Comedian and actress Tig Notaro is set to star in a short film loosely based on a time in her life when she hired a clown to help her overcome heartache.
“I felt so down and out that I thought the only thing that was going to make me happy was if I called a clown service and had a clown come to my home to entertain me one on one,” Notaro says, explaining the basis for the plot of Clown Service, the film that she’s taken to Kickstarter to fund. Check out the video below, which stars Notaro and comedian Kyle Dunnigan, who reprises his creepy, lovable murderer character Craig from Reno 911!
If you haven’t seen a Kickstarter project before, here’s the run-down: People like Notaro create a Kickstarter page for their awesome project ideas, they set a funding goal and deadline, elicit donations of any amount from funders, and offer rewards for various levels of funding. If they reach their goal by the deadline, they get the money and get to make the project. If they don’t hit their goal, they get no money, and funders aren’t charged a dime.
All Clown Service funders, regardless of the amount, will be thanked publicly, but Notaro is offering tons of interesting rewards for those who donate enough money. She’s giving away stickers, posters, T-shirts, CDs and DVDs from her podcast and Good One tour. If you’ve got a little money burning a hole in your pocket and think maybe you need a little cheering up yourself, $5,000 will bring Tig to your house for a personal show. And if you can cough up $10,000, the project’s entire goal, you can go to L.A. for the private cast and crew screening of the film, and a limo ride to the after-party — swan-ky, Mr. Moneybags!
Dunnigan will star alongside Notaro in the film, with Natural Selection director Robbie Pickering attached to direct. You can learn more about the project and make your donation at the Clown Service Kickstarter page.