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Help us create new shows and upgrade our location for others to use!
Channel Awesome
Video / Web
Chicago, Illinois
United States
1 Team Member

About Us:

What is Channel Awesome?  Well, it's awesome, for one thing.  And it's a channel!  Actually, it's not a channel.  It's more of a website... type... thing.  You know what?  Just focus on the awesome part!

We are an online video company that launched in the bygone year of 2007.  Ah, those were the glory days!   Back when M Night Shyamalan was bad but, you know, not THAT bad -- and when a young boy named Shia Labeouf emerged from his molting husk to become the man who would ruin multiple franchises.  During this tumultuous time, we created and produced the popular Nostalgia Critic show, as well as Ask That Guy, Bum Reviews, 5 Second Movies, and more!  We also found many independent video producers and brought them under our Awesome Umbrella (think of it like a normal umbrella, only it makes you fly and stuff and talks back to you like something out of Mary Poppins).   Together, these producers teamed up with us to create yearly anniversary specials -- which have been universally praised as being: "Light years ahead of M Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender, but not better than The Avengers."
As we continued to grow we realized that we needed to expand our self-produced show lineup.  And in order to do that we needed a location.  So we found a location!  It was October of 2012.  Ah, those were the glory days too!  A young vagabond named Daniel Craig was fresh from escorting Queen Elizabeth II to the Olympics and... never mind.  Should probably stay on point.  The point is: it was a great location!  But it was empty.  Turns out filling a location with stuff costs time and money -- the two least favorite words in the entertainment industry.  So over the past 8 months we've been building sets, collecting props, and upgrading the equipment on our own dime. Unfortunately, that dime isn't as big as we'd like it to be.  Turns out they're rather small -- just barely large enough to fit FDR's head, and certainly not the rest of his body.  So with large plans in mind and not enough resources to fund them, we've decided to go with IndieGogo to see if we can get some help.

Still interested?  Read on.


The IndieGogo Campaign:

Our main goal of $50,000 will allow us to upgrade our lighting, cameras and audio to get our film quality to something more respectable than The Blair Witch Project.  We're aiming for at least the sequel, but have the noble goal of surpassing Clerks and -- if the fates allow -- most Happy Madison productions.  Let's face it, Grown Ups 2 beat Pacific Rim at the box office.  Why can't we look as good as them?  Heck, we can even go so far as to not cast Rob Schneider in our sequel projects as well!  And isn't that the most noblest goal of them all?

In addition to equipment, we'd also like to finish construction on our sets and fully soundproof them as well.  See, the thing about studios is they're cavernous.  And the thing about caverns is they echo.  So if we don't want our shows to sound like they were recorded in the Batcave, we need to invest extra capital into fixing this problem.

But what will these sets be used for?  We're so glad you asked!  You'd get cookie, but we're afraid it would crumble in the shipping process.  And no one should have a cookie that fills them with sadness and regret.

Anyway, our first major show will be a Pop Culture Challenge.  It will be funded by this campaign.  And hosting will be put in the capable hands of Brad "The Cinema Snob" Jones -- a man who oozes charisma with the frequency of a derelict oil tanker.  Initially, it will be a weekly game show revolving around questions from the 80s to the early 2000s.  It's tailor made for the Nostalgia Critic crowd and Gen Xers, Ys, Millennials, and all those other groups advertising execs like to create buzzwords for.   So, are you nostalgic for your childhood?  Remember what you were watching in high school and college?  The movies, the music, the sports, the events, the video games -- everything will be on the table!   After we get a few episodes under our belt we plan to start implementing physical challenges into the mix.  But of course, this costs money.  Brad's Cheshire Cat smile alone requires 24 hour maintenance by an army of orthodontists working out of a mobile command center.  At least, that's what he claims.  We told him to just use a whitening toothpaste like the rest of us.  So, thankfully, donations will be better used on actual resources apart from his teeth.

 We plan to make every donation count and have prepared stretch goals for if we go over our $50,000 mark.  What are these stretch goals?  We're so glad you asked!  Again with the great questions!  These stretch goals will not only be new shows, but also ones that will allow us to complete other areas of the studio.  It's our hope that this will allow other Chicago area content creators to film in our location.  As we get closer to these goals we will announce them below!

But wait, you want more?  Ask and you shall receive.


We will have a bunch of perks to choose from, and plan on adding a new perk every week until we are done.  If you want to collect on a perk please make sure you include your email address and/or personal address (if an item is to be mailed to you).

In Conclusion:

We think we're pretty awesome -- but that's only because our fans are awesome!  While we've had a lot of fun here, we would like to close with an important message.  It's a personal word from our CEO Mike Michaud:

"Our fans have always been amazing. Heck, you all are the reason that the anniversary specials started! Without the donation drive of January 2009, we would have never been able to film the Brawl and your generosity exceeded our expectations when we did our Charity Drives for the Ronald McDonald House Charities in December 2009 and 2010. We know that we would not be where we are today without you.

Every dollar received from this campaign will go to new show production; equipment and studio upgrades. If we hit some of our stretch goals they will also go into hiring others to help film and edit our new shows! The math is pretty simple, the more money we raise, the better we can make the site for you."


Stretch Goals:

 Note The Gaming Gauntlet and Retro Pop Culture Challege are just temporary names for the show, and most likely both shows will have new names by launch.

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This campaign ended on August 28, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $5USD
    Forgot International Shipping

    For those who are outside the United States and forgot to add the $5.00 shipping charge.

    42 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $10USD
    Thank You!

    Everything helps, and with this pledge you will receive a special thank you video from Doug and will be listed on a Thank You page on our site as well!

    333 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $25USD
    Autographed Photo

    Awesome! You now will be getting the previous perk as well as an autographed 8x10 photo of Doug, Rob, Malcom, and Rachel! International shipping please add $5.00

    378 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $50USD
    Behind the Scenes Access!

    Awesome x2! With this pledge you'll be getting exclusive access to videos showing the improvements made to the location as well as a test episode or two for each of our new shows going forward. After each test episode is ready to go, we'll email a link to view it! You'll also get the previous 2 perks! International Shipping please add $5.00

    91 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013

    Limited Edition Metal Print

    Only 100 of these will be made and each will be individually numbered and signed by Doug. These metal prints are 8x10 in size and come with a wall mount. This print will never be produced again You'll also get the $10, $25 and $50 Perk. International Shipping please add $10.00

    100 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $100USD
    Limited DVD & T-Shirt

    Only 750 of each will ever be produced! The DVD will feature 2 new Nostalgia Critics, 1 new Ask TGWTG, 2 new Video Game Confessions and 2 new Bum Reviews as well as some nice behind the scenes videos! The Shirt will be a black shirt featuring the evolution of the Nostalgia Critic. Shirts are available in Men and Women sizes up to 2XL. Please let us know your size! You will also get the 10, 25 and $50 Perks! International shipping please add $5.00

    147 out of 611 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $200USD
    Voicemail Greeting

    Doug will record a voice mail greeting or another small video for you (within reason). Plus you'll get the $10, $25 and $50 perks as well. International shipping please add $5.00

    7 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013

    Sketch by Doug

    A Sketch of your choice drawn by Doug. Plus you'll get the $10, $25 and $50 perks as well. International shipping please add $5.00

    10 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013

    Site Linkage

    A link to your site or blog will be on the main page of thatguywiththeglasses.com for 2 months (must have the site approved by us before pledging this amount.)

    5 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $500USD
    Skype Call with Doug and Rob

    Talk to Doug and Rob via Skype for 30 minutes.

    9 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $750USD
    Screen Your Show

    Doug and Rob will screen your video series and give you some tips and pointers through a Skype call.

    2 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $1,250USD
    Super Promotion!

    Your show will appear at the end of a Nostalgia Critic episode with a few words from Doug, as well as a link to your show/site below the NC that it appears in. (Please email us a link of the show & site before you pledge for approval)

    3 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $1,500USD
    Tour our Studio

    Take a tour of our studio, and take home a copy of every DVD/CD we have sold in the store thus far! Note - You will need to arrange for your own travel/lodging) to Lombard, IL

    1 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $2,000USD
    Watch Doug film the NC

    Watch Doug film an episode of the Nostalgia Critic, and take home a copy of every DVD/CD we have sold in the store thus far! Note - You will need to arrange for your own travel/lodging) to Lombard, IL

    1 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $3,500USD
    Lunch with Us!

    Have Lunch with Doug and Rob (Jim/Holly/Malcom/Rachel or Mike as well if requested). Then go on a tour of our studio and take home a copy of every DVD/CD we have sold in the store thus far! Note - You will need to arrange for your own travel/lodging) to Lombard, IL

    1 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $6,500USD
    Be in a NC episode!

    Appear as a character in a Nostalgia Critic episode! You'll need to arrange for travel/lodging to Lombard, IL. Then get a tour of our studio, and have dinner with us! Plus you'll get a copy of every DVD/CD we have sold in the store thus far!

    1 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
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