UPDATE: This campaign was fully funded June 13th 2103!In the annals of celebrity Kickstarters there’s little to be excited about. In the annals of celebrity Kickstarters–a topic we’ve covered here on The Longfellow Bridge–there’s little to be excited about. From Zach Braff’s vanity project to Amanda Palmer’s “thanks-for-the-money-let-me-repay-you-in-hugs” a-thon, I mean, you’d probably be better off helping Daenerys Targaryen buy a boat to sail across the narrow sea. But if you’ve got some extra cash burning a hole in your pocket (maybe you and your dragons just sacked a slave city?), you might be interested in funding Eugene Mirman’s Comedy Festival, slated to happen in Boston and Cambridge at the end of the month.
Eugene Mirman, who may now be most recognizable as the voice of Gene Belcher on “Bob’s Burgers,” has also appeared as the landlord, uh, Eugene, in “Flight of The Concords” and in my all-time-favorite animated series “Home Movies” (it’s on the Netflix instants–do yourself a favor if you haven’t already) as, well, you probably guessed it–”Eugene.” On top of that, Mirman has released three comedy albums was, among other accolades, named “One of the 10 best comedians of the last decade,” by Paste. In short, dude is really, really funny. It’s sure to be worth your weight in gold–which is not actually a denomination on Kickstarter, but you get me.The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, which originally began as a joke, is now in its 6th year.The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, which originally began as a joke between Mirman and friends Julie Smith and Caroline Creaghead, is now in its 6th year. As Mirman explains in the video accompanying his pledge, raising money on Kickstarter means the festival won’t have to sell out to a corporate sponsor or “any urinal company.” Donations not only keep ticket prices low and help pay performers enough for “at least one very nice meal or a pair of shoes,” but help support fun extras, like a petting zoo or “awkward party bus.” …have Mirman braid your hair while you eat bone marrow tater tots…If general good will towards your fellow man and an appreciation for the hard work of organizing a comedy festival doesn’t have you reaching for your wallet, perhaps some of Mirman’s Kickstarter incentives will help. Forget the crappy postcard your friend gave you for supporting her “Sweaters for Hedgehogs” project—donating up to $22.00 to the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival will get your name printed in the program as a “True Gentleman,” “Racist,” or “Classist, Privileged Dickhead.” If you’re particularly flush with cash, you can also have Mirman braid your hair while you eat bone marrow tater tots, attend a skating party with Mirman and Ken Reid in “a crappy town 20 miles outside of Boston,” or receive an autographed VIP trash bag which you can wear around for entry into all the festival events. There’s more, and some are limited, so if you’re dying for a “weird, dumb painting” by Mirman, you’d better get on that now.
As of this writing, The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival has raised nearly $3,000 of its $5,000 goal. The end of the donation period is tomorrow, Friday, June 14th, which means everyone should hurry their butts up and help a brother bring a cardboard VIP room and some “tasteful 1960’s pornography” to his comedy festival. The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival will happen in venues across Boston and Cambridge, June 28th-30th, regardless of whether or not they meet their funding goal. But who doesn’t want to see two men dressed up as William Dawes and Paul Revere make out in front of one of the venues? I’ll take that over a hug any day.
For a schedule of events, tickets, or to just look at the list of awesome people who will be performing at the festival (including H. Jon Benjamin, Wyatt Cenac, Steve Almond, and more!) check out Eugene’s website here, and check out the Kickstarter here.
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