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Hard-working comedian's soul sings

By Steven Brocklehurst
BBC Scotland news

Kevin Bridges
Kevin Bridges was nominated for an Edinburgh Comedy Award

"It is going to end in glorious failure," said Kevin Bridges, referring to his nomination as best newcomer in the Edinburgh Comedy Awards.

Summoning up the spirit of the national football team, the Scottish comedian said: "I'll be walking out of the gig with my shirt over my shoulder, clapping the fans, dejected face."

The 22-year-old from Clydebank is not really concerned.

He has had a fantastic time on the Edinburgh Fringe.

His show An Hour to Sing For Your Soul has been selling so well that he has done 13 extra shows in much larger venues.

"I think I should win an award for the hardest working guy on the Fringe," he said.

Bridge said he had always tried to be funny.

"At school, teachers said 'he is funny but he needs to knuckle down a bit more', so I thought I should turn that into something positive.

Comedy roadshow

He had never been in a comedy club before he walked into The Stand in Glasgow five years ago and performed in an open mike spot.

"I think you don't have that fear when you are 17," he said.

"You don't know failure yet.

"If the first gig had not gone so well I could have given up.

"But I did five minutes and it went great and I was booked to come back."

His career has taken off since with sell out shows at the Glasgow Comedy Festival and a TV appearance on Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.

He has also travelled all over the world.

"It is a highlight when you get on a flight and someone else has paid for it just so you can go and tell jokes," he said.

Bridges describes his comedy as "observational, social commentary, anecdotal" in the grand tradition of influences such as Billy Connolly, Richard Pryor and Chris Rock.

He said his material was "universal".

"Sometimes Scottish comedy can be a bit too rooted in Scotland," he said.

"My stuff derives from a Scottish upbringing but you need to make it accessible.

"It can't be that you need to know the area to laugh at the joke."

With a tour of the UK and Ireland coming up and more TV dates, it looks like Bridges comedy will definitely be doing more travelling.



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