Latrell!

Help us launch the first season of "LATRELL!", a new satirical online short form talk show and LIVE Theatrical Event! - all featuring Latrell Jackson
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Brandon Kyle Goodman
Video / Web
New York, New York
United States
13 Team Members

Short Summary

From the creator, Brandon Kyle Goodman:

After graduating from Tisch School of Performing Arts at NYU, I noticed a continual lack of young artists of color and gay artists in the mainstream. Many of those who are seem to be confined to a box of outdated archetypes and stereotypes. In creating this new web series, LATRELL!, my team and I strive to challenge this by creating a platform where opinions are validated regardless of race, class, gender, or sexuality. Two years ago, while a member of the sketch-comedy group Political Subversities, I created Latrell Lavene Lebron Lucious Lacrosse Latavier Lactaid Jackson to explore this dilemma.  Since then, Latrell has evolved into a larger than life character with a huge fan following. After sold-out live performances at some of New York's most popular venues from Ars Nova to Joe's Pub, Latrell is ready to cross over to internet sensation!

LATRELL! is The Daily Show meets The Wendy Williams Show. In 12 short form "webisodes", Latrell will colorfully cover current events and pop culture as well as elements of his own personal life, a la morning talk show. The webisodes will culminate in a live one-hour show in a New York City theatre where fans and viewers can see the magic that is Latrell in person!

Latrell Jackson is outrageous and over the top, but there is more to him than meets the eye. Under the leopard print leggings and body glitter there is razor sharp social satire and political comedy.  Like some kind of RuPaul-Stephen Colbert love child - with a dash of Moms Mabley - Latrell always has his finger on the pulse of current events and social trends. He is funny, fierce, and better informed than most cable news pundits. From the government shutdown to Miley Cyrus, from Chris Christie to Christian Louboutin, Latrell is never afraid to tell it like it is. With no allegiances to political parties, ideologies, or even Oprah, Latrell takes on the zeitgeist with no mercy! 

Our Mission...

...is to create a web series where viewers will be informed about recent headlines from around the world as well as be entertained by rambunctious and intelligent humor, which gives a fresh, uncensored take on the news, providing the opportunity to engage in dialogue about topics and ideas that might have otherwise been ignored.

We want to produce 12 short form webisodes that will end with a season finale filmed in front of a LIVE audience! The web series will cover current events, social issues and pop culture through the lens of Latrell--a fabulous, flamboyant, nouveau riche eccentric. Through his wild behavior and quick wit, he gives a fresh, invigorating, and uncensored take on headlines, providing the opportunity for news junkies and novices alike to engage in ideas that might otherwise be missed by the media. 

OUR FUNDRAISING GOAL of $24,000 will allow us to produce the twelve episodes of LATRELL! - the first season (hopefully of many!)  AND  a LIVE THEATRICAL EVENT to be filmed in front of a live audience!

What We Need & What You Get

Filming and editing 12 episodes of LATRELL! will involve a lot of time and people...and in turn,  MONEY.  We need to raise $24,000 to make this dream a reality, and here's what all that money will be going toward:

PRODUCTION & EDITING ($16,000)

This is obviously the most important part of the process.  We will need to hire professional crew members and camera operators to insure that the web series:

a) looks good,

b) sounds good, and

c) is innovative!


For each of the 12 episodes this will require:

  • Crew: Production, Camera Dept., Lighting/Grip Dept., Location Sound Mixer, Hair + Makeup, Wardrobe 

  • Equipment: Camera Package, Lighting/Grip and Sound

  • Location Rental + Expenses

  • Post Production: Editing, Graphics, Sound Design/Mix

LIVE SHOW THEATRICAL EVENT ($5,000)

This might be the most exciting part of the entire fundraising campaign...a LIVE THEATRICAL EVENT to be filmed in front of a live audience  and presented in it's entirety online as the culmination of our inaugural web series season! This will be open to the public and will give contributors and fans of the series the chance to experience Latrell up close and personal - complete with special guests, a live DJ, and the Hot Topics and LaPinions you'll know and love!

This will require:

  • Camera Crew + Equipment

  • Theatre Rental

  • Set

  • Props  
  • Transportation for Equipment

  • Stage Crew

...AND ALL THIS WITHOUT ANY ARTIST COMPENSATION!

COSTUMES & MAKE-UP ($2,000)

It costs a lot to look this good.

MARKETING ($1,000)

  • We'll need to hire a Photographer and Graphic Designer in order to complete our website, create an opening title sequence, and have high-resolution images that can be distributed both in press releases and on promotional flyers

  • We'll need to Advertise the web series on social media outlets such as YouTube and Facebook

  • We'll need to design and order Merchandise for publicizing and increasing public awareness

The Impact

Latrell addresses the audience as “America” because that’s who he wants to enlighten with his special brand of informed comedy. His audience is the America that spends their Sunday nights flipping between "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" and "60 minutes". It's for the America that created Twitter and Facebook, the generation that elected the first Black President. The America that craves  trendsetting fashion, visionary technology, constant entertainment, as well as a more progressive, more open and more inclusive society.  And for anyone who wants to pee their pants laughing.

Other Ways You Can Help

Here are some other easy ways you can help us out!

1) Subscribe: YouTube/latrelljackson

2) Like Us: Facebook/ilovelatrell

3) Follow us: Twitter/ilovelatrell

4) Visit us: www.ilovelatrell.com

5) Post and Tweet about us and this campaign!

Find This Campaign On
$5,441USD
raised by 103 people in 1 month
23% funded
No time left
$24,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on April 16, 2014
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  • $1USD
    I Love Latrell!

    And he LOVES you back! Thanks for believing in us!

    7 out of 200 claimed
  • $15USD
    I Love Latrell MORE!

    Receive updates on all things "Latrell!" - including e-mail alerts when each episode premieres.

    12 out of 150 claimed
  • $25USD
    I'm A LaFAN!

    All of the above, PLUS your name will appear on the Donation Page of our website, www.ilovelatrell.com.

    25 out of 100 claimed
  • $50USD
    I'm A BIG LaFan!

    All of the above, PLUS you'll receive an EXTRA EPISODE of the web series, featuring more behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, unused material, outtakes, and more!

    11 out of 50 claimed
  • $75USD
    Say "LALA"!

    All of the above, PLUS your very own personal "LaLa" straw...just like the one Latrell uses on the show!

    2 out of 50 claimed
  • $100USD
    All The Way 100, All The Time!

    All of the above, PLUS you'll get a personalized "thank you" video message from Latrell - ADDRESSED TO YOU! - that you can share with your friends.

    8 out of 50 claimed
  • $300USD
    LaEXCLUSIVE!

    All of the above, PLUS receive a "LaSpecial Thanks" credit at the end of each episode! You'll also have the opportunity to reserve tickets to the live taping of the Season Finale Episode BEFORE they go on sale to the public!

    2 out of 15 claimed
  • $500USD
    LaVIP!

    All of the above, PLUS receive two VIP tickets to the LIVE taping of the Season Finale Episode! Be treated like the opulent star you are!

    1 out of 10 claimed
  • $750USD
    LaFriends of Latrell!

    All of the above, PLUS you and your guest will be invited backstage at the Season Finale Episode for champagne and hors d'oeuvres before the show AND have your photo taken with Latrell!

    0 out of 5 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    LaProducer!

    All of the above, PLUS a "LaProducer" credit at the end of each episode!

    1 out of 3 claimed
  • $2,000USD
    LaLAP

    All of the above, PLUS at the live show, Latrell will bring you up on stage and sit on your lap for 9 seconds.

    0 out of 3 claimed
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