On March 17th, the iconic venue The Comics Lounge in Errol St North Melbourne shut its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no re-opening date in sight. Without help The Comics Lounge will remain closed forever. Integrating all staff and comedians back into the workforce will help with everyone’s mental wellbeing.
Since mid-March we have been able to cover fixed expenses with savings & 2 bank loans. But it is not enough and now it has all dried up. This GoFundMe goal would sustain us until the lockdown and restriction’s end. We are also hoping to raise over this amount so that we can help our comedians that are struggling to make ends meet.
The Comics Lounge Comedy Club is Australia’s longest running comedy club. Established in 1996 by the O'Sullivan family who have over 69 years combined experience in both the hospitality and comedy industries. The Comics Lounge is also Australia's biggest comedy venue. The Comic's Lounge is also world-renowned by being voted the 7th best comedy venue in the world by the comedy industry. The list of famous comedians that have graced our stage would take up the whole page but here is a list of our favourites Chris Rock, Joe Rogan, Dave Hughes, Julia Morris, Wil Anderson, Carl Barron, Corinne Grant, Adam Hills and Fiona O'Loughlin.
What Will Donations Be Used For?
Your generous donation will directly help cover fixed monthly expenses – rates, rent, insurance, utilities, phone, internet, accounting, bookkeeping & security. Once we get to our fundraising goal, we will be able to help our comedians. All funds over our goal will be dispersed to our comedians most in need.
It is true: laughter is best medicine. It draws people together in ways that trigger healthy physical and emotional changes in the body. Laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress. The Comics Lounge is needed more than ever in 2020.
COVID-19 has changed the world, and we know that many organisations and individuals are struggling. Please help us spread the gift of laughter as laughter is the best medicine.
- Monika Reiter
- Clayton Fletcher
- Glenn Francis
- Angela Indo
Organizer and beneficiary
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