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An improv, sketch and experimental comedy and cocktail venue in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan
An improv, sketch and experimental comedy and cocktail venue in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan
173 backers pledged $29,531 to help bring this project to life.

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The Comedy Project

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FINAL 6 HOURS "STRETCH GOALS"! We have till midnight tonight to raise money to do more cool things! 

COOL THING#1 - If we reach $30,000 we will commit to a house video system to ensure that groups, shows and performers can easily have access to footage for promotion and comedy festivals.

COOL THING #2 - If we reach $35,000 we will have a private party for BACKERS ONLY catered by Pit Stop BBQ and Sweetie-Licious Bakery!

Details on the project are below!

Our mission is to provide a comedy experience unlike anything else in the region. The Comedy Project won't just be another room with a stage.  We plan to over-deliver in every possible way, providing consistently great and memorable, shows, food, drinks and ambience. 

We will specifically be using the money raised on Kickstarter to transform the space into the fun, bomb-shelter-esque venue our city can escape to. 

(one of many mockups for seating/stage configuration)
(one of many mockups for seating/stage configuration)

The decor and feel of the space has to walk the fine line between looking and feeling like the set of a post-apocalyptic movie but with the comfort, technology and accessibility of a modern venue. This project includes supplies and decor for the stage and seating area. 

In addition to live performances on-site, we will facilitate classes to grow the local comedy community and to help enable the general public and business professionals to use improv tools and theory for career development and innovation within their organizations. The shows and classes will broaden awareness of the improv/sketch comedy art form and provide hands-on training and performance experiences in a manner which reflects the following core values: 

· Honor and evangelize the craft of improv/sketch comedy. 

· Use every opportunity possible to educate. 

· Provide a collaborative work environment which embraces diversity as an essential component of creation. 

· Compel our audience members to continually participate in our community with everything we do.

THE COMEDY PROJECT BIOS

Joe Anderson is a graduate of Western Michigan University's competitive theatre program. He is an award-winning director, writer and comedian who worked at the famed Second City comedy theater as a main stage understudy and in the touring company. He also spent 7 years as a board member of the all-volunteer, non-profit Dog Story Theater where he helped produce nearly 100 improv and sketch comedy shows.

Ben Wilke got his start at the famed Second City and Improv Olympic comedy theaters in Chicago. While in the windy city, he performed improv comedy for thousands of audience members before moving back to Michigan where he launched his stand up career. He has since performed in front of national headliners such as Jim Gaffigan, Garfunkle and Oats, Shane Mauss, Kyle Kinane, Roy Wood Jr., Heather McDonald, Mitch Fatel, and many more. 

 

Risks and challenges

We are currently moving forward on a specific location downtown Grand Rapids but if that location is compromised, we will have to move quickly on one of our secondary locations.

Other challenges include some general public unfamiliarity with improv and sketch comedy as a live entertainment option and/or as a method for training businesspeople of all kinds.

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    Tip of the Hat

    We will post an amazing “Thank you!” post on the social media platform of your choice, with a custom and hilarious(at least to us) message to you and you’ll get one of our inaugural and awesome stickers.

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    Future fan

    All previous rewards PLUS two tickets to a show of your choosing in our opening season!

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    Just give me a shirt with my name on it!

    All previous rewards PLUS a limited edition Comedy Project T Shirt with all donors names on the back!(Thank you, sticker, 2 tickets, t-shirt)

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    Out of towner? Improv Evangelist?

    Don't live in GR but still want to see improv grow all over the world? For $75, you'll get a thank you, sticker, t-shirt and 2 tickets will be added to our "pay it forward" account, to be re-gifted as a "Thank You" to volunteers at area hospitals.

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    Bring the whole fam!

    All previous rewards PLUS a 6 pack of tickets for use during our opening season!(Thank you, sticker, 2 tickets, t-shirt, 6 tickets)

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    The double whammy!

    All previous rewards PLUS a limited edition hoodie and DOUBLE PLUS - a copy of the limited edition poster art from the opening show by local artist Anthony Carpenter. (Thank you, sticker, 2 tickets, t-shirt, 6 tickets, hoodie, poster)

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    Face Your Tables!

    All previous rewards plus you provide 1 or more pictures of yourself or a logo for your company or organization and we will have them laminated into the tabletop! You can decide if you want one big image or numerous smaller images. (Thank you, sticker, t-shirt, 8 tickets, hoodie, poster, tabletop)

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    Drink Me! (It's fine, I'm delicious)

    All previous rewards PLUS - we’ll name an item or drink on our menu after you or the person you choose so that people will for-ever be ordering a “you” or your surrogate.(Thank you, sticker, t-shirt, 8 tickets, hoodie, poster, named menu item)

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    Eat Me! (I'm smokin')

    All previous rewards PLUS - Pit Stop BBQ will be making our menu extra delicious and we'll name one of their delicacies on our menu after you or the person you choose so that people will be ordering a “you” or your surrogate.(Thank you, sticker, t-shirt, 8 tickets, hoodie, poster, named menu item)

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    His name is my name too!

    All previous rewards plus your name will be used as a character, on stage, at least one per week, fo' ever! You can decide if you want one big image or numerous smaller images. (Thank you, sticker, t-shirt, 8 tickets, hoodie, poster, you'll be a character every week)

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    I have to GO! (You'll always be #1)

    Most of the previous rewards PLUS we’ll design one of our bathrooms in a theme of your choice. Unicorns! OR Steam Punk! OR Regular Punk! And a plaque will hang in you or your organization's honor. (Thank you, sticker, t-shirt, 8 tickets, hoodie, poster, custom bathroom)

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    Teach me!

    Most of the previous rewards PLUS two improv or sketch 6-8 week comedy classes of your choice. (Thank you, sticker, t-shirt, 8 tickets, hoodie, poster, 2 comedy classes)

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    VIP

    Most of the previous rewards PLUS we will perform a VIP show with you or someone from your organization as the subject(visit www.vipcomedyshow.com for details). We will then take a full cast picture with you and frame it on our wall FOR-EVER. Note - “for-ever” is not something we can predict as the world could end tomorrow but otherwise, yeah, for-ever. (Thank you, sticker, t-shirt, 8 tickets, hoodie, poster, VIP show)

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    VIP OF A LIFETIME

    Most of the previous rewards, including VIP show PLUS two free tickets to any of our shows 4-lyfe! (Thank you, sticker, t-shirt, hoodie, poster, named menu item, 2 tickets 4-lyfe)

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    Look ma, I'm the Stage!

    Most of the previous rewards, including VIP show and 2 tickets 4-lyfe, PLUS We will name the stage after you or your organization! (Thank you, sticker, t-shirt, hoodie, poster, VIP show, stage naming)

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Funding period

- (30 days)