The unique and wildly popular Icelandic comedy show in English, My Voices Have Tourettes, is putting on an extra special show tonight, intended to raise awareness and funds for mental health and neurological disorder charities in Iceland.
It’s called ‘Voices for Charity’ and it starts this evening at 17:00 and lasts until 01:00 at The Secret Cellar, downtown Reykjavík’s first and only comedy club.
The schedule looks to include live musical performances, giveaways, karaoke, Q&A and, of course, the bold and pioneering stand-up comedy show, My Voices Have Tourettes.
The format of My Voices Have Tourettes involves stand-up performances from comedians who each live with mental disorders or neurological syndromes. They seek to educate audiences about their experiences to expose misconceptions, raise awareness and spread compassion.
In one of the co-creators own words, “It’s one thing to tell someone that they are not alone. But, the moment you actually show them in person that they are not alone, that’s when the magic happens, and that’s why we’re all here. Welcome to My Voices Have Tourettes.”
The show was originally created as part of the debut Reykjavík Fringe Festival in July 2018 and it turned out to be a smash hit. Following its unbridled success, it went on to become a weekly fixture at The Secret Cellar.
The show is the brainchild of comedy group “HED Syndrome”, made up of one comedian with Schizophrenia (Hannah Proppé Bailey) and two comedians with Tourette Syndrome (Elva Dögg and Dan Zerin).
Following the festival shows’ success, the family of comedians who regularly perform with Voices has since grown to include Þórhallur Þórhallsson (Anxiety), Carmela Torrini (Autism), Stefnir Benediktsson (Bipolar Disorder/Autism), and Steindór Haraldsson (Autism).
This evening’s show is an extended fundraising event which already boasts over 20 sponsorships from local businesses and artists including cartoonist and comic Hugleikur Dagsson, Dominos Pizza, and local artisanal chocolatiers Omnom.
The group are raising funds for The Icelandic Tourette Organisation (Tourette Samtökin), The Icelandic Autism Organisation (Einhverfusamtökin) and The Icelandic Mental Health Alliance (Geðhjálp).
Thanks to a large number of sponsors, ‘Voices for Charity’ is a free event, however, there will be merchandise on sale and giveaways should you feel like making your own contribution to the causes listed above.
If you were wondering what to do this Thursday night, why not consider checking out Voices for Charity. As well as supporting a good cause, you’re guaranteed to be entertained, and you might learn something new.
My Voices Have Tourettes is a weekly show, every Thursday at the Secret Cellar starting at 21:00 (9 PM). You can follow their Facebook page here.