NC Mashup: Beats plus Comedy

NC Mashup: Beats plus Comedy

DSI COMEDY proudly partners with Beat Making Lab to present the NC Mashup: Beats + Comedy, a documentary film premiere and fundraiser for Beat Making Lab.

Look for guest 'Beat Makers' to create live improvised music to inspire and underscore live comedy improvised by the best performers in North Carolina + a world premiere of the BML documentary and talkback with BML creators.


Beat Making Lab started as an innovative course on music production and entrepreneurship taught in the Music Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, founded by producer/DJ Stephen Levitin (aka Apple Juice Kid) and Dr. Mark Katz (author of Groove Music: The Art and Culture of the Hip Hop DJ) in 2011. Professor/emcee Pierce Freelon joined Apple Juice Kid to co-teach the popular class in 2012, and was instrumental in transforming the curriculum for implementation in a community setting.

Together, Freelon and Apple Juice Kid formed ARTVSM LLC, and initiated a grassroots campaign to crowd-source the funds to donate training and equipment to Yole!Africa. Their efforts culminated in a collaboration with PBS Digital Studios, which will be airing webisodes documenting Beat Making Labs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Panama, Senegal, Fiji and Ethiopia, each Wednesday on the Beat Making Lab youtube channel.