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Karl Spain

NOT many Limerick men could say their life-long ambition is to make people laugh or become a Pretty Polly model.

But for one 28 year old Corbally man, at least one of his dreams have come true.

Karl Spain, a stand up comic, has beaten hundreds of other hopefuls to make it through to the famous
Edinburgh comedy festival next month which attracts the cream of international comedians.

And he's only one of three Irish people who have made it through to the prestigious event.

"I always wanted to do stand-up but never had the guts," Karl said. "And everything's happened so fast!
I was absolutely terrified the night I did my first gig at an open comedy night in Dublin last April. But I got
a great reaction from the audience and there's a great buzz when you're on stage."

Karl will perform his routine on Sunday, August 13, as part of the hit Channel Four show, So You Think
You're Funny?, which is an integral part of the festival.

Describing himself as an "avid synchronised swimmer" and a huge Marty Whelan fan, Karl got interested in performing on stage through his TV production diploma course in Coláiste Dhulaigh in Dublin.

Most of his material is Limerick based, featuring the Cranberries, Frank McCourt and "local experiences" including limbo-dancing in O'Connell Street and tap dancing through the People's Park!

The son of Bernard and Geraldine Spain, Lower Park, Karl is working in Atlas Aluminium for the summer to finance his trip to Edinburgh.

The competition has launched the careers of many former winners including top comedians Dylan Moran, Tommy Tiernan and Phil Kay