EDINBURGH FRINGE COMES TO VALENCIA
INTERVIEW WITH STEPHEN GARLAND


1.Tell us something about yourself, your background and experiences.
I studied Music and Media MGMT back in the day and have been involved in music and, subsequently, the comedy industry since. People from my hometown in Ireland started the most legendary and seminal of comedy clubs in Ireland. ‘The International’ is a little room above a bar in central Dublin, which is still there and truly is the cradle of all things that Irish comedy has given us. This includes everyone from Ardal O’Hanlon to Tommy Tiernan.

After when Dylan Moran came on the scene he took it to a new level for me and I was a fan of the genre. One of my proudest coups in 2015 was to bring Dylan to Malaga/Madrid and Barcelona. I lived in Barcelona and ran its Irish festival, a multidisciplinary arts festival called ‘El Feile’ for 7 years. I organized the first professional comedy show ever to take place in Spain in 2004. In 2005, I created the ‘Giggling Guiri’ comedy club in Barcelona and Spain, producing over 150 shows with the very biggest acts… from Michael
Mc Intyre to Arj Barker.

2. What is the Valencia Comedy night?
I have always felt there was an audience for and wanted to create shows for Valencia. It started most recently with a partner promoter Barry Eaton who I sent some of the comics from Barcelona comedy festival down to initially, people like Tony Law and a couple of others.

And it has been dead for a while since until this year when I had the opportunity to take Eddie Izzard through a small venue tour of Spain as he learned the language. We did 41 shows and if anyone will ‘smoke out’ the comedy fans in literally any town in the world it is Eddie!
We sold out 2 nights with just over 200 people loving it!

Eddie is someone that will most likely never be back in English (!!!) but he has created the opportunity to create, initially, a monthly comedy club but it needs the people to buy into the project. The first step was to find the venue(s) that offer the production that high level acts and the public want and I have put this in place.

Sala Carolina is the perfect size at 220 seats for us to build something here and we are hoping people will make a statement on May 21 that Valencia wants top level English language comedy.

3.What is this charity event for?
In 2016, after a long search through diminishing power in my legs over 5 years and showing classic symptoms, I was diagnosed first with MS and subsequently with the least common form of the disease Primary Progressive or PPMS. Only 10% of MSers suffer from PPMS and it is the classic ‘no treatment, no cure’ progressive disease that moves through reduced mobility, via canes and scooters, to ultimately a wheelchair and possible cognitive decline!

There are clinics around the world that are treating PPMS patients with a non FDA approved form of Human Stem Cell treatment (HSCT). One clinic in Russia is offering it and I have an appointment to go in early 2018. It is expensive and costs €70k, which covers everything pre-care, treatment, aftercare and flights/accommodation & the entire campaign which has raised €8762.54 to date can be viewed at www.stopmyppms.com

WHERE: SALA CAROLINA C/ Rugat, 10
Tel: 96 3 78 57 94
WHEN: SUNDAY MAY 21 – DOORS 20.30 – SHOW 21.00
TICKETS: €15 – http://entradium.com/es/entradas/ed-fringe-comedy-mash-up-carey-marx-juan-d-ablo
As the great Mecca of comedy celebrates its 70th anniversary, we want to share and be part of the celebration of what is the World’s greatest comedy festival and will seek to create our ultimate homage by bringing to Spain a comedy mash up of 2 Edinburgh Fringe ’17 bound shows . Juan D. Ablo will present a preview of his Storytelling epic ‘The Pre-Disposed’ while bona fide Fringe legend of the last 15 years, Carey Marx, will preview his latest eagerly anticipated show.

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