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Kevin Bridges, Scotland's 'young comedy prodigy' (Guardian) makes his Edinburgh Fringe debut at the Pleasance with his hotly anticipated show
Kevin Bridges: An Hour To Sing For Your Soul – Fringe 2009
Kevin Bridges is the great white hope of Scottish comedy, selling out his entire Fringe run at the miniscule Joker Dome on the back of his impressive appearance on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow.
Five years on the circuit have proven this 22-year-old to be good comic, too, so it’s a shame that his debut is pretty, well… a bit dull.
The problem seems to be that small room isn’t his natural habitat. He rightly brings down the energy of the performance to an intimate chat, but the club-set material seems pedestrian without a decent crowd to bounce it off.
The show runs for only around 50 minutes – despite what the title promises – of which a good five minutes was asking the audience their names, where they were from, what they do for a living... Such verbal gladhanding is a crucial part of settling the room in club comedy, but at a festival show, where a small, well-behaved ‘crowd’ has come specifically to see you, it seems like filling time – even if it does showcase his ability to seamlessly segue prepared material into the conversation.
His speaks of tough life in Glasgow, where rottweilers roam the estates, of shopping in bargain-bucket clothes shops, of the terrible quiz shows on late-night television, of lads’ holidays on budget airlines, of shit universities that used to be polytechnics. Scotland is a place of suicide and should be advertised not by Sean Connery, but by ‘Big Mental Davey, the joiner’. There’s an undeniable air of authenticity about the tableau he paints, which isn’t shared by every comedian has, but the ideas feel mundane and familiar.
There are, however, some lovely turns of phrase and images that pepper the set, albeit sparsely. His one-liner describing one low-cost store’s price positioning, his obsession with the phrase ‘shite in a kettle’ or his the hilarious image that comes to mind when he recalls the racist graffiti artists idiotically taking several goes to get the swastika right are as evocative as they are funny.
He generates regular chuckles, as is the job description, but they didn’t build up any sort of momentum, or bring us deeper into his world.
Bridges will do well in comedy – his career peaks in such short time has already proved that – and others have raved enthusiastically about this show. But it feels to me like a foundation on which to build, rather than anything close to the finished product, though you can clearly catch glimpses of the great things yet to come.
|Date of live review: Thursday 20th Aug, '09|
Review by Steve Bennett
I roared with laughter t last night. The venue was small.... but I feel this is the very last time we'll see Kevin play in anything this size. His humour was quick, clever and very, very funny. His routine was shaped by what the audience chucked at him - I've seen many a comic at the fringe - I feel like this is one of those gigs I will be recounting for years to come in a "I saw Kevin Bridges in a wee venue at the Fringe before he made it big" type way. Watch this space. Kevin Bridges is going to be a mega star!
Kevin Bridges acheived everything he aimed for - unfortuneatly he didn't aim as high as he could. If you are familiar with the Scottish comedy circuit he is the king of the locals and has the talent to get much much bigger. The desciption of how a suicide bomber on a plane would be dealt with by a drunken lads holiday was very funny but cried out to be developed further. He will definitely go further this show is a starter for ten and worth seeing as that - 3 out of 5 was fair. The show I saw was in the pleasance grand and certainly the 2/3rd of the audience that had descended from Glasgow thought it the funniest show ever - so it has a market - hopefully he will move on
Perfect antidote to the abundance of pretentious, 'aren't I so clever' kooky type of comedy that is rammed down your throat at the Fringe. Just refreshing to see funny
Kevin Bridges' humour is wry, witty, biting, sarcastic, hilarious, original and so funny that after listening to all the comedians at the Michael Mcintyre show his routine is the only one that was memorable and the only one I could watch repeatedly.