CAKE Comedy Tour using Kickstarter to pre-sell Nashville date

CAKE comedy tour

CAKE comedy tour

The CAKE Comedy Tour (Carrie Gravenson, Abbi Crutchfield, Kaytlin Bailey and Erin Judge) has been touring the country as the Pink Collar Comedy Tour since 2012. The Boston Globe described the tour as “smart comedy by female comics.” They want to come to Nashville May 2nd and are using Kickstarter to pre-sell tickets. Here’s their pitch video:

The Nashville tour stop kickstarter page says, “The CAKE Comedy Tour will be performing in Nashville, TN May 2nd IF we sell enough tickets! So help bring CAKE to Nashville!” and “Why am I donating money to successful comics? You’re not! You’re buying a ticket. So do that.”

Tickets go for as little as $10, but other price points are available that come with additional perks like a tour t-shirt.


Support Danny Limor’s “Neutron City Comix #1” Kickstarter

Danny Limor doesn’t do stand-up very often any more, but he’s been putting all of his hilarious jokes into his webcomic, “Neutron City Comix.” He’d like to produce printed copies of his new epic ongoing, ALL-AGES meta-comedy comic book series, so he has launched a kickstarter for “Pencil Ink Presents: Neutron City Comix #1.” Take it away, Danny:


It is our privilege to announce to YOU, our Cadets, the launch of our 2nd flagship title:


The future of the comic book industry is to be found in the Young Readers section, and we’re proud to offer Neutron City Comix as an ongoing series inclusive to readers of ALL ages. While the cartoony style is appealing to children, the jokes are sophisticated, amusing even the most cynical of adults without alienating any younger readers.

Neutron City Comix is a project we have been working on for more than a decade. Originally envisioned as a cartoon for Yoni to animate as a college project, I came up with what was essentially a Clerks knock-off about a bunch of nerds hanging out in a comic book store. The idea wasn’t right but some of the characters were good. Those few characters were called back into action alongside a new cast of oddballs in what was going to be a comic book about Maxx, a kid who wins a contest to become the subject of a documentary-style reality show. Strike Two. The last time we saw the Neutron City Comix gang they were starring in an all-ages meta-comedy webcomic strip. It was a good strip. Very funny. It was enjoyed by AT LEAST a dozen people (verifiable FACT) but ultimately the strip format was a bit too claustrophobic for me. I’m not saying you can’t tell deep and compelling stories in the strip format, I’m just saying that I can’t. I felt the characters deserved to be the stars of their own comic book series and I’m not just saying that because I’m one of the aforementioned stars.


We wanted this comic to be something special so we went all out. We started with a veritable triple-threat: My comedic genius, my writings goodness, and my artistic mediocrity. Then Yoni took over and ILM’d the nertz out of it and now… Now it is, simply put, a comic book masterpiece the likes of which humanity has never seen before!!


Our plan is to have Neutron City Comix #1 printed and ready for distribution at comic book conventions across America by March of 2017. The comic is already finished and ready to go to the printer.

Neutron City Comix #1 is a 48 page, full-color prestige format (soft cover binding) comic book experience. A giant-sized story with some amazing bonus material. We have some of the finest names in all-ages comics contributing guest pin-ups. Check out this line-up of talent:

Chris Giarrusso (G-Man; Mini Marvels)

Kurt Wood Dot Com (Aw Yeah Comics!; Rumpuss)

Scoot McMahon (Aw Yeah Comics!; Spot On Adventure)

FRED HEMBECK (Fred Hembeck Destroys The Marvel Universe)


And for anyone pledging $25 or MORE, you’ll receive a special variant cover by Chris Schweizer (The Crogan Adventures; The Creeps)!!

We are also offering a VERY SPECIAL REWARD (also available as an add-on)


I know what you’re thinking. “Truly these and all the other bonus goodies you are offering must surely cost the fortunes of two kings?” It’s actually not that much. Our goal is to raise $5,000. Not chump change by any measure, but a fairly reasonable sum considering how much work went into this project and what the return will be for all involved in this Kickstarter campaign.

The $5,000 budget will facilitate the high-volume printing of issue #1, allowing us to get it into as many hands as possible this coming year as we head into the convention season. In addition, it will also cover the costs of bags and boards for the comics, the prints, buttons, and all the other incentives. (It also takes care of the Kickstarter/Stripe/Amazon 10% fee.)

Cadets, I have been in love with comics since I was 10 years old. It started with the likes of Sgt. Rock and G.I. Joe. Then I found the super heroes. Marvel and DC owned my teenage years. From there my interests expanded and I found that comic books could literally be about anything. But when I look at the current comics landscape it bothers me a little that many of the comics I loved reading as a child are no longer really suitable for children. Many of the super hero books that entertained Young Danny are now gritty, overly violent, and frankly inappropriate for children. Not to mention, they take themselves way too seriously for stories about people who can shoot laser beams from their eyes or dress up like bats because criminals are scaredy cats.

If all the comics grow up with you, what’s left to attract younger readers? Neutron City Comix, that’s what.


What he said.


Check out the awesome rewards we’re offering:


Visit the Kickstarter page for a special Sneak Preview of Issue #1 of the all- new Neutron City Comix & make your pledge now!

Kickstarting: Nashville’s Mike Salva’s “HG Chicken” cartoon stars Bobcat Goldthwait, Jonathan Katz, Maria Bamford and Todd Barry

HG Chicken

“HG Chicken” is a cartoon with a voice cast that stars comedians Bobcat Goldthwait, Jonathan Katz, Maria Bamford and Todd Barry. A Kickstarter campaign has been launched for the animated production about an evil, mutant, time-traveling chicken (Goldthwait) and his robot sidekick (Katz).

The voice cast also includes filmmakers Lloyd Kaufman (Toxic Avenger, Class of Nuke ‘Em High), Herschell Gordon Lewis (Blood Feast, 2000 Maniacs), as well as Samantha Newark (Jem) and Trevor Lissauer (Sabrina the Teenage Witch).

The cartoon is being produced, directed & co-written by animator Mike Salva, who’s made a handful of animated shorts that have had over 100 film festival screenings. Salva plans to make HG Chicken into the length of a half hour show, and to use it as a pilot for a proposed animated series. The video on the Kickstarter page includes a 30-second scene from the cartoon:

In exchange for supporting the project, backers can choose from rewards including digital downloads of the cartoon, onscreen thanks credit, posters, t-shirts, associate producer credit, and more. There are even options for backers to be drawn as a character in the cartoon. (One option even promises the backer’s character can “die a horrible and grisly” onscreen death.)

The project is live on Kickstarter until Nov. 20, 2014. During this time, backers can become part of the animated project and get access to the rewards at (that URL redirects to the Kickstarter page).

For more information, contact the creator, Mike Salva, at

Burning Daylight – Standup comic Jessica Watkins to walk across North America for tour, film

jessica watkinsJessica Watkins is a New York City based standup comic, actress, and writer. Originally from East Nashville TN, she moved to Los Angeles at the age of 18 to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Following her time at acting conservatory Jessica became involved in her first feature film, Bad Batch of which she helped produce and starred in. After 6 years in Los Angeles, Jessica moved to NYC to focus on writing and performing standup. She has spent the last five years developing her style of comedy, a bit of personal storytelling with a satirical look into politics, religion, and the world as a whole. Most recently at Chicago’s Women’s funny Festival Jessica is preparing for her first comedy tour. The tour will be on foot and cover more than 3,000 miles.

Jessica has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund her tour and a film documenting a standup comedian who walks across North America in search of material, finding a fresh perspective on her country.

Here’s what Jessica had to say about the film:

This March 2014 I will start walking across North America. I am a standup comedian, actress, and writer who lives in New York City. For the better half of a year I will walk over 3,000 miles in pursuit of material for my first comedy special, creating a documentary film in the process.

My life is that of a full-time waitress and comedian. I spend my days serving pizza and writing jokes. As night falls I perform at open mics and in the back of bars and small comedy venues. For more than 6 months I will leave behind my day job, boyfriend and dog, for hiking shoes, a camera and cart. Setting out on a pilgrimage, walking from the East Coast to southern California, writing and performing comedy along the way, in search of gaining a fresh perspective on my country, the people in it and what they feel affected by.

Each comedy show could be weeks apart in distance. I will walk anywhere from 10 to 30 miles a day. I will stay with comics on the road, or sleep in locals’ homes, camp in yards, in beautiful national parks or in the middle of the desert. Sometimes I will wonder where I am going to lay my head at night and sometimes I will be like… What the f*ck, where am I, why did I do this, my feet HURT!! The journey must continue, as does life, ol’ FDR said “Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself”. So, I decided to film it.

The feature length documentary will follow me as I travel through the changing demographic of this vast land. It will capture the many comedy shows I seek out at the end of a long day, the interesting people that I meet, the unique places I visit. Burning Daylight is a collaborative project where I’ll meet up with local film makers, and they will help me capture the journey. The ambitious project will compile over a hundred hours of footage. To properly store the information, post-production will begin as soon as I leave New York City. Every two weeks I will send the footage I have gathered to my editor for safe keeping.

The cameras won’t stop rolling in Cali. A few weeks after my arrival back in NYC (flight) I will film my first standup special. The special will tell the story of my adventure, and that will be the beginning of the documentary. The film will be partially narrated by standup, as some jokes flashback to the walk and you get to see footage of the events at hand. You will see the evolution of a joke, the evolution of a journey, the evolution of a country.

$15,000 would cover the bare bones expenses to get me on the road, with some basic equipment and an editor to help retrieve footage from the road.

Go to Jessica’s Kickstarter page and chip in a few dollars to help one of our own do something interesting and fun.. and stay tuned for news about Jessica’s journey. She plans on passing through and doing shows in Nashville, so who knows? You might even be able to sneak your way into the film.

Here’s several ways to keep an eye on Jessica: