Kickstarter has become a friend to independent musicians, artists, filmmakers, writers and performers everywhere truly making D.I.Y. projects a little easier and allowing for promotion at the same time. Comedian Abbey Londer has decided to take advantage of the site using it to raise money and awareness for RIOT. RIOT, if funded, will be a weekend-long comedy festival taking place in downtown Los Angeles and will showcase the variety of talent within the alternative comedy scene in LA and beyond. As of this writing, eight percent of the total $20,000 needed has been raised. There’s 30 days left to contribute.
As the Executive Producer, Londer with some fellow lovers of all that is comedy, decided that comedy is not just an art but a celebration bringing people together in the community. After a casual conversation, they decided to create the RIOT festival to recreate the madness of any given night in the Los Angeles comedy scene during a weekend full of events. While the festival would not be held until this fall, Londer and staff have been using Kickstarter to get the ball rolling, raising the funds necessary for venue deposits, vendors, rentals, equipment, staff, food and drink concessions and security.
As with all Kickstarter campaigns, those who decide to be a part of such an awesome project will be rewarded for their help. And if you visit the campaign site you will see, it’s some pretty sweet stuff. Depending on the amount of the donation, contributors will earn everything from a RIOT poster to shirts to a swag bag full of RIOT goodies to VIP festival passes (though those will cost you at least $500).
Even in its early stages, it appears that the RIOT festival has a lot going for it in terms of dedication, organization, support and planning by Londer and the rest of the festival team. RIOT is really just a group of people who want to bring something they truly love and believe in to mass audiences in an exciting, different way and I personally think that’s pretty great.
While comedy festivals are nothing new, seeing grassroots efforts by a group such as this shows the dedication and talent through the comedy community to help those at any given point in their career. And hey, based on the video on their page, the festival has some pretty awesome comedians in support of their effort. Check out the video below and try to name all the comedy types.
Be sure to check out the RIOT Kickstarter page and donate today!