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Welcome to the Sitcom Geeks Patreon page, friends.

If you enjoy the things we do, and you'd like us to carry on doing them, and you'd like to HELP us carry on doing them, well now you can.

As you may know, Patreon is a site which allows fans and supporters of artists and creators to directly sponsor those creators to create more stuff, be it videos, podcasts, blogs, teaching notes, or (as in our case) all of the above.

If you choose to become one of our Patreon patrons, you can pledge amounts from $1 per month (we know most of you are Brits but Patreon is an American site so dollars it is).

In addition to our regular work, we'll be producing extra stuff JUST FOR YOU, our supporters. Exclusive videos, surprises, offers and rewards, to thank you for your help because you will be supporting us, and taking an interest in the creative process and helping us stick it to the man, by which we mean paying our taxes on time.

But why, no doubt you’re wondering, are you being approached for funding for two blokes who make a living as writers for the telly? Doesn’t everyone who works in telly live in a gated mansion in Hampstead with hot and cold running servants? Isn’t everyone in TV a cocaine addict, are you asking us for nothing more than to finance your daily fix?

There is still a lot of misunderstanding about what crowdfunding actually is. Crowdfunding is a way for people to directly support and sustain artists and creators whose work means something to them, in a collaborative framework, making it possible for those artists and creators to carry on being inventive and risky. The companies we have always worked for are becoming ever more risk averse, so crowdfunding is simply asking you as individuals who have supported us over the years to take on a small part of that risk.

We don’t mind giving stuff away, as our 50+ podcasts and dozens of comedy writing blogs testify. And not everyone CAN pay. But somebody has to get paid at some point or one day there won't BE any more content. If the only people who can make comedy are the mainstream or the independently wealthy, there’ll soon be nothing to choose from.

Like all freelancers, our working hours are mainly spent trying to achieve a balance between paid work, speculative work to get more paid work, getting involved in Facebook conversations about comedy and convincing ourselves this is real work, telephone calls to the bank explaining that the money for last decade’s paid work that should have come in to the account yesterday from my agent now won’t be arriving until next week, and free stuff that’s there to help us become better writers.

DAVE: I realise it’s selfish, but one of the reasons I started to teach comedy writing was because I wanted to learn it. Everything up until then had been instinctive, picked up on the job, working around others. And since I began teaching in 2006 I have become much gooder at riteing.


I know there are plenty of great teachers out there who aren’t necessarily masters of the craft itself, but I’m not sure it’s possible to communicate well about comedy if you’re not spending most of your time doing it.


JAMES: In the ideal world we would be like the many pro writers we knew from 20 and even 10 years ago, spending five days a week writing TV and radio episodes of our own shows, or being around when they’re being shot or recorded. Indeed, for a few years we were them. The reality is that there are now almost no comedy writers in that position.


Which is where you come in.

We love recording the podcasts and we want to do more, loads more. We have a ton of great ideas for extra shows, way more than we ever have the time to record. We want to make our regular podcast weekly, we want to do more live q and a sessions, record shows live at gigs and comedy festivals – and we’d love to record and film a bunch of podcasts in which we create our own sitcom, which maybe we could develop over time with your suggestions...
Tiers
$1 per month (free book)
$1 or more per month 26 of 150 patrons
  • Thank you for supporting us! You are generous and making a real difference! You will receive a free copy of James's e-book "Writing That Sitcom"
  • Access to all our Patreon-only podcasts
$3 per month (monthly newsletter, another free book)
$3 or more per month 25 of 150 patrons
  • Hello-o! Thanks for your support. We’re extremely grateful.

    This gets you

    Plus everything in the $1 per month package


  • -Generous discount offers on all our classes and script reading services.
  • -A free e-copy of Dave's 'How To Be Averagely Successful At Comedy'
$10 per month (new book)
$10 or more per month 15 of 50 patrons
  • You’re too kind. And have excellent taste in podcast.

    For this we will

    Plus everything in the $1 and $3 per month packages
    • -special first ten pages podcasts for subscribers only
    • -A free copy of Dave's new book Funny Up, coming out in September
  • Plus all previous rewards
$20 per month (a warm glow)
$20 or more per month 2 of 10 patrons
  • You. Are. Amazing.
    We reckon if you’re prepared to offer us that amount then you must love the podcast so much you will do anything to keep it going. Which makes you a bona fide benefactor. We think you’ll be happy just for us to tell you that we’ll carry on doing what we do. (You’ll still get everything else though.)
Goals
$255 of $300 per month
...will allow us to get on with dream number one, which is to develop some of our writing advice as youtube videos, while getting together more often and creating our own sitcom - for your use only! Then it'll only be a matter of time before
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Welcome to the Sitcom Geeks Patreon page, friends.

If you enjoy the things we do, and you'd like us to carry on doing them, and you'd like to HELP us carry on doing them, well now you can.

As you may know, Patreon is a site which allows fans and supporters of artists and creators to directly sponsor those creators to create more stuff, be it videos, podcasts, blogs, teaching notes, or (as in our case) all of the above.

If you choose to become one of our Patreon patrons, you can pledge amounts from $1 per month (we know most of you are Brits but Patreon is an American site so dollars it is).

In addition to our regular work, we'll be producing extra stuff JUST FOR YOU, our supporters. Exclusive videos, surprises, offers and rewards, to thank you for your help because you will be supporting us, and taking an interest in the creative process and helping us stick it to the man, by which we mean paying our taxes on time.

But why, no doubt you’re wondering, are you being approached for funding for two blokes who make a living as writers for the telly? Doesn’t everyone who works in telly live in a gated mansion in Hampstead with hot and cold running servants? Isn’t everyone in TV a cocaine addict, are you asking us for nothing more than to finance your daily fix?

There is still a lot of misunderstanding about what crowdfunding actually is. Crowdfunding is a way for people to directly support and sustain artists and creators whose work means something to them, in a collaborative framework, making it possible for those artists and creators to carry on being inventive and risky. The companies we have always worked for are becoming ever more risk averse, so crowdfunding is simply asking you as individuals who have supported us over the years to take on a small part of that risk.

We don’t mind giving stuff away, as our 50+ podcasts and dozens of comedy writing blogs testify. And not everyone CAN pay. But somebody has to get paid at some point or one day there won't BE any more content. If the only people who can make comedy are the mainstream or the independently wealthy, there’ll soon be nothing to choose from.

Like all freelancers, our working hours are mainly spent trying to achieve a balance between paid work, speculative work to get more paid work, getting involved in Facebook conversations about comedy and convincing ourselves this is real work, telephone calls to the bank explaining that the money for last decade’s paid work that should have come in to the account yesterday from my agent now won’t be arriving until next week, and free stuff that’s there to help us become better writers.

DAVE: I realise it’s selfish, but one of the reasons I started to teach comedy writing was because I wanted to learn it. Everything up until then had been instinctive, picked up on the job, working around others. And since I began teaching in 2006 I have become much gooder at riteing.


I know there are plenty of great teachers out there who aren’t necessarily masters of the craft itself, but I’m not sure it’s possible to communicate well about comedy if you’re not spending most of your time doing it.


JAMES: In the ideal world we would be like the many pro writers we knew from 20 and even 10 years ago, spending five days a week writing TV and radio episodes of our own shows, or being around when they’re being shot or recorded. Indeed, for a few years we were them. The reality is that there are now almost no comedy writers in that position.


Which is where you come in.

We love recording the podcasts and we want to do more, loads more. We have a ton of great ideas for extra shows, way more than we ever have the time to record. We want to make our regular podcast weekly, we want to do more live q and a sessions, record shows live at gigs and comedy festivals – and we’d love to record and film a bunch of podcasts in which we create our own sitcom, which maybe we could develop over time with your suggestions...

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Tiers
$1 per month (free book)
$1 or more per month 26 of 150 patrons
  • Thank you for supporting us! You are generous and making a real difference! You will receive a free copy of James's e-book "Writing That Sitcom"
  • Access to all our Patreon-only podcasts
$3 per month (monthly newsletter, another free book)
$3 or more per month 25 of 150 patrons
  • Hello-o! Thanks for your support. We’re extremely grateful.

    This gets you

    Plus everything in the $1 per month package


  • -Generous discount offers on all our classes and script reading services.
  • -A free e-copy of Dave's 'How To Be Averagely Successful At Comedy'
$10 per month (new book)
$10 or more per month 15 of 50 patrons
  • You’re too kind. And have excellent taste in podcast.

    For this we will

    Plus everything in the $1 and $3 per month packages
    • -special first ten pages podcasts for subscribers only
    • -A free copy of Dave's new book Funny Up, coming out in September
  • Plus all previous rewards
$20 per month (a warm glow)
$20 or more per month 2 of 10 patrons
  • You. Are. Amazing.
    We reckon if you’re prepared to offer us that amount then you must love the podcast so much you will do anything to keep it going. Which makes you a bona fide benefactor. We think you’ll be happy just for us to tell you that we’ll carry on doing what we do. (You’ll still get everything else though.)