5 of the Weirdest Kickstarter Campaigns Attempted in April 2017

Every month at The New Movement in New Orleans long time friends and show creators Chris Trew and Brock LaBorde host Sh*tStarter. A show that pairs comedians with a weird crowdfunding project that they watch for the first time on stage, in front of a crowd, then have to immediately adopt ownership of it and convince the audience to give them money. It’s an improv show mixed with a Ted Talk with elements of Shark Tank. The audience votes with their (actual) dollars with the total sum of the money donated going into the winning project. The show is being rebranded as CrapFunding and is moving to a new day and time for their 3rd season in June. This is Brock’s account of what happened in their last show.

Last week’s Sh*tStarter Season 2 Finale show was a top-notch exploration of terrible business ideas and the great American misguided entrepreneurial spirit. Our 5 featured projects were all utterly impossible ventures, to say the least, and the 5 brave comedians who had to present and defend those projects, man, they turned some turds into gold in front of a sold-out room of bewildered people. It was glorious. Here are some highlights:

Project 1: Reusable and Recyclable Paper Plates

(pitched by Halen Horner)

This project was for recyclable, reusable paper plates (paper plates with 5 layers of plastic on them). Immediately it struck me as a wasteful solution to a very dumb problem. I love how at the end of the video, the guy throws the (non-biodegradable) greasy, chicken-bone-filled plastic sheet INTO HIS GARBAGE CAN, thus rendering his product neither recyclable nor any better for the environment than his normal (biodegradable) paper plates would be.

Project 2: Chugology

(Pitched by Rachel Theriot)

Chugology is just a flat-out dud of an idea to me. The idea that drinking on an app with a few other strangers means that you’re not really drinking alone (when you really are home, alone, drinking), I just don’t buy it. But Rachel jumped all over this with an impressive display of beer-chugging energy and blind, bone-headed determinism, which is probably why this wound up being the audience’s favorite project of the night. We sank the show’s entire ShitPot of $184 to this project at the end of the show, and we’ll know if it gets fully funded (it won’t) in less than 2 weeks!

Project 3: Healthy JUICE to Fight Soda

(Pitched by Pat Fee)

If you read the Rewards for this project, you’ll see that this odd person is claiming that his “healthier than fast food” organic, green juices will cost around $1 a bottle, which is pretty cool. But the juice’s ingredients are “secret.” That stops me in my tracks right there. Also, the entirety of this project creator’s Research and Development process was him stalking a hundred McDonald’s customers. And just watch his video and tell me if you’d buy a juice from him. If you would, I’m worried about you. But only just a little because you deserve what you get when you make stupid choices in life.

Project 4: Closest

(Pitched by Rachel Cockrill)

Kickstarter is stuffed to the loins with “revolutionary” new apps that do exactly what other more popular, successful apps do better than they ever could. This project’s app is basically Google Maps, Apple Maps, Yelp, Waze, etc., but with a stupid name that makes you think it says “Closet” at first glance. From top to bottom, this one’s a waste of time and money. It’s like saying that you want to create a cool new service that lets people mail each other notes and letters using just their computers and their internet connection. You’re inventing something that’s already a major part of everyone’s life.

Project 5: Memes For You

(Pitched by Moxie Rogue)

After almost 2 years of doing this show, I’ve never had my mind changed about hating the awful product…until Moxie presented this dumb book about memes to us. Somehow, by the end of her pitch, I thought it makes perfect sense for someone to collect thousands upon thousands of useless, instantly forgettable internet half-jokes and then smoosh them into a book that costs hundreds of dollars a copy. I don’t know what happened, but that’s apparently where I stand now on this issue. Also, I don’t ever create or share memes or care about them, and I’d still probably buy this book if I could afford it. That’s how hard Moxie sold this damn thing to us.

CrapFunding resumes in June with a new time slot — every third Friday at 7:30p at The New Movement in New Orleans.