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Build a theatre dedicated to improv comedy in Richmond, VA! A new home for ComedySportz and other local, regional & national troupes!

FINAL HOURS UPDATE: Thanks to some amazing and wonderful fanz, we've reached our fundraising goal! WOOHOO! Thanks TONS to all who have contributed so far! But we're not done yet! Just this past week, we were informed of some unexpected additional work required by the county that requires a good chunk of additional money. A lot, actually. So if you have not yet made your donation, there's still time and we could still use the help! Wouldn't it be great to see that total hit $15,000 by Sunday at 5pm!

NEED MORE INCENTIVES? Some of our players have stepped up with their own ways to encourage donations! Talk to Pat Raines about his willingness to sport a new mohawk or reverse mohawk for your your money! AND Micah Edwards is willing to creatively shave his face in the pattern of your choosing! Check it out: http://baronmind.livejournal.com/553130.html

WHO WE ARE: ComedySportz has been bringing fast-paced, sharp-witted and family-friendly improv comedy to Richmond since 1996! Throughout the years, we’ve found ourselves in various restaurants, movie houses and banquet rooms in the Greater Richmond area, and in 2001, we opened our own theatre on Staples Mill Road. Originally named Comedy Alley, but more recently known as the ComedySportz Improv Theatre. It was, and remains to date, the only theatre ever in Richmond dedicated to the art of improv comedy.

ComedySportz Improv Theatre introduced so many things to Richmond – competitive improvisational comedy, live long-form improv shows, original productions of musical parodies, new sketch and long-form improv comedy troupes such as Full Contact Improv and iProv, a gathering of national improv talent with the Richmond Improv Festival, and a venue for a wide variety of other talent, such as Slash Coleman, Barefoot Puppets, and American Idol’s Zak Resnick! All of this plus corporate teambuilding workshops, summer improv camps for kids, private shows, and the perfect place for dates, friends, families and birthday parties, all wrapped up into one hilarious destination!

In 2009, the recession hit hard. We had to close our theatre & restaurant business and figure out a way to restructure so we could continue with our mission. Well, we’ve done just that. We now have a managing team of partners, eager to bring the funny back to the families of Richmond. We have a large group of talented improvisers anxiously waiting to jump back on stage. We’ve found the perfect location to re-launch our theatre. And we’re well on our way to bringing all of that AND MORE back to Richmond!

WHAT WE WANNA DO: ComedySportz Richmond (CSzRVA) wants to once again establish a dedicated home for improv comedy in Richmond. Sure, we want to be able to have a place to play every weekend, but we also want to offer a venue – an actual physical theatre – to the many talented artists, comedians and performers of the Richmond area. We want to be able to offer family-friendly ComedySportz shows every week, as well as unique and original sketch and improv comedy shows that highlight all of the talented individuals in the Richmond comedy scene. We want to offer season after season of theatrical entertainment unlike anything else in Richmond.

Of course, this takes funding. That’s why we’ve launched this campaign. We thoroughly believe in the mantra “If you build it, they will come.” But it’s the whole “building-it” part that isn’t exactly easy.

The main thing we’ve learned from our past endeavors? We want to build this theatre with no debt. None. We want to have all funds in place for everything we do. If this recession taught America anything, that should be it.

WHAT THE MONEY IS FOR: So of course, just to open our doors, we have significant expenses. There’s lumber and paint and screws and nails for the stage construction. There’s lighting and sound equipment. There’s computers and a video projection system and credit card equipment. We need to purchase chairs and furniture and a concession stand. And it costs quite a bit of money for a big, illuminated, awesome sign (required in our lease.)

The $10,000 (or more!) that we raise through this project will be used to cover these opening expenses, primarily the cost of our sign, stage and theatre seating. We cannot open our doors without these items, and we’re looking for all the help we can get to achieve our goal!

If we blow past that initial goal and hit $20,000, we’ll be able to fund further construction of our control booth (Mr. Voice), enhance our audio and video system, replace some old carpet and purchase much-needed concession systems. And if we pass THAT, we’ll have the ability to fund unique productions and world premieres that reach beyond our regular improv and sketch repertoire.

Our NEW theatre is located at 8906-H West Broad Street, 23294. It's in the Gold's Gym Plaza at West Tower, just about a mile West of Parham Road on West Broad Street. The same shopping center where you'll find Gelati Celesti and Peking and a Starbucks, right next to the West Tower Cinemas! Swing by - you just may see us hard at work painting and building!

Find out more about us at http://www.cszrva.com. And find out more about the international phenomenon at http://www.comedysportz.com

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    THE LOYAL FAN - You’ll be listed in our game program AND you’ll receive a free candy bar and soda!

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    THE BATHROOM FAN - Your name in our game program, a free candy bar & soda PLUS your name will be written on our bathroom wall, recognized eternally for your gracious contribution!

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    THE NOT-NAKED FAN - All of the above goodies, plus a brand new ComedySportz Improv Theatre Richmond t-shirt, AND red & blue face paint!

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    THE JUDGESHIP - All of the above amenities, PLUS a family 4-pack of tickets to any ComedySportz show for a year AND one official set of CSzRVA red & blue judging Wapners, allowing you to be an official game judge whenever you bring them to a ComedySportz show!

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    THE HAPPY CAMPER - Includes your name in the program & bathroom wall, a CSzRVA t-shirt, a party 10-pack of tickets to a ComedySportz show of your choice, AND free enrollment for your child in our Kids Camp Summer Program OR a free spot for you in our adult improv workshops!

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    THE PERMA-FAN - Get your name permanently on a plaque on one of our new chairs, telling all fanz forever that you did a huge part to make this theatre a reality! On top of that, get 20 tickets to any ComedySportz show for a whole year (they don’t have to be used all at the same show, either!) AND free enrollment for TWO people in either our Kids’ Camps or Adult Workshops!

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    THE SEASON PASS - Get in FREE to any ComedySportz show for a whole year! WOW! Normally, if you only went to 1 show a weekend and paid at the door, that would cost you $624! Imagine if you went to 2 or 3 shows every weekend! Well, now you CAN! The more you go, the more you SAVE! Woohoo!! Not valid for shows at the theatre other than ComedySportz, not valid New Year's Eve, and good only for the wonderful person who purchases this option. What a great deal!

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    THE COUPLE'S SEASON PASS - Two people get in FREE to any ComedySportz show for a whole year! For a couple, if you only went to 1 show a weekend and paid at the door, that would cost you $1,248!!! The savings is CRAZY! The more you go, the more you SAVE! Woohoo!! Not valid for shows at the theatre other than ComedySportz, not valid New Year's Eve, and good only for the wonderful couple who purchases this option. What an amazing deal!

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    THE PIT CREW - Be the first to ride around Richmond with us in our new Official CSzRVA Muscle Car – a rare 1967 custom Plymouth Fury, all decked out with our logo and other fun stuff, including YOUR NAME as a CSz Pit Crew Member painted right on the side! Plus, 20 tickets to tickets to a ComedySportz show of your choice, a CSzRVA t-shirt and free enrollment for TWO people in either our Kids’ Camps or Adult Workshops!

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    THE EGO FAN – We’ll do a whole show specifically about YOU. That’s right – bring 20 of your friends to enjoy an evening of games, music and all-out improv fun based on you! Everything based on your stories, your life, your favorite games, YOU YOU YOU! You’ll leave with a CSzRVA t-shirt, your own Judging Wapners, red & blue face paint and a big picture featuring YOU right on our main web page!

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    THE BUSINESS FAN – get your business’ name up on our wall, with a 2x3 sponsorship banner inside the ComedySportz Theatre and an ad in our CSz game program for a whole year! Not only that, but 20 tickets for your clients to come see a ComedySportz show of their choice AND a 1-hour teambuilding training for your company!

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    THE FAMILY SEASON PASS - Get THIS - a family of four getst in FREE to any ComedySportz show for a whole year! The kids will LOVE you FOREVER for this one! For a family, if you only went to 1 show a weekend and paid at the door, that would cost you $2,496!!! The savings is OUTRAGEOUSLY UNBELIEVABLE! Over 50% off!!! The more you go, the more you SAVE! Woohoo!! Not valid for shows at the theatre other than ComedySportz, not valid New Year's Eve, and good only for the smart family who purchases this option. What a life-changing deal!

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    THE CORPORATE HERO – Get your company’s name where our loyal fans can see it – a 2x3 sponsorship banner inside the ComedySportz Theatre for a year, an ad in or game program for a year, sponsorships of 10 ComedySportz shows in one year, with your business promoted throughout the show, AND your logo as a sponsor logo on our sweet ComedySportz Humormobile, sure to turn heads all over the city! PLUS a 2-hour teambuilding training for your company AND 20 tickets to a ComedySportz show of your choice

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    THE LIFETIME FAN – For any individual OR business! You have the opportunity of a lifetime – 2 lifetime tickets to ComedySportz Richmond shows – you & your date (or your boss) ALWAYS get in free, Forever! PLUS – a 2x3 banner inside our theatre for a lifetime! PLUS a permanent ad in our game program, a lifetime spot on our car’s pit crew list, AND we’ll give you the opportunity to name the balcony part of our new stage (currently called the Vader Box) after yourself, your company, or anything you want (keeping the brown bag foul in mind, of course.) All this plus 20 tickets to a ComedySportz show of your choice and a 2-hour teambuilding training for your company!

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