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A new sitcom about a man who does all the wrong things for the right reasons, and the brother in law who's always rolling his eyes.
A new sitcom about a man who does all the wrong things for the right reasons, and the brother in law who's always rolling his eyes.
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The Show

Brothers in Law 

Scott's weekly newspaper is failing so badly he's forced to run operations out of his own home. Can his criminal brother in law help him make his business work? No.

Its Arrested Development meets Bob's Burgers with the mysterious slant of Twin Peaks.

The Pajama Men are joined by a carefully selected gang of comic geniuses in this indy television series about family, extended family, and over extended family.

They are:

Glenn Wool (stand up comedian) 'a masterpiece of comedy. I genuinely think this is one of the best hours of comedy I have ever seen' ★★★★★ Kate Copstick, Scotsman 

Gemma Whelan (Character Comic/star of Game Of Thrones) “wonderful to watch” The Arts Desk 

Ronny Chieng (Stand Up Comedian - Daily Show Correspondent) ★★★★ Time Out 

Amber Nash (Improv Comic - Voice Of Pam Poovey On Archer) “Amber Nash is SO Awesome” - Star Pulse

Andrew Maxwell (Stand Up Comedian) “One of the most skilful comedians of his generation” ★★★★ The Telegraph

Dino Archie (Stand up Comedian, Choosy Lover) " Dino Archie is definitely the cream of the crop and dominating the comedy scene" - Hush Magazine

Jeff Drew Animator (One Square Mile of Earth) 

Ryan Elder Composer (animated series Rick And Morty).

How We Got Here

For the past 10 years, cult live double act the Pajama Men (Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez) have been considered one of the most innovative, exciting and influential sketch acts working in live comedy. Having racked up numerous awards in the North America, The UK and Australia, and enough five star reviews to fill a small galaxy, they have been heralded time and time again as a masterclass in sketch and character comedy.

In 2010 Pajama Men were commissioned by Big Talk (Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz) to write a television show based on their live work. It was to be directed by Paul King – (Director Mighty Boosh/Paddington).

2011 saw Pajama Men commissioned to write a screenplay by Ridley Scott’s company Scott Free, again with director Paul King attached.

2012 the BBC commissioned the Pajama Men to write two episodes of a series based on their live work.

In 2013 HBO commissioned them to write a television pilot, this time with director James Bobin (Flight of the Conchords/The Muppets).

In the end these shows never made it to the screen. The experience of creating these scripts with some of the most respected individuals in the industry was incredibly insightful and educational, but even the best scripts are just words on a page until somebody gives them the green light.

So the Pajama Men thought, “Hey, let's give ourselves the green light!”

They've decided to take their years of cultivated unique talent, team up with a host of genius performers and artists, appeal to you for support, and make the show themselves.

And so the Pajama Men have written the first three episodes of an independent television series they will to shoot in February 2016.

Why $25,000?

When comes to making televsion 25,000 bucks is not much. Especially when you consider that once we make our goal, Kickstarter will take about 10% or $2,500. Plus factor in about 500 bucks for postage for rewards, and we're left with $22,000 to shoot the first episode of Brothers In Law. That is the bare minimum that we need to make this thing happen.

What we can do with 22 grand is fly the cast and crew to Albuquerque (where we're shooting) and feed them for a week and a half. The rest of the money will cover rental of equipment, insurance, props, costumes, and then, the big one, post production.  Much of  the "actual budget" will be donated. That is to say, we'll all work for free, and locations will be "borrowed". I don't know why I put quotes around that, they will actually be borrowed. 

So why did we ask for such a small amount if it is barely covering expenses? Because we do not want to risk not being funded. We opted for the bare mimimum it will take to create our pilot episode. 

We aim to achieve our real goal of shooting 3 episodes. Here's how we'll break it down:

  • $25,000 - One episode 
  • $40,000 - Two episodes
  • $60,000 - Three episodes 
  • $75,000 - Three episodes, 15 grand into marketing. 
  • $100,000 - A FOURTH EPISODE! 

As you can see, any dollar above our goal of 25 grand will go to extending our shooting schedule so we can make a second and third episode. Because we'll have all of the infrastructure in place, a second episode will cost a bit less, same with a third. So keep sending those $$ and we'll keep bringing the laughs!

And what is this "marketing"? Our goal with this series is ultimately to get it seen by as many people as would enjoy seeing it. And barring a network picking up the show (which very well could happen) it will take money to create a new online home for this series and drive people to that site.

Rewards

Donating to a worthy cause is its own reward. But, if you support our project, you'll also get the bonus reward of actual rewards! On top of the good feeling you'll get from supporting a kick-ass, hilarious, innovative and unique project you have the opportunity to have exclusive access to each episode we film before network execs or anybody else sees them ($35), an awesome autographed photo of the entire cast ($100), or even make a brief appearace in the show ($3k)! So check out our rewards and think "what can I afford?" then double that. Then divide it by two and donate that, because you should spend responsibly.

Oh, and let us know if there's a reward you'd like to see on this list. We'll do our darndest to make it happen.

THANK YOU!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for supporting our project. We promise we're going to make something rad, and that you're going to be proud to be a part of it.

Risks and challenges

Creating an independent television series with other's people's money is both risky and challenging. Rest-assured that we are an extremely experienced team with a never-say-die attitude and we will stop at nothing to finish what we start.

This is our dream darn it!

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    BROTHERS IN LAW BUTTON

    >NEW REWARD!<

    Can you believe this? Now you can show your support by wearing it right on your shirt, sweater, coat, or bare skin (not recommended)! For only three dollars we will send you an official Brothers In Law button (or "badge" for you British folk) that you can wear with pride. Thanks for the support!

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    HIGH FIVE

    Thank you for donating your hard earned five bucks! It really does mean the world to us. If we happen to run into you in person, we'll give you a high five.

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    BROTHERS IN LAW REFRIGERATOR MAGNET

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    Now you can decorate your kitchen with our faces! 6 bucks will nab you an official Brothers In Law magnet featuring the dudes decked out in duct tape beards looking...cool (?). Use the magnet to teach your kids about science. Or play the "throw the magnet at the 'fridge from across the room" game.

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    BUTTON AND MAGNET COMBO STEAL OF A DEAL

    >NEW REWARD!<

    This deal is such a steal that you might be taken in for questioning by two hard-boiled detectives for suspicion of taking advantage of a great offer.
    For just 8 bucks we will send you the Refrigerator Magnet AND Button as outlined above. You'll save a whole dollar while supporting our show. Awesome!

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    A HIGH TEN

    Thanks for the ten bucks! You've just earned yourself a cool high ten. That's two high fives at the same time with both hands.

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    A HUG

    If somebody gave you 20 bucks on the street, you'd probably give them a hug. So if we run into you on the street somewhere in the world we'll give you a hug. Don't want a hug? Well, how about a firm handshake? The choice is yours.

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    A HAND-DRAWN POSTCARD MAILED TO YOU

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    For 25 bucks we will draw a picture on a postcard, write you a personal message, AND send it to you anywhere in the world. You can even request what you want us to draw! No promises that it will look anything like what you've requested, but we'll do our best. Promise.

    (not available with any other rewards)

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    EXCLUSIVE BROTHERS IN LAW DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

    Thanks for donating 35 dollars! Say hello to an exclusive digital download code for every episode of Brothers In Law funded by this Kickstarter. This will be yours long before we shop our show to networks or post it anywhere else online. You'll be the first to see the creation that YOU funded!

    Plus anybody who donates $35 or more will have their name appear in the end credits of the show under "Backers".

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    EXCLUSIVE BROTHERS IN LAW DIGITAL DOWNLOAD EXTRA

    For a sweet sweet 50 bucks you'll get the above digital download and we'll also include a hilarious outtake reel and awesome digital photos from behind the scenes. SO COOL!

    Plus: Your Name in the Credits.

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    THANK YOU VIDEO IN CHARACTER

    For 75 dollars we will record a personalized "thank you" video as character from Brothers In Law. Then we'll post it to your Facebook or Twitter account, or email it to you.

    Plus: Brothers In Law Digital Download Extra, Your Name in the Credits.

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    YOUR NAME ON A POST-IT NOTE POSTED ON A STRANGER

    For the ten of you that act fast and grab this reward, we'll write your name on a post-it note, put it on a stranger's back and give you video proof. Will the stranger be mad? Who knows? Will we wind up in some sort of trouble? Probably, but we'll be doing it for you, because we love you.

    Plus: Brothers In Law Digital Download Extra, Your Name in the Credits.

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    A VIDEO OF US CHASING PIGEONS IN A PARK WHILE SCREAMING "I LOVE YOU (YOUR NAME)"

    Another limited offer for ten of you early adopters. For your donation of 75 bucks we will run through a (very public) park, screaming "We love you (your name here)" while chasing pigeons and send you video proof. And we'll do it all for...75 bucks. I guess we told you that already.

    Plus: Brothers in Law Digital Download Extra, Your Name in the Credits

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    A CROWD OF NORWEGIANS WILL YELL OUT THE PHRASE OF YOUR CHOICE

    >LIMITED TIME OFFER<

    We're doing two shows over the next two days in Oslo, Norway. Act now and we'll record our audience yelling out the phrase of your choice. Hurry up! Only good for the 19th and 20th of November.

    (Limit 10 words per phrase)
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    Plus: Signed Cast Photo, Brothers in Law Digital Download Extra, Your Name in the Credits

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    WE'LL SING YOU A SONG!

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    Let us thank you for your gift by giving you the gift in return. The gift of music. You give us a topic, and we'll write a song, and sing it for you and we'll take a video of us singing it and send it to you so you'll know it actually happened. So just send us 85 bucks, and a few words of inspiration and we'll get crackin'. We'll even try not to rhyme "nice" and "twice", but no promises.

    Plus: Signed Cast Photo, Brothers in Law Digital Download Extra, Your Name in the Credits

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    SIGNED CAST PHOTO

    Hello, and welcome to the c-note club. Membership includes a signed photo of the entire cast of Brothers In Law! Like a real, non-digital, tangible photograph that you can hang on your refrigerator, or frame, or put in your scrapbook marked "Best Hundred Bucks I Ever Spent". Whatever you want!

    Plus: Brothers in Law Digital Download Extra, Thank You Video, Your Name in the Credits

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    THE GLENN WOOL TREATMENT

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    Only ten of these rewards, so get 'em while they're hot. And they are HOT! For just a hundred bucks the one and only Glenn Wool will take off his shirt and write your name (or your friend's name) on his chest with lipstick and give you video proof. Whaddya say ladies? Gentlemen?

    Plus: Brothers in Law Digital Download Extra, Thank You Video, Your Name in the Credits

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    A CROWD OF 150 STRANGERS WILL YELL OUT THE PHRASE OF YOUR CHOICE

    Throughout the duration of our Kickstarter campaign we will be performing nightly at the Soho Theatre in London. For only 150 bucks we will record our audience yelling out the phrase of your choice, and then post it to your feed. Think about that! You can have 150 peeps yelling out anything you want. It could be "Candace, will you marry me?" or "Sorry Jake, I don't want to marry you!" Or anything else. You decide!

    (Limit 10 words per phrase)
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    Plus: Signed Cast Photo, Brothers in Law Digital Download Extra, Thank You Video, Your Name in the Credits

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    YOUR FACE IN THE SHOW

    Very limited reward for only fifteen of you! For 200 bucks we'll put your face in the show. Or, if you want, your friend's face (makes a great gift!). And it will be clear and recognizable. Get it while the gettin's good!

    Plus: Signed Cast Photo, Brothers in Law Digital Download Extra, Thank You Video, Your Name in the Credits

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    YOUR VERY OWN TAPE-WIG!

    Want a piece of Brothers in Law of your very own? For only 400 clams you can own a wig that was used in filming. How about that? Once a character has wrapped, we will take his or her wig (made completely out of tape), have the entire cast sign the inside, then mail it to you! You can wear it, or put it on one of those styrofoam heads to display it. And when somebody comes over and asks you what it is, boy, won't you have a yarn to spin.
    There's only a few of these so get 'em while they're hot (from head sweat)!

    Plus: Signed Cast Photo, Brothers in Law Digital Download Extra, Thank You Video, Your Name in the Credits

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    NAME A CHARACTER IN THE SHOW

    Oh no! We don't know what to name all of the characters in the show. That's where you come in. For a thousand bucks you can name one of the characters in Brothers In Law after you, or one of your friends! Yes!

    Plus: Signed Cast Photo, Brothers in Law Digital Download Extra, Thank You Video, Your Name in the Credits

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

    Have you ever wanted to be a producer on a series? Well now you are! For a 3 thousand dollar donation your rewards will include:

    -Your name will appear in the end credits under "Associate Producer"
    -Your picture face will appear in the show (see above)

    Plus: Signed Cast Photo, Brothers in Law Digital Download Extra, Thank You Video

    *airfare and accommodation not included

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

    This is the granddaddy of all the rewards. Here's what you'll get:

    -Your name or company's name in the opening credits
    -Your name or company's name in the end credits under "Executive Producers"
    -Visit the set*.
    -Appear in the show (if you want to, see above)*.
    -Lunch with Cast and Crew on set*.
    -Photo with the cast, signed and dedicated to you.

    Plus: Brothers in Law Digital Download Extra, Thank You Video

    *airfare and accommodation not included.

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