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Sean P. Means
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Utah Crowd-Funding: Laughing on the road

This week’s Utah Crowd-Funding project is all about a dream of hitting the road and making people laugh.

Salt Lake City stand-up comedian Benjamin Harold Frederick wants to make the big time — and to do that, he has to hit the club circuit, driving across the country to perform in places with names like "Giggles" or "Guffaws" or "Chuckles."

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Frederick, though, plans to bring viewers along for the ride. He’s aiming to make a documentary, "The Funny Road," that captures the road experience, and includes interviews with other comedians — both those struggling to make it big, and those who already are famous.

Frederick is seeking $35,000, via a Kickstarter campaign, to pay travel expenses and get a professional film crew. "With a film like this, the higher the budget, the higher the production value, but I’m trying to keep this trip as grassroots as possible and true to myself without compromising the final product," Frederick writes on his Kickstarter campaign.

So far, Frederick has raised $2,886 in pledges. He has 18 days to go.

Donors can receive benefits ranging from a mention on Twitter and Facebook (for a $6 pledge) to an all-expenses-paid trip to the movie’s world premiere (for a $5,000 donation).

If you have a crowd-funding project you’d like mentioned on The Cricket blog, email it to: spmeans@sltrib.com. Be sure to put "crowd funding" in the subject line.

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