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CA$ 1,061
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Last updated June 4, 2019

Canada Comedy Jam

A YouTube docuseries exploring the Canadian comedy scene, and chronicling life on the road for three traveling comedians.

Canada Comedy Jam

A YouTube docuseries exploring the Canadian comedy scene, and chronicling life on the road for three traveling comedians.

CA$ 1,061
pledged of CA$ 15,000pledged of CA$ 15,000 goal
20
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, June 4 2019 6:15 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated June 4, 2019

About

WHO ARE WE? 

We are three pro-am stand-up comedians with a dream and an RV. 

Andrew Verge: Writer, booker, filmmaker, and the twisted brain behind the Canada Comedy Jam project. 

Matt Baker: Ski and zipline instructor, candy lover, and the quietly goofy wingman of the operation. 

Velina Taskov: A small Australian transplant with a large personality, and the resident non-resident on the tour. 

Misha, Dexter, Jackie, and Daisy: The heart and soul of the crew. Masters of snuggles, grunts, fun, and naps. 


WHAT ARE WE TRYING TO DO?

We want to explore some of Canada’s many comedy scenes, and to document our life on the road in a YouTube series.

There is more to comedy in Canada than even we can imagine, and we can’t wait to check out as much of it as we can. Along the way, we want to give the comedy curious, the enthusiasts, and those in the know a glimpse of what life is like when the stage lights are off. 

Consider it our homage to all of the hard work put in by talented artists across Canada for the love of stand-up – kilometers traveled, time passed in towns far from home, diner meals eaten, and questionable motel rooms slept in.

It is incredible that we are going to have the opportunity to tour and film the nuttiness of road life for wider enjoyment. Also, we want to use the tour to learn and grow as stand-ups. At the end of this adventure, we will each film our first headline comedy special.

WHY? …AND HOW?

We love comedy. We love the audiences, the laughter, the crazy personalities, the invention and reinvention, the spaces, the triumphs, and even the bombs.

We want to share our passion with each other, and with anyone who is interested in the process.

So we are hitting the road on the Canada Comedy Jam. We three comedians, boisterously outnumbered by our four canine companions, will be touring across Canada in an RV with the goal of experiencing and performing in as many of Canada’s comedy scenes as we can in three months.

Along the way, we want to highlight the breadth and depth of Canadian comedic talent. A comedy jam is all about the collective, so while we will be the constant in the Canada Comedy Jam, we will not be the core. Everywhere we go we will strive to feature local comedians from the pool of amazing performers in our country.

AND we are going to film it! Comedy is a world unto itself. Road life adds a whole other layer. As we go, we will be releasing our escapades in a Canada Comedy Jam YouTube docuseries. No holds barred: the good, the bad, the funny, the inspiring, and the weird. We want to pull the curtain back on life backstage and on tour. It's not about the shows. It's about the elbow grease, play time, trials and adventures between the shows. The tour is the vehicle we are using, but the show will be about what happens offstage. Join us while we practice, bumble, work, and grind our way across the country. 


WHAT DO WE NEED?

The first thing we want to say is that this tour, and the YouTube docuseries, is happening regardless of the outcome of our Kickstarter campaign. 

That does NOT mean that you are not vital to the operation, though! A successful Kickstarter campaign will do wonders for our ability to improve the quality of our production. 

Kickstarter funding means: 

· Better audiovisual equipment for the docuseries

· Better advertising to get the word out about both the YouTube series and the live shows

· More money to pay the comedians we perform with

· Better exposure for Canadian comedy

· Better production quality in the final headline specials

· And, if there is enough left over, better food to fuel the dogs (and us) along the way

We are not seeking the full amount that this project will cost, just enough to step up our game a level.

The pie chart below provides an estimate of where we expect expense distribution to fall.

WHAT ARE WE OFFERING?

We have something for everyone!

Our hijinks and shenanigans will be on full display for Canada, and the rest of the world, to see in the Canada Comedy Jam YouTube docuseries.

We will be releasing our final headline specials online at the end of it all.

And, of course, there will be the Kickstarter rewards tiers for those of you inspired to get on board early and help us fund this campaign. 

Risks and challenges

An unscripted project like this comes with a multitude of possible risks and challenges.

Thousands of kilometers of travel could mean anything from vehicle problems or weather issues, to fatigue, or even infighting. The people we encounter may not translate well onto film, not want to be filmed, or not be interesting.

Because we want to keep it real, we'll be trying to book shows as we go, and we may not be able to secure the gigs we're counting on. We might not engage the online audience that we hope for. Or, the learning curve that goes with being relatively inexperienced with filming, editing, and online exposure may be too much.

Technically all of those possibilities and more may be true. At the end of the day, though, we all feel like the adventure really is the destination, and that the good and the bad will be what makes this project awesome for us and for those who follow along.

Challenges will be inevitable, but we strongly believe that our desire and ability to roll with the punches, adapt on the fly, and learn from it all will still allow us to see this through, and put out the kind of product we can be proud of.

Since the whole point of the project is to document tour life as it happens, there is not much beyond natural or medical disasters that could derail it. We do not say this to be cavalier, but to reinforce that we are as prepared as we can be for lumps and bumps, and still the show will go on!

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    The Alt Scene: Do It Your Way.

    Sometimes you have to do your own thing. Go ahead and create your own scene!

    Includes: You tell us. Mix and match your own package from the list below. Pledge the total for what your select, and you're up and running!
    $1 - a thank you credit in our YouTube series
    $5 - 1 sticker
    $15 - 1 general admission ticket to a show of your choice between June and September 2019
    $35 - 1 Canada Comedy Jam t-shirt - limited edition Kickstarter design

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    Open Mic: A Tight Five.

    Every comedian has to start with a tight five minute set.

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    The Opener: Give Us Fifteen.

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    The Feature: No More Than Twenty.

    A good feature set will stick with you.

    Includes: A variety pack of 4 stickers from Canada Comedy Jam and each of the comedians, and a thank you credit in our YouTube series.

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    The Road Dog: This One Shows Commitment.

    To survive on the road, you gotta sell merch. This includes it all.

    Includes: A variety pack of 4 stickers from Canada Comedy Jam and each of the comedians, 1 Canada Comedy Jam t-shirt - limited edition Kickstarter design, and a thank you credit in our YouTube series.

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    The Host: There For The Show.

    Always well dressed, and there for the whole show.

    Includes: 2 Canada Comedy Jam t-shirts, 2 general admission tickets to a show of your choice between June and September 2019, and a thank you credit in our YouTube series.

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    The Headliner: Bringing the Flavour.

    The real reason you come to a show.

    Includes: BBQ lunch for 4 with the comedians, a cameo appearance in our YouTube series, and 4 general admission tickets to a show of your choice between June and September 2019.

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    The Backstage Pass: Everyone Wants One.

    Wanna be the popular one? Bring, or make, 19 friends!

    Includes: 1 show booked in your town, 20 general admission tickets, a meet and greet with the comedians, a show shout out, and a cameo appearance in our YouTube series.

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    The Comedy Special: Now Streaming.

    Live is the new streaming.

    Includes: 1 show booked in your town and featuring a major Canadian headlining comedian, 40 general admission tickets, a meet and greet with the comedians, a show shout out, and a feature appearance in our YouTube series.

    Finish your Christmas shopping early, and book one of these for your company event!

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    The Pro-Am: Get In The Game.

    Get out and get seen!

    Includes: 1 small logo on show posters for the length of the tour, 4 general admission tickets to a show of your choice between June and September 2019, and a feature thank you on our YouTube series.

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    The Showcase: See and Be Seen.

    Just like a comedy showcase, it's great value for the admission.

    Includes: 1 medium-small logo on show posters for the length of the tour, 10 general admission tickets to a show of your choice between June and September 2019, a show shout out, and a feature appearance in our YouTube series.

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    The Club Tour: Now You're Doing It.

    You know you'll be seen on this tour.

    Includes: A vinyl wrap of a 1/3 section of our tour trailer (including feature appearances in our YouTube series), 1 medium logo on show posters for the length of the tour, shout outs at every show, 10 general admission tickets to a show of your choice between June and September 2019, and a featured thank you credit on our YouTube series.

    Get creative with your advertising budget. Contact us to discuss your ideas!

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    The National Tour: Life On The Road.

    Now you've made it. Hit the road and be seen coast to coast on your national headlining tour!

    Includes: A vinyl wrap of our tour truck (including feature appearances in our YouTube series), 1 large logo on show posters for the length of the tour, shout outs at every show, 20 general admission tickets to a show of your choice between June and September 2019, a meet and greet with the comedians, an interview and a featured thank you credit on our YouTube series.

    Make your advertising dollars go further - literally! Contact us with your ideas.

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