The Last Laugh? The final Barcelona Comedy Festival Featured
After many years organising Barcelona's premier international comedy events, Stephen Garland (the man behind it all) is partially relocating to Brazil. The GG will continue here in some form, and the seeds planted by its years of nurturing the local comedy scene have already begun to sprout, but the final hurrah of its current incarnation is the 4th Barcelona Comedy Festival, 2011.
From the 29th of September until the 16th of October, Barcelona will be the stage for the world's only multilingual comedy festival. There will be multiple shows in four languages across various venues.
Stephen explains the schedule to BcnIn:
"The headline show of the festival brings to an end a 6 year pursuit of one of Ireland and New York's greatest comedy talents in DES BISHOP in Fahrenheit (c/Aribau 131) @ 20.30 on Friday 30th.
We will have two very special comedy themed nights of real live storytelling sensation VENT!! â€“ â€˜Telling it like it wasâ€™ on Thursday 29th and Thursday October 13th in the same wonderful surrounds of the basement in 7Sins (c/Muntaner 7) @ 21.00.
On Friday 7th, in association with www.openpodium.es, we present top class dutch comedy with Max van den Burg in Fahrenheit (c/Aribau 131) @ 20.30
October 7 â€“ 9, Barcelona will host once again the very best workshop in the comedy industry. Logan Murray [see below] with over 2 decades in performing and teaching the art of comedy, has Facebook fan pages devoted to him, is the author of 'Teach yourself Stand Up' and has produced multiple award winning comics and being the catalyst for so much in peopleâ€™s lives. Unmissable opportunity. JUST 4 PLACES LEFT!!
On Saturday 15th we have a Giggling Guiri MYSTERY GIG. The people who have brought everyone from Arj Barker to Ardal O'Hanlon, Brendon Burns, Michael McIntyre and all the rest are reserving a special space for one of their personal favourites before they head across the Atlantic. Promises to be something special in Fahrenheit (c/Aribau 131) at 20.30.
Spanish and Catalan will be represented throughout the dates in 2 of Barcelona's most established and live comedy-perfect rooms, CafÃ© Teatre Llantiol (c/ Riereta 7) and Almazen ( c/Guifre 9) in the heart of the Raval.
On Sunday 16th a closing party, and farewell party after 7 years Giggling with a big dinner from 8pm and from 10pm 'til the early hours a bit of a party will all take place again at Fahrenheit.
Hope you will find something to enjoy -- it promises to be three weekends packed with laughter."
As well as just laughs, there's an opportunity for BcnIn members to develop professionally and personally.
Stephen explains how and why:
"The Logan Murray Stand-Up Comedy workshop has proved to be a hit with more than just aspiring comedians. Three years ago the Giggling Guiri staged this workshop in Barcelona. That class included autÃ³nomos, teachers, business men, lecturers, actors and a life coach. Last October in Madrid it was the same diversity with people travelling from Malaga, Valencia and even Stockholm. It was a minority of these that were really motivated to become comics: instead they wanted to test themselves to conquer other things. Every single person who has done this course with us gives a glowing testimony. We have had everything from 'best night of my life' to 'a life changing experience'."
The course can be a huge boost for anyone who makes presentations or deals with the public as part of their job. Stephen lists the potential benefits as: building your confidence in front of others, enhancing self confidence, learning how to overcome tricky life situations with sense of humour, personal development, developing public speaking / communications skills and making more entertaining presentations.
You could end up having the last laugh if the testimonials are anything to go by.