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David Ephgrave

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raised of £3,000 target by 80 supporters

Weʼre raising £3,000 to keep Hitchin Mostly Comedy afloat during the coronavirus crisis

Hitchin, Hertfordshire

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Like so many industries, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown live events into crisis. Suddenly, the future of venues & gigs looks worryingly unsustainable. Sadly, that's the case for Hitchin Mostly Comedy too.

Glyn and I run the club as a pair of self-employed performers on a low income. As it stands, Mostly usually makes just enough money to sustain each consecutive event and our running costs as they come, but its survival relies on (1) the gigs going ahead, and (2) our taking little or no money from it. For eleven years we've run the club double-handed, largely unpaid, and no-one who's graced the club - from Phill Jupitus to Harry Hill to Katherine Ryan to Jack Dee - would have visited Hitchin without us committing our time and energy for almost nothing. And when the money isn't there, we plug the gap.

Now we have a problem.

Until our forthcoming dates can definitely go ahead, the club has no income (our ticket provider holds all funds until a week after each show). Meanwhile, all our running costs except for act fees keep going out (so public liability insurance, venue hire, office/storage rent & utility bills, web renewal, mailing list service etc).

Due to a quiet start to 2020 - and to cover costs for our new live podcast - I've already lent the club £2132 of my own money since January and contribute to cashflow too. Until it's safe for our shows to go ahead, this figure will keep mounting up, and it's not sustainable.

Mostly Comedy's had a wonderful history and gone from strength to strength, but it's a labour of love more than a money-making venture; we'd hate for it to fold because of this.

Anything you can give will go toward plugging the gap left by the missing income for a few months and buy us some time. If you've been to one (or many) of nearly two hundred shows since 2008 and enjoyed it, you'd be helping us out. And before long, we'll be back provoking laughter again; the way things are now, I think we'll need it!

We hate asking for money, but anything you can give will be greatly appreciated.

With thanks,

David (on behalf of Doggett & Ephgrave)

See below for our 2019 roll call, closely followed by a few more acts who've also appeared at the club (photos by Gemma Poole)

www.mostlycomedy.co.uk

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  • David Ephgrave3 days ago
    David Ephgrave

    David Ephgrave

    3 days ago

    Hope you're safe & healthy. Just wanted to give an update on Mostly's current status. Unfortunately, we still can't reopen. While we & Hitchin Town Hall are keen to restart as soon as is feasible, we're currently unable to meet the restrictions viably. We're constantly assessing this though & hope to be back before 2021. But it's tough covering our admin costs with no income & no end in sight. You can still help protect Mostly by donating. Every penny counts. We've raised £2K in 6 months, which is amazing, & we can't thank you enough. D&G xx

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  • David Ephgrave4 months ago
    David Ephgrave

    David Ephgrave

    4 months ago

    Our latest attempt to thwart lockdown's effect on live comedy is to essentially move 22nd May's proposed Hitchin #MostlyComedy online. Join us for a live interview of ARTHUR SMITH via the video conferencing service Zoom for a mere £5 (another way to help protect the club). https://www.wegottickets.com/event/489102

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  • David Ephgrave4 months ago
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    David Ephgrave

    4 months ago

    Just a little heads-up that the latest episode in our More Than Mostly Comedy podcast series (featuring interviews with Kate Robbins & Red Dwarf's Norman Lovett recorded at the last Mostly Comedy, back in March) is now available via Apple Podcasts, Spotify and all major providers; see it as a little post-donation treat. :) https://www.podbean.com/eu/pb-6bgqm-dbfac1

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6 months ago

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Page last updated on: 9/15/2020 15.11

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  • Mark Nicholls

    Mark Nicholls

    Sep 15, 2020

    Hang in there!

    £20.00

  • Rowan Shaeffer

    Rowan Shaeffer

    Sep 15, 2020

    £25.00

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    Anonymous

    Aug 28, 2020

    £10.00

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    Anonymous

    Jul 30, 2020

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jul 28, 2020

    Mostly Comedy is such a great event, we are so lucky to have access to such great comedy locally. I hope we can come together to support you and keep it running!

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    Anonymous

    Jun 7, 2020

    David,You are doing excellent work. This work needs more recognition. My deep appreciation to you and your colleagues for bringing some joy in these difficult times. Best wishes. Neelam

    £100.00

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