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If it takes a village to raise a child, then how many people does it take to make a movie? That’s what we’re about to find out, and we’re going to need your help to get there. On October 10th, we’re going to be throwing the doors wide open on our highly anticipated crowdfunding campaign, to give you the chance to join Team AJA, and show that you know that women can be just as funny as men. We’re in the process right now of assembling a fabulous selection of perks to show our appreciation for your investment (including the chance to have some custom comedy written just for you!) and can’t wait to share them. Onwards and upwards!

All Joking Aside

by Jon Ornoy

  • $20,000.00

    Funding Goal
  • $3,330.00

    Funds Raised
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    Days to go
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Raised Percent :
16.65%
Minimum amount is $5 Maximum amount is $20000
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British Columbia, Canada

Campaign Story

Why Should You Share Your Hard Earned Dollars With Us?

Although just publicly surfacing now, All Joking Aside has actually already been a work-in-progress for more than two years already, and when you add to that the 6 months we’ll spend in active production and post-production, and the year or so that we’ll spend marketing and selling it, it very quickly becomes a 4 year endeavor.  With no direct government funding and no studio support, we are financing this production 100% independently, which means that our team’s investment can not only be measured in weeks and months but dollars and cents as well. From day one, the dedicated team that is putting this project has been doing it for their love of filmmaking, and passion for telling good stories where nothing explodes and the story isn’t just a front for selling toys. All of our cast and crew are experienced professionals who will be working for drastically reduced rates, simply because they love the story and want to be a part of bringing it to life. By making a contribution here today, you’re helping us feed and supply all of these talented folks, and for that, you deserve a pat on the back.

We are proud to be making a film that features a strong female lead (who isn’t a hooker or a stripper), that is directed by a talented woman making her feature debut, and who will be at the head of a crew equally populated by women and men (and we pass the Bechdel Test to boot!). In an era where some women are increasingly feeling that their voices aren’t being heard, we’d like to see our audience connect not only with the story that we’re telling, but also to walk away feeling empowered to tell their own stories, with a microphone, a camera, or whatever suits them best. To that end, we’re very excited about our #CustomComedy perks that you’ll see listed below, from which partial proceeds will go to two comedy-related non-profits who are using to stand-up to make the world a better place.

All prices in Canadian dollars, the appropriate exchange rates for international customers will be calculated by Paypal.

Where Will Your Dollars Go?

Here’s a rough breakdown of how we’ll apportion the money we take in:

What Is #CustomComedy?

 

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Have you ever left a comedy club wishing that you could be half as witty as the comic who you just saw up on stage killing it? Ever been to a party and been embarrassed because everyone else had a great joke to tell, and all you could muster was half of a lame SNL skit? Well, look no further, because your chance for redemption is here!  All you have to do is choose from one the 23 hilarious comedians whom we’ve lined up for this, give them the topic* that you’d like them to riff on, and then step back and wait for the magic to happen!  Partial proceeds from every Custom Comedy purchase will be donated to two great comedic non-profits; the Canadian Association of Stand-Up Comedians to support their campaign to see stand-up declared a national art form in Canada, and Stand Up! Girls which offers free comedy training to girls in under-served communities in New York City to boost their confidence and self-awareness.

*Any topic within reason, if the comedian is personally offended by the request, we’ll ask you to come up with an alternate. Jokes will be delivered by the end of November 2018.

Who Are These Hilarious Comedians You Speak Of?

 

Ophira Eisenberg
@ophirae

Amber Preston
@prestonparty

Jena Friedman
@jenafriedman

Andy Erikson
@andyerikson

Lane Moore
@hellolanemoore

Mary Mack
@marymackcomedy

Priyanka Wali
@walipriyanka

Vikram Pandyar
@vpcomedy

Nikki Black
@nikkiblackcat

Maggie Maye
@maggiemayehaha

Richard Lett
@funny4money22

Sydnee Washington
@justsydnyc

John Perotta
@thejohnperrotta

Kendra Cunningham
@theotherkendra

Katie Compa

Katie Compa
@katiecompa

Eman El Husseini
@emanifique

Selena Coppock
@selenacoppock

Liz Miele

Liz Miele

@lizmiele

Adrienne Iapalucci
@alapalucci

Sharron

Sharron Paul
@sharronica

Joyelle

Joyelle Johnson
@joyellenicole

Michael Moses

Michael Moses
@TininehMoses

 

I’m Already Pretty Damn Funny, What Else Have You Got?

Here’s just a sampling:

  • – So you think you’re funny? Maybe you should be writing for us? Here’s your chance to share your brilliant wit with the world, and see your joke or short bit done by one of the comedian characters in the film. We’ll shoot your material in front of our live audience on set, and if time constraints prevent us from being able to include it as a part of the film itself, it’ll be featured during the credit sequence. Nothing R-rated, please.

 

  • – To prepare for all that writing, you should really treat yourself this journal that’s designed to inspire and motivate stand up comedians to write every day, specifically with the goal of generating material for jokes and premises. Great for comedians of all levels, including aspiring comedians. Created with love by comedian and writer Andy Erikson: www.andyerikson.com

 

Stand-Up Comedy Journal

Comedian Journal

 

  •  -Try out GOLD Comedy’s unparalleled online comedy course and then take what you’ve learned to the next level with a half hour consultation with one of their expert instructors.

 

  •  – Looking to break into stand-up and got a million questions about how to make a living as a working comedian? Maybe what you need is an hour-long consultation with Yuk Yuk’s owner Mark Breslin, who for more than 40 years has been running Canada’s largest chain of comedy clubs. In that time, Mark’s seen it all and helped shepherd the careers of numerous young comics, who knows what he could do for you?

 

 

  •  – You know a lot about movies, don’t you? Don’t miss your chance to have your voice heard by becoming part of our exclusive group of online rough cut viewers, and give us your notes on what you think is and isn’t working so we can make the best film possible.

 

  •  – Want to become a big boss with zero effort and impress all of your friends? Well, we’ve got two words for you: Executive Producer. Just imagine seeing your name up on the big screen and on all of our marketing material and all the places you’re new found authority will take you. Now stop imagining and go invest in your future!

 

 

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Rewards

$5.00

Get a high-resolution, full colour download of the final poster design
0 backers

$5.00

Get a snazzy pin-on button based on the film's final poster design.

Aug, 2019

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1 backers

$10.00

Get a big thanks from us on all of our social media channels. We'll let the world know that you cared.

Oct, 2018

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1 backers

$15.00

Get a download album of the movie's score and a download of the poster (composer TBD).

Aug, 2019

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$20.00

A download of the completed movie and digital poster.

Aug, 2019

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10 backers

$30.00

Attend an exclusive screening of the film in Sheffield, England with our writer James Pickering and stick around for the post show Q+A. Also comes with a movie download, digital poster and end credit thank you.

Sep, 2019

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$30.00

In addition to enjoying your download of the movie, your button, and a thank you in the credits, here's your chance to access exclusive behind-the-scenes footage that won't be released to the public!

Aug, 2019

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3 backers

$40.00

Andy Eriksen's creative journal for comedians and comedians-in-training. Special dedication and author's autograph available by request. Also comes with a movie download, digital poster, button, and end credit thank you.

Dec, 2018

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$50.00

A pair of tickets to Zanies Comedy Club (Chicago, Rosemont, St Charles). Also comes with a movie download, digital poster, button, and end credit thank you.

Nov, 2019

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$50.00

Get a 24" x 36" print of the final poster design signed by the entire cast. Also comes with a movie download, digital poster, button, and end credit thank you.

Aug, 2019

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$50.00

Get in on the action and join us on set in Vancouver as a Background Performer when we're shooting one of our club performance days. Get fed, be entertained by pro comics while we set up, and watch a swell group folks making a movie. Transportation and accommodation not included. Also comes with a movie download, digital poster, button, and end credit thank you.

Feb, 2019

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50 rewards left

$50.00

On pair of passes to Yuk Yuk's, good for any club in Canada. Also comes with a movie download, digital poster, button, and end credit thank you.

Nov, 2019

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3 backers
7 rewards left

$60.00

Get a short video recorded on set by our two lead actors (announcements coming soon) thanking you for your contribution. Also comes with a movie download, digital poster, button, and end credit thank you.

Feb, 2019

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$60.00

You and a loved one (or at least someone you like enough to spend $30 on) are cordially invited to attend both the Vancouver premiere and screening after-party. Venues TBD. Entitles the recipient to 2 tickets to the screening and party, does not cover transportation to, or accommodation in Vancouver. Also comes with a movie download, button, and end credit.

Sep, 2019

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2 backers
48 rewards left

$75.00

Get a ten minute Skype call from set with Raylene Harewood and Brian Markinson, our leading actors. Also comes with a movie download, digital poster, button, and end credit thank you.

Feb, 2019

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1 backers
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$100.00

A one of a kind souvenir, Shannon Kohli's personal printed version of the script, marked up with all of her notes from the production. Also comes with a movie download, digital poster, button, and end credit thank you.
0 backers
1 rewards left

$100.00

Take GOLD Comedy's unique online comedy instruction course and receive a bonus 30 minute Skype or phone consultation with one of their expert instructors. Also comes with a movie download, digital poster, button, and end credit thank you.
1 backers
4 rewards left

$125.00

Be a part of our exclusive online rough cut viewing crew, get to see an early version of the film and give us your notes on how we can make it better. Also comes with a movie download, digital poster, button, and end credit thank you.

Mar, 2019

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$125.00

A pair of passes to the Lady Laughs Comedy Fest 2018 or 2019. Also comes with a movie download, digital poster, button, and end credit thank you.

Nov, 2019

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Reward no longer available.
2 backers
0 rewards left

$150.00

Custom Comedy - Get a unique piece of comedy written just for you on a topic you choose. Take a look at our participating comedians and choose one of them to write comedy for you. Only one comedian per person. Leave us a comment on the Notes section of the checkout process to let us know who your preferred comedian is. Also comes with a movie download, digital poster, button, and end credit thank you.

Nov, 2018

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3 backers
19 rewards left

$250.00

Give us your best shot, write us a joke that we can use for the film, and we'll film one of our comedians doing your bit (we reserve the right to edit for content). All jokes will be shot and used in either the body of the film or featured in the end credits. Also comes with a movie download, digital poster, button, and end credit thank you.

Jan, 2019

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5 rewards left

$350.00

Get one of hour of consultation with Mark Breslin of Yuk Yuk's by phone, Skype, or in person in Toronto. Also comes with a movie download, digital poster, button, and end credit thank you.
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2 rewards left

$500.00

Have dinner with director Shannon Kohli and our two lead actors (announcements coming very soon). Entitles two invites to dinner, transportation to, and accommodation in Vancouver not covered. Also comes with a movie download, button, and end credit.
0 backers
1 rewards left

$750.00

Be the big cheese around here and see your name on your own Executive Producer title card in the end credits. Also comes with a set visit, invites to the premiere screening and after party (transportation and accommodation not included) a movie download, digital poster, button, and film score download.
2 backers
3 rewards left
  • Taxes

    Taxes are applied to all items. Unfortunately, we’ve been talking to our e-commerce provider and we cannot take the tax out of single donations with no perks. We will issue refunds for the GST/tax that is applied to a single donation.

Name Donate Amount Date
Jason Hope $30.00 November 15, 2018
Dylan Jenkinson $78.75 October 31, 2018
Reagan Sutherland $21.00 October 28, 2018
David Pauwels $21.00 October 26, 2018
Anonymous $157.50 October 26, 2018
Valerie Lennox $52.50 October 26, 2018
John Woods $52.50 October 26, 2018
Anathea Simpkins $25.00 October 26, 2018
Tito Kamel $131.25 October 26, 2018
Anonymous $5.25 October 25, 2018
Joe Cell It 17 Balass $21.00 October 25, 2018
Jessica Bradford $21.00 October 25, 2018
Radhika Nayak $25.00 October 25, 2018
Cody Oates $30.00 October 25, 2018
Anonymous $200.00 October 23, 2018
Thomas Pickering $750.00 October 22, 2018
Tony Nichols $100.00 October 22, 2018
Gregory Funk $125.00 October 21, 2018
Ulla Laidlaw $21.00 October 20, 2018
Anonymous $21.00 October 19, 2018
Aaron Fryer $52.50 October 19, 2018
Byron Fudge $63.00 October 17, 2018
Samantha Johns $30.00 October 16, 2018
Iris Berkman $200.00 October 14, 2018
Joel Ornoy $1,071.00 October 11, 2018
Anonymous $21.00 October 10, 2018
Alex Voong $21.00 October 10, 2018
Amit Tandon $63.00 October 10, 2018
Anonymous $10.00 October 10, 2018