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Help Seth Olenick Fund His Awesome Comedy Photo Book

Seth Olenick has been photographing hundreds of comedians the past six years in hopes of releasing the collection in a book called Funny Business, and he's crowdfunding the project because publishers for some reason aren't interested in this type of book despite Olenick's awesome photos and comedy photography's status as a burgeoning art form. Funny Business will include photos of Judd Apatow, Zach Galifianakis, Marc Maron, Jon Hamm, Jane Lynch, David Cross, Aubrey Plaza, Patton Oswalt, and tons of your other favorite people, with all the photos coming accompanied with blurbs by the comedians themselves. Check out Seth Olenick's blog for more of his photographs of comedians or [...]

Inside Chicago's Own Late Night Show, 'The Late Live Show'

In retrospect, it just seems so obvious.

After a few minutes of talking to the people behind Chicago's The Late Live Show, one starts to feel like the relevant question isn't, "Why did these guys decide to start a live, untelevised talk show?" The real question seems to be, "Why isn't everyone else doing it?"

"There are stand-up shows, there are improv shows, and there are sketch shows in Chicago," said Joe Kwaczala, the show's 25-year-old host. "Those are formats people are familiar with and can dial into. But so is a late-night talk show! We thought, 'Why isn't there one you can go out and see live?'"

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Tig Notaro Needs You to Help Kickstart Her Clown Service

As the video above eventually gets around to saying, Tig Notaro has started a Kickstarter campaign to help finance a short film entitled Clown Service. She's looking for $10,000, which is a good amount of nickels (200,000 to be exact) to ask for. If you do have 200,000 nickels to spend, Tig assures, "People will be really impressed with this, by the way." And if you do, I recommend the next time you see Tig, you go up to her and say, "Excuse me, I’m sorry to bother you, but I just have to tell you: I'm the person who completely funded your short film, so can you [...]

Inspector Spacetime: Victim of Intellectual Property Theft?

You may recall jumping for joy on Monday at the news that there would be an Inspector Spacetime web series. Since then, it's come to light that not only are no Community actors involved in the project, no one from NBC or Community has anything to do with it. Instead, Travis Richey, the actor who played Inspector Spacetime (he's made brief appearances in two episodes of Community, with his voice used in a third) has taken it upon himself to produce, write and star in a six-part web series.

A Proposed Kickstarter to Help Louis C.K. Raise $8 Million to Make a Movie

Louis C.K. said in his Reddit AMA that he would make a movie if he had $8 million. Shouldn't be too hard to round up, right? We've taken it upon ourselves to come up with some Kickstarter incentives for the project:

$1: You get the satisfaction of being a material Louis C.K. supporter at the lowest possible level and nothing else because it's only one dollar.

$5: You get to download Louis' new special, obviously.

$25: You get a copy of the movie on DVD/Blu-ray/digital download/whatever.

$50: You get a copy of the movie and the first two seasons of Louie.

$100: You get a signed [...]

Help Robert Schimmel's Brother Fund a Robert Schimmel Documentary

Late, great comedian Robert Schimmel tragically passed away in 2010, and now, his brother Jeff Schimmel is raising money to make a documentary called Leave 'Em Laughing about Robert. If you're interested, you can head on over to the project's Kickstarter to watch the trailer and make a donation, or don't do that if that's not something you want to do. You are in control.

Help Fund Charlie Kaufman, Dan Harmon, and Dino Stamatopoulos's Stop-Motion Animated Film!!!!!

You aren't dreaming. This is real. This is the most exciting thing since… What was the most exciting thing before sliced bread? The Wheel? Fire? This is the most exciting thing since the cavemen set a wheel on fire. The film, which is entitled Anomalisa, is described as:

Wanna See a Movie About the NYC Improv Scene?

Here's the Kickstarter video for On the Cusp, Off the Cuff, a documentary about the improv community in New York being made by improviser and sociology student Nate Dern. It promises to feature performers from UCB, the PIT and the Magnet, and to ask questions like "Why do people spend so much time and energy on an ephemeral art form that essentially disappears forever as soon as the show is over?" If this sounds like something you want to see, you can go give him $8,000 here. I suppose you could also give less than $8,000, ya cheapskate.

The Creek and the Cave and the Kickstarter

There are just 13 days left to donate to the Kickstarter page for The Creek and the Cave, the comedy theater in Long Island City. Let's get these guys a marquee.

You Have Four Hours to Make the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival a Much Crazier Event

Eugene Mirman has been raising funds on Kickstarter for the past month in order to make his Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, happening in Brooklyn in September, a crazier and more ambitious affair. The period for fundraising ends this afternoon, and he's currently about $1,300 short of his $18,000 goal. If he doesn't hit $18,000 by 2:06pm EST today, he gets none of the money. That would suck! So go toss him a few bucks if you want to support awesome, funny things. There are some seriously ridiculous incentives in it for you, too! Unless you don't want "a leather jacket covered in swears, culturally and racially insensitive messages [...]

Lefty Pranksters the Yes Men Turn to Kickstarter to Fund Their Next Movie

The Yes Men, a group of prankster filmmakers who use stunts like fake press conferences in order to bring to light the shady dealings of big business, are looking to Kickstarter to crowdsource their next movie, The Yes Men Are Revolting. That's the trailer/pitch up there. There are plenty of fun incentives for parting with your cash, including a day sailing with one of the Yes Men (sorry, "a day of irony on the waters surrounding the financial capital of the world") for a mere $10,000.

Comedian Myq Kaplan Starts a Kickstarter to Figure Out What Kickstarter Considers Art

Here are things Kickstarter implicitly considers art: Hawaiian bitters, a solar powered sound installation, a mix-tape of whale songs, a pre-Burning Man roller disco, and a weapon to shoot toothpicks. Myq's project has already been funded but the more money the more art he can make. It's at least as artful as a toothpick weapon.

Get Ready for A Show With Ze Frank

Great news for fans of the show with zefrank and its highly interactive brand of weirdness. Ze Frank has announced that he'll be doing a new show starting at the end of March, with three episodes a week for at least a year. He's already way over his funding goal on Kickstarter, so this is definitely happening. Note: the show can also be printed out, crumpled up and used as fake nipples.

Start Getting Excited to Watch the Improv Everywhere Movie

Here's a pretty cool Kickstarter video for the Improv Everywhere movie, a feature-length documentary about the people and process behind the no-pants subway ride, the tuxedo-ruining Black Tie Beach, Mall Santa Musical, frozen Grand Central, and approximately one kagrillion other heart-warming and day-making pranks. The movie also features Aubrey Plaza and Nick Kroll and, if it's like this trailer, will probably make you feel good about art and comedy and humans. You can donate to get the project off the ground here.