Well people, it happened.
On the first night of the 2010 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, I found an IT Manager called Chris Hughes in the front row of my audience, and promised to make him as famous as I possibly could by the end of the Festival.
He said he’d only do it if we raised money for a charity along the way.
The challenge was set – if we could raise $20,000 for The Simon Rhoden Foundation, a charity that helps provide relief to people with cystic fibrosis, he would strip to a pair of bike shorts in Federation Square. Along the way we collected a 12 year old MC for the gig called Molly, two backing dancers “The Doppelgangers” that looked like Chris, lycra from a marketing manager in the audience, poster designs, a celebrity endorsement from Whoopi Goldberg, and coverage on Triple J radio, The Age newspaper, and Business Review Weekly.
Despite only collecting $12000, Chris still agreed to strip and coerced me into joining him, on the condition that we continue to raise money for the Simon Rhoden Foundation. We had another $1000 donated on the condition that we started off wearing duvet suits.
Last Saturday at approximately 3.30pm, it happened. Chris, Molly, The Doppelgangers, an audience member in a wheelchair, and Chris’ “manager” Sean joined me on stage at Federation Square, along with around a thousand crowd members, and we stripped.
Thanks to Steve Bennett, who runs chortle.co.uk, the video can be viewed here:
or here, where it generates ad revenue that will be donated back to the Foundation:
We had volunteers rattling tins on the day, so the final tally is yet to be determined, but I’m guessing we will have reached $14500 by the end of the week.
Thanks to all the people that helped with the campaign, including – Simon the amazing sound tech, Georgia at Token Management, Molly, The Doppelgangers, Tom and Alex at Triple J, Whoopi Goldberg, Craig Platt at The Age, everyone at the Simon Rhoden Foundation, and in particular Sean Lusk and the amazing Chris Hughes.
The campaign isn’t over either. We’re still planning to make available Chris Hughes Calendars from the shows, and we’ll do what we can to get more money to The Simon Rhoden Foundation. Stay tuned for more details.
Once again the link to donate is here:
Or with this PayPal link
For now though, the carnival is over. Thank you wherever you are reading this blog, for your comments and support. Perhaps one day I’ll combine all the blogs into a book and sell it for the Foundation. Hang on, that’s a great idea. I’ll get working on it. First though I need some rest.
I don’t have any live shows scheduled in now for a while, but I can tell you I am planning a run at The Edinburgh Festival again this year. More details will be forthcoming.
Once again, thank you for taking part in something truly silly.
Light and love