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Best in Class is a crowd funded, profit sharing Edinburgh Fringe show featuring the diverse talent of working class comedians
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Best in Class is a 2018 Edinburgh Fringe show promoting the rich talent of working class comedians.  

As up and coming working class comedians we know how hard it can be to break into the industry. There are so many barriers facing working class performers, who remain underrepresented in comedy and at the worlds biggest arts festival, the Edinburgh Fringe. 

Often parodied and mocked in mainstream comedy, working class comedians have strong voices and unique experiences that need to be heard at the fringe. Growing up, they often have little access to the arts, they don’t have industry contacts or money and are unable to finance Edinburgh shows. They also struggle to take the time off work and to justify a full run at the fringe. 

Best in Class gives talented comedians the opportunity to perform at Edinburgh Fringe whilst minimising the barriers they usually face, such as cost and length of commitment. Talented comedians from working class backgrounds can perform at Best in Class for a maximum of one week. They won’t have to pay anything towards the running costs of the show and will receive a share of any profits (because Socialism). 

This show was created because/in spite of (but not limited to) the following: 

Spam, chippy teas, waste grounds, hanging around, knock off trainers, a fella your dad knows, weed, the unions, crap schools, bunking off, electric metres, Brixton, Toxteth, hand me down clothes, holidays in caravans, shit on a stick, the back of a lorry, failed MOT’s, failed GCSE’s, bus stops, pay day loans, Daniel Blake, Grenfell, cheap meat, pubs, pints, tobacco, Margret Fucking Thatcher, cash converters, job seekers allowance, zero hour contracts, jam butties, gravy, pyjamas, broken glass, broken homes, playing out, white lightening, E, backyards, slums, tenements, The housing, The social, The NHS, grants, grasses, benefits, belts, credit unions, hiding from the milk man, tired dads, fierce mums, dying young, Aldi, Iceland, fighting, skin heads, Grime, underdogs, mental health, beans on toast, second hand everything, Brookside, watching the match, endless cups of tea, futility and empowerment. 

Presented by Sian Davies (“affable manner and sharp wit…an excellent MC” Laughing Cows) and featuring Tom Mayhew (“a fascinating brain...obvious writing talent" Chortle); Cheekykita (“like The Mighty Boosh on crack” Broadway Baby); Jamie Hutchinson (XS Manchester comedian of the year); Nena Edwards ("Wild, utterly ravishing, provoking instant laughter" Lets Laugh); Vince Atta (“a force of nature” Chortle); Lindsey Santoro (semi-finalist BBC New Comedy Award); Drew Taylor (WUSA finalist) and Kathryn Mather (Beat the Frog World Series Champion).

Putting on a show at Edinburgh Fringe is a costly experience. Costs incurred so far have included: £100 to secure a venue at the Fringe, £295 to register the show in the Fringe programme, £100 for poster/flyer art work There will also be the cost of poster and flyer printing, marketing, advertising and promoting the show. Not to mention the exorbitant accommodation costs that the comedians will pay to perform at the fringe. 

This kickstarter campaign has been created to minimise any out of pocket expenses in giving talented working class artists a much needed voice at the fringe. Become a part of something, join the collective, contribute to getting the best working class comedy talent to the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe.

If you can't donate, please share this kickstarter with your contacts and talk to them about Best in Class.  Remember, any profit that is made from the show, after costs are deducted, will be split proportionately between the acts.

Risks and challenges

If we can't raise the funds to cover our costs, the comedians wont get paid for their time in Edinburgh. Sian will pay the costs out of her own pocket and might have to sell a kidney on the black market.

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    For twenty five quid you can purchase an exclusive limited edition Best in Class hi-viz vest! It's emblazoned with the Best in Class logo and will help you stand out form the crowd in any situation

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    Bung us fifty quid and we'll dedicate one of our Edinburgh shows to you, your business, or someone you choose! A great birthday gift for someone. Or if you want to take the absolute P and have us dedicate a show to Boris Johnson, we'll be contractually bound to oblige! #prayforbestinclass

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    For a hundred quid you'll get your own copy of one of the live Best in Class shows. This will be recorded at the Edinburgh Fringe and sent digitally. You could make a fortune selling it on to "before they were famous" in a few years.

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    Best in Glass

    A hundred quid gets you post show drinks with the stars of Best in Class on a day of your choice during the Fringe (2-26th August). We love meeting our supporters and the first round is on us!

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    For a cool one fifty we'll take you out for a slap up lunch in Edinburgh! You can hang with us after the show and we'll even get the first round in (2-26th August).

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    For three hundred quid some of the stars of Best in Class will come to a location of your choice* and perform your very own comedy show on a mutually agreed date!
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    For five hundred quid you get a space on our flyers to advertise whatever you want. These flyers will be all over Edinburgh for the whole of August.

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