San Francisco’s Misfit Cabaret: The lovers, the dreamers, the misfits

SAN FRANCISCO – An audience of longtime fans and newcomers fills the seats at San Francisco’s Alcazar Theater anxiously awaiting the start of Misfit Cabaret’s newest show, Summer Camp. As usual, you never know exactly what you’re going to see.

“Live music, drag, burlesque, aerial, puppets – all kinds of crazy stuff,” said Misfit Cabaret co-founder Kat Robichaud.

“The cabaret experience encompasses just about every style and art form you can imagine,” said regular Chris Holland.

“It’s the Muppet version of the Rocky Horror Picture Show,” said longtime fan Seymour.

“Misfit Cabaret is a musical, comedy and variety show,” said Robichaud.

Misfit Cabaret was founded by Kat Robichaud and Jordan Nathan in a tiny dive bar in San Francisco’s SOMA area.

Over time, their unique and energetic shows have become cult favorites.

“It’s funny, sexy, cheesy, just all around funny,” says audience member Freedom Baerheim.

“It has a lot of humor,” adds Suz Antik.

Misfit Cabaret produces quarterly shows in San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles. Each of their shows uses comedy and music to pay homage to pop culture and cinema.

“I’m a cinephile. I’m a fan of pop culture. It makes me so excited to focus our shows on fandom. We will refer to ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, ‘Edward Scissorhands’ and ‘Die Hard’.”

Some of these references appear in original songs written by Robichaud for each show.

“I love writing music based on famous pop culture figures,” said Robichaud. “I have this 15 minute number about the Star Wars Holiday Special. If you’ve ever seen her, she’s terrifying but also amazing.”

For founders Robichaud and Nathan, their greatest reward is surprising and entertaining their audiences with an unforgettable feel-good experience.

“I want everyone to go away and think about those two hours that I couldn’t think of about anything else in the world,” says Nathan.

“We want people to feel like they’ve discovered something they can be a part of,” said Robichaud.

“It was just the greatest experience of our lives, so obviously we won’t miss a single show from now on,” Holland said.

More information can be found here. San Francisco’s Misfit Cabaret: The lovers, the dreamers, the misfits

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