Well the annual ‘never going to happen again’ festival is BACK! Believing that the only ‘C’ word is COMEDY and austerity just to an unwelcome houseguest who won´t get the message and f**k off so we have devised a completely wreckless strategy to deal with all that crap and put the funny back in la vida. The strategy is simple... to make a festival bigger, bolder, better than anything that has gone before in the 6 years of this project. We will be creating as many seats as possible absorb all the bad vibes being hurtled at cultural events in Spain these days, the13% more tax, increased booking fees, hotels and flights that only know one direction, blah, blah and keep prices as low as they can possibly be in the hope you nice people will pack our wonderful theatres and have that other 'C' word the Irish are so committed to... the CRAIC!!
So we have thrown caution to the wind and got a bag full of world class funny makers coming Spain’s way from September 25 - October 20, practically a whole month!! The programme is a balance of the biggest names in comedy and a platform for the best of what are by now vibrant comedy scenes in both Barcelona and Madrid. Even some really interactive events to try and coax the closet performers out to further boost that scene. Read on for much amazing news and deadlines that cannot be missed, it will be epic...
THE IMMEDIATE DEADLINES: Pre Summer early Bird Ticket offers end on July 31st!! on practically all of our products. Why pay more... you’re gonna wanna go... Full deets here
We have also created one very special ticket for you our comedy hardcore following, combine any 3 headline shows (can include different languages), The Funniest FICer final (see below) and enjoy a host of perks including reserved seating, easier booking for extra tickets and a host of other nice surprises. Available for just €45 means a saving of almost €24!!
There are just 30 of these babies!!, when they are gone,they is history... Full deets and conditions here (if you can´t use we ensure you don´t lose)
Also if you know or are a local Spanish comedian, promoter, venue you have until July 31st to avail of FREE subscription which will include listing to our website which is currently getting over 3000 unique visits a month and we haven´t even started. This offer of free subscription is unique in the world of comedy festivals! FIC does not promote directly Spanish and Catalan shows, but if there is a something out there they are more than welcome to bring it to the party. Please share this love in Spanish here and in Catalan here
The whole competition kicks off early in Madrid on September 12. There are a bunch of travel/party experiences to be won (see prizes here the Edinburgh Fringe is even in there!), from competition sponsors the ever expanding hedonism specialists Stoke Travel but most important it is a process that offers a real taste of what comedy is all about even with a taste of the bigtime as you will support Festival Headliner Marcus Brigstocke, performing on some of Spain’s biggest stages... which brings us to...
THE HEADLINERS: Something for everyone in an eclectic selection of international comedy festival headliners, all with brand new and quite unique shows
TONY LAW - ‘Maximum Nonsense Overdrive’: this is the result of a special request from the GG himself as we missed the 2013 Chortle award winning and Edinburgh award nominated 'Maximum Nonsense' show so Tony will especially for us sandwich it with his latest offering ‘Nonsense Overdrive’ which will be rocking up Ed-fringe throughout August. He is the comic of the moment and this will be special... Full deets here
HOWARD MARKS - ‘Scholar, Smuggler, Prisoner, Scribe’: The irrepressible, endearing, tireless campaigner and all round legend brings his latest 2013 spoken word show to Spain, (1st appearance ever in Madrid!). You may think you know the story but it is ever developing and here he seeks to put the 4 phases of a remarkable life in context... unmissable!..
Full deets here
MARCUS BRIGSTOCKE - 'Je me accuse, I am Marcus': Britain’s most biting satirist has had something of a rocky year on the domestic front with a high profile affair with a british soap star ending his 12 year marriage in less than gracious fashion. So for the 1st time he has turned that biting satirical tongue that normally targets the biggies of Religious fundamentalism, politics, etc on himself. One of Britain’s greatest live comedy performers waxing on a pretty eventful life another unmissable moment in comedy eagerly anticipated by his some 170,000 followers on Twitter... Full deets here
Maybe that ‘Friends of FIC’ VIP ticket making more sense now, remember just 30 available, you might need to get on it.
All the deets here
SMALL BUSINESS ADVERTISING: we are a small business in these tough times, so empathise and have a great platform for you to target very directly your taget market in Spain. Every show will have eyes on it some from different specific resident international communities ( eg. Dutch and Russian if that's of interest to your business) and we want to tailor packages so that you can get the best out of involvement with our individual events. We have a PDF onlne here which can give you an idea of the prices expected but we want the FIC platform to be all about tailoring so please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
SPONSORSHIP: While we continue the search for the elusive deal with a major brand for title sponsorship, which is obviously not the easiest task in the world right now, we do have different levels and some real uopportunities offering real ROI. We have our Maremagnum stage sitting ready to go and crying out to be branded. It is situated in Maremagnums´s new gastronomic are that has an inherent weekend footfall in the Teraza area alone of 40,000 people!! If that is somewhere you could see your brand then please get in touch if not for this year for 2014. Once again contact email@example.com and request the presentation.
THIS FIC BLOG: Each year I endeavor to keep a blog on the festival and with this the 4th posting to date it is already breaking all longevity records, but I am not sure if I am in contravention of international blogging code by combining blogs an newsletters but it means this may become quite an active NEWSLOG!!.Hurrah! Please follow, share, leave comments
Its going to be almost 4 weeks of genuine World class hilarity, our website has had its final proofread (we think)...
It is all built peeps, now you must come and have some fun
GG can´t wait!!!