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We want to make you laugh. We've reached our target! But there's still time to join us and be part of our upcoming comedy sketches!
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Welcome Comrade! My name is Greg Ash, award-winning filmmaker and founder of We Like Laughter. I am writing to you from a small underground bunker, also known as my parents' house.

Thank you for visiting our campaign to launch a comedy revolution, or RevoLOLtion™ as we're calling it. Our plan is to make 5 brilliant new comedy sketches for YouTube, each one featuring a new set of loveable comic characters. But, in order to do that, we first need to raise some funds. Camera equipment, lighting and novelty wigs don't come cheap. We're aiming to raise an additional £5500 to make our dream happen.

But we're not just asking for your money. We also want you to be part of it! For each kind donation (from £5 all the way to £5000) we're offering a genuine chance of being involved in making new comedy, whether it be as a sponsor, actor, writer or even Executive Producer.

For £30 (£25 if you're an Early Bird) you can become a fully fledged member of We Like Laughter, giving you exclusive behind the scenes access and opportunities to work on our comedy shoots. Oh, and you get to wear a beret! 

So watch our video and have a look at the panel on the right to read more about the ways you can join us. Or scroll down for more info.

WHO ARE WE?

My name is Greg Ash. I'm an award-winning writer, director and actor. My comedy short films have been shown at festivals across the world, including Cannes, Palm Springs, Austin and Oldenburg, and my TV Pilot Super Chill featured in the New York TV Festival. Recently my short film Mr. Invisible won the Audience Award at Austin Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Choice Award at Seattle Shorts. I hope to use all this valuable filmmaking experience on our journey.

My lanky right-hand man Chris Ash is my cousin. On his gap year he worked on the checkouts at Sainsbury's. He hopes to bring this valuable experience in handling money on our journey. 

You can read more about my previous films here or scroll to the bottom for a selection of my trailers.

OUR MISSION

"A day without laughter is a day wasted" - Charlie Chaplin

We like laughter. A lot. In fact you could say, we love laughter (but it was too late to change our name). Laughter makes us feel good, it brings us together, and has been proven by scientists to reduce stress and make women find you attractive.

With all the problems in the world - war, poverty, bad twerking - we feel like there's not enough laughter about. And we want to do something about this. 

Our mission is simple - to put some more comedy out into the world. The plan over the coming year is to make at least 5 gag-filled comedy sketches and post them to YouTube for you and the rest of the world to enjoy.

OUR SKETCHES

'Big deal!' You might say. 'Any man and his cat can be a star on YouTube these days!'

That's true. But our sketches won't be just two guys messing around with their Mum's camera. I've done that before and Mum won't let me use it anymore. These will be genuinely well-produced 3-5 minute long films, with high-quality production values to match those you're used to seeing on TV or film.

But what makes this revolutionary? There is, after all, lots of nice-looking comedy out there already.

True. But for some reason, not much of it has grabbed us in recent years. But rather than sit at home tuning into gritty period dramas, we thought we'd put something out there ourselves. Hopefully something a bit different.

We're calling this a 'RevoLOLtion' because we're starting from the ground up. Neither Chris or I are familiar faces or proven talents. But we're new and we're ambitious. Inspired by some of our favourite British comedies, our dream is to introduce the world to some new loveable characters, who we hope will go on to have a life of their own. We hope these 5 sketches are just the beginning of an epic comedy journey. 

And we want to bring you with us! By offering you the chance to get involved, we hope that we can build a great team of people who love comedy, and unearth some new talents in the process.

The exciting part is, at this stage, anything goes. We don't have to play it safe in search of solid ratings. We don't have Channel executives telling us what to do. We answer only to you. The public. We may make some things you love. We may make some things you don't love. But if we fail what's the worse that can happen? You'll laugh at us. And we like laughter.

It's our idealistic ambition to do something new, combined with our commitment to doing it well, that we think makes this a 'RevoLOLtion'. And we're excited about it! We can't wait to introduce you to some new characters like our 2 Techno-Loving Kids Party DJs, or our two wannabe British Lads Rob and Stuart...

SO WHY KICKSTARTER?

What's stopping us from sharing these new faces with the world now? 

Yes you guessed it. Money. Wonga. The Benjamins.

As you might expect, we have already put a lot of our personal wealth into this project. I've withdrawn most of my savings, and Chris has generously donated my old Playstation and a half-completed Nando's loyalty card. That gives us about £2000. But right now we're still about £5500 ($8000) short of bringing laughter back to the streets.

This is where you come in...  

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

In order to launch this project and fund our first group of sketches for 2014 we are aiming to raise at least an additional £5500 funds. But we're not just looking for free handouts.

This is your chance to get involved with a new group of people inspired to make comedy. We have created a series of rewards (on the right --->) for any level of donation, whether it be £5 or £5000, with each one offering you a genuine way of being part of the RevoLOLtion.

By donating £30 (or £25 if you're an Early Bird) you can become a We Like Laughter Member. This gets you the badge and the red beret, but it also means you'll be part of our team.  If you're an actor you can put yourself forward for a part, or if you're a crew member you can suggest yourself for a role. Or maybe you're new to film and you want some experience on set? Of course we can't guarantee a role for everyone but we'll try to include as many of our members in shoots as possible. We'll keep you abreast of all our plans, and when we're getting ready for a shoot we'll give you the chance to be involved.

But our Member plan is just one of many rewards, If you dream of Hollywood stardom, we can feature you in a sketch as an extra. If you're interested in writing, you could script edit one of our sketches. Perhaps you've always fancied yourself as an Executive Producer? Or maybe you want to chat to Greg & Chris? Check out the panel on the right for more specific details of our rewards and how to get involved.

WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES

It's important to point out though that this project does not get funded unless we hit our target. So if we don't reach £5500 (about $8500), no one will be charged and the project won't go ahead! That's why it's so important for you to help us spread the word.

Chris and I have invested £2000 of our own money to the cause, funding our campaign video (made with the generous help of Indigo Rebel and Martin Merenyi), paying off the Kickstarter fees (around £400), and buying all our rewards (those red berets aren't cheap).

This means that all of your generous donations can towards the fun stuff - comedy!

Unfortunately the costs for making a high quality 5 minute sketch can seriously mount up. We need to rent lighting and camera equipment, buy props and costumes, pay for locations, hire vans, and provide transport and food for our dedicated cast and crews. Despite people working for the love rather than money, those costs mount up. 

Given our experience in previous productions we've forecast that each sketch will cost around £1100 each

£5500 means 5 sketches. And because we've already paid for the boring bits, that means that every penny of your donation with be spent on making comedy.  

But it doesn't stop at £5500. Anything extra will go on making these sketches look and feel even better. For every £1500 we bring in, we'll write and film another sketch. It's simple - More money, more funny! 

Here's a complex graph to demonstrate...

OTHER WORK BY GREG

So you've read our aims, you've read what we're offering, but you might be thinking, can these weird-looking boys deliver the goods?

Well, we think we can. But here's a selection of the trailers so you can see more of my work...

MR. INVISIBLE (2013) starring Julian Glover and Omid Djalili

Winner of Audience Award at Austin Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize and Audience Choice Award at Seattle Shorts, Best of Fest at Palm Springs.

FIRED! (2012)

Selected at LA Comedy Festival, Chicago International Children's Festival, Providence Children's Festival.

 SUPER CHILL (2012)

Official Pilot Selection at New York TV Festival.

FINDING US ONLINE

When we're not hanging around in underground bunkers you can find us at the following links:

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/WeLikeLaughter

Twitter - https://twitter.com/WeLikeLaughter

YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/welikelaughter

Our Website - http://www.welikelaughter.com

All our upcoming sketches will be posted on our YouTube Channel. Subscribe today and get ready for some actual laugh out louds!

MAKE LAUGH, NOT WAR

Beneath the laughs, the grandiose ambitions and the red berets both Chris and I are very passionate about this project. We believe in the importance of laughter and in our abilities to deliver it.

So please join our RevoLOLtion by getting involved today. You can help us do that by donating whatever you can to our campaign. And even if you can't afford to donate you can help us by spreading the word with friends and family, reposting our campaign page on Facebook/Twitter and emailing to friends.

Together we can make laugh, not war! We promise we won't let you down. Thank you for your fantastic generosity!

Yours in mirth, 

Greg

Risks and challenges

As with any project there are challenges in the distance that we fully intend to overcome. To give you more confidence in our plans though, we will list the major ones here:

The first potential challenge to consider is what if we don't reach our £5500 target? Well then the project doesn't get funded and we don't get any money. Darkness would descend on the earth, the RevoLOLtion would be over, or at least postponed. But that's not going to happen. We hope that you believe in what we are doing and get behind our campaign and want to be part of it.

The second consideration is what if £5500 is not enough money to fund 5 sketches? It's certainly not a high budget in Hollywood terms. However given Greg's background in low-budget filmmaking we are confident that this is a very realistic amount to aim for, allowing us to bring cinematic production values to our work. We're confident that we can film and release these 5 sketches by the end of 2014, and will aim to have most of them out there online for your viewing pleasure in the first 6 months.

A final thing to consider is what happens if the sketches are actually really funny and we gain worldwide recognition? Well that would be incredible and we certainly hope that our work reaches a large audience. If they prove popular then it would be great to expand our ambitions and create more sketches featuring these characters, and perhaps even develop them into a full TV sketch show. This is hopefully just the beginning...

But that's a dream for the future. For now we are focussed on delivering 5 great new sketches for you to enjoy, laugh and tell your friends you were a part of.

So please contribute to our campaign today and and join us on this exciting adventure! You can also help by sharing our page with the world. Tell your families, tell your friends, and tell your enemies. It might put a smile on their faces!

Thank You, from the bottom of our mirth-filled hearts, for your generosity and support!

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    GIVE US A LAUGH - Donate £5 and fund 1½ seconds of new comedy. We'll give you a personal shout out on Twitter to thank you for supporting the RevoLOLtion AND send you an MP3 of a Motivational Comedy Speech by Greg and Chris. Just 1,000 of these kind donations will see us reach our target!

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    CANNED LAUGHTER - Want to fund 3 seconds of new comedy and play a part in all our sketches? As well as a Twitter/Facebook Thank You and the Motivational Speech MP3, we'll ask you to send us a recording of your laugh so we can use it in our We Like Laughter animation to play at the end of each sketch. Just think your laugh will live forever on the internet... or until China destroys it.

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    COMRADE - Become a valued ally to We Like Laughter and fund a LOL-inducing 5 seconds of new comedy? Along with your Twitter/Facebook shout out, and Motivational Comedy MP3, we'll send you one of our special We Like Laughter Badges to wear on the streets with pride and a handwritten Thank You Note from Greg & Chris. The perfect souvenir from the RevoLOLtion. We'll add you to our Comrade Mailing List which will give you exclusive access to sketches before they're released to the world and give you a Special Thanks on our website.

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    INSERT YOUR FACE HERE - Stuck for what to get someone for Christmas? For £20 we'll feature a photo of them in one of our 2014 comedy sketches? Perhaps it will be mounted on the wall of a pub? Or maybe in one of the character's wallets? But it will be seen and is a great way to surprise the person in question! Alternatively, if you want the spotlight all for yourself, then send us a photo of you!

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    MEMBER OF WE LIKE LAUGHTER (EARLY BIRD RATE) - Want to become fully fledged member of We Like Laughter? To help us get started we're offering our first 20 members this EARLY BIRD RATE. We'll send you your own woollen Red Beret (RRP £20), WLL Badge and a Membership Certificate signed by Greg and Chris. Being a Member means you'll qualify to potentially be part of our sketches as cast or crew members and we'll feature a photo of you in your beret on our website naming you as official member of the RevoLOLtion!

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    MEMBER OF WE LIKE LAUGHTER - Want to become fully fledged member of We Like Laughter? We'll send you your own woollen Red Beret (RRP £20), WLL Badge and a Membership Certificate signed by Greg and Chris. Being a Member means you'll qualify to potentially be part of our sketches as cast or crew members and we'll feature a photo of you in your beret on our website naming you as official member of the RevoLOLtion!

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    MEMBER PLUS BANANA SKIN - Want to be a member of We Like Laughter, get your beret and badge, but also receive a little bit of comedy history? We'll throw in a genuine limited edition dried Banana Skin, as slipped on by Chris Ash. We'll even send you a video to show him slipping on it so you know it's a genuine comedy prop. INCLUDES PARTY MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS.

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    NAME A CHARACTER - Want to have one our 2014 sketch characters named after you or a person of your choosing? After the sketch has been produced we'll send you a signed photo of the character you helped to create, along with a badge and note from Greg & Chris. The perfect gift for for a loved one this Christmas!

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    SHOWCASE YOUR MUSIC - Want to showcase you or your band's music in one of our sketches? We'll include your chosen track in one of our first 5 online films, sharing it with millions more people the world over! And we'll give you a credit and link to your band site via YouTube!

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    COMEDY SUPERSTAR - Want to act in one of our 2014 sketches? We'll invite you to set for the day and feature you in a scene. You may even get a line! You'll get to see what happens behind the scenes and get your name in the credits plus the chance of impressing the crew and setting out on the road to Hollywood! INCLUDES PARTY MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS.

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    COMEDY WRITER - Always wanted to write comedy? As well as becoming a WLL Member, you can work with Greg and Chris to develop one of their scripts as they move towards filming it. We'll send you an early draft of the sketch script then over a Skype session with Greg you'll give notes and ideas to improve it. Then after it's shot you'll get exclusive look at the edited version to give your feedback before we release it to the world. In return you'll receive a Script Editor credit and if you impress you may get the chance to write for us in the future. ALSO INCLUDES PARTY MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS.

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    AN INTELLECTUAL DINNER AT NANDO'S WITH CHRIS ASH - Food is an essential part of any revolution. Just ask the French. Chris is generously offering a few lucky patrons the chance to join him and his Loyalty Card at an underground Nando's of your choosing (inside the M25 only). In return for your support we'll provide the food (1 Main, 2 Reg Sides), the bottomless soft drinks and the red berets. Greg will also be in attendance to record the minutes from this legendary meeting and your name will enter the history books as a key participant on our road to RevoLOLtion. INCLUDES PARTY MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS.

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    A DATE WITH GREG ASH - Greg has had his fair share of comically bad dates. Just check out http://fiftyshadesofgreg.com. He's offering 1 lucky woman, or man, the chance to meet him for a romantic evening at a Wetherspoons of your choosing (preferably inside the M25). Greg has confirmed that he will buy the first round of soft drinks. ALSO INCLUDES PARTY MEMBERSHIP.

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    FILMMAKING SEMINAR WITH GREG ASH - So you've got an idea for a film, but no idea how to get it made? With 10 years experience in making films, award-winning writer/director Greg Ash is offering to share his knowledge with you in a special one-off event. In a 3 hour seminar at a London location he'll take you through all the stages of making a short film, from the initial idea all the way through to writing it, filming it and getting it into festivals. By the end you'll be ready to get out there and make a movie! NB - This can also be substituted for a 90 minute long 1-on-1 Skype session for those outside of London. ALSO INCLUDES MEMBER BENEFITS and chance to pitch your ideas to We Like Laughter. Limited spaces available.

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    EL CHE - The Associate Producer Package. Want to play a big part in launching We Like Laughter? In return for your generous donation you'll receive the Official WLL Red Beret & Badge (plus have your photo on the website), Motivation Comedy MP3, you'll Name A Comedy Character after yourself or a loved one, we'll use your Canned Laugh for our animation and invite you to either be an Extra in one of our sketches OR act as a Script Editor. You'll also then get the chance to have an exclusive 1-on-1 Skype conversation with Greg & Chris. Then, at the end of 2014 when we come to do a special screening of our sketches in London, you'll be first on the invite list! Viva La RevoLOLtion!

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    INSERT YOUR PRODUCT HERE - Are you a company in search of exposure? In return for this relatively small donation we'll feature your product in one of our sketches in very laughable manner, giving it the chance to be seen by millions the world over. It's basically a free commercial! We'll also feature a link to your company site under the video in the credits and on our website. Ah! Capitalism! What's a revoLOLtion without some unsubtle product placement anyway?

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    THE GREAT DICTATOR - The Executive Producer package. Fancy yourself as the bit of a Harvey Weinstein? In return for your fantastic generosity we'll make you the Executive Producer on one of our sketches! After receiving your WLL Red Beret, you'll be sent the initial script for a sketch and have a chance to give your thoughts and feedback to the writer and director. You'll be copied into all emails leading up to the shoot giving you an special look behind the scenes. You'll then be invited to set for the day and get to either sit back and observe, help out the crew or even appear on screen! You'll be named as the Executive Producer in the credits so you can tell your friends and family that you made it all happen and if the sketch screens at any festivals you will also get your own IMDb profile starting you off on your road to Hollywood. At the end of 2014 you'll be invited to an exclusive London screening of our sketches. ALSO INCLUDES "EL CHE" BENEFITS and the chance to come on GREG'S FILMMAKING SEMINAR.

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    BRING THE PARTY TO YOU - Got a dinner party planned or a childrens' birthday to organise? For two lucky supporters Greg and Chris will pack up their suitcase of comedy props and costumes and hit the road to perform an exclusive Live version of their sketches and new material for you and your guests. We'll also come with Red Berets and Badges to give out to the party-goers. INCLUDES PARTY MEMBERSHIP FOR UP TO 10 ATTENDEES.

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    WE'LL MAKE YOU A COMMERCIAL - Are you an order-hungry company? Want to go viral? We can make it happen! In return for your generous donation, Greg & Chris will make you your very own comedy advert, or Badvert™, showcasing your product or services in a delightfully unsubtle way. You'll then be free to post the finished commercial online, sit back and watch the orders fly in. You'll be amazed at the views this baby will generate! Hurry, while stocks last! Does not include travel expenses.

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    GET YOUR SKETCH MADE - The Ultimate Reward. Got an idea for a comedy sketch that you think could take the world by storm? This is an exclusive chance to work with the "We Like Laughter" team to get your idea written, produced and released for the world to enjoy. After attending Greg's exclusive seminar in Comedy Filmmaking, you'll work with him to get your script ready to shoot as one of our next group of sketches. Once it's ready to film, you'll work closely with the director and even have a chance of appearing in your own sketch and becoming a comedy superstar. INCLUDES ALL "GREAT DICTATOR" BENEFITS & MEMBERSHIP.

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    FUND THE REVOLOLTION - As our magnificent benefactor we salute you! You have funded a whole season of We Like Laughter sketches and spread joy and hope across the world. We will commission a Portrait painted in your honour to be worshipped by all within the party and soon everyone across the world. Thanks to your unbelievable generosity you will receive all the Great Dictator Rewards, the chance to Write & Act In Your Own Sketch, and Greg and Chris will fly out to perform a personal comedy show for you wherever you live in the world. We are not truly worthy! NB - Does not include travel costs.

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Funding period

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