In 2011 one of the biggest Welsh American cultural events in recent history was held at the Barnsdall Art Park in L.A. The event (jointly sponsored and organised by AmeriCymru and A Raven Above Press) attracted 2000 attendees.
On March 1st/2nd 2019 the West Coast Eisteddfod will return to Barnsdall and you are all invited to celebrate the National Day of Wales with us at the park. There will be many announcements in the coming months about the range of attractions on offer. ticket prices and availability etc, but for now we are appealing for funds to cover initial costs.
This time around the event is being sponsored by AmeriCymru, The Welsh League of Southern California and Llywelyn Tywysog Cymru (links below).
We know that you wish us every success but we are also appealing for donations however large or small. Please help us make this one of the biggest and best American Welsh cultural events ever and a fitting tribute to Wales and our national saint. Watch out for more news, press releases etc on the sites listed below as our plans develop. If you are interested in appearing at the event or if you have enquiries about competing in the Eisteddfod or becoming a vendor please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
We are pleased and proud to announce that the first act confirmed for the West Coast Eisteddfod L.A. 2019 is - We Are Thomasse. The sensational British/American comedy duo will be appearing at the Barnsdall Art Park on March 2nd 2019. Keep checking back for more details and an interview with Nick and Sarah.
Comedy with a Conscience... from viral sketch duo, We Are Thomasse!
"The married comedy duo of Nick Afka Thomas and Sarah Ann Masse combine his droll British wit and her joke-packed American energy in this clever, cross-cultural sketch show." —ELISE CZAJKOWSKI, THE NEW YORK TIMES
Meet Nick Afka Thomas and Sarah Ann Masse, the hilarious British-American comedy duo known as We Are Thomasse (rhymes with “sassy”). Featured by the New York Times, The New York Post, Buzzfeed, The Guardian, Funny or Die, The Daily Dot, and ELLE India, and playing to full houses in Los Angeles, New York, London, and Paris. We Are Thomasse is indeed everywhere. They have over 10 million views on Facebook, Funny Or Die, and YouTube, and a Facebook reach of over 12 million. often likened to classic comedy duos such as Nichols and May, or Burns and Allen, We Are Thomasse is the fast-paced, old-school comedy power-couple taking the LA and NYC comedy scenes by storm.
With hints of Monty Python’s wackiness and Carol Burnett’s wit, We Are Thomasse write and perform rapid fire, clever, twisted sketches covering everything from the history of The Revolutionary War, and how to have Polite Sex, to the many facets of feminism such as Equal Pay and victim blaming.
Originally from London (Nick Afka Thomas) and New York (Sarah Ann Masse), they combine a throwback style with a modern mindset, making We Are Thomasse like nothing else in the comedy world.
“I'm not very keen on sketch comedy at the best of times... [but, with We Are Thomasse’s sketches] not one went wrong... every single one was spot-on... every one was superb. That's probably about as much in one show as there was at the whole of the [Edinburgh] Fringe last year!” —JOHN FLEMING and KATE COPSTICK, THE GROUCHY PODCAST
With 30 sketches in 60 minutes, We Are Thomasse currently performs their quick-witted, fast-paced show at The Second City Hollywood as well as at other notable venues such as UCB (LA and NYC), the PIT, Broadway Comedy Club, iO West, Java Joe's, and venues all over Europe, such as the Museum of Comedy and the Leicester Square Theatre.
We Are Thomasse first went viral with their endearing web series Feminist Fairytales, with Comedy Cake saying:
“If you’re not a We Are Thomasse’s FEMINIST FAIRYTALES superfan yet, it’s time to pledge your allegiance now! The web series which has over 1 million views on Funny or Die gives its audience Jason Mraz commentary on classic fairy tales through a powerful, eye-opening, feminist lens that rumbles your laugh centers.”
They followed that up with runaway success Awkward Exes: Britain & America . This sharp July 4th/Brexit satire had 2.5 million views in 4 days,with SHORTLIST raving:
“If you’re going to reduce eight years of revolutionary war and the brutal colonisation of most of the world into a hilarious four minutes, this is the way to do it.”
This year their Fourth of July follow-up, Awkward Exes: Britain & America 1776 – The Breakup repeated the feat, getting 1.1 million views in one day alone, and the two videos have now reached over 5 million views. We Are Thomasse have been named #12 in a list of the top 1000 comedians of 2016, and have have become frequent collaborators in both live and digital sketches with double Grammy-winner and Broadway star Jason Mraz.
They have also recently collaborated with Tony award nominee (and star of NBC's "Trial & Error") Steven Boyer for Christmas Crime in which Sarah combines her passion for advocating for fellow sexual assault survivors and her love of comedy to create a funny and impactful message regarding rape culture.
Planning to attend the West Coast Eisteddfod 2019? Why not take a break to visit a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece? The Hollyhock House is situated in the park, a one minute walk away from the Eisteddfod Theater. Tours are available Monday thru Sunday 11 .m. to 4 p.m. More details here
From the Wikipedia, Hollyhock House:- "As with many of Wright's residences, it has an "introverted" exterior with small windows, and is not easy to decode from the outside. The house is arranged around a central courtyard with one side open to form a kind of theatrical stage (never used as such), and a complex system of split levels, steps and roof terraces around that courtyard. The design features exterior walls that are tilted back at 85 degrees (which helps provide a "Mayan" appearance sometimes referred to as the Mayan Revival style), leaded art glass in the windows, a grand fireplace with a large abstract bas-relief, and a moat. Water is meant to flow from a pool in the courtyard through an underground tunnel to this inside moat, and out again to a fountain.
The front doors are stepped similarly to the entryway. The split doors rest on pins and swing open easily despite their massive weight. The keyhole is concealed with a decorative flap."....Read More Here
STOP PRESS: Confirmed today! Appearing at the L.A. West Coast Eisteddfod 2019, the mighty Sexbomb. William 'two pints' Parry wowed the audience at the 2012 event in Portland. For selected highlights see below. Sexbomb will be appearing on Saturday March 2nd time TBA.