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Kevin Bridges

Kevin Bridges

Kevin Bridges started stand-up shortly after his 17th birthday, and reached the finals of the So You Think You're Funny? talent contest at the 2005 Edinburgh Fringe, when he was just 18.

He staged his debut hour-long solo show at the Glasgow Comedy Festival in March 2006, and made his Edinburgh Fringe debut the following year.

In 2009, he appeared on BBC One's Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, which hugely boosted his profile to the extend he played the Glasgow SECC in 2010.

Bridges won the breakthrough award at the 2010 Chortle Awards.

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Kevin Bridges at Latitude 2014

Kevin Bridges at Latitude 2014

Latitude's oft-mentioned middle-class bent proved a perfect contrast to headliner Kevin Bridges' tales of rough gigs and brutal heckles.

And although he may be something of a big deal these days, it is the comic's earthier tales that always entertain. He says he takes public transport simply because he never learned to drive, but it could just as well be for the material – since his 'nutter on the bus' story is a great example of the craft that goes into his everyman stories.

The Scottish independence vote is, of course, a big issue for a proud Glaswegian like him, and his attitude is that his homeland should at least give it a try of going it alone – but only for a laugh and only if it'll piss off the English. Weaker manifestos than that have won polls before. Plus he's got a good name for a new post-sterling currency to cheer everyone up, while his take on the lowered voting age for the referendum is inspired.

As always, Bridges seems born to the stage, nattering away naturally with a casual air that belies the fact there are some great jokes and artful turns of phrase being deployed here. And he flashes a rarely-heard gift for accents, in mocking well-to-do Englishmen or even Scousers at the karaoke bar – part of a routine about holidays that's probably the most solidly workmanlike of his material, but even so is dependably funny.

Away from the first-hand tales, Bridges mentions Jimmy Savile – in a pretty obvious way about how could the signs have possibly been missed – as well as more edgy gags about the Oscar Pistorius trial.

Some of this material debuted at the Melbourne comedy festival earlier this year, but it's been tightened, tweaked and expanded – all work towards the next tour and DVD, no doubt.

Monday 21st Jul, '14
Steve Bennett

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We Need to Talk About Kevin Bridges

Channel 4 Comedy Gala 2013

Starring: Adam Hills, Alan Carr, Diversity, Jack Dee, Jason Byrne, Jo Brand, Jon Richardson, Jonathan Ross, Josh Widdicombe, Kevin Bridges, Lee Evans, Michael McIntyre, Miranda Hart, Nina Conti, Paddy McGuiness, Paul Chowdhry, Rhod Gilbert, Rich Hall, Russell Brand, Seann Walsh, Tom Stade and Warwick Davis.

Kevin Bridges: The Story Continues

Kevin Bridges:The Story So Far...Live in Glasgow

Channel 4's Comedy Gala