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We're bringing Grossmalerman! to Pierogi Gallery's Boiler space to shoot 5 episodes as a 3 camera sitcom before a live studio audience
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Jonathan Grossmalerman has delighted and confounded audiences with his insidious charm, remarkable insights and exciting adventures for over a decade. Whether in the pages of ArtReview or in his popular webisodes. Now, with your help, my longtime collaborator Jason Cacioppo and I will be bringing him to the stage and the small screen! Partner with us to get Jonathan Grossmalerman! the Sitcom to Peirogi Gallery's Boiler Room, this September!

 We're going to build a huge stage set of Grossmalerman's painting studio and shoot 5 episodes in classic 3-camera sitcom style in front of a live studio audience. We'll even have a warm-up guy to get the audience in the mood!

 The basic gist is this: Grossmalerman, who’s in the middle of a career slump, has been offered a long awaited comeback exhibition by his dream gallery, but there’s one catch! The public no longer appreciates his brand of explicitly misogynist painting and the gallery demands that he come up with a new series of work with wider appeal. Grossmalerman eagerly agrees but is it easier said than done? What is he going to paint? And when? He’s constantly being interrupted by his amazingly stupid studio assistant Neal, Russian hit men, his newly discovered daughter, his annoying gallerist, an overly eager collector and the Ghost of Basquiat who’s currently haunting his studio. And that’s when he’s NOT procrastinating and hungover. 

 There are a lot of moving parts to a project this large. Most of the money we’re trying to raise will be going towards getting the stage set built, but we’ll also have to pay our talent, the three camera technicians who will have to be at each performance, the lighting crew and the sound team. Then once you get all these people in a room together you’ve gotta feed them! Otherwise everyone gets grumpy… and their stomach grumbling messes up the sound! And that’s not to even mention the post production team who are going to turn these performances into a real honest to goodness sitcom. If we’ve already reached our goal of $20,000.00 please don’t let that deter you. We need a lot more to get this project from the drawing board to Boiler Room!

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I have a long track record of successfully bringing many ambitious projects to completion. In particular, producing, writing, scoring, directing as well as starring in the feature length rock opera "Nausea 2" which premiered at the Museum of Modern Art and has gone on to exhibit internationally. Rest assured, this thing is getting done.

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    1 Signed New Adventures of Grossmalerman #2 Comic Book, thank you email and email updates regarding our progress

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    Comic Book, Emails plus a reserved seat at one of the performances

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    Comic book, emails, reserved seat for one of the 5 performances and a DVD of all 5 episodes upon completion

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    Comic book, emails, DVD and a reserved seat for Opening Night in the Producers Row, Special Edition Grossmalerman Donor T shirt and a backstage photo with the cast.

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    Comic book, emails, DVD, reserved seat, T shirt plus a small Grossmalerman watercolor on paper,

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    Comic book, emails, DVD, large watercolor on paper used in one of the episodes, 2 reserved seats for Opening Night in the Producers Row, Special Edition Grossmalerman "Trustee" T shirt, backstage photo of you and a guest with the cast and complimentary use of Grossmalerman's on-stage bar before and after the performance

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    Comic book, emails, DVD, large watercolor on paper used in one of the episodes, Special thanks in the program and episode credits, 3 reserved seats for Opening Night in the Oligarchs Row, Special Edition Grossmalerman "Oligarch" T shirt, backstage photo of you and 2 guests with the crew and complimentary use of Grossmalerman's on-stage bar before and after the performance

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    Comic book, emails, DVD, a Grossmalerman painting on canvas that has been used in one of the episodes, Associate Producer credit, 4 reserved seats for each of the 5 performances in the Czar Box, Special Edition Grossmalerman Czar T shirt, dinner with series creator Guy Richards Smit,
    backstage photo of you and guests with the cast, complimentary 'Czar Bottle' designed by Grossmalerman waiting for you at Grossmalerman's on-stage bar before and after the performance

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