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SOMEONE INVEST IN ME: A Comedy Club Campaign - My ManifestoOk guys, so since I announced my desire to have the internet/comedy community help me start a comedy club I’ve gotten a lot of great responses from people. It’s just more proof to me that my instincts are correct and that a new comedy club would be a great business investment and something that LA needs. It has been a whirlwind of support and information so I want to restate my goals with this project and clarify where I’m starting from, what help I need, and outline a rough timeline for everyone.#1 GOALThe goal of this project is to get the internet to help me start my own comedy club. Specifically, I want to use to internet and the comedy community to help me get in touch with people I can work with and eventually help fund the endeavor. Though I have no formal business experience, I am a producer/booker/promoter who has worked in live comedy and production for the past 3 years here in LA. I’m also a die-hard comedy nerd who goes to as many shows as possible at as many venues as possible. I started producing comedy shows as a way to give back to the comedians I love by giving them a space to perform. I’ve built a great reputation with some of my comedy idols and now I want to move on to paying them to perform.The best way I can see to do this is to start a comedy club that incorporates the best of all the clubs in LA right now: The taste of Largo, the affordability of UCB, and the business savvy and lasting power of the Improv. So the goal is a new fully operating comedy club/bar/restaurant. My plan is to have a club with a main room for big shows and special events, a small all-ages free room for workout shows and smaller events, and a bar/restaurant for the comedy community to hang out in. I also want to incorporate some kind of internship program so comedy people can get the chance to start their career somewhere cool just like I did. I’m hoping to keep the prices low and put on high quality shows so we make money based on the number of people at the venue. I will need professional help to make this feasible but that’s what I’m striving for.#2 WHERE I’M STARTING FROMI have no capital of my own and no formal business training. The comedy shows I produce are all not for profit or cost me money to put on. I’m definitely at the beginning of my career in this business but this is not necessarily a hindrance in me becoming a small business owner. They (they being the business podcasts I’ve been listening to) say that starting a business when you’re young is the way to go, and I know enough people in this business who DO have years of experience to consult with that I know I won’t be starting from nothing. I am also a hard worker: I come from no family of influence or any connections to the entertainment business and 2 years out of college I have already worked at Funny or Die, produced 5 different comedy shows, produced a podcast, run a college radio station and am currently working for WTF with Marc Maron. My goal was to work in comedy and I have been able to achieve that quickly and from nothing, so I hope that proves something.I started this Comedy Club Campaign 3 days ago and have already started educating myself on small business operation using the government’s SBA website. I have already made plans to attend an orientation meeting at a Women’s Small Business Association in the very near future. The point is, I may not have much experience, but when I set my mind to something I will do whatever it takes to get it done and do it well and I’m confident those who have worked with me will confirm this. So while on paper it might seem crazy for me to try this, I have faith that if I work hard enough to prove to you, the internet, that I’m the one who should create this comedy club, you will not be disappointed.#3 WHAT HELP I NEEDIn order to turn my knowledge and passion into a working business I will need a financial/business adviser. I’m researching how to start a small business and trying to inform myself, but if I want this to be successful, I will need professional help. I have a location in mind but I need a realtor to help me find out the leasing figures on it. I have a basic business plan but I need a financial adviser and an accountant to help me devise a profitable plan. With the support of all of the comedy community including comedians I have faith that we can make this club a reality and that we can find these business people.I also need investors. From what I gather of small business loans that are remotely feasible I will still need an investor to front at least 50% and I will need to front 10% (DON’T QUOTE ME ON THESE NUMBERS THEY ARE ROUGH ESTIMATES FROM LOANS I THINK I CAN GET BUT I’M NOT SURE OF SO KEEP IN MIND THESE ARE ROUGH ESTIMATES) The 10% is what the eventual IndieGoGo will be set up to fund. Right now I am working to create an video for the IndieGoGo as well as finish up a business plan so I can try to get amazing rewards for those who donate. The goal is to have the comedy community come together to donate and help me get the capital I need so I want to find really great comedy nerd rewards for that IndieGoGo. It will take time so the IndieGoGo may not come for a bit, I want to really solidify my plan before asking you, the internet for your money. So just stay tuned for that, I won’t put it up until I have a solidified and financially sound business plan in play, but once is it up I will make sure you all know.
The 50% investment will need to be a venture capitalist or a comedian (or comedians) who want to invest in this club. Like the Jon Lovitz club at Universal Citywalk this could be a great opportunity for someone. Again, through social media and promotion of this plan I’m hoping to reach that special comedy lover/comedian who will be willing to meet with me and talk serious investment and business plans.#4 ROUGH TIMELINEI can’t put an actual time frame together as this all depends on me being connected with the right professional people who can give me a realistic timeline and list of things I need to do. I’m working through social networking i.e. you, the internet, spreading the word and my own personal networking here in LA. to meet those professional people. What I can give you for now is a rough checklist of goals based on how I think it should go:1. Talk to realtor, find out how much the property I’m interested in will be to lease & operate.2. Get business adviser & accountant and figure out a viable business plan that will have hard numbers proving the profitability of this venture to have for major investors.3. Revise checklist based on business adviser & accountant advice.4. Get swag & video together for IndieGoGo.5. Start IndieGoGo and promote the hell out of it.6. Meet major investor to provide the remaining needed capital.7. Finish IndieGoGo, if successful start getting business loans and making serious moves on starting the business.8. Get dream location, remodel it, open for business.Dream achieved!So that’s my goal guys, that’s the whole point of the Comedy Club Campaign. If you are a comedian or a comedy fan who wants to see a new venue in LA that isn’t part of a big corporation and is focused on nurturing amazing comedians and paying the ones that are already great, spread the word. Reblog, retweet, email, and just get the word out. You have already connected me with some people who can help, but I still need your help to meet those business minded people. I know somewhere there is a comedy nerd/accountant who will be on twitter and decide to take a leap of faith and work with me when they’re not working at their accounting job to help me figure this stuff out and eventually quit whatever they’re doing so they can work for my club. I know somewhere there is a financial adviser/comedy fan who will be willing to help me and then eventually quit their job to be our club’s permanent finance guy. I know those people are out there and I know if enough of us spread this message it will reach them.
People who think they can help can tweet me, @SamMVarela. I will respond to them all and try to find a place for all of you to help in this endeavor as I really want this to be a club that we as a community build together.
I will keep you guys abreast as I move through the checklist and find ways to reward people for helping the cause, because while I may be the one starting the business, if this plan actually succeeds this will be a Comedy Club built by the comedy community. This will be a destination for those comedy community people on vacation in LA, a place for the local comedy community to put on shows and hang out, and most importantly a place built not by a corporation or by one person but by all of us. I hope you are into this plan, all I can do it work hard and hope.

SOMEONE INVEST IN ME: A Comedy Club Campaign - My Manifesto

Ok guys, so since I announced my desire to have the internet/comedy community help me start a comedy club I’ve gotten a lot of great responses from people. It’s just more proof to me that my instincts are correct and that a new comedy club would be a great business investment and something that LA needs. It has been a whirlwind of support and information so I want to restate my goals with this project and clarify where I’m starting from, what help I need, and outline a rough timeline for everyone.

#1 GOAL

The goal of this project is to get the internet to help me start my own comedy club. Specifically, I want to use to internet and the comedy community to help me get in touch with people I can work with and eventually help fund the endeavor. Though I have no formal business experience, I am a producer/booker/promoter who has worked in live comedy and production for the past 3 years here in LA. I’m also a die-hard comedy nerd who goes to as many shows as possible at as many venues as possible. I started producing comedy shows as a way to give back to the comedians I love by giving them a space to perform. I’ve built a great reputation with some of my comedy idols and now I want to move on to paying them to perform.

The best way I can see to do this is to start a comedy club that incorporates the best of all the clubs in LA right now: The taste of Largo, the affordability of UCB, and the business savvy and lasting power of the Improv. So the goal is a new fully operating comedy club/bar/restaurant. My plan is to have a club with a main room for big shows and special events, a small all-ages free room for workout shows and smaller events, and a bar/restaurant for the comedy community to hang out in. I also want to incorporate some kind of internship program so comedy people can get the chance to start their career somewhere cool just like I did. I’m hoping to keep the prices low and put on high quality shows so we make money based on the number of people at the venue. I will need professional help to make this feasible but that’s what I’m striving for.

#2 WHERE I’M STARTING FROM

I have no capital of my own and no formal business training. The comedy shows I produce are all not for profit or cost me money to put on. I’m definitely at the beginning of my career in this business but this is not necessarily a hindrance in me becoming a small business owner. They (they being the business podcasts I’ve been listening to) say that starting a business when you’re young is the way to go, and I know enough people in this business who DO have years of experience to consult with that I know I won’t be starting from nothing. I am also a hard worker: I come from no family of influence or any connections to the entertainment business and 2 years out of college I have already worked at Funny or Die, produced 5 different comedy shows, produced a podcast, run a college radio station and am currently working for WTF with Marc Maron. My goal was to work in comedy and I have been able to achieve that quickly and from nothing, so I hope that proves something.

I started this Comedy Club Campaign 3 days ago and have already started educating myself on small business operation using the government’s SBA website. I have already made plans to attend an orientation meeting at a Women’s Small Business Association in the very near future. The point is, I may not have much experience, but when I set my mind to something I will do whatever it takes to get it done and do it well and I’m confident those who have worked with me will confirm this. So while on paper it might seem crazy for me to try this, I have faith that if I work hard enough to prove to you, the internet, that I’m the one who should create this comedy club, you will not be disappointed.

#3 WHAT HELP I NEED

In order to turn my knowledge and passion into a working business I will need a financial/business adviser. I’m researching how to start a small business and trying to inform myself, but if I want this to be successful, I will need professional help. I have a location in mind but I need a realtor to help me find out the leasing figures on it. I have a basic business plan but I need a financial adviser and an accountant to help me devise a profitable plan. With the support of all of the comedy community including comedians I have faith that we can make this club a reality and that we can find these business people.

I also need investors. From what I gather of small business loans that are remotely feasible I will still need an investor to front at least 50% and I will need to front 10% (DON’T QUOTE ME ON THESE NUMBERS THEY ARE ROUGH ESTIMATES FROM LOANS I THINK I CAN GET BUT I’M NOT SURE OF SO KEEP IN MIND THESE ARE ROUGH ESTIMATES) The 10% is what the eventual IndieGoGo will be set up to fund. Right now I am working to create an video for the IndieGoGo as well as finish up a business plan so I can try to get amazing rewards for those who donate. The goal is to have the comedy community come together to donate and help me get the capital I need so I want to find really great comedy nerd rewards for that IndieGoGo. It will take time so the IndieGoGo may not come for a bit, I want to really solidify my plan before asking you, the internet for your money. So just stay tuned for that, I won’t put it up until I have a solidified and financially sound business plan in play, but once is it up I will make sure you all know.


The 50% investment will need to be a venture capitalist or a comedian (or comedians) who want to invest in this club. Like the Jon Lovitz club at Universal Citywalk this could be a great opportunity for someone. Again, through social media and promotion of this plan I’m hoping to reach that special comedy lover/comedian who will be willing to meet with me and talk serious investment and business plans.

#4 ROUGH TIMELINE

I can’t put an actual time frame together as this all depends on me being connected with the right professional people who can give me a realistic timeline and list of things I need to do. I’m working through social networking i.e. you, the internet, spreading the word and my own personal networking here in LA. to meet those professional people. What I can give you for now is a rough checklist of goals based on how I think it should go:

1. Talk to realtor, find out how much the property I’m interested in will be to lease & operate.
2. Get business adviser & accountant and figure out a viable business plan that will have hard numbers proving the profitability of this venture to have for major investors.
3. Revise checklist based on business adviser & accountant advice.
4. Get swag & video together for IndieGoGo.
5. Start IndieGoGo and promote the hell out of it.
6. Meet major investor to provide the remaining needed capital.
7. Finish IndieGoGo, if successful start getting business loans and making serious moves on starting the business.
8. Get dream location, remodel it, open for business.

Dream achieved!

So that’s my goal guys, that’s the whole point of the Comedy Club Campaign. If you are a comedian or a comedy fan who wants to see a new venue in LA that isn’t part of a big corporation and is focused on nurturing amazing comedians and paying the ones that are already great, spread the word. Reblog, retweet, email, and just get the word out. You have already connected me with some people who can help, but I still need your help to meet those business minded people. I know somewhere there is a comedy nerd/accountant who will be on twitter and decide to take a leap of faith and work with me when they’re not working at their accounting job to help me figure this stuff out and eventually quit whatever they’re doing so they can work for my club. I know somewhere there is a financial adviser/comedy fan who will be willing to help me and then eventually quit their job to be our club’s permanent finance guy. I know those people are out there and I know if enough of us spread this message it will reach them.

People who think they can help can tweet me, @SamMVarela. I will respond to them all and try to find a place for all of you to help in this endeavor as I really want this to be a club that we as a community build together.


I will keep you guys abreast as I move through the checklist and find ways to reward people for helping the cause, because while I may be the one starting the business, if this plan actually succeeds this will be a Comedy Club built by the comedy community. This will be a destination for those comedy community people on vacation in LA, a place for the local comedy community to put on shows and hang out, and most importantly a place built not by a corporation or by one person but by all of us. I hope you are into this plan, all I can do it work hard and hope.

Update: Day 3
I have to work so this will probably be the only post I can get out today. It’s only been 3 days but the support has been amazing so thanks to everyone who has been spreading the word!
Until we can all find a financial adviser or business manager/comedy nerd who wants in on this project I’m trying to inform myself via all the government small business websites and podcasts. While I’d rather be listening to the Long Shot Podcast or Mike and Tom Eats Snacks, this Comedy Club Campaign is my priority so I will be dedicating all my podcasting time to listening to as many of these business podcasts as possible.
I’m still working out all the details for the IndieGoGo, it will be coming soon but I want to make sure I have as much information as possible before setting a monetary goal, as this will be a big endeavor and I want to make sure I do it right.
In the mean time please keep spreading the word, right now I really need to find someone with legitimate small business experience to help me figure out what I will need to make this happen. If you are a comedy nerd/accountant, comedy nerd/financial planner, comedy nerd/business podcaster, PLEASE CONTACT ME. All help is appreciated and needed, my goal is to make this business something all of the comedy community can be a part of so I really need a business person to help me figure out how I can do that.Also if you have any questions about the Comedy Club Campaign please message me, the more questions people send me the more I am able to solidify how this campaign will proceed. I’m still building the official business proposal so the more legitimate business questions you ask the better informed and prepared I will become so I can answer them.
Thanks again for all the support so far and please keep reblogging, retweeting, and emailing, together we will all get the comedy club of our dreams!

Update: Day 3

I have to work so this will probably be the only post I can get out today. It’s only been 3 days but the support has been amazing so thanks to everyone who has been spreading the word!

Until we can all find a financial adviser or business manager/comedy nerd who wants in on this project I’m trying to inform myself via all the government small business websites and podcasts. While I’d rather be listening to the Long Shot Podcast or Mike and Tom Eats Snacks, this Comedy Club Campaign is my priority so I will be dedicating all my podcasting time to listening to as many of these business podcasts as possible.

I’m still working out all the details for the IndieGoGo, it will be coming soon but I want to make sure I have as much information as possible before setting a monetary goal, as this will be a big endeavor and I want to make sure I do it right.

In the mean time please keep spreading the word, right now I really need to find someone with legitimate small business experience to help me figure out what I will need to make this happen. If you are a comedy nerd/accountant, comedy nerd/financial planner, comedy nerd/business podcaster, PLEASE CONTACT ME. All help is appreciated and needed, my goal is to make this business something all of the comedy community can be a part of so I really need a business person to help me figure out how I can do that.

Also if you have any questions about the Comedy Club Campaign please message me, the more questions people send me the more I am able to solidify how this campaign will proceed. I’m still building the official business proposal so the more legitimate business questions you ask the better informed and prepared I will become so I can answer them.

Thanks again for all the support so far and please keep reblogging, retweeting, and emailing, together we will all get the comedy club of our dreams!

Day 2 UPDATE! More people have contacted me and I found out I can do donations via IndieGoGo, YAY PROGRESS! Please keep spreading the word, I’m still looking for comedy nerds/financial advisers or people with small business experience that can explain how this will all work, but we’re making strides and it’s only be 2 days!!! We’re doing it internet!! Keep up the good work and I will keep you in the loop as I write a formal business proposal, get more concrete goals and set up the IndieGoGO. 
I am still (obviously) in the early stages of this project, but if you want to be involved, message me, and I will keep you up to date on how you can help make this dream a reality! I guess the question is: Do you want to help and be a part of this Comedy Club Campaign?

Day 2 UPDATE! More people have contacted me and I found out I can do donations via IndieGoGo, YAY PROGRESS! Please keep spreading the word, I’m still looking for comedy nerds/financial advisers or people with small business experience that can explain how this will all work, but we’re making strides and it’s only be 2 days!!! We’re doing it internet!! Keep up the good work and I will keep you in the loop as I write a formal business proposal, get more concrete goals and set up the IndieGoGO. 

I am still (obviously) in the early stages of this project, but if you want to be involved, message me, and I will keep you up to date on how you can help make this dream a reality! I guess the question is: Do you want to help and be a part of this Comedy Club Campaign?

SOMEONE INVEST IN ME PLEASE
(Updated to reflect IndiGoGo plans)
I’ve got nothing to lose so I’ll just ask you, the internet: I want to start a new comedy club in Los Angeles. Something with the taste of Largo, the affordability of UCB and the staying power of the Improv. The climate is right: comedians and audiences a like are looking for the new hub of comedy and I think I can bring that to LA.
If you are a venture capitalist/probono business manager/probono real estate mogul and are interested in investing in the comedy club that is going to take this Alt Comedy explosion to the next level please contact me. I have a location in mind, a great plan, and I know I can pull this off, but I can barely pay rent and I don’t have any powerful or rich family members to help me get the things I want. All I have is a vision, a location in mind, a business plan that needs a professional rewrite and an understanding of the comedy scene both from the audience and performer perspective that will ensure this club becomes the next big comedy hot spot.
Admittedly, I need a lot of help: I will need business managers, real estate people, and big venture capitalists to pull off the location I have in mind, as well as bar staff, managers, and all that good stuff that goes into operating a business. My goal is to get the word out to comedy aficionados or now rich comedians that would be willing to help me get the money and help that I need without compromising the integrity that I want this club to have, so I’m trying to go out to the comedy community to make this happen. I want this to be our club, a club for performers, a club for fans, and just really a club for people who want to enjoy comedy. Plus, as we enter this weird comedy boom time with podcasts getting TV shows and whatnot, this is the perfect time to make this happen!
So if you’re cool, get comedy, or just want to make money but will trust me to run the place the way I think will be best for growing a supportive comedy community of returning happy patrons then won’t you please contact me and reblog this message?
UPDATE: So I’m going to go ahead with Indie GoGo for fundraising so for now I’ve suspended the PayPal donation option. I will keep you updated as to when the IndieGoGo goes active. 
GOAL #1: GET THE WORD OUT. I’m working on getting an IndieGoGo set up but until then I still need a lot of help. I’ve never written a business proposal, I don’t know how to talk to real estate people about leases for giant locations, and I need to get in contact with people who have the smarts and professional ability to help me. So please Reblog, Retweet, Reddit, Share it, email it to your family and friends, and otherwise help me get this message out there. If you know any business advisers who are familiar with deal with comedy club start up costs or can help me with drafting business proposals or realtors that could help me figure out the true cost of the lease or find a comedy nerd/comedian with lots of money who wants to invest LET THEM KNOW ABOUT THIS. I have the vision but this club will be a group effort, born out of the comedy community that wants this to be a reality, so every little bit helps! You’re reblog might get this to the desk of a powerful venture capitalist/comedy fan who can help make this dream a reality!
LET’S DO THIS INTERNET!

SOMEONE INVEST IN ME PLEASE

(Updated to reflect IndiGoGo plans)

I’ve got nothing to lose so I’ll just ask you, the internet: I want to start a new comedy club in Los Angeles. Something with the taste of Largo, the affordability of UCB and the staying power of the Improv. The climate is right: comedians and audiences a like are looking for the new hub of comedy and I think I can bring that to LA.

If you are a venture capitalist/probono business manager/probono real estate mogul and are interested in investing in the comedy club that is going to take this Alt Comedy explosion to the next level please contact me. I have a location in mind, a great plan, and I know I can pull this off, but I can barely pay rent and I don’t have any powerful or rich family members to help me get the things I want. All I have is a vision, a location in mind, a business plan that needs a professional rewrite and an understanding of the comedy scene both from the audience and performer perspective that will ensure this club becomes the next big comedy hot spot.

Admittedly, I need a lot of help: I will need business managers, real estate people, and big venture capitalists to pull off the location I have in mind, as well as bar staff, managers, and all that good stuff that goes into operating a business. My goal is to get the word out to comedy aficionados or now rich comedians that would be willing to help me get the money and help that I need without compromising the integrity that I want this club to have, so I’m trying to go out to the comedy community to make this happen. I want this to be our club, a club for performers, a club for fans, and just really a club for people who want to enjoy comedy. Plus, as we enter this weird comedy boom time with podcasts getting TV shows and whatnot, this is the perfect time to make this happen!

So if you’re cool, get comedy, or just want to make money but will trust me to run the place the way I think will be best for growing a supportive comedy community of returning happy patrons then won’t you please contact me and reblog this message?

UPDATE: So I’m going to go ahead with Indie GoGo for fundraising so for now I’ve suspended the PayPal donation option. I will keep you updated as to when the IndieGoGo goes active.

GOAL #1: GET THE WORD OUT. I’m working on getting an IndieGoGo set up but until then I still need a lot of help. I’ve never written a business proposal, I don’t know how to talk to real estate people about leases for giant locations, and I need to get in contact with people who have the smarts and professional ability to help me. So please Reblog, Retweet, Reddit, Share it, email it to your family and friends, and otherwise help me get this message out there. If you know any business advisers who are familiar with deal with comedy club start up costs or can help me with drafting business proposals or realtors that could help me figure out the true cost of the lease or find a comedy nerd/comedian with lots of money who wants to invest LET THEM KNOW ABOUT THIS. I have the vision but this club will be a group effort, born out of the comedy community that wants this to be a reality, so every little bit helps! You’re reblog might get this to the desk of a powerful venture capitalist/comedy fan who can help make this dream a reality!

LET’S DO THIS INTERNET!

Why not use Kickstarter for your club project? You're obviously very passionate about comedy and run great shows - I think that would be a better way to get word out and publicity, and people who donate could see how far along things are progressing instead of just going straight to Paypal.
Anonymous

Kickstarter is not an option because it goes against one of their basic guidelines:

"1. Funding for projects only. A project has a clear goal, like making an album, a book, or a work of art. A project will eventually be completed, and something will be produced by it. A project is not open-ended. Starting a business, for example, does not qualify as a project.”

Someone has brought IndieGoGo to my attention, which does not seem to have the same restrictions. At the moment I’m suspending the PayPal donations until I can set up an IndieGoGo donation platform.

I am very passionate about this but I need a lot of help including just figuring out the best way to get donations. So far the internet has helped by pointing me towards IndieGoGo, so keep spreading the word and getting me in touch with people who have the smarts to help me make this dream a reality!

UPDATE: So it looks like Indie GoGo might be a fundraising option so for now I’ve suspended the PayPal donation option. So for now if you are interested in helping this Comedy Club Campaign please just spread the word!!
Hey all!
Thanks so much for the support so far! The word is starting to get out there and I really believe that if enough of the internet supports this idea some business people and rich people will want to be involved and help me really get the ball rolling.
For those of you who don’t know me, here’s a little back ground so you know who you’re investing in:
I’m not a comedian and I have no desire to be on stage. I’m just a die hard comedy fan who wants the opportunity to create my own space and use it to give something back to the comedians that have brought so much into my life. And what better way to do that then to get people spots on shows.
In 2008 I started producing a radio show at my college station KUCI called  “Naked Comedy.” There, I played tracks from my favorite comedy albums from AST Records, Stand Up Records, Comedy Central Records, and more (Neil Hamburger and DJ Douggpound’s CDs were independent releases for example.) I also did a series of interviews with some of my favorite comedians (an extensive list of whom can be found on nakedcomedy.org.) At that time I was also an active member on the comedy message board ASpecialThing.com which introduced me to LA’s alt comedy scene. The first live show I produced was Duncan Trussell’s show at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery called “Comedy is Dead.” Steve Agee, Tim Heidecker and Natasha Leggero were on the bill of that show and from then on I was determined to be a part of the comedy scene in LA.I started booking a show in downtown LA the “Hot House Comedy Show”, and from there started another show with comedian/national treasure Jake Weisman called  Brunch at the Park Restaurant in Echo Park. That show ran longer than a year, bringing in great crowds and featuring amazing talent like Maria Bamford, Hannibal Buress, Kumail Nanjiani, TJ Miller, Marc Maron, the Sklar Brothers and more! Once that ended, I booked another show with comedians/rays of hope and light Aparna Nancherla, Tony Sam and Anthony DeVries called Towne Hall Meetin’. With the help of my friends at Towne Hall we were able to put on a few amazing shows featuring Andy Kindler, Greg Fitzsimmons, Brent Weinbach, Moshe Kasher and many others; creating what James Adomian called “The Studio 54 of Skid Row.”Currently I’m producing two shows I love dearly, the  Comedy Palace with Andy Wood, Ed Salazar and Shawn Pearlman and Picture This! with Brandie Posey. Comedy Palace has had everyone from Patton Oswalt to Pete Holmes to Kyle Kinane. Picture This! is a show I started with Brandie Posey and animator Griff Kimmins. Together, we put on a stand up show where animators draw while comedians perform. It’s different but it’s the most fun show I’ve ever been a part of. We’ve only been around a few months but we’ve already had people from Conan perform as well as Maria Bamford, Jackie Kashian, Baron Vaughn and we’ve also had animators from Titmouse, Adventure Time, and HBO draw for the show.Ok, blah blah blah WHAT’S THE POINT OF ALL THIS SAM?? Sorry for the long-windedness of that bio but since I’m asking you for your money and reblogs I wanted to let you know what kind of shows I’ve worked on and what talent I’ve been working with. I want you to know what vibe of comedy show I produce so you know what kind of comedy club I want to start. Part of the reason I’ve asked the internet to help me open my own comedy club is that I want the freedom to book the kind of comedians I love and I know many of you love, too.The main reason I’ve asked the internet for help opening a comedy club is that I want the ability to pay the comedians I love for performing. Performing is their livelihood and here in LA there are only a few clubs that actually do pay comedians for performing, and most of the time the comedians I and my fellow comedy nerds want to see aren’t getting stage time at those clubs. They’re playing at awesome venues full of adoring comedy nerds but they aren’t being paid for it. They’re packing out small rooms all over LA and getting nothing but street cred for it. As a comedy nerd I want to give back, I want to do what is right and pay them for working an honest night’s work. And the only way I’m going to do that regularly is with a club in which to host them.So Internet, Comedy Nerds, Comedians, please help me spread the word of this Comedy Club Campaign. Help me create a venue that serves both the comedy fan community and keeps the comedians we love employed. Help me start a club in LA that we can all rally behind. We’ve done it before for festivals, let’s do it again for something permanent.THANKS TO ANYONE WHO HAS REBLOGGED, RETWEETED, EMAILED AND OTHERWISE GOTTEN THE WORD OUT. I know people will take notice if we keep the word out there, so please keep spreading the word. Please check in here at nakedcomedy.org for daily updates on the Campaign, I will be regular blogging as well but I will make sure there is at least one daily update if not more. This is my priority for the next 59 days, I hope it’s one of yours too!

UPDATE: So it looks like Indie GoGo might be a fundraising option so for now I’ve suspended the PayPal donation option. So for now if you are interested in helping this Comedy Club Campaign please just spread the word!!

Hey all!

Thanks so much for the support so far! The word is starting to get out there and I really believe that if enough of the internet supports this idea some business people and rich people will want to be involved and help me really get the ball rolling.

For those of you who don’t know me, here’s a little back ground so you know who you’re investing in:

I’m not a comedian and I have no desire to be on stage. I’m just a die hard comedy fan who wants the opportunity to create my own space and use it to give something back to the comedians that have brought so much into my life. And what better way to do that then to get people spots on shows.

In 2008 I started producing a radio show at my college station KUCI called  “Naked Comedy.” There, I played tracks from my favorite comedy albums from AST Records, Stand Up Records, Comedy Central Records, and more (Neil Hamburger and DJ Douggpound’s CDs were independent releases for example.) I also did a series of interviews with some of my favorite comedians (an extensive list of whom can be found on nakedcomedy.org.) At that time I was also an active member on the comedy message board ASpecialThing.com which introduced me to LA’s alt comedy scene. The first live show I produced was Duncan Trussell’s show at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery called “Comedy is Dead.” Steve Agee, Tim Heidecker and Natasha Leggero were on the bill of that show and from then on I was determined to be a part of the comedy scene in LA.

I started booking a show in downtown LA the “Hot House Comedy Show”, and from there started another show with comedian/national treasure Jake Weisman called  Brunch at the Park Restaurant in Echo Park. That show ran longer than a year, bringing in great crowds and featuring amazing talent like Maria Bamford, Hannibal Buress, Kumail Nanjiani, TJ Miller, Marc Maron, the Sklar Brothers and more! Once that ended, I booked another show with comedians/rays of hope and light Aparna Nancherla, Tony Sam and Anthony DeVries called Towne Hall Meetin’. With the help of my friends at Towne Hall we were able to put on a few amazing shows featuring Andy Kindler, Greg Fitzsimmons, Brent Weinbach, Moshe Kasher and many others; creating what James Adomian called “The Studio 54 of Skid Row.”

Currently I’m producing two shows I love dearly, the  Comedy Palace with Andy Wood, Ed Salazar and Shawn Pearlman and Picture This! with Brandie Posey. Comedy Palace has had everyone from Patton Oswalt to Pete Holmes to Kyle Kinane. Picture This! is a show I started with Brandie Posey and animator Griff Kimmins. Together, we put on a stand up show where animators draw while comedians perform. It’s different but it’s the most fun show I’ve ever been a part of. We’ve only been around a few months but we’ve already had people from Conan perform as well as Maria Bamford, Jackie Kashian, Baron Vaughn and we’ve also had animators from Titmouse, Adventure Time, and HBO draw for the show.

Ok, blah blah blah WHAT’S THE POINT OF ALL THIS SAM?? Sorry for the long-windedness of that bio but since I’m asking you for your money and reblogs I wanted to let you know what kind of shows I’ve worked on and what talent I’ve been working with. I want you to know what vibe of comedy show I produce so you know what kind of comedy club I want to start. Part of the reason I’ve asked the internet to help me open my own comedy club is that I want the freedom to book the kind of comedians I love and I know many of you love, too.

The main reason I’ve asked the internet for help opening a comedy club is that I want the ability to pay the comedians I love for performing. Performing is their livelihood and here in LA there are only a few clubs that actually do pay comedians for performing, and most of the time the comedians I and my fellow comedy nerds want to see aren’t getting stage time at those clubs. They’re playing at awesome venues full of adoring comedy nerds but they aren’t being paid for it. They’re packing out small rooms all over LA and getting nothing but street cred for it. As a comedy nerd I want to give back, I want to do what is right and pay them for working an honest night’s work. And the only way I’m going to do that regularly is with a club in which to host them.

So Internet, Comedy Nerds, Comedians, please help me spread the word of this Comedy Club Campaign. Help me create a venue that serves both the comedy fan community and keeps the comedians we love employed. Help me start a club in LA that we can all rally behind. We’ve done it before for festivals, let’s do it again for something permanent.

THANKS TO ANYONE WHO HAS REBLOGGED, RETWEETED, EMAILED AND OTHERWISE GOTTEN THE WORD OUT. I know people will take notice if we keep the word out there, so please keep spreading the word. Please check in here at nakedcomedy.org for daily updates on the Campaign, I will be regular blogging as well but I will make sure there is at least one daily update if not more. This is my priority for the next 59 days, I hope it’s one of yours too!

SOMEONE INVEST IN ME PLEASE
I’ve got nothing to lose so I’ll just ask you, the internet: I want to start a new comedy club in Los Angeles. Something with the taste of Largo, the affordability of UCB and the staying power of the Improv. The climate is right: comedians and audiences a like are looking for the new hub of comedy and I think I can bring that to LA.
If you are a venture capitalist/probono business manager/probono real estate mogul and are interested in investing in the comedy club that is going to take this Alt Comedy explosion to the next level please contact me. I have a location in mind, a great plan, and I know I can pull this off, but I can barely pay rent and I don’t have any powerful or rich family members to help me get the things I want. All I have is a vision, a location in mind, a business plan that needs a professional rewrite and an understanding of the comedy scene both from the audience and performer perspective that will ensure this club becomes the next big comedy hot spot.
Admittedly, I need a lot of help: I will need business managers, real estate people, and big venture capitalists to pull off the location I have in mind, as well as bar staff, managers, and all that good stuff that goes into operating a business. My goal is to get the word out to comedy aficionados or now rich comedians that would be willing to help me get the money and help that I need without compromising the integrity that I want this club to have, so I’m trying to go out to the comedy community to make this happen. I want this to be our club, a club for performers, a club for fans, and just really a club for people who want to enjoy comedy. Plus, as we enter this weird comedy boom time with podcasts getting TV shows and whatnot, this is the perfect time to make this happen!
So if you’re cool, get comedy, or just want to make money but will trust me to run the place the way I think will be best for growing a supportive comedy community of returning happy patrons then won’t you please contact me and reblog this message?
UPDATE: So I think I’m going to go ahead with Indie GoGo for fundraising so for now I’ve suspended the PayPal donation option. I will keep you updated as to when the IndieGoGo goes active. 
GOAL #1: GET THE WORD OUT. I’m working on getting an IndieGoGo set up but until then I still need a lot of help. I’ve never written a business proposal, I don’t know how to talk to real estate people about leases for giant locations, and I need to get in contact with people who have the smarts and professional ability to help me. So please Reblog, Retweet, Reddit, Share it, email it to your family and friends, and otherwise help me get this message out there. If you know any business advisers who are familiar with deal with comedy club start up costs or can help me with drafting business proposals or realtors that could help me figure out the true cost of the lease or find a comedy nerd/comedian with lots of money who wants to invest LET THEM KNOW ABOUT THIS. I have the vision but this club will be a group effort, born out of the comedy community that wants this to be a reality, so every little bit helps! You’re reblog might get this to the desk of a powerful venture capitalist/comedy fan who can help make this dream a reality!
LET’S DO THIS INTERNET!

SOMEONE INVEST IN ME PLEASE

I’ve got nothing to lose so I’ll just ask you, the internet: I want to start a new comedy club in Los Angeles. Something with the taste of Largo, the affordability of UCB and the staying power of the Improv. The climate is right: comedians and audiences a like are looking for the new hub of comedy and I think I can bring that to LA.

If you are a venture capitalist/probono business manager/probono real estate mogul and are interested in investing in the comedy club that is going to take this Alt Comedy explosion to the next level please contact me. I have a location in mind, a great plan, and I know I can pull this off, but I can barely pay rent and I don’t have any powerful or rich family members to help me get the things I want. All I have is a vision, a location in mind, a business plan that needs a professional rewrite and an understanding of the comedy scene both from the audience and performer perspective that will ensure this club becomes the next big comedy hot spot.

Admittedly, I need a lot of help: I will need business managers, real estate people, and big venture capitalists to pull off the location I have in mind, as well as bar staff, managers, and all that good stuff that goes into operating a business. My goal is to get the word out to comedy aficionados or now rich comedians that would be willing to help me get the money and help that I need without compromising the integrity that I want this club to have, so I’m trying to go out to the comedy community to make this happen. I want this to be our club, a club for performers, a club for fans, and just really a club for people who want to enjoy comedy. Plus, as we enter this weird comedy boom time with podcasts getting TV shows and whatnot, this is the perfect time to make this happen!

So if you’re cool, get comedy, or just want to make money but will trust me to run the place the way I think will be best for growing a supportive comedy community of returning happy patrons then won’t you please contact me and reblog this message?

UPDATE: So I think I’m going to go ahead with Indie GoGo for fundraising so for now I’ve suspended the PayPal donation option. I will keep you updated as to when the IndieGoGo goes active.

GOAL #1: GET THE WORD OUT. I’m working on getting an IndieGoGo set up but until then I still need a lot of help. I’ve never written a business proposal, I don’t know how to talk to real estate people about leases for giant locations, and I need to get in contact with people who have the smarts and professional ability to help me. So please Reblog, Retweet, Reddit, Share it, email it to your family and friends, and otherwise help me get this message out there. If you know any business advisers who are familiar with deal with comedy club start up costs or can help me with drafting business proposals or realtors that could help me figure out the true cost of the lease or find a comedy nerd/comedian with lots of money who wants to invest LET THEM KNOW ABOUT THIS. I have the vision but this club will be a group effort, born out of the comedy community that wants this to be a reality, so every little bit helps! You’re reblog might get this to the desk of a powerful venture capitalist/comedy fan who can help make this dream a reality!

LET’S DO THIS INTERNET!

THOSE QUESTION MARKS COULD BE YOU’RE BRAND NEW ULTRA HIP AND SUCCESSFUL AND IN LIKE 20 YEARS LEGENDARY COMEDY CLUB IF YOU INVEST IN MY COMEDY CLUB PROPOSAL!
UPDATE: So I’m going to go ahead with Indie GoGo for fundraising so for now I’ve suspended the PayPal donation option. I will keep you updated as to when the IndieGoGo goes active. 
Because it’s 2012 and the only way I’m going to get to run my own business without a rich family to fund my start up costs is from someone from the internet who’s not crazy and has money investing in me. Hey, crazier ideas have gotten funded by the internet:


Message me if you’re a serious investor! (no fatties) (jk all fatties welcome!)

THOSE QUESTION MARKS COULD BE YOU’RE BRAND NEW ULTRA HIP AND SUCCESSFUL AND IN LIKE 20 YEARS LEGENDARY COMEDY CLUB IF YOU INVEST IN MY COMEDY CLUB PROPOSAL!

UPDATE: So I’m going to go ahead with Indie GoGo for fundraising so for now I’ve suspended the PayPal donation option. I will keep you updated as to when the IndieGoGo goes active.

Because it’s 2012 and the only way I’m going to get to run my own business without a rich family to fund my start up costs is from someone from the internet who’s not crazy and has money investing in me. Hey, crazier ideas have gotten funded by the internet:

Message me if you’re a serious investor! (no fatties) (jk all fatties welcome!)