VStheUNIVERSE is a production collective that makes live shows, podcasts, and original and engaging videos on YouTube. We're big geeks, so everything we make is infused with passion, excitement, and love. The costs of securing theatre space, hosting multiple podcasts, and making high-quality video content have grown too much for us to bear alone...that's where YOU come in!
VStheUNIVERSE LLC. is made up of Aaron J. Amendola, Sam Begich, and Chris Chapin, but they are joined by a wide net of collaborators from the city of Chicago and beyond. Your donations will go directly into making our stuff bigger and better, along with giving you early or exclusive access to our content.
VStheUNIVERSE's slate of original shows and content include:
- The Geek Show: A Nerdy Variety Talky Thing
- The Love Songs series
- The Cosplay Music Video series
- Original musicals
- Several one-off sketches and dumb ideas...
- The Co-Operatives
- Panels On Channels
- Fairest In The Land
- Digital Dumpster Diving
- Memory Card
- Dungeon And/Or Dragon
- Fan Fix with Nicole Keating
You're never going to believe this, but making videos for YouTube and producing a free-admission variety show in the heart of Chicago doesn't pay well (or at all).
So, we rely on the donations of our audience to keep going.
Every Geek Show costs us a minimum of $250 to rent the theatre space for the night. All of the little things we do during the show (games, prizes, freebies for the audience) cost us money as well. Each podcast we produce has monthly costs to pay for hosting space and other upkeep. Every video sketch we release is written and produced exclusively by the VtU team, and can have a lot of expenses like new equipment, realistic props, costumes, and food for the cast and crew.
Of course you're going to get some goodies and rewards for giving us money! That's part of the fun of using Patreon!
For $5 a month, you'll instantly gain access to our secret vault of music and videos we've never released to the public! There's a *ton* of cool stuff in there like fandom love songs we've never released, demos of musicals that never made it to the stage, and interviews that aren't on YouTube.
For $10 a month, the VStheUNIVERSE team will send you a special postcard every month. This postcard will be unique, and contain a personalized message to you. One month it may contain a URL to a secret website, another month it may have a download code for a goodie that we aren't giving out to the public. You'll need to donate and find out. ***Contains all previous tier rewards.***
For $15 a month, you'll gain access to our exclusive streams every month. We'll have streams that show you the development process for our sketches, music videos, and musicals, PLUS we'll be hosting Q&A streams every month. ***Contains all previous tier rewards.***
For $25 a month, you'll become an official sponsor of the VStheUNIVERSE Podcast Network. We'll read your name off as an official sponsor during our shows and acknowledge you as one of our most valuable patrons! ***Contains all previous tier rewards.***
For $125 a month, you'll become an official sponsor of VStheUNIVERSE's flagship show: The Geek Show. We'll include your name in every show and thank you on stage and in all of the videos we take at the show. You'll take part in helping VtU choose the theme and guests for The Geek Show. Certain restrictions apply, obviously. ***Contains all previous tier rewards.***
Based on feedback, we'll modify and add/subtract tiers! Just let us know what you want and we'll take it into consideration.
"VtU creates hilarious, deeply nerdy content while making an effort to reach out to a diverse set of geeky personalities throughout Chicago. If you’ve ever wished there was a localized nerdy Muppet-esque variety show, Geek Show has you covered. Their Love Songs series is catchy and clever. Their podcast network is thoughtful *and* interesting. Please give them money to support their goofy, joyful ideas!" - Pranks Paul, Host of Never Tell Me The Pods
"The Geek Show is creative, hilarious, and an absolute joy to watch." - Jenn Bane, Community Manager at Cards Against Humanity
"I have to admit, I was having a pretty crap-tastic day, and then I found this video. Great video, made my day, literally. Love the score, love the material. Thanks for sharing the love, guys. Keep rocking the creativity. You move people whether you see it or not. ^_^" - Patricia Hughes on Code Monkey
"The Geek Show is one of the best times I've had talking about my advocacy while also getting to play Bioware Tinder. A wonderful show that absolutely must go on!" - Tanya DePass, Founder at I Need Diverse Games
"A charming and fun look at all things geek in Chicago, Geek Show is the 'The CW's The Flash' of talk shows." - Mike Chuck Bretzlaff, Founder of Chicago Loot Drop
"They say everything I'm thinking, but with far more humor and polish." - CGK824 on Panels On Channels
"When the podcast was over I wanted more and cannot wait for the next episode." - livekismet on The Co-Operatives