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David NihillBy David Nihill
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David NihillBy David Nihill
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About

WE LOVE TO LAUGH.

And we love comedy. Ireland is famous for comedy, storytelling, having the craic (not that kind of crack!) and producing really great comedians, but few of them make it in America. Not because they are not funny enough, but because they often don’t get the support they need. We hope to change that by creating the Real Irish Comedy Festival. 

Standup comedy can be as inspirational, enjoyable– and expensive – as any other art form. Unfortunately it attracts almost no public funding. Why? 

THE PROBLEM

The Irish Arts Council doesn’t consider standup comedy an art form. For 2018 they offered €28.4 million through its Strategic Funding programme to 156 organisations in literature, music, dance, visual arts, theatre, street art, circus, (yes circus, even clowning...sorry clowns) spectacle, opera, film, architecture and the traditional arts. Not a cent for standup comedy. Zero...nada. 

Without this support, few Irish comedians have “made it” in America. As you’re about to see the gap is being filled by voices that don’t exactly reflect modern Ireland.  

It’s about time we changed that.  

THE GOAL

To start the Real Irish Comedy Festival. Our mission is to promote and advance Irish comedians in the United States by fostering partnerships, growing audiences, and entertaining attendees with Ireland’s unique wit and storytelling talent. 

While doing so we want to spread the message (in the funniest way possible) that modern-day Ireland is a very diverse and welcoming and forward-thinking place, contrary to how it is often portrayed in US comedy media circles. 

Because Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing proposition, I've set the goal at $10,000. If we hit this goal then we can make this happen. If we don't we get none of the money we badly need to start this. I've written "we" here because it sounds like more than just me which is a step in the right direction.  See...progress already. I've put in $1200 of my/our own money so far.  

All you need to do to help is grab your ticket today. That’s it. With your support we’ll make it happen, we’ll know your coming, and we’ll bring Irish comedians to a show near you. Together we can enjoy the hilarious voice of modern Ireland. Accent included.

To get your ticket just select the reward level that applies from the list of rewards. Eg. $25 = 1 early supporter ticket.  

Real Irish. Real Funny.

Our shows involve are a mix of established comedic voices, up and coming talent and those you might recognise from your favourite TV show. No matter who is on the lineup on a given night you are guaranteed to laugh out loud! 

The hilarious voice of modern Ireland. Accent included.
The hilarious voice of modern Ireland. Accent included.

When and Where? The Real Irish Comedy Festival will run in and around the San Francisco Bay Area from March 8th to March 17th. We will also have one show in LA and one in San Diego.

To get your ticket just select the reward level that applies from the list of rewards. Eg. $25 = 1 early supporter ticket.  

Bringing Real Irish Comedy to a City Near You
Bringing Real Irish Comedy to a City Near You

Cities and Venues:

San Francisco: Cobbs Comedy Club, The Battery, The SetUp

Mill Valley: The Throckmorton Theatre

Oakland: Comedy Oakland

Santa Rosa: The Laugh Cellar

Sunnyvale: Rooster T Feathers

Santa Cruz: Kuumbwa Jazz Center

LA: The Hollywood Improv

San Diego: The Comedy Store

Your Official Real Irish Comedy Festival T-shirt:

Ireland is woke as feck! Your official Real Irish Comedy Festival t-shirt
Ireland is woke as feck! Your official Real Irish Comedy Festival t-shirt

Where does this money go?

The major costs are travel and accommodation for comedians, venue deposits and promotion. There is very little profit if any in running comedy shows with major comedy clubs but to help Irish comedians in the long run that's the very market we need to play to, to have them seen by US bookers and help them appeal to a wider US audience. Traditionally when Irish comedians come to the US to play to Irish audiences in Irish centers or rented theatres but long run that doesn't help expose them to a larger mainstream audience. Your money will be funding a long term project to help change that. 

Longer Term

We hope that the Bay Area, LA and San Diego shows are just the first step and aim to expand to all major US cities for 2020. 

Can we do this?

Feck yes! But we need your help. 

Intro Video by: http://doublehproduction.com/

Risks and challenges

The main risk with putting on a new comedy festival is estimating how many people will come to each event. By you committing to purchasing a ticket up front we will have a much better idea and be able to lock in the best venues and acts.

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    One ticket to any show of your choice. No annoying ticket processing fees and no fear of missing out. This ticket is transferrable so you can buy for a friend or loved who needs more Irish comedy in their life. Your name will forever live on as being someone way ahead of the curve :)

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    Real Irish Comedy T-shirt & Ticket

    Modern Ireland is not just woke, it's woke as feck. Say it loud and proud and wear it loud and proud! This pledge includes your very own Real Irish Comedy Festival t-shirt and one transferrable ticket to the show of your choice.

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    If You Build It I'll Bring Them

    This gets you 10 tickets for the price of 8 and 1 Real Irish Comedy Festival T-shirt for rounding up your friends and coworkers for a night of Irish comedy that they will thank you for years about!
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    If You Build It I'll Bring Them VIP's

    This gets you 10 VIP tickets for less than the price of 8 and 1 Real Irish Comedy Festival T-shirt for rounding up your friends and coworkers for a night of Irish comedy that they will thank you for years about! Not only do you get an early bird pre sale ticket for the show of your choice but you also get to skip any long lines and cut straight to the front. You also get the opportunity to meet the comedians before the show and your choice of seating.
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    Looking for a great event to invite your existing and potential new clients to around St. Patrick's Day? Look no further. This gets you 50 tickets to the show of your choice for the price of 40, VIP access for all ticket holders and a shout out from stage.

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    The Lazy Boy: Bring This Show To Me

    Not of fan of commuting? We'll come to you! Like Uber Eats, but with Irish comedians (and we treat people better than Uber...much better). Bring a night of Irish comedy to your venue or event anywhere in mainland USA. Motivational talk meets hilarity. Think Tony O'Robbins. Yes this description makes no sense but if you're a high roller than why worry about the details? Let's make funny together.

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