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The 4th year of the world’s first sincere-and-ironic comedy festival needs your help to make an ice cream limo, get a petting zoo, etc.

The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival is the world’s first sincere-and-ironic comedy festival and celebrates New York’s close-knit comedy community, while making fun of the trappings of comedy festivals. The upcoming festival marks the 4th year of the event, which takes place every September in Park Slope, Brooklyn. This year we will become the world’s first comedy festival to boldly add a full day of science, along with a petting zoo, and hopefully, an Awkward Party Bus. 

The festival is a grassroots event created and run by Eugene Mirman, Julie Smith and Caroline Creaghead.  The performers all participate at a fraction of their normal fee, because of their enthusiasm for this dumb, but charming event.  Previous performers include: Jim Gaffigan, Mike Birbiglia, Kristen Schaal, David Cross, Daniel Kitson, Fred Armisen, Sarah Vowell, John Hodgman, Michael Showalter, Janeane Garofalo, John Oliver, Jon Benjamin, Yo La Tengo, Todd Barry, Reggie Watts and of course, John Oates.

In the past, our festival has been funded by our ticket sales, a small gift from Sub Pop Records, and a few ads in our program. We'd originally started the festival as a joke, but enjoyed putting it on and wanted to keep it going. Each year the costs (pig roast, a limo to take audience to the subway after shows, cotton candy machine, giant banners for made-up sponsors, etc.) and time put in have grown and we toy with the idea of corporate sponsors to cover them, but mostly shy away from it. This year, we thought we'd try to raise money with Kickstarter so we can pay employees, keep ticket prices affordable, and still do ridiculous and fun things. Here's a list of the things we will do with any money we raise:

-Pay a living wage to the people who work really hard to make this event possible.

-Build an ice cream limo or buy an ice cream truck

-Pay comedians enough money to afford one very nice meal and maybe even buy a pair of shoes.

-Fly out and put up some performers so that we can have more events/ panels/ shows/ comedy/ music

-Set up a petting zoo outside of our venue

-Awkward Party Bus

-Have musical guests on some of our shows

-Have fun after-parties

-Pay recent college grads to have sex in a pit (probably not, but we’ll see how much money we raise)

-Delicious free food!

-More surprises!

See last year's schedule of events, here: http://www.eugenemirmancomedyfestival.com/

Photo courtesy of Mindy Tucker www.withreservation.com

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    Saturday VIP Robe that gets you into the following events on Saturday, September 17th at The Bell House: a Pre-Show Meet & Hug with Eugene + the Archer Panel, featuring Jon Benjamin and Adam Reed, creator of FX's Archer + The Talent Show Presents: The Drunk Show With John Hodgman and Ira Glass + access to the VIP HUSH-HUSH AFTERPARTY, a roped off area in the middle of the main room of Bell House that will have complimentary champagne, cured meats, and fresh towels. So exclusive it sizzles; you will be the envy of everyone everywhere forever.

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    Entry for you and a guest to the AWKWARD PARTY BUS with hors d’oeuvres and awkward surprises all weekend + access for you and a guest to one festival show (because of limited tickets, show must be arranged in advance) + autographed headshot + signed poster.

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    You and two guests are invited to a rooftop BBQ on Eugene's roof on August 19th + admission and VIP passes to our anniversary show at Bell House on August 21st

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    Corporate Special! Your company will receive a fancy wall plaque that says "This plaque is to certify that YOUR COMPANY’S NAME has donated graciously to the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. That means YOUR COMPANY’S NAME is cool and 'gets it.' It means YOUR COMPANY’S NAME is attractive, possibly environmentally friendly, and a generous lover. This plaque certifies that YOUR COMPANY’S NAME is a brand that can be trusted, even in a blizzard or during war-time. YOUR COMPANY’S NAME is number one and we love you. Sincerely, The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival"

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    An animal in our petting zoo will be named after you + you get an autographed WWII helmet that says DOUBLE VIP that gets you and a guest into two festival shows (because of limited tickets, shows must be chosen in advance) + You're invited to the Pre-Show Meet & Hug with Eugene at The Bell House, 4pm on Saturday, September 17th + access for you and a guest to the AWKWARD PARTY BUS with hors d’oeuvres and awkward surprises all weekend.

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    You and a guest are invited to a limo ride and dinner in Brighton Beach with Eugene and festival producers + an autographed WWII helmet that says DOUBLE VIP that gets you and a guest into two festival shows (because of limited tickets, shows must be chosen in advance).

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    A very nice backgammon board and eleven point match with Eugene + an autographed WWII helmet that says TRIPLE VIP that gets you into three festival shows (because of limited tickets, shows must be chosen in advance) + access for you and a guest to the AWKWARD PARTY BUS with hors d’oeuvres and awkward surprises all weekend.

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    You’ll be made the official sponsor of our festival merchandise. We’ll put up a picture of you and a paragraph about why we either like or dislike you (or your organization). When the festival is done, you'll get to keep whatever merch we don't sell (valued somewhere between $100 and $2,000). It is a really great investment, just ask any businessman.

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    Eugene will fly to any domestic destination of your choice and hand deliver a letter for you to a mutually agreed upon person in an accessible location within the next year + access to the VIP HUSH-HUSH AFTERPARTY, a roped off area in the middle of the main room of Bell House that will have complimentary champagne, cured meats, and fresh towels. So exclusive it sizzles; you will be the envy of everyone everywhere forever + access for you and a guest to the AWKWARD PARTY BUS with hors d’oeuvres and awkward surprises all weekend + a weirdly decorated, very heavy chain that gives you and a friend access to all the festival shows.

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    A leather jacket covered in swears, culturally and racially insensitive messages and inspirational sayings that gives you and three friends access to all the festival shows + parties + a “handler” that will be assigned to you at the festival. This person will probably be around 22-years-old and only sort of helpful + 4 signed posters + a Vespa scooter with doodles by comedians all over it.

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    Paid accommodations in a nice hotel in NYC for all 4 nights of the festival + a weirdly decorated, very heavy chain that gives you and a friend access to all the festival shows + a “handler” that will be assigned to you at the festival. This person will probably be around 22-years-old and only sort of helpful.

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