Funded! This project was successfully funded on September 4, 2011.

Update #29

You Helped Us Win Awards and Give Back!

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***The Campaign Continues. Click Here to Join the Thrill Ride! ***


What a Week!

Lots of great news for those of you who've joined us on this awesome Kickstarter journey! With your help, we've won another award, raised $8000 for a great cause with a charity screening, and ended up on national radio!  Here's Steve to tell you all about it!


The Book!

If you missed the other big news, the original publishers of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series have asked Steve to write a personal re-telling of his inspirational journey!  

Our new reward level includes an autographed first edition of the book, plus tons of other mementos.

The super-sized swag level is at $150.  Anyone who pledges $150 or more will now get:

  • An autographed 1st edition of the new book, personalized to you by Steve.
  • An autographed DVD of the special edition of the movie
  • a physical copy of the CD featuring all the jokes Steve sent to Letterman while trying to make the show
  • an original street team flyer from our festival screenings
  • "Dying to do Letterman" tee-shirt individually numbered by Steve
  • your own I'M DYING TO... button with YOUR dream personally hand-written in by Steve 
  • MP3s of all the jokes Steve sent to Letterman while trying to make the show

And YES -- if you've already picked a prize package above this level, we're sending you a book now, too!

Already Pledged?

If you've already pledged and would like to raise your pledge amount to the $150 or above level, just go here to the Kickstarter front page and click the big blue button that says "Mange Your Pledge" You'll then be able to select the new reward level.

And if you just want to get a regular copy of the book, pre-orders are available now at Amazon.com and BN.com

Way to go, Steve!

Home Stretch!

As you know from  this update we are so grateful with how things are going, and we're working hard to keep momentum up.

With 14 days to go, we're hoping to break six figures and bring Steve's story to theaters across the entire country.

If you haven't already pledged, please do so now (even $1) and if you have, please share this link with your friends.

Thank you for being part of this amazing journey!

Much Love

Joke and Biagio, Steve and Denise

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    DYING TO JOIN THE FUN - - we're thrilled to call you a friend! Get a five-minute mp3 of Steve's stand up comedy and access to the exclusive update and behind-the-scenes videos in our "Backers Only" updates--please promise to tell 10 friends about our project!

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    DYING TO KNOW IF STEVE IS FUNNY- - mp3s of every joke Steve sent to Letterman while trying to get on the show, the special track from above, and access to the exclusive videos in our "Backers Only" updates--please promise to tell 10 friends about our project!

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    DYING TO DREAM - - all of the above PLUS your own I'M DYING TO... button with YOUR dream personally hand-written in by Steve (see rewards section of Frequently Asked Questions--these buttons are SPECIAL. Some claim they are magic. Seriously. Watch Jimmy Carter story in said FAQ.)

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    DYING FOR THE SPECIAL EDITION DVD - - all of the above PLUS the KICKSTARTER ONLY version of the physical DVD. Includes over an hour of bonus materials: feel how nervous we were before our festival screenings, see the graphics Joke and Denise made us yank from the movie, catch outtakes from our Kickstarter video, enjoy a VERY SPECIAL comedy routine from Steve (see our $250 reward for a hint) & see the video thank you message from Steve, Denise, Joke and Biagio. You can only get this limited edition DVD here at Kickstarter (delivered after theatrical release, ETA early 2012)

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    DYING FOR TRULY COOL SWAG - - all of the above PLUS the movie personally autographed to you by Steve (you can tell Steve what to write) a physical copy of the CD featuring all the jokes Steve sent to Letterman while trying to make the show, an original street team flyer from our festival screenings, and ONE OF THE LAST REMAINING world-premiere tee-shirts from our Cinequest debut (we'll do our best to get your size, but these are the last ones -- without an owner -- on the planet.)

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    DYING FOR TRULY COOL SWAG -- THE SEQUEL -- all of the above PLUS the movie personally autographed to you by Steve (you can tell Steve what to write) a physical copy of the CD featuring all the jokes Steve sent to Letterman while trying to make the show, an original street team flyer from our festival screenings, and a special edition "DYING TO DO LETTERMAN" tee-shirt...uniquely numbered by Steve. ONLY available here on Kickstarter. (Get it while you can -- the other swag package sold out in 36 hours!)

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    DYING TO READ THE BOOK -- all of the above PLUS the BOOK personally autographed to you by Steve (you can tell Steve what to write.) The book has just been announced today (August 10) and is being published by HCI -- the publisher of the original CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL series. This will be an autographed 1st edition of the book -- don't miss out.

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    DYING TO BE PART OF THE ACT - - all of the above PLUS Steve will include your name in a one-of-a-kind comedy performance. See it as one of the featured extras on the exclusive KICKSTARTER ONLY special edition DVD. Let Steve immortalize your support of his life story as only he can...with a laugh and a smile.

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    DYING TO DO OUR NEXT DOCUMENTARY -- 10 of you will be featured in a one-of-a-kind short film documentary written and narrated by Steve, directed and edited by Joke & Biagio, celebrating your patronage. We'll hop on the phone with you, gather some cool materials (photos, video, your voice, more) and weave those together into a mini documentary featuring those of you who joined the Dying to do Letterman journey in a big way. Released on the web and Special Edition DVD (included with this package and autographed by Steve) plus up to five I'M DYING TO...buttons hand written by Steve.

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    DYING TO BOOK STEVE -- Steve performs a night of stand-up comedy, including a short routine customized just for you! (Travel/lodging/venue not included.) Includes all the photos you want to take with Steve and plenty of I'M DYING TO... buttons written out by Steve at the event.

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    DYING TO HAVE A PRIVATE SCREENING -- your own private screening of Dying to do Letterman. Wherever you like: your home, a theater, a community center...wherever. Steve arrives with the movie, does Q&A after, & writes out all the I'M DYING TO buttons you want. Impress your friends, use the screening as a fundraiser...it's all up to you. Steve's yours to use and abuse. Steve's travel/lodging and any venue costs not included.

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    DYING TO HAVE STEVE FOR THE WEEKEND -- let Steve host your weekend event--company retreat, family reunion, whatever the event, it's your own weekend of Dying to do Letterman fun. A stand-up comedy show from Steve one night, a screening the next, wherever you like...your home, a theater, a community center, camp grounds, a hospital, a garage...your call. Impress your friends, use the screening as a fundraiser...it's all up to you. Travel/lodging and any venue costs not included.

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