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Weʼre raising £3,500 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 nearly thirteen 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. 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, I'd already lent the club £2132 of my own money before March and contributed to cashflow too. Until it's safe for our shows to go ahead, this figure will keep mounting up, and it's not sustainable. Since closing our doors due to the virus in March 2020, we've been recording live podcast interviews via Zoom to keep some momentum going, but these barely cover their own cost.

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 Ephgrave13 days ago
    David Ephgrave

    David Ephgrave

    13 days ago

    We had a lovely time interviewing #MostlyComedy fave JAMES ACASTER last Wednesday for a forthcoming #MTMCpodcast. Thanks to all who joined us live; we'll let you know when the episode's up. Thumbs up ...and the best bit: James offered to donate his fee to Garden House Hospice in Katie Coxall's memory (plus we also raised £100 toward protecting the club). :)

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  • David Ephgrave1 month ago
    David Ephgrave

    David Ephgrave

    1 month ago

    We're also back for another live ZOOMostly on 26th May, when you can watch us interview JAMES ACASTER via Zoom for just £5 (submitting your own questions too), with any profit going towards protecting the club. Book at www.mostlycomedy.co.uk

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  • David Ephgrave1 month ago
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    1 month ago

    FINALLY, SOME GOOD NEWS! If Gov't restrictions stay on course, Hitchin #MostlyComedy could potentially return after 17 months for a two-date Mostly Comedy Festival in July: 22nd w/ PHIL CORNWELL &JENNY COLLIER, and 23rd w/ ZOE LYONS & LYNN RUTH MILLER. Both shows will be a mixed bill with a live podcast interview of the acts in the second half for More Than Mostly Comedy. Fingers crossed! And thanks for your donations, which help so much; we're not out of the woods yet, but we're closer than any time since Feb 2020. www.mostlycomedy.co.uk

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jun 1, 2021

    £15.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    May 1, 2021

    £15.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Apr 20, 2021

    £40.00

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    Anonymous

    Apr 1, 2021

    £15.00

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    Anonymous

    Mar 1, 2021

    £15.00

  • Jean Comb

    Jean Comb

    Feb 23, 2021

    £10.00

  • David & Mireille

    David & Mireille

    Feb 23, 2021

    All the best - hopefully not too long until we see you back on stage again!

    £40.00

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