a hip spelling, self-styled, professional prankster Alan Abel was pulling the legs of the unsuspecting. Be it his fictitious Society for Indecency to Naked Animals or golf-course dance instruction to corporate executives in ballet positions promised to ratchet up their golf scores, Abel has been leading the way to his provocative punch lines for nearly six decades.

The incorrigible provocateur, writer, actor, musician, comedian, filmmaker, lecturer, and public interest champion is coming to DePaul University for a series of special events that will let you in on the man behind the many masks.

Come to a screening and Q&A of the film, Abel Raises Cain on Wednesday, March 2, 6:30 p.m. in room 108 of McGowan Hall South, located at 1110 W. Belden Ave. This event is free and open to the public.

On Thursday, March 3, at 6:30 p.m. the public is invited to attend a rare workshop on the art of devising and carrying out a media hoax. This interactive plot/workshop will introduce the audience to the art of the hoax and provide a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to brainstorm and work with the master of allegorical satire, Alan Abel. Thursday’s meeting will be used to collectively develop and refine the premise of the hoax, which will be carried out at high noon on Friday, March 4th (location of actual hoax to be shared secretly with workshop participants on the night of March 3rd). Workshop participants are encouraged to attend and promote Friday’s hijinks, but it is not required. 

For more information about Alan’s hoaxes including The International Sex Bowl, Alan Abel Sues the IRS, Idi Amin Marries a WASP, Stop Bird porn, and the infamous Donahue Faint-In visit: www.abelraisescain.com

Both of these events are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Made possible by the generous support of the Social Science Research Center and the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences at DePaul University.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Alan Abel Exhibit at the Velveteria in Los Angeles

Do you live near Los Angeles? Have you ever heard of the Velveteria? How appropriate that the Weird World of Alan Abel is now on display at "one of the World's Strangest Museums" according to Travel and Leisure magazine! 

711 New High St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The lewd horse that symbolized the prudent efforts of the Society for Indecency to Naked Animals to clothe every naked horse, cat, dog and cow, is now a celebrated work on black velvet with its own humorous twist at this quirky art museum.

The following is one of thousands of velvet paintings owned by Carl and Caren at the Velveteria and this one is obviously a tribute to the naked horse in shorts. But this beast happens to be a unicorn and his underwear is a little more... colorful.

Here is a sneak peak of a couple other Alan Abel paintings on display...

 (Omar the Beggar getting out of his 'limo')

 (Omar the Beggar with Don Rickles on The Mike Douglas Show)

So whether you enjoy the magic of velvet paintings or not, this place is extraordinary. Please go check it out!! The Velveteria was recently profiled in the LA Times.

Special thanks to Carl Baldwin and Caren Anderson for putting together this Alan Abel prank exhibit!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Abel Raises Cain Screening at the 2015 Collinsville Film Festival

We just moved from Brooklyn, NY to a small Connecticut arts-oriented community and we're excited (maybe a little nervous) to share the film with our new neighbors and friends. Hopefully the nudity @ around 45 minutes into the picture will not be too offensive on a Sunday. I'm promising everyone that if they don’t laugh at least once, I will give them their money back. So here are the details...

ABEL RAISES CAIN is screening at the Collinsville Film Festival on Sunday, May 17, 2015 @ 1:30PM at the Canton Town Hall auditorium (4 Market Street, Collinsville, CT 06022). Tickets are $10.00 either in advance online via this link: Collinsville Film Festival Tickets or cash at the door. 

Photo by Denny Renshaw
For anyone who has just stumbled upon our obscure documentary, ABEL RAISES CAIN toured the international film fest circuit after winning the Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance in 2005. The movie is a comical portrait of my father, Alan Abel, the infamous media hoaxer. He is best-known for his campaign to clothe all naked animals for the sake of decency in the late 50s/early 60s, a zany cause that hoodwinked even Walter Cronkite, the most trusted newsman in America. The satirical crusade’s motto was, “A nude horse is a rude horse.” A silly idea that caught like wildfire, news of the phony organization landed the front pages of newspapers across America and around the globe. His pranking career pretty much took off from there. My mother was his partner in crime and they led a fun life together. But my dad never made any money, so his ‘success’ is bittersweet.

If you like Andy Kaufman, the Yes Men, Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert, my father was doing their shticks way before they were even born! So if you've never heard of Alan Abel, come on down to Town Hall in Collinsville, CT on Sunday afternoon (5/17 @ 1:30) to see the screening! It's fun to experience it with a crowd in a public setting. My husband, Jeff, and I produced and directed the documentary together and we'll be doing a Q&A with the audience afterwards. You never know, there may be a couple of surprise visitors there who like to sneak in after the show starts.

Sunday, February 24, 2013


Prankster Alan Abel participated in a panel discussion about the role of the hoax in Andy Kaufman's work last night at the Participant Inc. gallery in NYC. The informal talk was hosted by Slycraft Hour creator and hoaxer, Bob Pagani, with Slycraft collaborator Albin Sadar and artist Cory Arcangel.

Cory Arcangel, Alan Abel, Bob Pagani and Albin Sadar
The evening was part of a weeklong series of screenings and talks titled, "ANDY KAUFMAN'S 99 cent TOUR," staged in conjunction with “On Creating Reality by Andy Kaufman,” on view at Maccarone organized by Jonathan Berger in collaboration with the Estate of Andy Kaufman, Lynne Margulies, Bob Zmuda, and Tony Clifton.

Two reviews about the show appeared in The New York Times and Art in America.

Alan as 'Omar the Beggar' on THE MIKE DOUGLAS SHOW
Alan's 'Omar the Beggar' character might be a distant relative of Tony Clifton's. Although Omar was not as offensive as Andy's alter ego, he definitely pissed people off along the way. There are similarities in style between Andy and Alan. They both stayed in character to the end, it's difficult to differentiate between the character and the reality and sometimes there is no point to the act except the expression itself. Alan Abel, like Andy Kaufman, was simply born to perform and test the boundaries of absurdity in the process.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

ABEL RAISES CAIN On Screen In Person!

Meet legendary cultural icon and modern American satirist, Alan Abel, in the award-winning documentary, ABEL RAISES CAIN, playing one night only at the following locations, as part of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's On Screen/In Person series. A discussion with the filmmakers, Jenny Abel and Jeff Hockett - along with special guests - will follow each of the screenings:

Oswego Cinema - Oswego, NY
Tuesday, MARCH 5th, 2013 at 7:00pm

Firehouse Theatre Project - Richmond, VA
Wednesday, MARCH 6th, 2013 at 7:30pm
(Tickets available through Modlin Center for the Arts)

Taubman Museum of Art - Roanoke, VA
Thursday, MARCH 7th, 2013 @ 7:00pm

Movies at Midway Upstairs Screening Room - Rehoboth Beach, DE
Saturday, MARCH 9th, 2013 @ 7:00pm

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts - Annapolis, MD
Tuesday, MARCH 12th, 2013 @ 7:00pm

Pollak Theatre @ Monmouth University - West Long Branch, NJ
Thursday, MARCH 14th, 2013 @ 7:30pm

Taylor Little Theatre @ Mercyhurst University - Erie, PA
Friday, MARCH 15th, 2013 @ 2:15 and 7:15pm

Before Stephen Colbert, there was Alan Abel. A master of deadpan, Alan founded the Society for Indecency to Naked Animals with Buck Henry in the 1960s, a zany cause that lured even Walter Cronkite, the most trusted newsman in America. Their motto was, "A Nude Horse is a Rude Horse." A silly idea that caught like wildfire, news of the phony organization landed the front pages of newspapers across America.

Realizing the power of satire, Abel soon carved a niche for himself by rousing the public and poking fun at the media with other zany causes that were just believable enough to be true. For fifty years, he wreaked havoc on the world stage with such hoaxes as a Professional School for Panhandlers, Females For Felons, the KKK Symphony Orchestra, Running a Jewish Grandmother for President, Euthanasia Boat Cruises, among countless others.

ABEL RAISES CAIN is the true life story of hoaxer Alan Abel and his wife Jeanne, told through the viewpoint of their daughter, Jenny Abel, who was also an unwitting accomplice to some of Abel's pranks.

This is a night you won't want to miss! Urge fellow faculty, staff, colleagues, family and friends to attend a special screening of this unflinchingly intimate, compelling and humorous portrait of America's most notorious media prankster.

"Long before Borat hauled his mustachioed mischief across the Western Hemisphere, Alan Abel was giving interviews in the guise of ridiculous characters and whipping the world into an outraged lather... Narrated and co-directed by his daughter Jenny, ABEL RAISES CAIN is a sweet film...a loving portrait of an eccentric father." - THE SEATTLE STRANGER

"An impressive debut, featuring a story that's almost too perfect to be true, the film will keep you talking, telling others about this hilarious man who's still pulling the wool over the eyes of an unsuspecting media." - MINNESOTA DAILY

"Like a reverse Jon Stewart, Abel has been creating fake news...preying on mainstream media's insatiable thirst for the lurid, the perverse, and the wacky" - PBS POV BLOG

For further information about Alan Abel and the documentary, ABEL RAISES CAIN, please visit: http://abelraisescain.com