[This was written by my friend - and one of the talented animators - Sean Doran. It conveys the sentiment of this project much better than I could, and he even wrote it in the first person as if he were me. Was he clutching a lock of my hair as he did it? I would assume so. In any case, it was very nice. Thanks, Sean!]
It seems like everywhere in the world right now is all sorts of crazy, wouldn't you agree?
And if you're like most people, it helps to have an escape from this increasingly complex society and laugh things off every now and again.
So as a comedian for over 14 years, I've been pushing the boundaries of what stand-up is by going outside the mainstream and incorporating illustration, animation, and even founding a monthly variety show at The Copper Still here in Los Angeles, California.
And as much as I love the audio part of comedy, having been a host, co-host, and guest of critically acclaimed podcasts such as Professor Blastoff, Marc Maron's WTF podcast, Doug Loves Movies, and Space Cave, the desire to explore the visual side of comedy has always been with me.
But I'm not talking about Carrot Top here.
Imagine taking the crazy video show you'd see at a concert hall with your favorite band, and bringing it into the comedy club. THAT'S what I'm talking about.
Luckily, I've done this before.
Three years go, I started a collaboration with top-notch animators on my last successful kickstarter campaign, One-Headed Beast, a one-hour stand-up special we shot in Austin, Texas, and we're looking to get the gang back together to do something a little different over in Scotland. But first, you need to know why.
You see, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is in August, but most people simply refer to it as ”The Fringe.“ The festival got its name because anyone can participate, letting the more experimental ideas that live on the mainstream's fringe have their own time to shine.
It's art and culture in its truest form — free of pretentiousness. Is there any better way to have it?
And if you asked anyone in Europe about the Fringe, they would ALL tell the same thing: It's the largest arts festival — in the world.
And this is where you come in.
By being a part this Kickstarter, you'll not only be able to tell your friends you helped launch a completely new kind of stand-up experience premiere at the largest arts festival on the planet, but you'll also be one of the first people in the world to receive of a copy of the recording.
So could you do me, David Huntsberger, a favor?
Help me bring this idea to life, the right way, and back this Kickstarter with absolutely no obligation to pay unless it's fully funded.
- Download of new CD mp3
- Download of animated video file of the new project
- Downloads of previous projects
- Physical copies of previous CDs and DVD.
- Hand-made wooden wine stoppers
- Hand-made leather clutch (only 2 available)
- Screenprinted Poster with your name on it (limited amount)
- Cool Beer t-shirts
- Just Perfect (96 page book of comics and writing)
- Personalized mp3 thank you
Now, while this Kickstarter is going until June 6th, you'll want to back this project today to get early-bird offers, promotions, and snatch up those limited rewards.
Actually, on second thought, why don't you back the project right now before you forget. It will be one less thing on your to-do list.
$7,500 - This will help with paying the animators as well as renting a venue and putting on the show in Edinburgh.
$9,000 - Will be able to hire someone to help with the show (flyers, getting the crowd in and out, etc)
$10,000 - If we get here, I'll print physical copies of the CD and include them in all the tiers with physical rewards.
$12,000 - Will do a small run of vinyl pressings of the album.
$15,000 - Can hire some PR help, and the rest will go back toward remaining festival costs and the animators.
Thanks for your help! I promise not to post tons of annoying updates while this is up.
Risks and challenges
The last project had a much higher risk of failure because it was filmed and involved many people all arriving safely in the same city at the same time. This version, as long as we reach the goal, will likely be accomplished much easier unless:
The animators fall under a curse that renders their skills useless.
The Fringe could be too overwhelming and I get frazzled and retreat to the hills to forage for the rest of my days.
Computer issues, lost drives, thieves, poor recording quality of the audio - these are reasonable fears, but I have experienced some of them before and will hopefully have learned my lesson.
- (29 days)