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Weʼre raising £1,800 to contribute to Hitchin Mostly Comedy's running costs to help prevent closure.

Hitchin, Hertfordshire

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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 in Autumn 2021, 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 Ephgrave16 days ago
    David Ephgrave

    David Ephgrave

    16 days 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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  • David Ephgrave2 months ago
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    David Ephgrave

    2 months ago

    Just to say fans of JAMES ACASTER can now listen to the interview we recorded with him back in May on our latest episode of 'More Than Mostly Comedy', which is available wherever you pick up your podcasts (including via YouTube below). "Something to listen to while you're donating", he says, cheekily. ;)

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  • David Ephgrave2 months ago
    David Ephgrave

    David Ephgrave

    2 months ago

    Just a heads-up that we've had to push November's Hitchin show back a week to the 25th due to an issue with our technical support, which was out of our hands. Sadly, this has triggered a number of refunds that have made the show go from just breaking even to making a loss. All the more reason why your donations are much appreciated. Thanks to all who've given to the cause. Don't forget you can book too! The line-up's the same as previously advertised, except the podcast interview will be co-hosted with Stephen Halliday. www.mostlycomedy.co.uk

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  • 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

  • Sarah Gadd

    Sarah Gadd

    Dec 7, 2021

    £10.00

  • Clary Saddler

    Clary Saddler

    Nov 30, 2021

    I hope this helps in some small way.

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Nov 14, 2021

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Nov 12, 2021

    £30.00

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David Ephgrave

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