WE THOUGHT THE STORY HAD FINISHED, IT'S JUST BEGUN
Six months ago I oversaw a hugely successful funding campaign that raised £1000 in order to help release my debut stand up special. The recording of the special captured what was one of the worst nights of my life. I performed a show i’d spent three years working on to an audience of twelve people (at the beginning) 8 by the end in the basement of a hotel in Camden.It was a disaster!… but the real disaster was just beginning...
After I transferred the money into my account I fell victim to fraud. But like a storyline from a classic comedy in true "me style" I’d committed the fraud on myself by accidentally spending the money. By the time I realised the mistake it was too late.
AFTER THE STORM
It goes without saying that I am absolutely devastated to have put my backers through this (well, some of them, some of them have been quite rude to me. And I’m actually glad I lost their money. In fact I wish they had made bigger donations that I could have lost) I still really want to put the special out in the manner I promised. Having already snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with the original campaign I thought long and hard about if there was a way to still release the special and also pay the original backers back. And I decided doing a kickstarter got me into this mess, doing a kickstarter can get me out of this mess.
So here I present a kickstarter to both re-refund the special (to release it as originally intended) whilst also paying back all the victims of fraud ( including the biggest victim of the fraud myself). Sadly during the period of me coming up with this plan some of the backers have launched a Crowdfunder to issue a CCJ against me to pay the money back. In the spirit of fairness and justice that any good society is built on I present a link to their Crowdfunder so you can draw your own conclusions on these backstabbing scum - https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/justice-for-comedy . Or as I call them the #51mugs
Everyone deserves a second chance and if anyone is going to give it to me it’s the good people of the internet. I know I can rely on you.
Below is the original kickstarter campaign which is relevant to this with an update on how we are going to spend the new funds. Plus check out the great court room themed rewards I've added to fight the #51mugs.
I look forward to you joining the movement.
I’d love to collaborate with you on this project. “But Harry why do you want us the great unwashed to be involved? Why not take it to a commercial broadcaster?” Of course, I’d like to make use of commercial broadcasters deep pockets and wide marketing reach, but even if they were interested they’d no doubt send it to development hell for two years. I’d get notes like can we re-shoot it with an audience and what about if we got a big name comedian to play the character of Harry etc...
This doesn’t mean they are good and I’m bad or I’m right and they are wrong it’s more I’d much rather have the freedom afforded to me by doing a Kickstarter and work with you guys who are investing in the project because you love it the way it is.* And you are doing so with your own money, not some corporations. You’ve invested because you love the idea of this film so will be extra passionate about seeing it reach a wider audience.
I’m looking forward to working together on the final phase with you. And if it doesn’t take off then maybe we can listen to the imaginary TV notes and reshoot it with a big name comedian playing me.
If you can’t donate why not provide emotional support by following me on social media I go by the name of Deansbomb on all platforms.
*If you don’t love it the way it is why not take this reward and come to an exclusive test screening and give me valuable feedback
I have got this far with the help of a team of some very kind people who believe in this project. Without them volunteering, we would not have got the film to this stage. I’m now inviting you to join this team and get involved to bring this to an audience.
In the film industry when you spend money it’s to buy talented people's time. Like yourselves, the people who worked on this are passionate about the project. Any money raised will go to them so they can execute the exciting extras laid out below to the best of their abilities.
I did manage to spend £300 of the original money raised before I defrauded myself so need to re raise £700. Then £500 to pay the original backers back (Only paying half of them back as the other half sent me some very rude e-mails) Then £250 in case I need to hire a lawyer if the #51mugs Crowdfunder is successful (if their rival campaign is not successful then the £250 will be refunded)
Title sequences in most stand up specials are quite boring - act backstage at the venue, audience coming in, an exterior shot of the venue with the comedian's name etc... I've come up with a really cool animated take on this that's really going to set us apart from other comedy specials
THIS WAS PAID FOR OUT OF THE LAST KICKSTARTER SO NO LONGER RELEVANT.I don’t want to give too much away here but I’ve come up with a concept that is going to show you a side of the stand up comedian you’ve never seen before. In order to present this I’ve enlisted the help of two times Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning comedian John Kearns.
The finished film will be available as a pay what you want download but to accompany this release there will be a limited edition DVD featuring a host of extra content not available in the digital download. The money raised will go toward making this beautiful unique ltd edition product.
I have edited this project myself, however, I'm going to get a professional sound editor so you can really hear those awkward silences. Also, someone to colour grade the picture so the empty room looks really beautiful.
A lot of hard work has gone into this project so it would be a shame if no one saw it. A marketing guru is going to take some of the money raised and use it to hack into the matrix and make some adverts that that make sure the finished film stands the best chance of being seen by the widest audience possible.
By 2016 I’d been doing stand up on and off for about five years and had finally found my voice on stage. That was the voice of a man who had been bankrupted and brought to the brink by a series of bad decisions in his late 20’s and early 30’s and audiences were loving it. I actually thought by presenting a show that was a compendium of all my failures to date I was drawing a line under all the stupid decisions I had made, however little did I know that the worst decision I was ever going to make was still to come. That decision was to film me doing my material to a not sold out crowd of uninterested friends and randoms.
The recording was a complete disaster. This was less of a show and more of a war of attrition between me and the audience as we gradually wore down each others goodwill. I did not dare watch the footage for a year and a half but one day I began to wonder “was the experience as bad as I remembered it? ”So I drove out to the unmarked grave where I had buried the footage, dug it up and watched it to find out. To my surprise, it was even worse than I have detailed above. But thanks to the magical equation of Tragedy + time equalling comedy I could now laugh at the footage. And now I’d like you to laugh at it too.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. You can find out a whole lot more about me on my web-site - http://deansbomb.blogspot.com/
Also to dig deeper into my sense of humour why not check out the web-series I wrote and directed
Risks and challenges
Before the money “went missing” I managed to film enough of the new stuff to augment the special. So once the target is achieved i should be able to bring the special out pretty quickly. I suppose the biggest risk is that I lose the money again and then have to do a third kickstarter. But i’m hoping to avoid that.
Pledge £10 or more
THE BOBBY DAVRO
I will tweet out a thanks. You will get an advanced link to the download so you can watch before the rest of the world. You'll get an exclusive illustrated postcard from me and a pin badge.
Pledge £25 or more
THE STEWART LEE
I will tweet out thanks. You will get an advanced link to the download so you can watch before the rest of the world. You'll get 1 of 50 exclusive to this tier ltd edition DVD featuring a host of great extras not seen in the download and a pin badge
Pledge £50 or more
THE HARRY HILL
I will tweet out a thanks. You will get an advanced link to the download so you can watch before the rest of the world. A copy of the DVD. EXCLUSIVE to this tier a handwritten setlist from the show with notes. An invitation to either a test screening where your feedback will shape the finished film or the gala premiere (featuring a Q&A with the actual audience from the film,all 7 of them). You'll also get a signed unopened letter from a credit card company received during the period of debt mentioned in the show. Plus I'll do an illustrated portrait (Postcard size) of a person of your choosing. Plus a ticket to an all star comedy gala celebrating the release of the DVD at a central London Location (Mid-Feb)
Pledge £100 or more
THE CHRIS ROCK
I will tweet out a thanks. You will get an advanced link to the download so you can watch before the rest of the world. A copy of the DVD. Either a ltd edition signed poster from the film that is illustrated by me or a print out of a bad review of the show with handwritten notes and response from me. An invitation to either a test screening where your feedback will shape the finished film or the gala premiere(featuring a Q&A with the actual audience from the film,all 7 of them). A CD or digital download of the songs I sing in the show with inlay card. Plus a ticket to an all star comedy gala celebrating the release of the DVD at a central London Location (Mid-Feb)
Pledge £350 or more
THE JERRY SEINFELD
I will tweet out a thanks. An advanced link to the download. A ltd edition DVD (silver cover). A VIP invitation to either a test screening where your feedback will shape the finished film or the gala premiere (featuring a Q&A with the actual audience from the film,all 7 of them). FRAMED ltd edition poster with Illustration by me. Or a copy of a bad review of the show with handwritten notes and response. A very rare full set of Fix Magazines, the magazine that bankrupted me and is mentioned in the show. A thanks in the credits. And an exclusive tour of The Holiday Inn where the show was filmed featuring some special guests. Plus a ticket to an all star comedy gala celebrating the release of the DVD at a central London Location (Mid-Feb)
Pledge £500 or more
THE RICHARD PRIOR
I will tweet out thanks. You'll get an advance link to the download so you can watch it before anyone else. You'll get an exclusive copy of the DVD (Gold Cover) An excec producer credit a FRAMED ltd edition poster with Illustration by me. Or a copy of a bad review of the show with hand written notes and response. You and a friend will come to a screening of the film with me and my parents who have never seen me do stand up, we will then grab dinner and discuss it.Plus a ticket to an all star comedy gala celebrating the release of the DVD at a central London Location (Mid-Feb)
Pledge £550 or more
VIP GOBLIN PACKAGE
Bespoke performance of "the goblin" for you and 25 of your friends. Includes a bottle of Goblin Juice and a bowl of Goblin eggs. Run time 25 mins max.
This is a very funny character but is genuinely terrifying and probably not suitable for children or the easily scared.
Pledge £600 or more
THE C U IN COURT
If the rival Crowdfunder is successful and I am issued with a CCJ for my "crimes" then this reward will allow you to represent me in court.
Pledge £700 or more
LADIES AND GOBLINS OF THE JURY
For £700 if the rival Crowdfunder is successful I will represent myself in the case as my legendary character the Goblin. Let me tell you Goblins do not respect the rule of law. Good luck judge!
Pledge £750 or more
I will commission a court sketch artist to document the trial. You will be the sole owner of this LTD edition artwork.
Pledge £1,000 or more
THE MARTIN BESSERMAN
I will tweet out a thanks. An advanced link to the download. A ltd edition DVD, you will be the only person in the world to own this. A VIP invitation to either a test screening where your feedback will shape the finished film or the gala premiere (featuring a Q&A with the actual audience from the film,all 7 of them) FRAMED ltd edition poster with Illustration by me AND a copy of a bad review of the show with handwritten notes and response. A Harry Deansway goody bag featuring unique memorabilia. A PRODUCER CREDIT ON THE FILM.Plus a ticket to an all star comedy gala celebrating the release of the DVD at a central London Location (Mid-Feb)
THE CHARLIE CHAPLIN
All of the rewards in the Martin Besserman plus we will re film the show with a named comedian doing my material in a prestigious London venue just like the TV executives would like us to.