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This Tour Is So Gay is a hilarious extravaganza of storytelling and bookishness starring author/comedian Sara Benincasa!
This Tour Is So Gay is a hilarious extravaganza of storytelling and bookishness starring author/comedian Sara Benincasa!
335 backers pledged $15,177 to help bring this project to life.

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Oh, man, is this gonna be awesome! THIS TOUR IS SO GAY is a delightful romp around this fine world of ours. I'll entertain you with a live storytelling show about love and going crazy and getting better, throw things at you, sign some books near you (particularly my LGBTQ-themed YA novel GREAT, a Gatsby-inspired tale of love and lust!), and basically bring the circus to town. Whenever possible, I'll feature a storyteller/performer from your town (maybe it's YOU!)

I'll crash on couches or in your finest local motels. I'll eat cheap delicacies from your local food establishments. And if you donate $400, I'll take you on a friend date to your favorite restaurant near a scheduled show! (There are other prizes, but mostly I'm hoping to take a lot of people to Cheesecake Factory.)

If I raise $15,000, I plan to hit these cities:

Washington, DC

Seattle, WA

San Francisco, CA

Denver, CO

Asheville, NC

Charleston, SC

Chicago, IL

Indianapolis, IN

Houston, TX

New Orleans, LA

Los Angeles, CA

Pittsburgh, PA

New York, NY 

Toronto, ON

Vancouver, BC

and the more I raise, the more cities I can visit!

Let's get together and have some laughs and chortles. And also eat cheesecake. Maybe.

Risks and challenges

It's important to know that I'm going to spread out the tour dates across 2014 and 2015 so that I can do my regular work too (writing a TV pilot for the USA network; writing my third and fourth books; walking my puppy). So it won't be all in one shot. I'll do it around my work schedule.

I'll need help from local folks to set up events in each town.

Oh, and if a show happens to be FREE and we're doing a pass-the-bucket donations kinda thing for the kids AND you've donated to the Kickstarter at a level where you get free tickets, you and I will figure out a suitable substitute for the free tickets prize. Like maybe we go for ice cream or something fun.

And sadly, you might not have a Cheesecake Factory in your town, in which case we'll just have to go somewhere else.

Also, if the publishing company suddenly shuts down or decides I suck or something, I can't dedicate my book to you. So you are taking that risk! Maybe a unicorn could steal the company and bring it to Never Never Land. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN!

*Extra special top secret prize* Donate 20K and you and I will decide on a tattoo and then I will get the tattoo. ;)

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    You'll get the secret password to my very own tour diary where I'll share updates, pics, and tales from the road.

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    I'll tweet that you are a golden god. I'll also promote whatever thingie you want me to promote so long as it's a GOOD thingie and not a mean thingie. Plus, secret tour diary access!

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    I'll call you up for a 10-minute chat about puppies, including a detailed account of what my puppy did that day. You can talk about your puppy too. Plus, the tweet and secret tour diary access!

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    I'll call you up for a 20-minute life coaching session. I'm not a life coach or anything, but who cares? I'll tell you funny things you should do like dance in chocolate syrup. Plus, the puppy chat plus the tweet and secret tour diary access!

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    I'll send you a signed copy of my new book, GREAT, plus the life coaching session, the puppy chat, and the tweet! Plus secret tour diary access!

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    You want free stuff? You got free stuff! I'll send you random signed stuff from my house (I'll give you a menu of options) plus a signed copy of my new book, GREAT, plus the life coaching session, the puppy chat, and the tweet! Plus secret tour diary access!

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    WE'RE GOING TO CHEESECAKE! Or a local restaurant of your choice (within 20 miles of a scheduled show). My treat. AND I'll send you random signed stuff from my house (I'll give you a menu of options) plus a signed copy of my new book, GREAT, plus the life coaching session, the puppy chat, and the tweet! Plus secret tour diary access!

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    FREE TICKETS TO THE SHOW NEAREST YOU plus Cheesecake plus random signed stuff from my house plus a signed copy of my new book GREAT plus the life coaching session plus the puppy chat and the tweet! Plus secret tour diary access!

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    A PRIVATE SHOW FOR YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS IN YOUR BACKYARD (within 20 miles of a scheduled show)! Plus free tix to the show nearest you, plus Cheesecake, random signed stuff from my house, a signed copy of my new book GREAT, the life coaching session, the puppy chat and the tweet! Plus secret tour diary access!

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    I WILL COME TO YOUR HOUSE ANYWHERE IN NORTH AMERICA OR EUROPE. I will choreograph and perform an interpretive dance about your greatness. I will also do a private show for you and your buddies in your backyard (within 20 miles of a scheduled show). Plus Cheesecake, free tix to the show nearest you, random signed stuff from my house, a signed copy of my new book GREAT, the life coaching session, the puppy chat and the tweet! Plus secret tour diary access!

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    I WILL DEDICATE MY FOURTH BOOK TO YOU. It's called "Let's Grow Up Together" and it'll be out from William Morrow (a division of HarperCollins) in 2016, Lord willing and the crick don't rise. We are going to your local amusement park and hanging out all damn day on all the rides. ALSO I WILL COME TO YOUR HOUSE ANYWHERE IN NORTH AMERICA OR EUROPE. We are going to Cheesecake. I will choreograph and perform an interpretive dance about your greatness. I will also do a private show for you and your buddies in your backyard (within 20 miles of a scheduled show). Plus free tix to the show nearest you, random signed stuff from my house, a signed copy of my new book GREAT, the life coaching session, the puppy chat and the tweet! Plus secret tour diary access!

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