Q: Hey Jesse: Will You Really Cancel International Waters?
A: Yes. If I’m forced to.
A, P2: We’ve made just over a year’s worth of episodes of the show. Fourteen monthly episodes in fourteen months. I think it’s really great. Jordan Morris and Sarah Morgan have done an amazing job writing it, Colin Anderson is a brilliant producer, and many of the world’s funniest people have been panelists. So that’s awesome.
It’s also attracted a significant audience. Maybe not a HUGE audience, but a good one. So that’s good.
So that’s a pretty good place to be, a little more than a year in.
That said: it isn’t paying its way yet. So this MaxFunDrive is absolutely crucial.
There are many expenses with the show. I pay Jordan to be head writer, and Colin to produce and edit the show. I pay for two engineers, one in the UK and one in the US. We pay for studio time in the UK. Sarah, or UK-based writer, has been volunteering, but needs to get paid. And frankly, I need to get paid (or another host does). Not because I want to get richer, but simply because I no longer have “free time,” and thus need to pay people to do stuff that I drop when I pick something up or it doesn’t get done. Everyone is working at a cut rate, but everyone is also a pro who can’t afford to work for free.
So: we’ve posted a new episode of the show here.
It could be the last episode.
That’s not a threat, it’s just the truth. I’ve put a huge amount of effort (and money) into this project, and I love it. I love hosting the show, I even love listening to it.
If enough people come through in this week of the #MaxFunDrive and support International Waters, it will not stop production. In fact, if enough people come through, we might even be able to find a way to increase production. I’d love to do that. But we’ve gotta have the dough to make it go.
So: if you want the show to continue, pay for it. That simple.