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Philly is the 5th largest city in the US but lacks a permanent home for its exploding alternative comedy scene. With your help, PHIT will change that.
233 backers pledged $15,420 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATED GOAL: If we can hit $15,000 before the fundraiser ends we will be able to immediately bring our architect and contractor in to do drawings and cost estimating for the new space! THE GOAL: PHIT is at the center of Philadelphia's exploding alternative comedy scene - supporting all varieties of humor. We are 150 dedicated local performers who have produced over 500 original performances in the last five years. These shows are open to all ages and typically cost $10 or less. We are also the only longform improv and sketch comedy training center in Philadelphia. This year 300 new students will enter our classes and workshops, studying with instructors ranging from local comedians to people you'd recognize from TV shows like Saturday Night Live, MTV's The State, and 30 ROCK. Our alumni network of over 1,000 students and performers have gone on to appear at major comedy theaters and festivals in places Chicago, Los Angeles and New York - as well as on television. More importantly, PHIT training propels the success of the Philadelphia comedy scene; creating new performers for our local stages.

All this work gives us a strong foundation to launch our campaign for a permanent home: a combined theatre, black box, training center and office that will serve as the hub of alternative comedy in Philadelphia - an institution like Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City, The Comedy Store in Los Angeles, or The Second City in Chicago. As the largest city in the nation without such a venue, we firmly believe the time to make this move is now, and that after five years of grassroots growth we have the resources and talent to sustain such a massive undertaking. HOW WE'LL GET THERE: PHIT has already received a challenge grant from a generous anonymous donor: if we raise $50,000 before by the end of the year, that total will be matched. The release of these funds is for construction of our space. We must raise the necessary money to do the advance work (completing the execution of a lease, design of our new home, permitting, construction bidding, materials purchase, etc.). Some of this work has already been completed by a combination of dipping into our cash reserve and working with professionals who are willing to delay billing until our new space's location is finalized.

In addition to construction, we'll also need to pay for fixtures like sound and lights, seating, and office equipment. The majority of these items are already donated - including our full video projection system, office furniture, and seating for our main stage area (150 beautiful 1920s movie palace seats) - but we expect to purchase a few specific furnishings for our lobby and some of our lights. If our budget allows we also hope to obtain audio and video recording equipment that will let us to tape shows and pursue a host of other multimedia projects. WHAT THE MONEY IS FOR: The $10,000 (or more!) that we raise through this project will be used to pay the fees to our lawyer for negotiation of a commercial lease and cover our architects' fees for technical drawings.

If we surpass our goal and raise $20,000, the additional money will cover the purchase of new sound and lighting equipment for our permanent home. If we raise $30,000, the extra funds will be placed into our cash reserve, allowing us to open with 1 month's operating expenses. Additional money will give us budgetary flexibility should we encounter delays or unexpected costs in the lead up to our opening.

Learn more about PHIT by visiting our website at http://www.phillyimprovtheater.com

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    FOUNDING SUPPORTER STATUS. Your name will go on a plaque located in our lobby so you can prove you were into PHIT before it was cool.

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    FREE SCRIPT AND CAST RECORDING. See an example of the kind of shows PHIT produces by enjoying our 2008 Philly Fringe Festival hit "The Hoppers Hit the Road" via a download link.

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    2 TIX TO A SHOW IN OUR NEW SPACE. So you can come see what you were supporting! (PLUS: we'll give you the $10/$25 rewards as well).

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    GRAND OPENING T-SHIRT. Given to our audience and performers on opening night ONLY, donating is your chance to get this memento without being there.

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    YOUR NAME ON A SEAT AT OUR BLACK BOX. Show your support for the little guy by purchasing one of the 40 seats in our experimental space.

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    YOUR NAME ON A SEAT AT OUR MAIN STAGE. Be one of the first people to commit to a seat in our larger (100-120 seat) space.

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    URINAL/BATHROOM STALL PLAQUE. Your name on a plaque proudly declaring "The relief you are now experiencing was made possible by a generous donation from..."

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    A SHOW STARRING... YOU! Backers at this level will star in a one night only performance based on stories from their own lives as performed by PHIT's top talent. (NOTE: based on your schedule, this show will take place sometime during the first 12 months in our new home).

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    NAME A CLASSROOM SPACE. Either your name or something else of your choosing (with PHIT's approval) will be emblazoned on the entrance to a classroom/rehearsal room for the thousands of students and performers who enter our space each year to see.

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    NAME THE BLACK BOX. Your support will be indicated on the physical entrance to the black box space and our website. At each show in the black box your support will be indicated at the start of the performance. Every black box performance, ticket we sell, press release we send, and internet promotion will include your name. Also, since you name is on the stage you will get in for free whenever you want. (NOTE: You may decide to name the stage after someone or something else with approval of PHIT).

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    NAME OUR MAIN STAGE. Your transformational support will be indicated on the physical entrance to the main stage space and our website. At each show your support will be indicated from the stage when we welcome the audience to the space. Every ticket we sell, every press release we send, every mention of a performance anywhere on the internet will include your name. Also, since you name is on the stage you will get in for free whenever you want. (NOTE: You may decide to name the stage after someone or something else with approval of PHIT).

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Funding period

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