Sunday, April 1, 2018

The Art of the Con - Who Am I Now? Alan Abel in Chicago 4/25/18

Special Thanks to the Humanities Center @ DePaul University in Chicago for hosting a talk on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, called "The Art of the Con," featuring Alan Abel, Andy Kaufman's sister, Carol, performance artist Zachary Ostrowski, and a live musical performance by Pavarotti?!

Who Am I Now? The Art of the Con
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
7:00pm - 9:00pm
DePaul Student Center
Room 120
2250 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

(This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

4/1/17 April Fool's Day - talk with Alan Abel and Andrew Lampert @ Recess in Soho NYC 4-6pm

If you live in NYC, please join us at Recess in Soho on 4/1/17 (April Fool's Day) from 4pm-6pm for an informal conversation about FAKE NEWS with Alan Abel and artist, Andrew Lampert.

The series is called... Faked/Out (the series runs from March 10 – April 8, 2017)

"Andrew Lampert and Public Opinion Laboratory will unveil the project Faked/Out, a multi-platform response to the world’s current information crises. Now that fake news is an all too real concern, it would seem that the only way to fight fire is with gasoline. Or, stated another way, the best way to understand fake news is to report it. With this in mind, Public Opinion Laboratory and Lampert will convert Recess into an office and operational hub for Fake Out News Incorporated (FONI), a news service very much concocted for the present moment."

For further info, please check out:

RECESS: 41 Grand Street New York, NY 10013 (646) 863-3765

Donald Trump versus Fake News Creator, Alan Abel

Alan Abel is in the news again - the REAL NEWS - and this time it's because of Abel's beef with Donald Trump over an unpaid judgment owed to Abel. This is not a hoax!

(photo of Alan Abel by Jenny Abel)
Read the full story in Newsweek by Zach Schonfeld here: This 86-Year-Old Claims Donald Trump Has Owed Him $918.58 Since 1994 (published 3/22/17 at 10:00 AM)

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:

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!