After the sell-out success of our first two fundraising events, the stakes were high for EduCrate’s Out the Box: Comedy Night. With eight of Brighton’s best comedians on the bill and an excellent venue to fill, it was my turn to make sure the evening all went to plan.
Scheduled for the night before the first bank holiday of 2016, EduCrate’s first comedy fundraiser was held at Brighton’s The Joker. Located in the heart of Preston Circus with an ever-growing reputation on the comedy scene, we couldn’t have asked for a better venue. With the date set and the location confirmed, next up was to finding acts to perform.
Our excellent line-up of comedians was down to Ben Carter and Michael Mooney. Both aficionados of Brighton’s circuit, they helped us, in their free time, to put together an eclectic mix of the city’s funniest people: James McDonell, Henry Ewins, Rebekka Turner, Ben Carter, Michael Mooney, Joe Foster and Dan Fardell.
An absolutely massive shout out to Ben who helped EduCrate tenfold: he designed the poster, had a sound and light technician on hand for the night and put us in touch with the Joker. Without Michael’s experience, contacts on the circuit and helping me put together the timings the night could have fallen flat. A huge thank-you to you both for making the night a success.
And a success it was. We matched our last two fundraisers by selling all early bird tickets and we raised over £400 – that’s enough to ship three more crates over to Kileleshwa School in Nairobi. Drawing in a different crowd from previous events thanks to each comedians’ loyal followers, we asked each act to share the event on their social media platforms; this helped us a lot to spread the Educrate word to those unknown about our aim to empower pupils worldwide, turn waste into want and democratise education.
Holding the night together in true style was compere and EduCrate trustee Theo Evans. Adorned in a boiler suit and with a crate full of mystery ‘prizes’ to give to each comedian, Theo set exactly the right tone for the evening. The rest of the EduCrate trustees also made the night run smooth: be it collecting up the answers from our interactive round (we asked the audience ‘what do you wish you learned at school?), keeping an eye on the timings for each act or handing out raffle tickets for our next event EduFest, they were all brilliant.
Our next event EduFest is on the 23rd April @ Fourtune of War, join us for eight hours of music from Brighton’s most talented musicians.