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Help create a permanent home for live comedy shows and classes in Downtown RVA.
Help create a permanent home for live comedy shows and classes in Downtown RVA.
307 backers pledged $27,196 to help bring this project to life.

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//UPDATE //

If we are fortunate enough to go very far above 100% (and we're feeling pretty fortunate right now), here are a few things we could use that money for.

  • A badass mural along the wall in our ticketing area
  • A swankier finished top for our stage
  • A better projection system for videos and formats like "In Your Facebook"
  • Better mics and monitors for our sound system

Every dollar brings us closer to opening with the best space we possibly can. We can't wait to have you all here in it.

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The Richmond Comedy Coalition is in the middle of RVA’s comedy community both literally through our theater in the Arts District, and figuratively through our regular shows and training center. Since the RCC's debut in 2009, we've won Style's Best Local Comedy Group (twice), taught hundreds of students about the joys of improv, been featured at comedy festivals (in Toronto, Charleston, NY, Austin, New Orleans...), brought great guests to the city (like Chris Gethard and Matt Besser), and sponsored awesome events around town (like Battledecks and Air Sex). 

Right now, we have three shows a month at two different venues, we teach four levels of classes at a third space, and sometimes host special shows and guest teachers at a fourth.

We're ready to bring it all under one roof.

In this new space, we'll be able to expand our show offerings, including regular weekend shows, and we'll be able to offer more classes, more often. With this new theater & training center, we can really establish a home for live comedy shows and classes right here in the Arts District of Downtown Richmond.

Supporting the local creative and comedy communities and helping foster their growth is a vital part of the Coalition. We are so grateful to everyone who's supported us over the past 4 years. We appreciate every cent you can give us to help take this next big step.

Where is the money going?
Around 7% to Kickstarter and processing fees, another 10% for order fulfillment and shipping, about 50% to build out the theater itself (chairs, stage, lights, tech), 25% to outfit the lobby, box office, concessions and green room, and the last 8% for permits, fees and misc expenses.

Risks and challenges

We could be delayed chiefly by permit-getting and inspections from the city. That said, we aren't new to leasing a space and are working with knowledgeable designers and contractors.

Should delays arise, we'll first and foremost be upfront with our donors. We will then work as fast as we can to resolve and get by whatever delay we've run into.

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    SPECIAL PERSON - One ticket to any regular show in the new theater + our undying gratitude.

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    VERY SPECIAL PERSON - A special edition Kickstarter button to wear on your cut-off denim vest + A Coalition Theater sticker to decorate a city sign-post + A personal shout-out in our "Thank You" video + 2 show tickets

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    JAR PERSON - A set of 2 laser-engraved mason jars for your Arnold Palmers + 2 tickets + the button + the sticker + the video shout-out

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    MEGA PERSON - Looking like a million bucks with a brand new Coalition T-Shirt to wear under your cut-off denim vest + 4 show tickets + the button + the sticker + video shout-out

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    BASKET PERSON - Our own Katie Holcomb will spend the day thrift shopping to create a custom gift set of interesting, fantastic and potentially very weird items + 2 tickets + the button + the sticker + the video shout-out

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    7TH CIRCLE - Our own Eve Privman will help you get any Diablo III character up to level 60, and then do key and organ runs with you until you get a Hellfire Ring. Yes, really.

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    SHOW PERSON - 10 show tickets + the button + the sticker + t-shirt + video shout-out

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    CHAIR PERSON - Make sure a warm butt is near your memory at all times by customizing a nameplate on the back of one of our chairs + 2 show tickets + the button + the sticker + t-shirt + video shout-out

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    STUDENT PERSON - Reserve your spot in one of our 8-week long improv classes + 2 show tickets + the button + the sticker + t-shirt + video shout-out

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    FAMOUS PERSON - YOU will guest star* in an upcoming Kickstarter Edition of Richmond Famous, where true stories inspire live improv comedy.

    (*Up to three storytelling spots available, all to appear in the same show)

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    AD PERSON - For $400 towards our Kickstarter, you'll receive 6 months of ad space that will run on our projector screen before several weekly shows, all packed with folks that love supporting RVA businesses.

    For $475, the Coalition Theater's design team will create the ad for you!

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    PRIVATE PERSON - Book a small private show or workshop with us. We'll come to or you can come to us + 5 show tickets + the button + the sticker + t-shirt + video shout-out

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    GREEN ROOM PERSON - Name our Green Room (subject to vulgarity approval...for the kids, man). The customized plaque will be hung over the door for all to see + 10 show tickets + the button + the sticker + t-shirt + video shout-out

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    ELITE PERSON - You'll be the proud owner of a platinum* laser-etched VIP card that will get you into any regular show for free for life + the button + the sticker + t-shirt + video shout-out

    (*card will almost certainly not be made of platinum)

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    You should probably email us. I'm sure we can work something out within the bounds of human decency. newman@rvacomedy.com

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Funding period

- (30 days)