KEVIN BRIDGES NEWS
'Britain's best stand up' - The Sun
'It's his eye for details that has elevated him to a MUST-SEE act' - Daily Mirror
Kevin Bridges returns to the road with a brand new show A Whole Different Story...
Scotland's biggest export, Kevin Bridges, dubbed as 'brilliant' by one of his comedy idols, Billy Connolly, has had an astonishing rise to success. His 2012 tour Kevin Bridges - The Story Continues... smashed box office records, selling a staggering 45,000 tickets on the first day. Kevin went on to sell out an incredible nine-show run at the Glasgow SECC Arena. His epic 136-date tour culminated in a sell-out run throughout Australia. The DVD of the same name made it to number five in the charts for Christmas that year.
From the shy boy who got cake-bombed by the local hoodlums, to selling out 10,000 seats in one night, this brilliantly funny memoir is packed with scrapes, pranks and side-splitting anecdotes.
Kevin began life as a quiet, nerve-ridden school boy. Reaching his teens, he followed his true calling as the class clown. This was a guy going somewhere - off the rails seeming most likely. Instead, aged 17, Kevin Bridges walked on stage for the first time and brought the house down. He only had a five-minute set but he discovered he really could earn a living from making people laugh.
Kevin treats us to a blend of his trademark social commentary, sharp one-liners and laugh-out-loud humour, reflecting on his Glaswegian childhood and the journey he's taken to become one of the most-loved comedians of our time.
Kevin says, 'At twenty-seven, it's about time I told my life story and I'm honoured the good people at Penguin thought the same. I'm taking a year out from stand up so it'll be great to go back to the very beginning of my life and everything that's happened from there until now.'
Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges will host three BBC One TV specials during 2014 to coincide with the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the Scottish Referendum.
Live At The Commonwealth will see Kevin take to the stage at the legendary Theatre Royal in Glasgow to host a very special live stand-up show to celebrate this summer’s games in Glasgow.
The DVD Michael McIntyre - Showtime was number one on Christmas Day in the official UK Comedy Stand-Up Chart and finished the week with 65,090 sales, ahead of Mrs Brown's Boys with 49,015 sales for the week leading up to Christmas Day and finishing on Saturday 29th December. Kevin Bridges - The Story Continues... climbs to number five with 27,093 sales, with Jon Richardson - Funny Magnet at number eleven with 9,205 sales closely followed by Dara O Brian - Craic Dealer at twelve with 7,950. Paul Chowdhry - What's Happening White People? has climbed to twenty-one with 1,.549 sales. Sales figures are for the period Sunday 23rd until Saturday 29th December 2012.
KEVIN BRIDGES PRESENTS BILLY CONNOLLY’S OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO TELEVISION AND FILM SCOTTISH BAFTA
Kevin Bridges was delighted to present Billy Connolly with the Outstanding Contribution to Television and Film Scottish BAFTA last night at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow.
Kevin Bridges has been nominated for two Scottish BAFTA Awards for his critically acclaimed debut BBC One series Kevin Bridges – What’s The Story?, produced by Open Mike Scotland. The two categories are Best Entertainment Programme and Best Writer for the awards to be held on Sunday 18th November in Glasgow.
Kevin Bridges is to play a third night at the London HMV Hammersmith Apollo on Sunday 30th September due to huge public demand. Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster. There is also an extra night in Derry at the Millennium Theatre on Tuesday 25th September on sale from their box office.
Kevin Bridges – The Story Continues… Autumn 2012 UK and Ireland tour has smashed box office records for opening day ticket sales. A staggering 45,000 tickets were sold on the first day, selling out the five show run at the Glasgow SECC Arena.
Kevin Bridges will be returning to the road in the Autumn of 2012 with a brand new show called The Story Continues… – the tour will visit England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland, and will play his home city of Glasgow at the SECC Arena for three nights, where a second follow up DVD to the best selling Kevin Bridges – The Story So Far will be recorded.
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Despite having not set foot in a comedy club before his first open mic spot in 2004, Kevin’s natural gift for comedy ensured he quickly became a regular at major comedy clubs up and down the country including The Comedy Store, The Stand, The Glee Club, and Jongleurs.
2005 saw Kevin reach the finals of every New Act competition, most notably Channel 4’s So You Think You’re Funny?
In 2006 Kevin performed his first full length solo show at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, to a sold out audience and much critical acclaim. Moving into bigger venues every year, Kevin continued to sell out his hometown festival in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
As well as having a strong hometown following, Kevin has taken his style of observational, cutting edge comedy all over the globe. He has performed throughout Ireland, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, USA and Canada along with tours of the Far East and Middle East.
Kevin appeared on The World Stands Up and The Comedy Store (Comedy Central) which led to his first big TV break as a guest on the first series of Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow on BBC1, which aired to over five million viewers. It led to Kevin being the fastest act to sell out all twenty-eight nights of his 2009 Edinburgh Festival run and adding a staggering fifteen extra shows, which also sold out! A favourite with the punters but also the critics, Kevin received fivestar reviews and a nomination for the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer.
Kevin’s astonishing rise to success continued in 2010 – he recorded his debut DVD at a sold out Glasgow SECC arena in front of 10,000 fans, became a regular on hit new comedy show Stand Up For The Week (Channel 4), headlined the first episode in the second series of Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC1) and also hosted an episode of the forthcoming sixth series of Live At The Apollo (BBC1).
After selling out his first ever solo tour this Spring and performing at the Edinburgh Fringe 2010 to packed out crowds at the prestigious Assembly Rooms, Kevin added countless extra shows to meet demand.
Kevin’s debut DVD, released on Monday 22nd November, is called The Story So Far… (Universal Pictures UK).
Stand Up For The Week (Channel 4)
Mock The Week (BBC1)
Have I Got News For You (BBC1)
You Have Been Watching (Channel 4)
Would I Lie To You (BBC1)
Channel 4 Comedy Gala (Channel 4)
Live at the Apollo (BBC1)
Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC1)
8 Out Of 10 Cats (Channel 4)
The Comedy Store (Paramount Comedy)
The World Stands Up (Paramount Comedy)
Frankie Boyle Show Pilot (BBC TV)
Live at the Fringe (BBC Radio 4)
Serious About Comedy (BBC Radio 7)
The Burglary (BBC Radio Scotland)
The Fred Macaulay Show (BBC Radio Scotland)
Off The Ball (BBC Radio Scotland)