While it happens day & night throughout the country (usually night) and in some of the strangest possible settings (see business meetings and/or comic book stores) stand-up comedy in America is not always provided with an ideal setting for its legion of fans. Fortunately, in a move that practically any comedy nerd can get behind, a Kickstarter page has been opened by an up & coming Los Angeles comic in support of RIOT, which would potentially become a weekend-long comedy festival in L.A. Strong Los Angeles comedy backers to the cause include Patton Oswalt, Bob Odenkirk, Marc Maron, Eddie Pepitone, Martin Starr, Tig Notaro, David Koechner, Nick Thune, Brent Weinbach, Kyle Kinane, Megan Mullally, Thomas Lennon, John Dore, and Kumail Nanjiani. That’s just the tip.
Executive producer of RIOT and L.A. comic Abbey Londer has spearheaded the effort to help create more of a community of comedy fans in her city, and with all those names, it’s an understatement to suggest that she has strong backers. The prospective event would be held in the Fall of 2012, and has just under a month to reach its $20,000 goal. As of today, it has currently made about 10% of that amount. In support of the cause, a slew of comics pitched in to make a video in support of the would-be festival that features all the aforementioned names and more.
While Montreal and Chicago have Just For Laughs and places like Boston & Portland also host popular regional festivals, this would easily be one of the flashpoint comedy festival locations for the Southwestern U.S. and all of North America. While Kickstarter tends to be a bit of a pipe dream, you can bet that, with such big names backing the RIOT bandwagon, this little festival that could might actually see the light of day. Head over to Kickstarter to contribute to the cause yourself, should the festival come to fruition you have a solid chance of winning free swag such as merch or VIP passes. Also, be sure to check out the promotional video below and be very impressed by everyone who’s on board.