Jeff Leach’s Comedy Spectacular Fundraiser

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  • $40,000.00

    Funding Goal
  • $2,695.00

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Friends, supporters, and lovers of comedy!

I am creating my debut comedy SPECTACULAR and need your involvement and help.

WHY A COMEDY SPECTACULAR?

So why a comedy ‘spectacular’ rather than a ‘special’? As you’ll know, television networks and streaming platforms these days are saturated with copy/paste stand-up specials for you to enjoy (or NOT enjoy as the case may be) and the lazy approach to production and writing makes much of this comedy feel disposable and trite. You laugh, you leave and then you go watch 100s of other ‘specials’ that follow exactly the same formula.

I have never followed the rules of this industry to the letter. I like to play with the foundations, stretch the boundaries and explore the unexplored territories in comedy by daring to leap into territories unknown and out of my comfort zone. That is why my first piece of long-form comedic art needed to be something bigger (90 minutes), more unique (crowdfunded and developed with supporters) and wide-ranging (stand-up, crowd work, musical comedy and sketch). It doesn’t need to be special, it needs to be spectacular.

WHAT WILL IT LOOK LIKE?

– The spectacular will be longer format, running 90 minutes in length

– 4 shows will be recorded in both Los Angeles and New York City (2 in each) and the material will be spliced together from all of these shows

– A wealth of my tried & tested stand-up material

– Segments of improvised crowd-work, a skill unique to few comics

– Comedy sketches, written, directed and acted entirely by me

– A comedy rap music video showcasing my musical interests

– Vocal-looped live performance using an BOSS RC-505 loop station

My goal is to create an undeniably spectacular piece of work that will kick down industry doors, build even more of a following from comedy lovers across the globe and solidify my place as one of the most unique multi-faceted writer/performers on the circuit.

WHY WOULD I SUPPORT YOUR SPECTACULAR JEFF?

Dedication, belief and respect. This represents the culmination of over 17 years of experience in the entertainment industry and I have worked tirelessly to hone all of these skills for one purpose and one purpose alone, entertaining YOU. I started out in professional commercial radio whilst at college, became an internationally touring DJ/Producer for Ministry of Sound and Island Records in my early 20s and played at major festivals including Glastonbury, Bestival and Snowbombing.

This led to a chance encounter with a producer who auditioned me to be a television presenter for the BBC. I went on to host for BBC, BBC2, ITV2, Channel 4, Current TV, London Live, ABC and more. I also performed as part of an improvisation and sketch comedy group playing arts festivals across the EU. My love of stand-up comedy came next and I bowed out of big-paying TV jobs instead focusing on dominating stages around the UK to hone my skills for major producers Jongleurs and Highlights. I performed a full length one-man one hour show at Edinburgh Fringe Festival after just 6 months of stand-up comedy, a feat that no other British stand-up comedian has ever taken on. The show was met with critical acclaim and 5 star reviews, which led me onto 3 more years of new solo shows, touring theaters across the UK and the occasional international gig in Berlin, Los Angeles and New York City.

After charming the booker of the world famous comedy club, The Comedy Cellar, in New York City and taking to their stage to audition for her and the owner, I was offered a residency at the venue and the opportunity to take my skills to USA became a reality. Since my arrival in the US I’ve recorded shows for Amazon Prime, Comedy Central, NBC Sports and Comic Con, hosted major gaming events for Twitch, Ubisoft, Square Enix and SDCC, hosted red carpet premieres for Marvel and DC, awards ceremonies for Promax and corporate release events. I’ve produced multiple live stages shows in Los Angeles and New York City, taken up residency in shows in Las Vegas, LA and NYC for Spiegelworld, Comedy Cellar, The Stand, New York Comedy Club, Stand Up NY, The Comedy Store, Laugh Factory and Improv venues. I have appeared as a comedian guest on SiriusXM, Gas Digital, Compound Media and been the head writer on two seasons of Car Crash TV and multiple years of the BAFTA Games Awards.

As a voice actor I have become the voice of iconic characters including Peeves in Harry Potter: Magic Awakened, Ardanno in Star Wars: Rise OF The Resistance, Ghost in Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare/Warzone and Prince Stefan in Battlestar Galactica:Deadlock franchises. I am set to play the lead, Guan, in a new animated series Road Of Vengeance (roadofvengeance.com) and have multiple new AAA and AA video games set for release in 2022 and 2023.

Whilst peers focused on just one form of art and performance, I invested hours every day into developing success and reach across multiple schools of comedic creation. I hope the dense list of achievements above (of which there are SO many more unlisted) show you that I’m a dedicated performer with business acumen, drive, ambition and most importantly of all… a transparent and honest soul.

WHY FUND THIS VIA YOUR SUPPORTERS?

The answer is simple. As soon as a major network or platform becomes financially involved in the creation of a comedian’s stand-up recording the costs increase, the returns diminish and most importantly… OTHER PEOPLE WANT CREATIVE CONTROL. This is not an option for me. I am making this for my own artistic expression and the enjoyment of my dedicated supporters and wish for the final product to be as pure, honest and true to my plan as possible.

WHAT WILL THE $40,000 USD BE USED FOR?

Believe it or not, this total is (by industry standards) considered a very modest amount for the pre-production, kit and staff hire, event organisation and post-production costs involved in producing an extended 90 minute comedy piece such as this.  I will most likely incur roughly $10-20k of additional costs beyond the goal total I am trying to raise here and that’s ok. I am willing to invest in myself and I hope that some of you are too.

The $40k raised will be used towards:

– Production staff costs including producer, assistant producer, 3 camera operators, 1 sound engineer.

– Post-production costs for editing/audio mixing/coloring/finishing.

– A dedicated advertisement ad spend to promote and publicise the live shows and final product.

– Camera, lighting and audio equipment for the recordings.

– Travel costs to fly the production team from LA to NYC and back.

– Catering costs to feed my team.

SO WHICH OPTION IS RIGHT FOR ME?

I’ve tried to keep the tiers spread into two main categories.

The $5 – $250 tiers offer physical treats, signed limited edition items and lower priced kickbacks for those who want to support this project without breaking the bank.

The VIP, Associate and Executive Producer tiers are for those either financially able to be more involved or people trying to establish themselves as a legitimate professional in the entertainment industry by helping to fund a new piece of exceptional content.

THANK YOU

Whether you are able to provide a donation in return for the limited edition items, perks, access and opportunities available or not, I would love every one of my true supporters to spread this fundraiser far and wide. I remain eternally grateful for those who believe in my abilities and aspirations. I love you all and thank you for taking the time to read this.

Yours Gratefully,

Jeff Leach xox

Rewards

$5.00

My Everlasting Appreciation
Every dollar is appreciated.

1 backers

$10.00

Digital Copy Of The Show
Unique link for 90 min Spectacular sent to your inbox.

4 backers

$30.00

Personalized Signed Postcard
Hand-written message just for you!
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- Digital copy of the show

0 backers
300 rewards left

$50.00

Special Thanks To [Your Name] Credit
I will list your name/non-offensive nickname in the credits.
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- Digital copy of the show
- Personalized signed postcard

2 backers

$100.00

Signed Limited Edition Show Poster (original artwork)
1 of 200 Limited Edition SIGNED prints of my show poster created by artist Roan Smith.
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- Digital copy of the show
- Personalized signed postcard
- 'Special Thanks To' credit

1 backers
199 rewards left

$200.00

Signed Limited Edition T-Shirt
1 of100 limited edition (signed if you wish) t-shirts featuring artwork by artist Roan Smith.
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- Digital copy of the show
- Personalized signed postcard
- 'Special Thanks To' credit
- Signed limited edition poster

1 backers
99 rewards left

$250.00

Personalized Thank You Video Message
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- Digital copy of the show
- Personalized signed postcard
- 'Special Thanks To' credit
- Signed limited edition poster
- Signed limited edition t-shirt

1 backers
99 rewards left

$500.00

VIP Package
VIP table for 4 at one live taping (LA or NYC) plus photo op & meet and greet after the show. (No travel/accommodation)
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- Digital copy of the show
- Personalized signed postcard
- 'Special Thanks To' credit
- Signed limited edition poster
- Signed limited edition t-shirt
- Personalized 'thank you' video

1 backers

$1,500.00

Associate Producer Package
If you have ever wanted to be a professional producer and have your name listed on IMDb (International Movie Database) this is your chance. Your name will feature front and center in the credits and you will have officially completed your first professional producer credit.
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- Digital copy of the show
- Personalized signed postcard
- 'Special Thanks To' credit
- Signed limited edition poster
- Signed limited edition t-shirt
- Personalized 'thank you' video
- VIP table for 4 at live taping
- Photo op & meet and greet

1 backers
9 rewards left

$3,000.00

Executive Producer Package
Along with the IMDb listing, you will also now have officially entered Hollywood with a major Exec Producing credit! Your name will appear on the final credit screen signifying your role!
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- Digital copy of the show
- Personalized signed postcard
- 'Special Thanks To' credit
- Signed limited edition poster
- Signed limited edition t-shirt
- Personalized 'thank you' video
- VIP table for 4 at live taping
- Photo op & meet and greet

0 backers
5 rewards left
Name Donate Amount Date
Brandon Daley $10.00 December 06, 2021
Jeff Cima $1,500.00 December 05, 2021
Adam Tedman $200.00 December 05, 2021
Lydia Diaz $100.00 December 05, 2021
Amanda Haggerty $50.00 December 05, 2021
Alex Hsu $500.00 December 05, 2021
Fatoumata Jatta $10.00 December 05, 2021
Lauren Clark $10.00 December 05, 2021
India Carney $10.00 December 05, 2021
Phillip Wallace $250.00 December 03, 2021
Lee Payne $50.00 December 02, 2021
Andrew Wurtz $5.00 November 23, 2021