This project's funding goal was not reached on January 28, 2014.
About this project
Hey Moe! Hey Dad! is the incredible story of Moe Howard and The Three Stooges as told through the eyes of a son. Paul Howard takes us on a One Hundred Year journey through the trials and tribulations of the greatest comedy team of all time and the tumultuous relationship he had with his father. Through wars, economic depression, the evolution of television and digital media, and death, The Three Stooges comedy survived and continues to thrive into the future. An epic Nine Part Mini-Series that features many of the best Three Stooges performances, as well as never seen before private footage and family photographs from the heirs of The Three Stooges. Also featuring many guest appearances from today’s popular celebrities, such as Whoopi Goldberg, Billy West and Pat Cooper. Written and produced by accomplished Producer Frank Basile, this is the complete story of Hollywood’s most famous comedy legends.
Now you can be a part of the in depth never told before story of the greatest comedy trio ever. The best news is that we've already made most of it! That's right. Several years in the making, Producer Frank Basile has already compiled many hours of great Three Stooges moments with the history of all the Stooges as told by Moe's son, Paul Howard. We traveled all over the country to locate heirs of the Stooges, celebrities and other folks to uncover everything about The Three Stooges, including never seen before photos and footage on the greatest comedy team of all time. We soon realized that the story is so great and extensive that we could not do it justice in only an hour or two. So we made it into a Nine Part Mini-Series. Now you may wonder – why do we need Kickstarter? Good question. Because we cannot show you this great Mini-Series without first obtaining usage and clearance rights from studios and other parties who own rights to the many great clips and other goodies in this Nine Part Mini-Series. It's that simple – the money we raise from Kickstarter will go directly to free up and release Hey Moe! Hey Dad! for everybody everywhere to enjoy and appreciate the 100 year journey of the greatest comedy team of all time.
The son of comedy legend Moe Howard, tells his story as the son of Moe, as well as the complete story of The Three Stooges. Paul Howard was not always on the best of terms with his celebrity father. Moe was the hard driving leader of The Three Stooges, but Paul did not necessarily fit into the mold of his great father. Now retired and living with his family in New York, Paul recounts the epic history of The Three Stooges, which is as much a story about the stooges as it is about Paul’s reconciliation with his father Moe. Beginning with Moe’s first performances on the Mississippi riverboat Sunflower 100 years ago, Paul takes us on The Three Stooges odyssey as we discover the true story behind the great comedians known as Larry, Moe and Curly, as well as Shemp, Joe and Curly Joe. Along the way, Paul explores his relationship with the leader of the most famous comedy team ever as he looks for redemption with his famous Dad.
Like so many others, celebrated writer and producer Frank Basile fell in love with The Three Stooges as a young boy watching his comedy heroes on TV everyday after school. Later in life, it became his passion to tell the whole story of The Three Stooges to the entire world. "As a fan, I wanted to know more about these comedy legends, like where did they come from, how did they become so great for so long? The more I learned, the more I realized I had to share this incredible story with the millions of Three Stooges fans everywhere." With over thirty years of experience in the entertainment business, including many television, motion picture and theater productions, Frank's Fresh Produce Productions, a New York City based production company, specializes in entertainment/ theatrical production, marketing, archival and documentary programming, commercials, and network promotions. Frank has worked with National television networks, Regional and Local Broadcast television, and many major cable networks, including HBO, Cinemax, Nick At Nite, USA, A&E Networks, (A&E, The History Channel ,Biography), The Travel Channel, RCA Records, Broadway Television Network, The Tony Awards, Lincoln Center Theater, and The League of American Theaters & Producers.
When funding is successful we will acquire the necessary clearances for the film clips and other things from the rights' holders. The clips will include many of The Three Stooges classic bits. Much of the project has already been filmed. We believe after editing and other final work the project will be completed by April of 2014.
Risks and challenges
A lot of love and work has gone into Hey Moe! Hey Dad! We are confident that if successfully funded the rights can be acquired to the film clips and other properties needed to make a world class tribute to the greatest comedy team of all time. Of course nothing in life is certain. It is always possible that we will run into a snag at some point in the production. We believe that any foreseeable problems can be resolved. The project has the support of the family members of The Three Stooges and we are confident that the necessary rights to complete the project can be obtained.
An important step in any production is finding a distributor. There is no guarantee that the project will air on any particular venue or in any particular format. We will do our best to achieve the widest possible audience so the story of the The Three Stooges as told by Moe's son Paul will be heard by the greatest number of people.
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