Think Tank presents: Misguided TV- A sketch comedy show for television unlike anything you see on television.
You've reached your goal with 6 days left!
Thank you to all 59 backers who got us to $5000 in just about 24 days! This money will help us get the sound and camera equipment we need to shoot the live show material, and additional footage for the pilot.
But I still want to pledge. Can I?
YES! $5000 is the minimum goal we set that we realistically thought we could meet. Misguided TV is a series that we will be continuing to produce after the pilot is completed and distributed. This will take continued investment on our part, so YES let's get the Kickstarter funds as high as we can by June 8th! We've also added some new light-hearted rewards for the remaining 6 days!
What is Misguided TV?
Misguided TV will be a sketch comedy series drawing from Think Tank’s 5 years of creating and producing live shows and videos in Chicago and beyond. The show’s format will combine a live theater experience with highly polished and produced segments filmed on location, creating a world where Think Tank’s hundreds of characters can exist and interact in a sketch comedy series unlike any before it.
What is Think Tank?
Tank is Brent Bridwell, Kevin Carroll, Paul Robinson, and Peter
Stepnoski. We will be writing, acting and directing all of the material
in Misguided TV. Think Tank has been called “a company with a singular voice and enormous potential” by the
Where’d the name come from? Did you start as a group that researches and engages in public and social policy?
Kevin has a giant mug he used to drink beer out of in college that says THINK TANK on it.
What is Kickstarter?
Kickstarter is an amazing place for artists, writers and inventors to find
funding for our projects. In fact, it is the largest funding platform for
creative projects in the world. By backing our project, you not only become an
integral part of bringing a grassroots creative project to life, you also
receive exceptional rewards exclusive to our Kickstarter backers.
Sounds cool. How does it work?
Simply click on the green button to back our project and follow the easy steps. Kickstarter uses Amazon Payments, so if you have an Amazon account already, it’s even easier. It is 100% safe and secure. Your credit card will only be charged if we meet our goal and our project is funded.
What if you don't raise the $5,000 by June 8?
Then you won't be charged anything, as Kickstarter's fundraising is all or nothing. We will issue our warmest thanks to all of those that tried and keep you updated on the status of Misguided TV as we sell all our earthly possessions to make this series happen.
Oh…I hope that doesn’t happen.
Can you raise more than $5,000?
Most definitely! If we surpass $5,000 we can continue to raise funds until our deadline. We plan to have the pilot done and distributed, with at least 3 additional episodes ready for the web by the fall. $5,000 will be a great help in off-setting some of the production costs, but more will certainly be needed.
What exactly will you be using this money for?
Kickstarter funds will help cover a multitude of production costs, primarily film, lighting, and sound equipment rental and purchases. We’re bringing in a crew to film the live show sections of Misguided TV, and we have costumes, props, and make-up to cover. We also hope to raise enough to put towards distribution and marketing of the show, and maybe even be able to compensate some of the many Chicago artists and production geniuses lending their hands to make Misguided TV happen. We have been saving money ourselves, but the funds we raise with this will truly take the project to the next level, allowing us to achieve a level of production once thought impossible.
Have you started shooting yet?
Yes! We have taken our favorite scenes and characters and are filming the pre-recorded elements of the series. The majority of our nights and weekends have been devoted to Misguided TV as we approach the live taping shows on June 18th and 19th. We have a shooting schedule mapped out for the summer and we should have 3 shows worth of material filmed by August.
So what's the deal with these live shows?
18th and 19th, we will be taking over Stage 773 in
Chicago to film the live theater portions of Misguided TV. This will be a fun
weekend of live performances where anything can happen. We’ll need a
packed studio audience to attend and get loud for these tapings! The
Saturday show will start at 10:30pm and the Sunday show will begin at
7pm. Stage 773, our home away from home in Chicago, is at 1225 W. Belmont
(formerly Theatre Building Chicago). For tickets, go here: Stage 773 Tickets
How will we get to see Misguided TV?
will be sending an exclusive advance copy of the pilot to everyone who pledges at least
$50 (see the REWARDS SECTION to the right!). We will
also have a big screening party in Chicago for the pilot episode with a night of
cocktails and Think Tank entertainment (Once again, see the REWARDS for how to
get into that event for free!). And finally, each episode will be posted on the web as they are completed for everyone to
This is great! I'm excited! Good Luck!
Thank you! We are very excited about Misguided TV. Thanks so much for checking us out here. Thanks to Kickstarter for giving us a platform to raise funds for our project. If you have interest in other creative projects, we highly recommend browsing around Kickstarter. It truly is a phenomenal website with so many great projects going on around the world.
Please consider backing our project. Every dollar gets us closer to our goal and will help make Misguided TV as fantastic as possible. If you like what you've seen here, please SHARE IT! Pass this along to anyone you think might be interested.
We'll keep you updated on the status of the project. Thanks for reading and watching. Now go enjoy a sandwich (and maybe back us first!)
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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May 9, 2011 - Jun 8, 2011 (30 days)
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POST GOAL REWARD #1------------ An invitation to Brent's annual 3rd of July Countdown to America's Birthday Party! This is annually the best party of the year. Come join Think Tank celebrate.
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POST GOAL REWARD #2------------ We'll slap Paul in the face with a piece of meat for each post-goal $20. We'll film this and post it on facebook for you to see.* *Paul doesn't know this reward has been added.
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Personalized "Misguided TV" Thank You card and photo from Think Tank
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POST GOAL REWARD 3#------ Regular $50 reward PLUS----- For every post goal $50, Kevin will do a dunkaroo at Brent's 3rd of July Party.* A dunkaroo involves submerging your head in icy cold water for 20 seconds, then chugging a beer right after. *Kevin knows about this reward.** **It was his idea.
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Personalized Thank You card PLUS Exclusive DVD of pilot episode, outtakes and special features from the making of "Misguided TV" for Kickstarter backers only
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13 backers Limited (7 of 20 left)
Thank You card, pilot DVD, PLUS Personalized song written and performed for you by The Muckleberry Brothers! (a musical duo portrayed by Paul and Peter). They'll get some basic info from you and record a song and video we'll send you and post on the web!
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3 backers Limited (2 of 5 left)
Thank You card, DVD, Muckleberry Bros song, PLUS Pistol Party Show VIP Package: 2 reserved tickets, pitcher of beer, a sandwich and prizes at one of Think Tank's long running monthly shows with comedians John Leadley and Drew Frees
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Thank You card, DVD, Muckleberry Bros song, PLUS VIP access to the pilot screening party: Reserved seating, gift bag, free drinks and more
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Thank you card, DVD, Muckleberry Bros song, PLUS a free hour of drinks at Trader Todd's Bar in Chicago before one of the live taping shows and a bus ride to the theater
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2 backers Limited (18 of 20 left)
Thank you card, DVD, Muckleberry Bros song, PLUS a personalized "Pretty Good Weekend" shirt. A shirt based on one of our scenes, designed any way you like
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1 backer Limited (4 of 5 left)
Thank you card, DVD, Muckleberry Bros song, PLUS a cameo in an episode of Misguided TV
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Any or All of the above, PLUS a co-producer credit for Misguided TV
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All of the above, PLUS Think Tank will perform live at a party at your house or any location you have access to within 200 miles of Chicago. OR if you have another idea we will do that. If you give us $2000 we will pretty much do anything.