We're a comedy group funding a whole slate of creative projects over the next 18 months including a new comedy podcast about Lewis and Clark, new concerts featuring glam rocker Roger Wodehouse, three new videos (including a music video for Lauren Flans's Wine Country), our flagship Lost Moon Radio live shows, and a new web-series.
WHO IS LOST MOON RADIO?
Lost Moon Radio is a comedy group based in Los Angeles, CA. We've been around since 2009 and we're most well-known for our signature show also called "Lost Moon Radio." It's a sketch comedy and music extravaganza in the style of a live radio broadcast. We've performed it across the US in venues like San Francisco Sketchfest, UCB Los Angeles, KPCC's Crawford Family Forum, South Coast Rep, Good Day LA, and at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, winning the top comedy prize in 2011 and 2012.
In addition to live performance, we also record stuff. Our sketch series Passive Aggressive History aired on truTV in 2016. We've also released a comedy podcast, several albums, and many videos you can find on YouTube. We've sold several television pilots and turned one of them into a pilot presentation for NBC Universal.
But, above all, Lost Moon Radio is a chosen family. We're group of passionate artists who've created work for nearly a decade because we love doing it... and sharing it with you!
WHAT ARE WE CROWDFUNDING FOR?
We have 18 months of ambitious projects that we want to make — but we need your help! We're crowdfunding to support an entire slate of new, original comedy, including:
- Four installments of our signature live radio show. Beginning with a special political episode (right before the midterm elections this November!), we'll be bringing you more of our continuing series of original rock 'n' roll comedy extravaganzas. And we'll be performing them at both our favorite established locales and hip new venues, like Dynasty Typewriter in historic Westlake. Both rambunctiously loud and drily comedic, each Lost Moon Radio live show is performed by a half-dozen comic actors and a full, very overqualified rock band.
- A new narrative comedy podcast based on Lewis and Clark's cross-country journey. Profiling these two legendary figures on history's most passive-aggressive road trip has long been one of our favorite bits to come out of our live show, and we're dying to chronicle their whole ridiculously underprepared expedition (particularly in an audio medium where horses and blizzards are way more affordable)! With an ensemble cast of characters including Sacagawea, York, Thomas Jefferson, and 3/4-blind fiddler/boatman Patches, this story of a ragtag, diverse, highly dysfunctional team exploring the land that would become America feels super relevant to us.
- A series of live concert performances by our glam rock character Roger Wodehouse and his band Chelsea Telegram. We love this visionary, narcissistic, and gender and sexually fluid 1970s British pop star so much that we wrote and performed a musical about his failed children's television series, Roger Wodehouse's Androgymnasium. Currently we've been writing a score of new songs for him, and we're eager to perform them live all over town… including for unsuspecting audiences at traditional music venues.
- Three new videos, including a music video for Lauren Flans's fan-favorite rap "Wine Country." We're sketch comedians who will always love short-form, standalone pieces, so we're excited to deliver more of those as well!
- A new to-be-determined web series. We've found ongoing video series to be extremely creatively rewarding. We also love making shows in general, we're restless artists, and we know in the next year we're going to have a big idea we want to shoot and bring to life. So this is kind of a free-play space. But don't hesitate to suggest concepts with your donation!
In addition to these projects, your donation also supports the infrastructure needed to share the finished products with the world, including marketing and administrative expenses.
WHY ARE WE CROWDFUNDING?
For the first time in our history, we're doing a crowdfund. Why? Over the last nine years, Lost Moon Radio has developed a vibrant local audience that we adore and couldn't feel luckier to have. But — even though we regularly sell out our live performances — we generally lose money making them, thanks to theater rentals, rehearsal space fees, sound equipment, silly props, and other upfront costs that have actually increased over the years. (Thanks, Late Capitalism.) We've had to scrimp and save and borrow in order to make videos, podcasts, and other innovative projects that have the potential to expand our audience and reach, so our output in those avenues has been slow.
Lost Moon Radio has always been first and foremost a labor of love, but we also know we're ready to level up! With the right resources (i.e. funds), we can make a host of new content that will represent the next step in our creative evolution, reward our existing audience, and help us reach an even larger one.
WHY SHOULD YOU DONATE?
Your donation will make a dozen new projects possible. That’s tens of hours of original comedy! So much bang for your buck! Beyond the laughs you’ll help create, you will also be supporting a group of artists whose mission is to bring joy into the world. We make comedy that is humanist. Our work takes an incisive look at the world around us, but it strives to connect people rather than divides them. We feel it's our calling to use comedy in this way, especially at this time in history as America draws to a close.
A MORE DETAILED BUDGET
By donating to Lost Moon Radio, you're giving us your vote of confidence. We want to be transparent about where the money will go. Though $33,500 may seem like a lot, all the budget items below will be acquired at greatly reduced rates, below market value. Every one of these projects will rely on favors and relationships even with the money raised. We share this so you know how dedicated we are to making the most of the money you donate.
Here is what we’ll do with the funds:
$5,700 – LIVE SHOWS. Though we charge tickets to our live events, we still lose money on every show. The money earmarked here will cover payment of a producer, cast, musicians, venue rental, and hilarious props.
$9,600 – VIDEOS + WEB SERIES. Your donation will cover locations, crew, costumes, props, and equipment for our web series and additional video projects.
$6,200 – PODCAST. Creating a new narrative comedy podcast will be time-consuming and technical. Your donation will cover a sound engineer, studio time, and mixing.
$5,800 – MARKETING. We’ve made enough art over the past 9 years to know that spending on marketing is as essential as spending on the art. We’ll use this money to hire a publicist for two projects and pay for social media promotion.
$6,200 – COST OF HAVING AN LLC. The cost of doing business legally is substantial. This line item covers the cost of keeping the lights on while we make all this work. This includes LLC fees, an accountant, space rental, internet, our website, and more.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
You can help Lost Moon Radio achieve its goals in three ways:
- Donate today! Consider giving to our crowd fund in any amount you can. Every $5, $10, $25 dollars helps!
- Follow and share our campaign! Press the "follow" button above and tell your comedy-loving friends about Lost Moon Radio! Share our campaign on social media to help us reach new backers.
- Watch our comedy when it's finished. We want to show you what we make! By supporting this campaign, you'll be the first to know about the art as it's made.
We love talking with our backers! Just contact us through Kickstarter or on our website. Or you can check out our campaign FAQs.
Risks and challenges
Lost Moon Radio has been together and creating for nine years. Every type of art we're crowdfunding for is something we've made in the past, be it a live show, podcast, or web series. So, though we don't want to sound overconfident, we are pretty seriously confident that we'll be able to make all this art as promised. The biggest risk lies in our goal of expanding our audience — a goal we aim to achieve through more digital content and more investment in marketing. We will use the money allocated to these areas wisely and look for new team members with real expertise. We hope that by doing our research and bringing in professionals in the fields of audience outreach and publicity, we can overcome this hurdle and reach our goal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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