The First Annual Conference Celebrating All Things Cats and Their People
CatConLA releases official schedule and special guests, actors Mayim Bialik and Jack McBrayer
CatConLA (catconla.com), presented by Rachael Ray Nutrish, released their official schedule for June 2015, as well as announcing actress Mayim Bialik of CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” participation on behalf of PetSmart Charities, and Jack McBrayer of Adult Swim’s “The Jack and Triumph Show” who will sit opposite Lil BUB in the seminar, Lil BUB’s Big Show Live at CatConLA.
On June 6th and 7th, 2015 at The Reef in Downtown Los Angeles, CatConLA will debut with seminars, meet and greets and special appearances with some of the biggest names in the cat world, including Simon Tofield, creator of “Simon's Cat,” and Lil BUB. In addition, 100 exhibitors will showcase their cat-centric wares, all of which will be for sale to the public. Adoptions will also be part of the program, spearheaded by Best Friends LA and housed in a specially themed adoption area courtesy of Rachael Ray Nutrish called “Rachael Ray Nutrish Furever Home.”
The event boasts some of the biggest names in pop culture, entertainment and felines; the seminars – which will be live streamed by Animal Planet – is as follows:
Saturday, June 6th:
10:15 Cats, Cartoons and Life (Simon Tofield, Creator of “Simon’s Cat)
11:45 PetSmart Charities Presents: Goodbye Dowdy, Hello Gorgeous: Debunking the Cat Lady Myth (Diane Lovejoy, author of “Cat Lady Chic” and Ashley Tschudin, creator of Choupette’s Diary)
1:15 Cat Guys of Animal Planet (Shaun Sears and Tom Otto, stars of Animal Planet's "Treetop Rescue")
2:30 Photographing Cats–It Looks Easy, But It's Not. (Joann Biondi, creator of Lorenzo the Cat)
3:30 You Can Be a Cat Guy and Still Be Cool. (Keith Bowers, Senior Editor, Catster)
4:40 My Cat's a Celebrity…and How I've Dealt With That. (Scott Stulen, Cat Vid Fest creator, Mike Bridavsky and Lil BUB, Kady Lone and Pudge, & Will Braden, creator of Henri Le Chat Noir)
Sunday, June 7th:
10:00 How Cats Have Changed the Internet & My Favorite Memes. (Ben Huh, CEO of Cheezburger, creator of the cat meme)
11:15 Cat Vid Fest Favorites (Will Braden, creator of Henri, Le Chat Noir; Scott Stulen creator of the Internet Cat Video Festival)
12:45 Humor…with Cats. (Francesco Marciuliano, author of “I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats; Angie Bailey, author of “Texts from Mittens”)
2:00 How Cats Have Shaped My Life As An Artist: A Short History. (Rob Reger, creator of Emily the Strange and the Bad Kitten Club)
4:00 Lil BUB’s Big Show Live at CatConLA (Lil BUB, Mike Bridavsky and Jack McBrayer)
Comedian Jack McBrayer is best known for his role as NBC page Kenneth Parcell on “30 Rock.” He currently stars in “The Jack and Triumph Show” opposite Triumph the Insult Dog. While at CatCon, Jack will sit down for a frank and hilarious conversation with Lil BUB on a late night television show set to talk about life, Hollywood, and space.
Actress Mayim Bialik will introduce the lecture, “Goodbye Dowdy, Hello Gorgeous! Debunking the Cat Lady Myth,” and discuss why she is working with PetSmart Charities to change stereotypes of cat people, as well her personal experience with her feline friends and the importance of adoption. In addition she will do a special Meet and Greet in the PetSmart Charities Lounge on Saturday, at 1PM.
$1 of every ticket sale for CatConLA will benefit FixNation, a non-profit organization committed to cats, and to supporting Trap-Neuter-Return; in addition, 50% of the proceeds from Lil BUB’s Big Meet and Greet and the Pudge/Cats of Instagram Meet and Greet go to FixNation.
CatConLA sponsors include: Rachael Ray Nutrish for Cats, Animal Planet, PetSmart Charities, The Ace Hotel, Modern Cat, Purpose Cat Litter, Scrap Cat, and Zoomer Kitty.
Hours of CatConLA:
Saturday, June 6th: 9am – 6pm
Sunday, June 7th: 9am – 6pm
The Reef, 1933 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007
CatConLA was conceptualized and produced by Susan Michals, a journalist and producer who writes about the intersection of art, culture and celebrity. Her work has been featured in media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, DETAILS, GalleristNY, Huffington Post, and Vanity Fair.com, among others. She is also the creator of Cat Art Show LA which debuted in January, 2014 with 77 artists, including Shepard Fairey, Ray Caesar and Tracey Emin. Open four days, the exhibition drew nearly 5,000 visitors and was showcased in Time, The Daily Beast and over 30 other global publications. She owns one cat, a Maine Coon, named Miss Kitty Pretty Girl.