The Science Report is a comedy web series covering the latest in science news. It's like the Daily Show but with science. Read more
This project will only be funded if at least $3,500 is pledged by .
About this project
This campaign is to raise money to fund the first 6 episodes of The Science Report, a web series that aims to make fun of science news. Each episode will unpack the latest science stories with jokes, sketches, and characters. It will be like The Daily Show, but with science!
The First Six Episodes!
The Science Report's first six episodes will be between 6 and 10 minutes in length, appear twice a week, for three weeks. The purpose of these six episodes is to build a fan base and develop the voice of the show.
The general format will be to unpack science stories with jokes. While science is the subject of the show, The Science Report is a comedy. We'll do our best to get the details right, but this isn't Nova.
Software (Compressor, Motion, audio, teleprompter) - $200
Writing Staff (me, plus one or two additional writers) - $1000
Marketing/Publicity/Social Media - $1000
Crew (Camera, Audio Person, Teleprompter, Damage Control) - $500
Childcare (Babysitter for daughter) - $300
Production (Graphics, Props, Set Construction, Editing, Music) - $500
Why make fun of science? (A call to action!)
Remember when people wouldn't talk about religion or politics in public? Now, it's like that but with science. Why? At times it's almost as if science has become an esoteric art... as if one has to be highly educated to even begin to discuss the latest in physics, biology, or chemistry. Well, I'm here to disprove that hypothesis. I only have a B.A. and it's in Theatre. I took a lot of science classes in college: Biology, Island Ecology, Behavioral Ecology (my favorite), Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Anthropology (least favorite), Psychology, Genetics, as well as Calculus I and II. I remember nothing from this extensive education other than mosquitoes have lasso like penises and gypsum tastes like soap (and my student loan payments are due on the 15th of the month). However, this cursory background gives me the aptitude to break down science stories as I am also trying to understand them.
Seriously, why are you doing this? Why not just tell funny stories about being a Dad or make fun of silly stuff like comic books and congress?
Too often my mind and attention is drawn to society's shortcomings: fears, insecurities, inadequacies. I feel the overall narrative of the human experience is one of politics and war. Our main experiences aren't chosen by the excitement, challenges or adventure they offer, but by convenience. Our conversations with each other are mainly transactional. New ideas are only worth as much as their business value. The world isn't interested in progress, but merely getting by. Millions of years to evolve the most advanced brains on the planet and we use them to buy phones so we can say nothing to each other. I know, it's a little bit of a depressing hole I've stumbled into here, but what I'm saying is:
A) My new web series will save society and the planet.
B) Please give me money to do so.
I think discovery and exploration should be talked about more. Let's shift the human narrative from politics, gossip, and war to discovery and exploration. Let's get into the questions. Let's observe the world and compare notes. And what better way to talk about what's out there than with comedy. Comedy can be a way of brainstorming, seeing things from different perspectives, making new connections, and problem solving. Comedy is also a proven way of assimilating information and passing it along.
Who is Jeremiah Murphy and what are his qualifications?
I'm Jeremiah Murphy! I'm a comedian, writer and performer. I've graced the stage and various sized screens. I've written sketches, jokes, and scripts. I've also directed and produced. I've also had made many customized videos as my alter-ego Chuckles The Birthday Bear.
Below please find a sampling of my work:
*Scripts marked with an asterisk were written on spec, meaning I wasn't contracted or on staff of any of the shows. The scripts were written to demonstrate that I could match the style of the shows.
If you like supporting movie projects, check out my friend Mark's Kickstarter:
Risks and challenges
I see two obstacles for this project: the material and the schedule.
The Material: Science isn't an easy source for comedy. These first six episode will be a little experimental and help crack the code of consistently funny science jokes. I think we can do it, it's just going to need some work. That's why I'm asking for $1000 of my budget to go to the writing staff.
Production and Schedule: I'm a full time Dad. It's hard to find more than twenty minutes at a time to myself. That's why I've budgeted money for childcare as well as a small staff to handle other aspects of the show.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.