• Jason Nash, Brandon Calvillo announce Kickstarter for Vine film (Video)

    Vine stars Jason Nash and Brandon Calvillo are planning a social media adventure and they need your help to pull it off. The two social media stars launched a 30-Day Kickstarter campaign for FML: A Social Media Adventure, Nash’s latest full-length feature film that will follow them as they embark on a cross-country road trip with the goal of boosting their social media followings. The Kickstarer campaign is offering donation rewards

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    Bette Midler Kickstarting $174 million for Moon trip in Funny or Die video

    Through her nearly 50-year career in show business, it seems the multi-talented Bette Midler has done it all. She’s won three Grammys (nominated 12 times), three Emmys, four Golden Globes and has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. Midler, aka The Divine Miss M, has also appeared on countless television shows, starred in some of the most remembered movies (The Rose, Ruthless People, Beaches) and has become a powerful

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    Amber Tozer launches Kickstarter to produce ‘The Your Town Show’ (Video)

    Los Angeles-based comedian Amber Tozer recently launched a Kickstarter to raise funds for The Your Town Show, a travel Web series, wherein Tozer will travel to small towns across the country and produce one-off shows starring each locale’s residents. “Tozer [along with a videographer] will arrive in random small towns across America, and immediately get to know the deal,” according to Tozer’s Kickstarter page. “She’ll find out who’s who –

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    Russell Peters, Jim Gaffigan, Amy Schumer, Bill Burr want you to donate to Ted Alexandro’s Kickstarter campaign! (Video)

    Comedian Ted Alexandro gave us all a tease of what his stellar Web series Teachers Lounge may look like. Now, with good friend and co-creator Hollis James, he’s trying to make even more episodes of the show. Alexandro and James have started a Kickstarter campaign to raise $50,000 to create a complete a 10-episode first season. Teachers Lounge stars the two as a music teacher (Alexandro) and a janitor (James)

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    Documentary on late comedian Mike DeStefano in the works, $75,000 needed (Video)

    It’s been three years since the passing of the extremely talented and on-the-rise comedian Mike DeStefano. The abrasively hilarious comedian, who was HIV positive and overcame a severe drug addiction, died of a heart attack in March 2011. He was about to launch his one-man show A Cherry Tree in The Bronx after accumulating some mainstream success as a finalist on Last Comic Standing. Now director and producer Frank Mosca

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    Jonathan Katz will star as an inmate on Death Row and Weight Watchers, with your help

    If you consider yourself even a casual comedy observer, you are undoubtedly a fan of Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, the classic animated series that ran on Comedy Central from 1995 to 1999. Not only was it an amazing vehicle for comedian Jonathan Katz, but it also launched the career of Jon Benjamin who, as the lead voices in Archer and Bob’s Burgers, has gone on to become one of the

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    Eugene Mirman on bringing festival to Boston: I don’t want to just sell out to any urinal company (Video)

    There’s been a recent surge in famous people using Kickstarter to fund their pet projects, and the trend is receiving quite a bit of backlash. But before you swear off donating to someone you’ve seen on television, consider helping Eugene Mirman bring his Brooklyn-based Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival to Boston this summer. And keep in mind, Mirman’s been producing his festival since 2008 and has used Kickstarter before to help

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    Kickstarter abuse: Why are you giving your money to wealthy celebrities?

    Kickstarter is amazing. It’s especially amazing for industrious, talented artists who lack the connections and capital usually needed to realize their dreams. In fact, it’s been a pleasure recently to see photographer Seth Olenick’s book of comedian portraits, comedian Sue Costello’s one-woman show and an interactive eBook about late comedian Robert Schimmel reach their fundraising goals. I’m looking forward to seeing the final products of each. If you are somehow

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    Funny Or Die wants to make five 1990s comedy shows into movies (Videos)

    On the heels of the incredibly unnecessary crowd-funded Veronica Mars feature film — pretty sure Kristen Bell and the show’s creator Rob Thomas have $2 million to spare — and in honor of April Fool’s Day, Funny Or Die has launched their own completely absurd Kickstarter projects. The difference, however, is that they’re joking. Behold, five videos encouraging folks to spend their hard-earned money to bring back television shows from

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    First Jersey City Comedy Festival set to launch this year

    The Jersey City Comedy Festival is a week-long event with over 75 comedians on 20 different comedy shows…or at least it will be if you help make it happen! Garden State comedian Craig Mahoney is attempting to fund an entire comedy festival using the crowdfunding web site, Kickstarter.com. He aims to raise $5,000 by March 15 to help pay rent at a couple of the venues as well as promotional

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    Robert Schimmel documentary in the works and you can help fund it (Video)

    When Robert Schimmel died in 2010, he left behind him a body of work any comedian would have been proud to create. At 60 years old, Schimmel was a cancer survivor and was still earnestly touring across the country, so it was a shock to the comedy world when he was critically injured in a car crash and later succumbed to his injuries. I was lucky enough to interview Schimmel

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    Dan Harmon, Charlie Kaufman want $200,000 to fund animated movie

    Dan Harmon, no doubt, has some time on his hands after being forced out of his Community job. That is, unless he can get funding to executive-produce a stop-motion animated film, which absolutely looks to be worth your donations. Anomalisa, written by Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) and produced by Starburns Industries, is planned as a 40-minute film about “a man crippled by the mundanity of his life.” The

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    Comedian Myq Kaplan challenges Kickstarter to define ‘art’ (Video)

    What is art? I don’t know and neither does comedian Myq Kaplan. But at least Kaplan has a plan to figure it out, once and for all. He just needs help raising $1 to fund the project. Kaplan set up a Kickstarter page where he is requesting your donations to help him reach his $1 goal (Spoiler: he’s already raised $1). Because Kickstarter’s guidelines say they will only fund projects

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    Tig Notaro is making a movie about clowns, and you can help (Video)

    Comedian and actress Tig Notaro is set to star in a short film loosely based on a time in her life when she hired a clown to help her overcome heartache. “I felt so down and out that I thought the only thing that was going to make me happy was if I called a clown service and had a clown come to my home to entertain me one on

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    First ever comedy podcast festival may become reality

    A few years ago, the idea of launching a comedy podcast was considered an innovative one. Today, however, there are more than 16 billion comedy podcasts (that’s an estimate). The point is, there’s so many — and so many quality comedy podcasts — that it’s not at all insane to establish a podcast festival. And that’s exactly what comedian Graham Elwood and Chris Mancini (co-hosts of the popular podcast Comedy

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