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The New Movement works tirelessly to put Nola on the comedy map. This project will upgrade our theater and production facilities. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on June 16, 2014.

The New Movement works tirelessly to put Nola on the comedy map. This project will upgrade our theater and production facilities.

New Orleans, LA Spaces
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WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE?

Since 2009, The New Movement has been hosting a variety of comedy projects in not only New Orleans and Austin, but around the country through all sorts of festivals and tours. We teach improv and sketch comedy writing classes. We host shows all over the city. We produce some of the most unique comedy festivals in the world. 

In 2011, New Orleans natives Chris Trew and Tami Nelson moved back home from Austin with the intention of putting New Orleans on the comedy map. They opened a small comedy theater and training center in 2011, and they did big things in a short period of time. Here's a video about what TNM was like back then.

After 2 years in the small, musty space on Burgundy, The New Movement is proudly expanding our comedy-creating operations to a beautiful, spacious spot at 2706 St. Claude. This move not only allows us to teach more classes, it creates new show slots and seats a larger audience. Additionally, the TNM community will have access to a podcast recording booth, a video production studio complete with a green screen wall, green room with all the amenities for performers, and classrooms dedicated to both Improv and Sketch Writing.

This is a huge step up for our homegrown business and we’re fully committed to make this leap because we believe in our comedy and community. We are proud to be a part of New Orleans' art scene and we hope our presence on St. Claude Avenue will compliment the exciting growth the area is undergoing.

And to all TNMers reading this right now, this new space will be your home, your forge and platform.

We're so damn serious about this that if we reach our initial fundraising goal of $50,000 on this Kickstarter, TNM Founders Chris Trew and Tami Nelson will agree to perform their weekly 2-person improv show, Chris + Tami, for free in New Orleans for the rest of their lives. They are excited to contribute to the accessibility of comedy in New Orleans and are grateful for the continued support that Nola audiences have shown.

Whether you’re a TNM student or graduate (or a fancy-pants comedian passing through on tour), you know how we strive to promote your work via our websites, social media accounts and with local promoters. You also know about the constant guidance, support, and feedback we offer to our performers. If you've ever seen shows at our theaters, you know that we balance a high level of quality control while maintaining an experimental vibe so our students can find their voice through a variety of performance opportunities. We also consistently bring in some of the biggest names in the comedy business.

TNM does a lot of stuff. Since we started in 2009, our company has won numerous awards, garnered tons of critical praise and press, and has organized dozens of noteworthy festivals and special events. Currently, between Austin and New Orleans, we produce over 25 shows per week and have 20+ improv/sketch classes in session simultaneously. Our festivals attract top talent, eager students, and hungry audiences to both TNM cities, boosting the local economies & cultures. We run workshops, intensives, and improv summer camps for kids. Later this year we are releasing a feature-length documentary. We maintain a presence in the national comedy scene by sending our performers on tours & sponsoring trips to other comedy festivals. 

And we're planning to blow everything up even more.

A Sneak Peek @ Our New Space

Things to note downstairs: the cool hangout spot in our lobby, the cute lil’ snack bar that feeds onto the back patio, the box office/merch booth in the middle, a comfy theater (with an actual stage wall!) to showcase TNM and out-of-town talent, multiple clean bathrooms, an electrified external TNM sign, and space space SPACE!

Things to note upstairs: multiple classrooms, rehearsal space, podcast recording booth, video production studio, a souped-up green room, a front balcony for parties, and a rear balcony for chilling above it all…it’s a fully-air-conditioned creative hive of activity, y’all.

ESTIMATED COST BREAKDOWN 

  • Construction - $25k - Building/painting walls, risers, wiring, doors, sound-proofing, 2 bathrooms, stage, back patio
  • Equipment - $10k - Lights, sound, cameras, mics, box office stuff, projection, tech booth stuff 
  • Furnishings - $10k - Seats (65 w/expandable chairs), tables, bar stools, signage, couch, fridge, and various green room goodies
  • Permits/Legal - $2500 - Duh.
  • Miscellaneous - $2500 

TIMELINE

  • March 2014 - Sign lease, hire architects to draw up plans, and start demoing 
  • April 2014 - Submit plans to city for approval 
  • May 2014 - Paint and move in upstairs, teach classes upstairs, begin downstairs construction after approval 
  • June 2014 - Construction/move out of old space 
  • July 2014 - Open theater, TNM Nola lives here forever and continues evolving

STRETCH GOALS 

  • $50k (LOCKED) - Yes! This thing is happening. Chris + Tami will never charge admission for their show ever again. Like, never ever. 
  • $60k (LOCKED) - We can install a live video stream so people in the back room/outside can watch the show that’s happening onstage. 
  • $75k (LOCKED) - We begin renovations and expanding our Austin location (616 Lavaca Street in downtown Austin).

To your right, you'll find a wealth of rewards that we thoughtfully chose to appeal to TNMers, local businesses, and improvisers, sketch comedians, stand-ups, audience members, festival-goers, art lovers, comedy fans, and good-karma-wanting-people all over the world.

If you like this project, feel free to donate, and tell your friends, family, and any comedians you know about it. The support from our lovely improv community has been wonderful thus far, and to everyone who has already pledged, you're amazing and thank you all so much.

For more information about TNM, go to www.TNMComedy.com.

Risks and challenges

We’ve got lots of increased day-to-day costs like utilities, insurance, etc. The upstairs area is mostly built out, so we can start teaching classes, producing content, and having fun up there, which is HUGE. We’re currently waiting for one final permit to get approved and then we jump on this thing full force.

Of course, all of the demo-ing and construction and legal paperwork could wind up costing us more than the $50k we're estimating right now, so we've got Stretch Goals, and if we raise much more than the goal of this campaign, you can be guaranteed that every bit of that money will go right into creating the most special home for comedy that ever existed.

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FAQ

  • Yes. A million times yes. You’re providing us some serious funds at a time when we need it most and we hope to offer the city/world something that we’ve been crafting for almost a decade - our show, for free, every week, until we die. Because everyone deserves to see good, smart comedy all the time.

    And yes, we did the math. If 65 people come see our show every week @ $10 each for the next 50 years, we will have performed $1,690,000 worth of comedy for them. Instead, they get all of that comedy for free.

    We know, it’s crazy.

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  • The New Movement started in Austin, TX in 2009, solidifying central Texas as a breeding ground for comedic talent. Since then, TNM has maintained a presence around the country by producing comedy tours (Hashtag Comedy Tour; Nola Comedy Hour; ATX Comedy Hour; Air Sex World Championships), festivals (Megaphone Marathons, Hell Yes Fest, Improv Wins Conference) and TV/film/web projects (Comedy Central's "The House That Drips Blood on Alex,” Machinima’s “The Tommy Wi-Show,” & the upcoming Air Sex: The Movie).

    In 2011, TNM expanded to New Orleans, LA (hometown of founders Chris Trew and Tami Nelson) with the goal of putting New Orleans on the comedy map. And we think that’s happened now. 

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  • Chris Trew - For nearly 10 years, Chris Trew has devoted his life to building a comedy scene. He's started multiple comedy festivals (Hell Yes Fest, Dallas Comedy Fest, Megaphone Marathons), serves as producer on many large-scale events (FunFunFun Fest, Moontower), and founded the first ever improv comedy conference (Improv Wins). He toured the country as a student for many years and has toured many more as an instructor, consultant, author and performer. He is the proud co-founder of The New Movement. 

    Tami Nelson - Tami Nelson has been teaching Level 1 improv classes since 2006. During that time she has introduced well over 1,000 performers to the art of improv. Her first book, Improv Wins, was released in 2013, the same year she was named one of Gambit's 40 under 40, (along with Chris Trew) a prestigious award given to notable New Orleanians. She is a comedy festival veteran and the proud co-founder of The New Movement. 

    Brock LaBorde - A former resident of New Orleans, Brock has been writing and producing comedy projects of all shapes and sizes, across every possible medium, since 2001. Although he currently lives in Los Angeles, Brock continues to become more immersed in TNM beyond his role as business manager, and he hopes to bring his writing and production expertise to TNM in a major way very soon.

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    The Aw Shucks Reward: You'll receive exclusive project updates & our sincere thanks. Everything helps & we appreciate whatever you can pledge. If you'd like to be a backer at a level not represented in the rewards below, or don't care about the rewards, you can choose this and edit the amount to anything you'd like to pledge. You're helping make a difference to many, many people who will never forget it.

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    The Show-Goer Reward: You'll receive four (4) tickets to any show @ TNM Nola's new space (excluding certain special events). Our show tickets range in price from $5-$10, so this is a 2-for-1 deal at the very least!

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    The Show-Goer Reward #2: You'll receive four (4) tickets to any show @ TNM Austin (excluding certain special events). Our show tickets range in price from $5-$10, so this is a 2-for-1 deal at the very least!

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    The Fancy-Pants Party Reward: You'll receive one (1) ticket to attend our big fundraising gala at the Little Gem Saloon on Sunday, June 8, 2014. Tickets to enter this cocktail-attire event will go for $27.06 on-site, but you'll get in for cheap & have access to our variety show, silent auction, giveaways, and all the funniest, most fun people in New Orleans.

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    The I-Want-Things Reward: You're gonna get some sort of mystery item from TNM in your mailbox soon! Will it be a shirt? A DVD? A book? We make all sorts of neat, funny things, and now you're going to get one of them!

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    The Air Sexual Reward: You'll receive a digital copy of our uproarious, yet-to-be-released documentary, Air Sex: The Movie, as soon as it's officially released & five (5) tickets to whatever 2014 Air Sex Championships show is nearest to you (the tour starts in August, schedule available soon @ AirSexWorld.com).

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    The Twitter Reward: You'll be celebrated as one of the "Comedians you should follow" on TNM's many social media accounts. We'll plug your Twitter account & say something sweet about you 5 times in the next year (individually, not in ugly group Tweets) & your Twitter account will be incorporated into a fun show at this year's Hell Yes Fest. A great reward for stand-up comedians!

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    The Big, Fancy Sketch Show Reward: You get to send us one (1) sketch that you/your group wrote and a talented cast of TNMers will perform that sketch in its raw, unaltered form at this year's Hell Yes Fest. And we'll plug your name/group during the show! (Sketches must be within the bounds of good taste and reason, please.) A great reward for comedy writers & sketch comedy groups!

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    The Conference Attendee Reward: You'll receive a super-cheap registration for TNM's first-of-its-kind yearly improv conference, Improv Wins, to take place in Austin, TX in January 2015. We'll also send you a copy of TNM's improv manual, Improv Wins (written by Chris & Tami). More info about the conference @ ImprovWins.com.

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    The Feedback Reward: You get to send us a link/DVD of your improv show & then receive professional performance notes from Chris & Tami & we'll ship you one (1) copy of TNM's improv manual, Improv Wins (written by Chris & Tami). A great reward for improv troupes!

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    The Hell Yes Fester Reward: You'll receive an All Fest wristband for TNM's Hell Yes Fest in New Orleans this November. It'll be our biggest, most ambitious Hell Yes Fest thus far, and these wristbands will get you into every show, party & special event we're offering More info @ HellYesFest.com.

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    The Hell Yes Fester Reward part 2: You'll receive an All Fest wristband for TNM's Hell Yes Fest in New Orleans this November. It'll be our biggest, most ambitious Hell Yes Fest thus far, and these wristbands will get you into every show, party & special event we're offering More info @ HellYesFest.com.

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    The Comedy for Kids Reward: You'll receive one (1) level of TNM's AP Comedy classes for middle school and high school kids. This reward is good for Austin or New Orleans, will never expire & is subject to teacher schedule & availability.

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    The Training Reward: You'll receive one (1) level of improv classes at either TNM location (Austin or New Orleans), GOOD FOR ANY LEVEL. This is a great way to start at Level 1 or finish up Levels 2-5 of your TNM education for cheaper than it would normally cost. These rewards will never expire either, so you can use them now or at your leisure.

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    The Comedy Show Sponsor Reward: You get to sponsor whatever weekly show you want at either TNM Austin or TNM Nola for an entire month. We'll give you/your business a shout-out at the beginning/end of the show & we'll even print up a cool sign with your name/logo on it to display at our theater during those shows. Includes 10 tickets you can use for your employees or as giveaways. This is a great way to advertise to a rabid, attentive audience while supporting some hard-working artists.

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    The Megaphoner Reward: You get to be the guest monologist for one of our Megaphone Shows! You'll tell 3 amazing true stories from your life & then watch our best performers improvise scenes from them. PLUS, you get 20 tickets to the show for your friends and family! Good in Austin OR New Orleans!

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    The Extreme Patronage Reward: Donors at this level get their names permanently installed on the highly-visible Wall of Patrons in our new space & a permanent listing on our website's Patron Thanks page. We'll even provide a text link to your personal or corporate website. You will live in our home & on the internet forever!

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    The Corporate Comedy Reward: You'll receive EITHER a 3-hour corporate improv workshop for up to 25 people OR a 1-hour corporate improv show at our theater or your business. These workshops/shows will feature our top performers & teachers & we've had many years of satisfied corporate customers who can vouch for us. Subject to schedule & availability.

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    The Creator Award: You get to harness the creativity that TNM offers. Donors at this level will receive professional video services from TNM owner Brock LaBorde, who will write and produce a short video with you. It will be directed and edited by TNM Nola's Jonathan Evans (Sunken City, Air Sex: The Movie). Whether it's a commercial for your business or just a fun idea, we'll help you make something wonderful!

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    The Biggest Reward Reward: Donors at this extreme level will receive any and all of the above rewards. You get to do all the things!

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Funding period

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