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Memoirs of a much loved award-winning Comedian: "The Wholly Viable". Now Aiming for 200%. Let's really launch this amazing book...
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WHAT IS THIS PROJECT?

Phil Kay has written a book... The Wholly Viable...
He's not interested in the compromises imposed by traditional publishers...
So instead, he wants to work with YOU
If you pre-order a copy... Phil can publish the book he wants to 

We passed the minimum required to release this book a few days after launching the project - Well done! But why stop there?
Lets go for 200%, 300% plus

"...Can I be free and open as much in life as the comedian can be onstage? ..Is positivity viable in comedy and life? Wholly!"Phil Kay

THE WHOLLY VIABLE

This 'Auto-blography' of a Master Storyteller (written and ready to print) contains the memoirs of a man who has been doing wild follow your nose, seat of pants, improvised comedy for twenty years... thousands already know him and have seen him tell up to the minute stories and made up tales of madness in front of their very eyes... Now for the first time you can read about what he got up to all the other times you never heard about.. 

WHY PRE-ORDER PHIL's BOOK?

We are cutting out the middle men... keeping independent... Offering other great rewards... putting out something truly creative and unique:

"When my ex-Literary Agent asked for more coherency, what he was subconsciously saying was 'follow my idea of coherent'.. and if we did that there'd be no individual books, songs, comedians, films etc.. Books are expressions of newness, of self, I am doing what I consider coherent.. Here it is ready to print and find its way to you..." Phil Kay 

PHIL KAY Auto-Blography (What's in the book?)

There are not many comedians who get up to the kind of hyper-antics as Phil Kay does onstage and around gigs.. These tales show what happens with this kind of attitude and brand of faith when it is also let loose in the world... 

"Imagine what you'd get up to if your job was telling tales of what you'd been getting up to... What would a man do with the blessing to do anything and be paid to retell it..? The answer is: These things herein..." Phil Kay 

...like taking 60 of the Dundee Rep crowd out of a gig to stalk a couple who left early..and following them into a bar... ten years ahead of the 'Flash Mob'... turning a full 580 strong crowd gig in the Queens Hall into a huge improvised wedding... running on with nothing and doing an hour and a half about last night at my Agents Fiftieth birthday gathering..? Have you heard of other comedians being thrown out of their own venue twice in one night...?..or ..collecting and hiding a time capsule with the crowd behind an air vent in a Glasgow basement... swapping clothes with them...smoking a spliff from an inflated washing up glove.. boiling an audience of two hundred down to sixteen then invading a dilapidated hotel with them and dancing on the roof till the police come..? Is there anyone as bold and brave as a comic... Causing fights among the crowd at several gigs... losing teeth at another.. Doing a three hour in Dublin very pissed... supporting Eddie Izzard at the playhouse and busking outside his own venues.. playing draughts with a refugee.. walking into a Queens of the Stoneage gig without tickets... 23 Edinburgh's... all the best story from all the years Phil has done three weeks of mayhem at the Fringe.. storming the Castle naked... gold from Holyrood under his fingernails.. sharing a flat with 14 Australians.. Greatest Failure, Majestic meltdowns and Twenty bestest successful storming Gigs of all times... The girl who was sick... women falling off chairs and men fighting each other because they hate my act so bad.. Free Wheelin' Mirth Peddler.. stories all about bikes and bicycles and cycling.. International Travel Tips.. The ThoRough Guide to.. Melbourne.. Shanghai.. Dublin.. Montreaux.. New York.. Montreal.. Warsaw.. Dumfries.. Childhood.. sporting genius... massive house with millionaire step dad, nude opera singers, our own heated pool and two grand pianos.. boarding school with famous contemporaries... Brushes With The Law... all the hair raising scrapes and arrests.. tips on how to overtake the Police in a 30mph zone.. Security guards on Barbados beach.. nightclub doormen.. arguing with a policeman from his bath.. 

WHO IS PHIL KAY?

Phil launched his stand-up comedy career with a bang in 1989 when he won 'So You Think You're Funny' after only a handful of gigs. He went on to be nominated for the prestigious Perrier Award (1993) at Edinburgh Fringe and Best Stand-Up at the British Comedy Awards (1994).

His own TV series Phil Kay Feels (Ch 4) and Next Stop Phil Kay (Ch 4) followed, along with appearances on shows such as Edinburgh Nights (BBC1), Montreal Festival of Fun (Ch 5). His more recent TV credits include two appearances on BBC's QI and featured stand up on Russell Howard's Good News. 

Phil's first love remains live stage work, He is comedy's answer to spontaneous human combustion, a rare, explosive and always surprising phenomenon that simply cannot be contained in a box or represented on a cathode tube. Over the years he has traveled the globe administering his special blend of comedy genius. 25 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Montreal Just For Laughs. All of these have kicked up highly memorable and hilarious stories that make it into this book.

NICE THINGS SAID ABOUT PHIL

"Phil Kay’s been doing storytelling in his stand-up since before it was recognised as a sub-genre of the current scene..." The Times 2011

"The man remains one of the most consistently brilliant and uncompromising comedians of his and future generations." The Metro

"Don't let the bastards get you down." Billy Connolly 
(During my awful studio- warm for the Scottish BAFTAs..{I had partied all night with all the trainspotting cast, so when I hid a vol-au-vent in the on-stage lectern Ewan Macgregor fished it out and ate it during his acceptance speech... though that's another story..} [as is the all night session with Irvine Welsh in New York where we narrowly avoided getting shot in a late night booze den...])

MAKE A PLEDGE... AND GET IT NOW!

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PHIL KAY @ EDINBURGH FRINGE 2013

Storytelling Show 7pm
(Heroes @ The Hive)

Music Show 10:30pm
(Voodoo Rooms)

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Midnight Mayhem (Phil's House Band)
(Heroes @ Bob's Bookshop)

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PHIL'S ART

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WHAT WILL THE MONEY BE SPENT ON
The book has been written - 120,000 words. The money will be spent on:
Final editing, design, photos, printing and everything else that goes into putting out a book. Anything over that will go towards marketing to reach the wider world.

WHO ELSE IS INVOLVED
This has been put together with Bob Slayer of "Heroes of Fringe" the comedians collective who promote Phil's Edinburgh Fringe storytelling show (7pm - 1st to 11th August - Heroes @ The Hive)... Also involved is Nick Awde of independent publisher Desert Hearts...
(The views and opinions of these men are no reflection of Phil...)

We haven't asked Phil to sign away any rights... We just want to help let this book run out into the world in its natural state...
"Phil owns everything... We own nothing..." (signed in our blood on a napkin)

HOW ELSE CAN YOU HELP?
Word of mouth is our greatest ally... Please share this and tell your friends...
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    PAPERBACK & BOOK LAUNCH GIG (For 2) = 1st Aug, 7pm Edinburgh Fringe (Heroes @ The Hive) + Signed & Personalised copy of "The Wholly Viable"...

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    HARDBACK = Signed, limited and hand numbered personalised hardback, first edition of "The Wholly Viable" with a wee doodle and note from Phil in the front... (Plus your name will appear in all printed editions of the book with extra special thanks...)

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    HARDBACK & BOOK LAUNCH GIG (For 2) = 1st Aug @ Edinburgh Fringe (Heroes @ The Hive) 7pm + a Hardback, signed, hand numbered, limited, first edition copy of "Wholly Viable" with a super doodle and note from Phil in the front... (name in book)

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    HARDBACK & PHIL'S CYCLE EXPERIENCE (For 2) = Weds 7th Aug @ Edinburgh Fringe. Meet at 8:30pm outside the Hive after Phil's Gig for a cycle tour of Edinburgh + a Hardback, signed, hand numbered, limited, first edition copy of "Wholly Viable" with a super doodle and note from Phil in the front.. . (bike Tour with Phil.. hipflask in the rooftop garden of Museum of Scotland... regular haunts... from Holyrood golden gates to the Castle via penny blacklands... cycling across the Meadows white line..)

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    MYSTERY BOX = yes funny items from my life and ones that tie in with the book... There can only be 3 Mystery Boxes... Plus a paperback copy of the Book, signed and kissed

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    TEN COPIES OF THE PAPERBACK = The Multiple Copies Reward.. yahee... wholesale prices... what a bargain. Buy copies for presents or you can sell them in your shop? or use them to prop up a wobbly table?

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    AN EVENING WITH PHIL @ THE FRINGE (for Two) = plus personalised Hardback... "Join me from first drink of the day through all my gigs in the evening (Storytelling at 7pm, Music Gig at 10:30pm plus late night gigs), go through the nerves, pick my stories, take me to dinner, help set up the music gig.. you can even play Percussion... Get this special reward and bring your friend for a real adventure which might well end up in my next book..." (limited to 2 x pairs of people - each pair will probably be on different nights)

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    PAINTINGS = "Yes I have art... 1 foot square abstract paintings that I have done..." Framed... and of course you will get the book... (everyone get's the book)

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    PERSONAL SONG from PHIL = Phil writes, performs and records a song for your Mum or Dad or Friend or retiring maiden aunt or maybe your designer, your tailor, your blacksmith.. Or YOU... This will come as a Video and you can have an MP3 as well... it will be lovely... Oh and a lovely book

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    The Drawing from which Phil's Tattoo was done = And the map of everyone I know in the Arts... and the book (of course)...

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    Your Own PHIL KAY STORYTELLING GIG = you and your friends get a personalised Phil Gig in your house, local, in a tent, wherever... (Transport and expenses extra). Plus personalised copy of the book... the book... its all about the fabulous book...

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    THE CARAVAN = Where Phil wrote the book, with other special items. You will need to come collect it and come in for tea... Or just know that it is always yours... You will also get both hardback and paperback copies of the book, personalised and hand numbered and your name in the thanks etc. Doodles and your own stories and magic and more. This is the one off special - "Do I have a one off special fan? I do hope so..."

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    Phil Kay's band THE CARAVAN BAND = at your wedding, birthday, divorce or any other celebration...
    (Transport and expenses extra) and a pair of books for the happy couple

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    UNIVERSAL HAPPINESS = The ultimate Phil Kay Support reward... For something we have not thought of yet... Please tell Phil what you want and he will tell you if it is Wholly Viable...

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