HOW A BROMANCE LED TO A COMEDY SHOW FOR LOCAL KC CHARITIES
Why was I recently involved in a comedy show for three charities? For a couple reasons. Some selfish, some unselfish. First you’ll have to know about Mr. Kansas City, Tim Grimes.
The Tim Grimes story has been an uplifting one. He is the definition of Kansas City. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him without a KC hat or shirt. (He even wears blue KC Royals socks with suits) He supports anything local and is one of the most positive people I’ve ever met.
I heard he was at a bar selling shirts so I showed up to support his cause. To be honest, I didn’t know what the hell the cause was but I just wanted to meet him because I’ve seen so much about him on Facebook. Tim was pretty friendly and suggested we hangout sometime.
After hanging out with Tim a few times I realized what a genuine person he is. He has shared his insight of life with me and surprisingly it was all positive. He was real. He said he has days that he isn’t exhausted, in pain, and irritable. All that did was make me appreciate his positive side even more. I think it may be because I realized he was human, but in a weird way it made him appear super human.
Tim has also figured out what Matt Mays has figured out, not caring what people think.
We’ve been bro’ing out on a regular basis. FaceTime’ing, drinks, podcasts, sober conversations, and sobering conversations.
Tim doesn’t have too much for himself but he doesn’t mind because he is too concerned with making sure others aren’t in need. Tim accompanied me to local boxing matches (Bro date) and at some point of the night he looked at me and said “Let’s fight each other to raise money for cancer.”
Did I mention Tim was a crazy person? He has never boxed a day in his life. Tim has his good days of health, but he also has bad days. He was still willing to sacrifice his body for charity. I convinced him we should do a comedy event instead. I chose comedy because, well, I already do standup. Tim hasn’t done it before but at least I won’t have to punch him.
Neither of us have any experience with throwing an event. Coincidentally, Jake Jacobson, Tim and I’s mutual friend who is doing a “Dancing With The Stars” event to raise money for BMA Foundation, decided to team up us.
I first met Jake at Tim Grimes 2 year cancer free party. We smacked talk about who is the better karaoke singer and exchanged numbers to battle it out via 80’s power ballads. After winning nationals in December I figured since he worked at Children’s Mercy Hospital he would know someone deserving of my championship belt.
Fast forward 4 months he is helping Tim and I throw a comedy show. We met up with Dan Walsh, the owner of Comedy City, and Dan agreed to give us his venue for FREE! It was super nice of him because he still has a business to run.
During our meeting we brain stormed ways to offer more of a value to make the tickets worth $30. I am (not to brag) a celebrity. Well…a Chipotle Celebrity. Does that count? That means I get free Chipotle once a day AND on top of that, once a year I get a free catered event for 100 people. I decided to donate my catered event to our comedy show.
Unselfishly, I did it to give to a good cause. But I believe it will come back to me 10 fold. I don’t expect a catered event for 1000 for Mexican cuisine, but I figure someone would throw a speaking gig my way, someone wold help me with a flat tire, anything really. Just good karma.
Jake and Tim are well known around Kansas City. They both have resources for events, but no one wants to the guys that solicit to their friends. Neither do I. We decided to do the benefit as just a comedy show and less of a benefit so there is no guilt wallets open. Just a pressure free night.
All proceeds will go to the three charities of our choice. Jake went with BMA. Tim struggled back and forth with his love for both Ronald McDonald House and Hope Lodge. After visibly seeing him uncomfortable making a decision, I told Tim he can pick them both.
It was adorable (in a manly way) to Tim so unselfishly unselfish to not even be able to pick a charity. This is what I mean when I mentioned he is more concerned other people than himself.
So as we threw out ideas of who may donate their services, I started to get nervous the event will fail. I have no experience with this stuff. $30 for a comedy show? I don’t think I would want to pay that for local comedians. How could I expect others to? But Jake is running the show and I trust him. I just have to make sure I don’t bomb on stage.
BTW, I am going to now mention and tag those who volunteered and donated goods. We agreed to only ask each company once and not hound them. I don’t know if this is how it always works but these companies didn’t hesitate at all to give MORE than we asked.
We often complain about the bad in the world but seldom do we reward those doing good for the sake of good.- @Camfawesome
These businesses are all local and supported local, let’s remember to support them. I love Kansas City because KC supports KC (unless we are talking college sports)
The owner of CLEAR 10 did not hesitate to donate bottles on bottles of premium Vodka. Chad Fordham was on baby duty but still packed his cutie of a daughter in the car seat to meet me at his building to personally hand me the donations. I’m grateful.
Candace of INSTAFUN was a contact of Tim’s. She showed up with an AWESOME Photo Booth! Get this, FOR FREE! I’m grateful.
KC BIER COMPANY donated more beer than Jake could fit in his car. Jake told them it was too much and they still insisted. I am grateful.
Competition? Not a all! KC supports KC. BOULEVARD BREWING COMPANY Boulevard Brewery was up next donating over 200 bottles of beer. I became less nervous. There is less pressure knowing even If I bomb or not, it’s going to a good cause…and with this much alcohol, how could I not be funny? I am grateful.
J. RIEGER & CO donated bottles of whiskey. I am grateful.
We also had bottle of red VINTEGRITY donated. Most ladies indulged in their delicious reds.
My favorite bar in Kansas City, Gambals-Westport (They named vegan burrito after me), donated cases of Fireball to the event. Cahill was in attendance and I’m sure the abundance of Fireball made her feel right at home.
We sold all of the left over liquor after the show.
Denis Greene is a successful keynote speaker and author. He rarely mentions it, but he beat testicular cancer and said he will like to do some stage time about it. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Denis killed it! Joke after joke about cancer from the humorous perspective of a survivor.
Allyson was a greet emcee and kept everything running smoothly. Jamie Campbell was the most experience comedian on the line up and was nice enough to allow me to close the show. Tim was a natural on stage and was surprisingly sober. Everyone loved his jokes. And I didn’t bomb! It was a success.
With the help of Jake, we were able to raise $4000 in which 100% of the proceeds going to the respected charities. Tim has a plan of taking over the world. I’m with him on it.
The next day I was at a meet & greet with 1976 Gold medalist Michael Spinks before heading to the gym to get a workout in before picking Tim up to head to the Boys & Girls Clubs #KidsNightOut
We got suited and booted but could only stay a couple hours before having to drive from South OP way to Winnetonka to both speak at their Relay For Life.
It was an outdoor event and it was cold! Especially for me since I’m running around dehydrated trying to make weight. There were about 100 students from different high schools sharing fun, game, appreciation for those still battling with cancer and moments of silence for those who is no longer with us. Luminarias was lit, we circled the track, and Tim was first up on the mic.
The mood was a little somber, understandingly. Tim definitely brighten up the mood sharing his experience with his battle with cancer. Just like the comedy show, he killed.
Tough act to follow but I think I did alright. Tim had the heart felt story and great delivery. I spoke on the important of resilience with any of life’s battles. Then everyone got up and we did some shadow boxing.
It was a great 24 hours with Tim Grimes. We will definitely collaborate to raise money again. It may not be through comedy but it will 100% not be me punching Tim in a boxing ring!
I want to thank everyone who supported the comedy show. It could never have been a success without a crowd. Thanks for the kind donations!
I have included Facebook links to all of the donors. I would love if you would like their page and support these local businesses.
A special thanks to someone who has been in my life for years and doesn’t like to be mentioned or get any attention. Alice 🙂