My friends are putting on a bad ass comedy festival in Des Moines. You should go here and help them make it happen!
Des Moines East Village, the city’s most progressive and culturally vibrant neighborhood, has become the cradle of Des Moines stand up comedy scene. The House of Bricks opened their venue to Underground Comedy in 2008. The Beechwood Lounge began what became the Bombshelter showcase in 2010 while an open mic appeared at what was the Underground and is now Up/Down. This year, we, the hosts of Des Moines area independent stand up showcases (Dan Umthun, Toll McGrane, Alex Carter, Ryan Solomon, Marc VonAhnen) are organizing a celebration of the craft. Locally produced, funded by grassroots efforts and area business, boasting talent from our city as well as friends of the scene and alumni of our scene, this years festival will be another step toward bigger and better things for next year in the growing comedy scene in Iowa.
We’re bringing friends too! Comics from LA, Denver, New York, Chicago, Wisconsin, Nebraska will join us for a two night festival this year, and we’ll hope to see many return in a larger effort next year.
Oct 10 and 11, we’re presenting shows at the venues that have supported us and helped us grow, featuring the people that have made us what we are, that make our future, and inspired us to be funny at all.
What We Need & What You
Although much of this festival will be funded by passion, blood, sweat, tears and our own pockets, we need your help.
Even small contributions help us pay for posters, ad space, web hosting, lodging, food, merchandise and the cost of talent. These funds will help us get the word out, and help us with the effort for what we have planned in 2015.
Over the last year, some of us have put almost $1000 of their own money into bringing top shelf regional and national comics to our city. If just 100 of our friends provided just $10 to our cause, we’d be able to cover a massive chunk of the talent we’re bringing this year.
In exchange for support you’ll get the opportunity to get sweet merch, friendly thanks, and entry to our shows, and low cost advertising that will reach beyond the stage, but on the streets, and in social media in almost every photo taken at our event!
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can’t help, we understand. Not everyone is in a financial position to spare hard earned money, and while we hope you’ll still consider a meager investment in the city’s comedy future, please help by spreading the word, or just attending the shows we put on this weekend, or at any time at any of our host venues, or at fine locations like the Last Laugh Comedy Theater.