With the trailer ready, it was time to promote our first crowdfunding campaign. We eventually raised about a third of that total (which is why we’ve launched a second to try and finish it off). It is such a difficult thing to ask people to help out with their own dosh (probably the most uncomfortable aspect of this project). On the first campaign we had such huge donations from a modest number of people, it was rather overwhelming how generous people were.
To ‘officially’ launch the crowdfunding I went on the Daily Rundown, filmed in Manchester and shown on networked regional TV in a couple of places.
I was on the train up from London to Liverpool when I got a message from Dave asking if we could hold the trailer back so he could clear a joke about Pat Sharp. Perfectly understandable, as this is not a series that takes the mickey out of anyone but ourselves. But I was a little panicked as without the trailer it was just me talking on the telly which no-one would want to see. Dave was absolutely fine, as he always is, as I reassured him that I would make it clear that Pat is a friend of his in real life and the animosity is entirely pretend.
Then problem number two: the studio couldn’t get the trailer from the original page. I was on the train with only a 3G connection – and if you’ve ever tried Virgin Trains wifi – you’ll appreciate uploading a multi-megabyte file isn’t possible before your final destination. So I hotfooted it of the train to a place of superfast wifi security and twenty minutes later headed out to Manchester.
Then problem number three: the trailer had some spelling mistakes on it. Not least of all, the wrong crowdfunding URL. My computer was not up to editing and I didn’t have time on the train – but the show must go on and all that.
So I went on TV and say “yes” a lot. Or so it seemed when I watched it back. There were a couple of moments that I didn’t quite know how to respond to. But I made it through a live appearance without swearing, blasphemy or saying anything grossly offensive. Which was something of an achievement in itself. Watch it here.