HOW IT WORKS
The Pledging Process
Fill in the webform. We don't ask you to pay any money upfront. You'll join a list of people who have pledged to buy a fellow comedy fan a ticket - awesome!
You join our list. Your details will be kept securely, and we'll contact you regularly to make sure you still want to be involved.
Someone requests a ticket. We work through our pledgers in the order you joined the list. When you're next up, a member of our team will be in touch with you and ask you to transfer the cost of one ticket via PayPal. You'll be given evidence of its purchase, and sometimes the recipient will send a thank-you message too. If, for whatever reason, we can't complete the purchase you'll be returned your money immediately.
That's it! You won't make any direct contact with the recipient, and you have the choice of either rejoining the pledging pool or giving as a one-off. Either way, sit back and enjoy the show, knowing you have helped out a fellow comedy fan.
The Requesting Process
Fill in the webform. The details we ask for are necessary for ticket-buying platforms. There is a box for you to send an anonymous note to your pledger, if you like. If your event is hosted by Dice, you'll need to have an account set up with them before requesting.
We receive your request. We'll work quickly to contact the next pledger and get the ticket bought for you, but please make sure to give us plenty of time (no less than 48 hours).
You receive your ticket! Woohoo!
After the event we might get in touch to ask if it all went smoothly, and ask for any feedback on the process.
Although we will do our absolute best to get you your ticket, nothing can be 100% guaranteed - we hope you understand that this is an experiment being coordinated by volunteers.
What happens with your data
What is Below the Line HQ?
In February 2021, a Discord server was set up around No More Jockeys, a cult-like YouTube lockdown phenomenon. It is a place to have intense discussions about the ontological nature of job/cold gloves, occasionally to play games of NMJ, and to build friendships with comedy fans from across the world. This is called NMJ BTL HQ.
This experiment has grown out of the NMJ server. We noticed that people were offering informally to buy tickets to the upcoming livestream for anyone who couldn't afford one. We felt we could build on these extraordinary acts of kindness, and develop a model with dignity and compassion at its core.
The server has continued to flourish and now provides an online home for comedy fans from across the world. Although NMJ is still at the heart of a lot of our most impassioned and excitable debates, the server has grown to encompass a huge range of other comedy offerings. There's a book club, a semi-regular art competition, weekly cup-of-tea get-togethers, quizzes, pets, Taskmaster, livestreams... the list goes on. If this sounds interesting to you, why not pop in and say hello!
Who are you and why are you doing this?
We are three of the moderators of the NMJ BTL HQ Discord server, from the UK and Australia.
We're doing this because we want to make a community of fans that is as inclusive and kind as possible: this includes removing the financial barriers to accessing to live shows. While we are all staying at home and greedily hoovering up online shows, we figured it would be a good time to test out this model.
Although we initially only supported activity from the No More Jockeys trio (such as Tim Key's Poetry Recitals/ Mark Watson's Melbourne shows), we are cautiously branching out to include other hand-picked comedy streams that we think our community would like. If you have any suggestions about how we can continue to grow and expand, we'd love to hear from you.
How do you make sure the person I'm buying for really needs it?
The short answer is - we don't.
This is a small experiment in sharing and kindness; we hope that anyone either pledging or requesting does so in good faith.