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Closed 27/04/2022

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£1,840
raised of £2,800 target by 37 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,840 to contribute to Hitchin Mostly Comedy's running costs to help prevent closure.

    Hitchin, Hertfordshire
    Funded on Wednesday, 27th April 2022

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    The pandemic kept Hitchin Mostly Comedy shut for 19 months, which was far longer than we'd envisaged. As we gradually reopen a second time in Spring 2022, sales are so low we're not even breaking even - and funds are fast running out. Meanwhile, our running costs continue, and, before long, we'll be forced to close for good.

    Unfortunately, there are multiple reasons for sales to be down at the moment, ranging from money being tight to people's reluctance to attend a gig when Covid numbers are rising. That's understandable, and we need to allow time for confidence/safety to rebuild. But sadly, the loss of an odd booking here and there amounts to a sizeable drop in takings that will soon make our future untenable.

    To put that drop into context, we had to pull our thirteenth-anniversary gig in October 2021 with a week to go, as we still needed to double the number of tickets sold in the remaining seven days to cover our costs or sustain a £900 loss (which we can't afford). And that's without considering our ongoing business expenses such as insurance or the rent for our office/storage space.

    Add the fact our sound costs have literally tripled since we closed in February 2020, plus we have a venue hire fee to cover, and there's little wiggle room left. And our decreased takings aren't even to do with the Covid restrictions we've introduced, as we're sales are nowhere near our current half-capacity total.

    ...and a gig costs £800 before we start paying the acts.

    We're sorry to ask for your help again, especially when your donations have already saved the club once. But things are make-or-break. And if we can't bolster the kitty to carry us through the next few months, we'll be forced to fold.

    All donations will be greatly appreciated. With thanks.

    David (on behalf of Doggett & Ephgrave).

    www.mostlycomedy.co.uk

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    • David Ephgrave9 months ago
      David Ephgrave

      David Ephgrave

      9 months ago

      Today, we took the shitty decision to close our 14-year labour of love, Hitchin Mostly Comedy. If it weren't for your donations (the biggest one was nearly a grand!) we would have folded long ago. But we can no longer hold back the tide. See below for our official statement, though the word "official" sounds grander than intended. Thanks for coming down so often to hear us shout a ripoff of The Osmonds' Crazy Horses that was blatantly too high for us. Til we meet again, D&Gx

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    • David Ephgrave10 months ago
      David Ephgrave

      David Ephgrave

      10 months ago

      Our first show of 2022's less than a week away, on 28th April, featuring performances (and an informal live interview with SHAPARAK KHORSANDI and KATIE PRITCHARD). The next two shows are make-or-break between staying open or closure, so we really hope to have you with us. https://www.mostlycomedy.co.uk/upcoming-shows/28th-april-2022/

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    • David Ephgrave1 year ago
      David Ephgrave

      David Ephgrave

      1 year ago

      Just to say you can now hear a brand new instalment of our podcast More Than Mostly Comedy - featuring interviews with the comic impressionist PHIL CORNWELL and Mostly Comedy fave JENNY COLLIER - recorded live on stage at September 2021’s show. Click the link below or search for the episode via your podcast provider. ENJOY!

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    37

    • Leeeeeb

      Leeeeeb

      Apr 22, 2022

      Not my neck of the woods, but I hope it helps.

      £20.00

    • Nick Senechal

      Nick Senechal

      Apr 11, 2022

      Looking forward to the next few gigs, but please invite 'Dougal' back!

      £20.00

    • Paul

      Paul

      Jan 25, 2022

      Good luck with everything, from another Hitchin business that has been fortunate during the lockdown (though chance rather than skill).

    • Nick and Anne Senechal

      Nick and Anne Senechal

      Jan 25, 2022

      Let's keep comedy in Hitchin!

      £50.00

    • Clary

      Clary

      Jan 24, 2022

      Best of luck raising the amount needed.

      £20.00

    • In loving memory of Mr B Gittens Esq

      In loving memory of Mr B Gittens Esq

      Dec 23, 2021

      Sorry it's not more. Spent several evenings in absolute stitches watching some truly hilarious acts. Also saw Brian Gittens many times, as way of a balance.Till the shitshow is over and we meet again

    • Anon

      Anon

      Dec 8, 2021

      Really want an event like this to continue. Keep it up!

      £20.00

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