14 Aug Love Island’s Iain Stirling praises Young Scot for helping with his big break
Ahead of hosting this year’s Sunday Mail and Steven Brown Art Young Scot Awards, the reality TV star shares how funding from Young Scot and the Scottish Arts Council turned his comedy dreams into reality.
Love Island has turned the hit show’s narrator Iain Stirling into a household name and he has revealed he’d be nowhere if it wasn’t for the support of Young Scot.
The 30-year-old comedian is still grateful that the national youth group funded his first show at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Iain said hosting this year’s Sunday Mail and Steven Brown Art Young Scot Awards is his way of giving something back to the organisation.
He said: “I was genuinely flattered to be asked to host the awards as it gives me the chance to highlight the incredible work they do for young people across Scotland. I’m living proof that anything is possible if someone takes a chance on you when you are starting out.
“In 2006, my friend and I wrote a sketch show called Just so Ever Slightly Squared. I was 18 and we didn’t have enough money to put it on. We applied to Young Scot and the Scottish Arts Council for funds and they came good.
“The show got a three-star review and cost £4 for a ticket. We just about broke even but it was lots of fun and made me even more determined to pursue a career in comedy.
“If Young Scot hadn’t come forward with funding, I might have continued flying under the radar without getting a break so I owe them a lot.”
The comic – who is dating I’m A Celebrity presenter Laura Whitmore – will host the award show in Glasgow’s SEC on November 30 to celebrate the achievements of inspirational young people.
Iain said: “I’m a sucker for a sob story and know the waterworks are going to start when I hear some of the finalists’ stories and what they have overcome.”
He will be in Scotland later this month to present three nights of Iain (Stirling) Does Jokes (With Pals) at the Edinburgh Fringe.
His first book – Not Ready to Adult Yet – is out next month.
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