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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 last March, 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 Ephgrave2 months ago
    David Ephgrave

    David Ephgrave

    2 months ago

    Just thank you for taking the time to support Hitchin Mostly Comedy through what was such a turbulent year for everybody, & in our case - as with many small businesses - threatened the club's closure. Thankfully, the combination of your kind donations (86 contributors to date!) & tickets bought for our live-streamed interviews have helped buy more time by contributing to our running costs. We're not out of the woods yet, but if it weren't for your support, we would have already folded...so thank you, so much. Have a great festive season! D&Gx

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  • David Ephgrave5 months ago
    David Ephgrave

    David Ephgrave

    5 months ago

    Since the club's enforced sabbatical due to COVID-19, we've been busy recording interviews via Zoom for our More Than Mostly Comedy Podcast (which you can watch live for £5); guests since March include Josh Widdicombe (pictured), Arthur Smith, Rory Bremner, The Bluetones' Mark Morriss, Bobby Davro, Martin Trenaman, Dan Renton Skinner (Angelos Epithemiou), Jan Ravens & Anna Morris. Listen to all bar Josh's (which will be available shortly) for free via Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts & PodBean. https://doggettandephgrave.podbean.com/

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  • David Ephgrave6 months ago
    David Ephgrave

    David Ephgrave

    6 months 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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96

  • Anonymous

    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

  • Haslams

    Haslams

    Feb 22, 2021

    Hope this bit can help. Can’t wait for your next show.

    £20.00

  • Mark

    Mark

    Feb 22, 2021

    Hang in there. Now wash your hands.

    £20.00

  • Glen Davies

    Glen Davies

    Feb 15, 2021

    Nearly there boys (hopefully). Hope this bit helps 👍🏻

  • Philippa

    Philippa

    Feb 3, 2021

    Good luck!

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