I’m comedian Kurt Braunohler and I think I might have figured out the dumbest way to make the world a better place. I’ll be jet-skiing from Chicago to New Orleans (seriously) in order to raise money to provide 500 goats and 1000 chickens for African families in need. I’ve got the jet-ski, I’ve got my route – I just need YOU to donate money so we can help change people’s lives.
Every dollar you donate will go directly to Heifer International. Providing 1 goat and 2 chickens to a family in Africa completely changes their lives: the goat gives them milk, cheese, and yogurt, and the chickens provide eggs for food and sale. It’s a perfect renewable resource for a family, and Heifer has been responsibly providing African-raised livestock to families for 70 years. If we make over $50,000, the rest of the money will go to a Mississippi River organization that helps protect and clean up the river. (Money over $100,000 will be split evenly between Heifer and the Mississippi River organization, TBD.)
Just to reiterate, every dollar you donate goes to helping people in need. All the travel costs of my trip – the chase boat, the mechanic, the EMT, the Lifeguard, and the ex-military Marine Coordinator, are being covered by Comedy Central Studios. They will be documenting this insanely stupid adventure for a new digital series called Roustabout. And to answer everyone’s first question: YES, I AM REALLY DOING THIS.
Schedule (subject to change, obviously, because the River is a cruel mistress):
May 29th – Pre-Launch show at Schubas in Chicago featuring myself, Wyatt Cenac, and Candy Lawrence.
May 30th – Launch Party 7am, Chicago’s Navy Pier – come see me off / give me words of advice
May 31st – St Louis – what will happen?
June 1st – Kaskaskia, IL – what again?
June 2nd – TBD – we should have planned this better
June 3rd – TBD – now I’m worried
June 4th – TBD – oh boy
June 5th – Arrive in New Orleans – Celebration show at One Eyed Jack’s with Kristen Schaal and more!
Last year I crowd funded a project to skywrite a joke in the sky. We raised $6,000 and wrote “HOW DO I LAND” over downtown LA. The response to that was overwhelming. I realized that ideas (no matter how silly) have power, and we can take that power and turn it into actual good for the world. I hope you’ll support this absurd quest of mine and please share this, RT it, blog about it, and even join me on the river! I’ll be sending out constant updates, offering people rides, and doing shows as I ride down the river – so follow me on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram for all the info!