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About this project

Six years ago, two brothers from Liverpool began a small, open mic comedy club which would become, not only one of the major players on the liverpool comedy scene, but also arguably the most valuable resource in growing and progressing new talent Liverpool comedy has seen in decades. In that time the flagship, Sunday open mic night has given rise to full pro lineups every Friday and Saturday and a massively popular Wednesday night new material show. All of these shows, whilst different in style, maintain the core underlying ethos of progressing new talent, supporting live comedy and providing an affordable, friendly, familiar place that comedy lovers can go to see talent from all over the world.

This progression hasn’t been an easy one. The hard work that the two brothers, Paul Blair and Binty Blair, put into this club can be seen in all aspects of the club. From the effective branding and marketing right down to the face to face greeting of guests on the door, Paul and Binty throw themselves completely into providing the experience Hot Water fans have come to expect from the club. Their personal approach enabling them to make venues which on the face of it should not have been very suitable for live comedy work very well.

It is this exact drive and passion that the two brothers hope to bring to their exciting new venture. A new, purpose built, stand alone comedy venue, right in the heart of Liverpool City Centre, with live comedy every night of the week. With this move Hot Water should make the move to Liverpool’s premier comedy venue, but with this it will not lose sight of it’s core values, progressing new talent. Paul Smith, long time resident host of Hot Water said ‘The new venue is so exciting, it’s what we have been working for all these years. We can hopefully continue to grow and progress, not only new stand ups but Liverpool comedy in general. If we look at the wealth of talent that our nights have been instrumental in producing over the last six years, this new venue, and the facilities Paul and Binty want to provide, should really take it all to the next level’.

It is these new idea’s that perhaps make this new venture most exciting. Not only do Hot Water want to give a platform for new stand up to grow, but all facets of comedy in 2016. They recognise that while live stand up is their first love. There are a lot of talented comedy minds who would prefer a different creative outlet. Youtube, podcasts, sketch and screenwriting. These are all things that the new home of Hot Water will hope to provide the facilities for creating. Elevating it beyond a comedy venue to a complete hub for comedy in general, where people from Liverpool, the UK and even Internationally, will congregate and create projects that will change the landscape of comedy. A grand vision indeed.

In order to enable this vision, the brothers have decided to run a kickstarter campaign to raise the additional funds necessary to provide these community facilities. Elder brother Binty commented ‘When we were planning the new venue, obviously our first thought were to get the performance space right, but the we just kept having ideas, podcast booths, green screens, photo studios, writing workshops, all great things which will help us to give anyone interested in creating comedy a chance to do so. This has also been the way we have approached stand up and that approach has been really successful so far. So it seemed like the next logical step to provide all this extra good stuff’.

The kickstarter campaign, will enable members of the general public to pledge money in return for rewards. It will also give long time fans of the club a chance to feel like more of a part of this project. A project which, if the past six years is any indication, has the potential to dramatically change the face of UK comedy and quite possibly give rise to the stars of the future.

OUR TARGETS

We've set a minimum target of £10,000.

The first £10,000 (if we reach it) will go towards setting up our podcast booth.

This is going to be a completely separate unit inside our venue that will be fully soundproofed and offer an affordable recording studio that will have high spec equipment for interviews/podcasts and anything else.

We have lots of other ideas that we will definitely eventually add in the long term but it would be incredible to be able to add this earlier if we reach more than our target.

FUTURE AIMS

We want to open up the balcony space (currently blocked by a brick wall), not only for it to be used during the daytime but to also become a 2nd outdoor performance space and live music area.

We're also planning on adding a photo studio/workshop space. This will tie in with us being able to offer free workshop space during the daytime and also offering affordable photography for comedians needing headshots or photos for their Edinburgh shows.

Risks and challenges

Risks & Challenges

This is all brand new territory for us with the restaurant being open all day every day as well as actually running the bar and everything else that comes with it but we can't wait and although it is risky we've been building up to this for the past 6 years.

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    This might not seem like a lot, but it is, you could have had 2 sausage rolls for that, but you gave it to us instead, so not only are you helping us out, you've saved yourself a walk to Greg's and a trip to the gym. Don't you feel healthier already? Not to mention that warm fuzzy feeling just knowing you did a nice thing.

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    Limited Edition Badge

    Stand out from the crowd with one of our limited edition badges, and get the recognition you deserve, wear it with pride, and be thanked every time we see you wearing it at the club

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    Signed Limited Edition Print & Badge

    In addition to your wonderful badge, why not get yourself a limited edition Hot Water Comedy Club print featuring your favourite Hot Water comedians. Now you can stare at them all week long in the comfort of your own home.

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    Hot Water Comedy Club Mug + Badge

    In addition to a badge get yourself a brand new Hot Water Comedy mug complete with tea bag. Just add Hot Water.

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    Bag + Print + Badge

    Let all of your friends know just how much you love Hot Water Comedy with this stylish drawstring gym bag. Now you can carry a little bit of Hot Water with you wherever you may go.*
    *please do not put actual hot water in the drawstring bag... unless it is in a flask or something... it would not be a good idea.

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    Have Your Edinburgh Poster on the Wall

    If you are an act who has had an Edinburgh Festival poster (or any show poster) that they particularly loved, this is your chance to have that poster displayed forever at the new Hot Water Comedy Club.

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    Membership Card

    If you are a regular visitor to Hot Water Comedy Club, why not buy one of our new membership cards, which will gain you many perks in the club and online. From discounted tickets, to exclusive priority booking. Check out the membership section of our new website to find out more.

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    Shoutout

    Would you like a shout out from resident MC Paul Smith from the stage during our opening week? Just let us know who you want him to shout out and why and he will be glad to oblige.

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    Handwritten Christmas Card

    Get seasons greetings directly from your favourite Hot Water Comedy names with a personal message that you can cherish forever****

    ***** Or until 12 days after Christmas when you should really be thinking of taking down those decorations. Don’t be that person, or do, it’s up to you really.

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    Limited Edition T Shirt + Badge

    With this Limited edition t-shirt and badge and combo you will literally be the most stylish person ever.** These shirts will be an exclusive run featuring some very lovely pictures of our
    resident MC Paul Smith. A must have for Hot Water fans and fans of embarrassing pictures alike.
    **Not really, they a

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    Limited Edition Hoodie + Badge

    Our branded hoodie featuring the all new Wally Water logo plus badge.

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    Name a Chair

    This pledge not only lets you get your hands on some of the great exclusive Hot Water Comedy Club gear listed above, but it also allows you to name a chair in our new venue. This chair could be named after a friend or loved one, or just somebody you would like to sit on. It’s up to you.

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    Engraved Brick

    Get a brick engraved with the name of your choice. Live forever*** as part of our new Hot Water Comedy Bar
    ***Or for as long as the wall stands. Walls are strong though so it will be there for ages.

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    Engraved Tankard

    Do you like to drink, of course you do, why wouldn’t you it’s cool. Why not be even cooler with a very special engraved tankard to hold all of your favourite beverages.

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    Drinks in the Green Room

    Enjoy the full comedian experience backstage with the acts during opening week. You will be invited backstage after the show to meet and greet the acts and enjoy drinks and inevitable show biz banter. Each guest will recieve complementary Champagne and a chance to really see behind the curtain of Hot Water Comedy Club.

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    Stand Up Course

    Take a place on one of our very successful stand up comedy courses, culminating in a show at the new Hot Water Comedy Club. You will attend 4 weekly 2 hour sessions, ran by Resident MC Paul Smith and Hot Water favourite Adam Rowe, in which you will learn the basics of stand up writing and performance techniques. A great opportunity for any budding stand ups or anyone who would simply like to improve their confidence or public speaking skills.

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    Professional Photo Shoot

    COMEDIANS: Have your headshots/next flyer photo done at our in house photo studio with one of our great photographers. This will be a 2 hour shoot and all photos will be professionally edited.

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    Meet Your Guests At Your Party

    Our very own door wizard Binty will host and seat your party in his own indubitable style, bringing a part of Hot Water Comedy’s famous welcoming atmosphere to your party or event.

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    Date With Tony Carroll

    Who wouldn’t love the chance to be romanced by Liverpool’s very own Tony Carroll, aka MC Teatime. Let this charismatic casanova show you what dating can be. Be warned, once you’ve had Tony, you’ll never be lonely. Catch him while you can.

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    Paul Smiths Outfit for Opening Night

    This is one for the big spenders out there who would especially like to see Paul Smith wear the outfit of their choice. This is priced so highly for two reasons, the first being that the level of embarrassment and the unique opportunity to see something truly hilarious is just worth that damned much, and secondly because Paul Smith thinks that nobody will pay this much so he will get away with agreeing to this. Let’s prove him wrong!

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