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Help The Pushers open a 90 seat sketch and improv comedy theater in Norfolk, Virginia's brand new Arts District.
Help The Pushers open a 90 seat sketch and improv comedy theater in Norfolk, Virginia's brand new Arts District.
238 backers pledged $21,795 to help bring this project to life.

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Help us bring The Push Comedy Theater to Norfolk's Arts District 

This summer, The Pushers (Hampton Roads' #1 sketch and improv comedy group) will open The Push Comedy Theater... and we need your help.  The Push Comedy Theater will be a 90 seat theater in the heart of Norfolk's brand new Arts District.  We will be hosting sketch and improv comedy shows on the weekends, as well as productions of original comedic one-acts and plays.

We want the Push Comedy Theater to be the home for comedy in Hampton Roads.  To that end, The Pushers will be offering classes in sketch writing and improv comedy.  There will also be classes offered in stand up comedy, acting, directing, and film production... all taught by some of the top professionals Hampton Roads has to offer.

We want you to donate to the Push Comedy Theater (photo by Kat Anderson)
We want you to donate to the Push Comedy Theater (photo by Kat Anderson)

After 9 years of performing throughout the 757, The Pushers finally have a home... and we want it to be your home too.  We are not just building a theater, we are building a community.  We want The Push Comedy Theater to be a place where the funny and talented people of Hampton Roads can come and make their mark... where they can help make the 757 comedy scene into something truly great, something we can all be proud of.

The Pushers have room to improv on Granby Street.
The Pushers have room to improv on Granby Street.
The Pushers and Friends at Better Block
The Pushers and Friends at Better Block

In January, we signed a lease on 763 Granby Street.  The building is a former jewelry store, and came to our attention during Norfolk's Better Block.  The building is currently going under major renovations (new HVAC system, new electrical and plumbing work, etc.).  In April, we get in the building to start building the stage, lighting grid, dressing rooms, lobby and bar.

Floor Plan Submitted to Planning Commission
Floor Plan Submitted to Planning Commission

We can't wait to bring amazing shows like Panties in a Twist and the Norfolk Comedy Festival to the Arts District.

Norfolk Comedy Festival
Norfolk Comedy Festival
Panties in a Twist
Panties in a Twist

 We need your help.  Your generous donations will help us buy lights, chairs, a stage and the hundreds of other little things needed to make a theater come alive.  We have some great (if not wacky) incentives and gifts for our awesome donors.  Check back often.  We will be offering more incentives as the campaign goes along.

Thank you in advance for your generous donations... let's make some amazing comedy together!!!!

Risks and challenges

We are not going to lie... running a theater is something completely new to us. At times the permits, inspections and hoops we must jump through, to make this dream come true, can be a little daunting. But we have surrounded ourselves with some really smart people who handle this stuff for a living.

Our goal is to open in early summer, but we realize there may be circumstances that could delay that a bit. We have already taken steps to ensure that our rent will be covered in case we have to push back our opening.

No matter what the case, we will be open and honest with you about our progress... if for no other reason than to hear you cheer us on.

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    Vote For Brad As Your Favorite Pusher! Who is Hampton Roads favorite Pusher? You can cast your vote by pledging $2.
    At the end of the Kickstarter campaign we'll tally up the votes.
    If the Pusher you voted for gets the most, you'll receive a free ticket to any regular show in our brand spanking new theater.

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    Vote For Sean As Your Favorite Pusher! Who is Hampton Roads favorite Pusher? You can cast your vote by pledging $2.
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    Vote For Ed As Your Favorite Pusher! Who is Hampton Roads favorite Pusher? You can cast your vote by pledging $2.
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    Vote For Alba As Your Favorite Pusher! Who is Hampton Roads favorite Pusher? You can cast your vote by pledging $2.
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    A hug from Brad. Plus 2 tickets to any regular show in our brand spanking new theater.

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    1 super comfy Push Comedy Theater t-shirt.

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    Coffee with Alba.
    Sip on a delicious cup of coffee while Alba weaves wonderful tales about her years spent living in Italy. She will also pick up the tab for the coffee.
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    Coffee with Ed. Sip on a delicious cup of coffee while Ed educates you about Greek Mythology. He will also pick up the tab for the coffee. (The coffee date will be held at one of Hampton Roads fine coffee establishments.)

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    Coffee with Sean. Sip on a delicious cup of coffee while Sean lists in order his favorite Doctors (spoiler... David Tennant is #6). He will also pick up the tab for the coffee. (The coffee date will be held at one of Hampton Roads fine coffee

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    Coffee with Brad.
    Sip on a delicious cup of coffee while Brad regales you with stories of his days as an All-State Basketball Player. He will also pick up the tab for the coffee.
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    A Push Comedy Theater Patron pack (1 ticket, 1 button and 1 t-shirt).

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    Be the envy of all your Facebook friends. The Pushers' own Brad McMurran will write one of his famous (or infamous) top ten Facebook posts all about you. Plus 1 ticket to any regular show in our brand spanking new theater. The post will be written within 6 months of the opening of the theater.

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    2 Hour Improv Worshop with Brad McMurran.
    Whether your new to improv or a veteran, hone your skills in a 2 hour workshop with the one, the only Brad McMurran.

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    1 super comfy Push Comedy Theater hoodie.

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    Are You Ready for Some Football!!! Play The Pushers’ own Brad McMurran one-on-one in Madden Football. You will be invited to Brad’s beach house to battle him for gridiron greatness. Brad will provide refreshments... and a hefty bout of trash talking (he takes his Madden seriously). Note: You will be playing Brad in Madden 2007 and on a Playstation 2. The game will be held within 6 months of the opening of the theater.

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    Let's Go to the Movies!!! Ed and Sean will accompany you to the premiere midnight showing of Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier (April 3rd). Ed and Sean will buy your ticket and a medium soda and popcorn.

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    Be the star of a Pushers' show. This is your chance at fame. We will use you for 'Getting to Know the Couple'. You and your significant other will be interviewed on stage, then The Pushers will reenact the story of your love.
    This has been a signature segment of our show for years, and now you can be part of the fun.

    (If you are currently single, we will re-title the segment to 'Getting to Know the Fan')

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    Alba's Song!!!
    The lovely and talented, Alba Woolard will write a parody song based off the subject of your choice. She will then perform the song during one of the shows at our new theater (which of course you will be in attendance).

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    Sketch This!!!
    The Pushers will write a sketch based off the subject of your choice. We will then perform the song during one of the shows at our new theater (which of course you will be in attendance).

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    Lunch with Ed. The Pushers's own Ed Carden will come to your house and make you lunch. You will be feasting on Ed's world famous Grilled Cheese and the Campbell's Soup of your choice. Plus 2 tickets to any regular show in our brand spanking new theater. The lunch will be within 6 months of the opening of the theater.

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    Play Flip Cup Against The Pushers! You and 3 of your friends will play Flip Cup against The Pushers in front of a live audience. The flip cup game will be within 6 months of the opening of the new theater and held during the intermission of one of The Pushers' shows. Also includes a ticket for you and 3 of your friends to the show.

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    Super Swag!!! Get 1 super comfy Push Comedy Theater hoodie, t-shirt, button and 2 tickets to any regular show in our brand spanking new theater.

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    1 Free Laugh Pass to the 2014 Norfolk Comedy Festival. Your Laugh Pass will get you in to all the shows at this year's festival, plus into the exclusive Festival After Party.

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    My Dinner with Hump. Have a wonderful and memorable (and possibly romantic) dinner with the loveable loser himself… Hump (Brad in and egg costume. Yes, an egg costume). Your dinner will take place at the Ten Top in Ghent. Plus 2 tickets to any regular show in our brand spanking new theater. The dinner will be within 6 months of the opening of the theater.

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    Risk it all with The Pushers.
    Play against The Pushers in a game of Risk. This will be a game of epic proportions and much trash talking will be had.
    Do you have what it takes to beat the savvy minds of The Pushers? Will you be a conqueror or bug crushed under our boot?

    The Pushers will provide refreshments during the game and a t-shirt that says 'I Beat The Pushers At Risk' to anyone who can win the game. We'll also throw in 1 super comfy Push Comedy Theater t-shirt and 2 tickets to any regular show in our brand spanking new theater.

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    Admission to all regular shows in our brand spanking new theater for 6 months. You can go to any and every regular show you want... for 6 WHOLE MONTHS. (Your 6 months will begin with the first regular show to go up at the theater)

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    1 free improv or sketch writing class at the brand spanking new Push Comedy Theater. Plus 2 tickets to any regular show

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    2 Tickets to the Off-Broadway hit Cuff Me: The Unauthorized Fifty Shades of Grey Musical Parody (written by the head writers of The Pushers and Jeremiah Albers). Get 2 tickets to either the New York or Chicago productions plus and exclusive meet and greet with the cast.
    (Must provide your own travel arrangements to New York or Chicago)

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    Admission to all regular shows in our brand spanking new theater for a year. You can go to any and every regular show you want... for a FULL YEAR. (Your year of shows will begin with the first regular show to go up at the theater)

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    Pushers Cookout!!!
    The Pushers will host a cook-out for you and up to 10 guests at Brad's beach house. Ed and Sean will do the cooking, and Brad and Alba will provide lively conversations.

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    3 free improv or sketch writing classes at the brand spanking new Push Comedy Theater. Plus 2 tickets to any regular show

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    Be a Business Fan!!!

    Your business will get a place of honor inside our theater. We will hang a 2' x 3' sponsorship banner, advertising your business, for a full year.
    You will also receive 20 tickets to any regular show to give to your clients or employees.

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    It's a Pushers House Party!!!! The Pushers will perform a show for you and your friends... in your living room. We will even bring our own beverages. (Your living room must be in the Hampton Roads area)

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    A private party for you and 30 of your friends at the Push Comedy Theater. We'll provide snacks plus a special show by The Pushers.

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    Name our Green Room!!! You will get the honor of naming our Green Room. A customized plaque will be hung over the green room door for all to see. You will also receive free tickets for a year to any regular show at the theater.

    (We are trying to clean up our image, so the name you come up with must be family friendly)

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