We Need to Talk About... by Kevin BridgesAged just 17, Kevin Bridges walked on stage for the first time in a Glasgow comedy club and brought the house down. He only had a five-minute set but in that short time he discovered that he really could earn a living from making people laugh.
Kevin began life as a shy, nerve-ridden school-boy, whose weekly highlights included a cake-bombing attack by the local youths. Reaching his teens, he followed his true calling as the class clown, and was soon after arrested for kidnapping Hugh Grant from his local cinema on a quiet Saturday night. This was a guy going somewhere - off the rails seeming most likely.
Kevins trademark social commentary, sharp one-liners and laugh-out-loud humour blend with his reflections on his Glaswegian childhood and the journey hes taken to become one of the most-loved comedians of our time.
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You might know him by another name. Johnny Vegas. But before he'd ever drunk tea with a knitted monkey or made himself the exception that proves the rule in terms of the predictability of TV panel game regulars, Johnny Vegas was perhaps the most fearlessly confessional stand-up comedian this country has ever produced. Once you've finished this darkly hilarious tale of family, faith and the creative application of alcohol dependency, you'll never look at a copy of the Catholic men's society newsletter the same way again. With a good job in sales and marketing and a nice house in Manchester that he shared with his wife and kids, John Bishop was no different when he turned the dreaded
Kevin Bridges has already gone through all the 'who on earth wants to read this? It may seem hard to square the comedian who seems so natural on stage in front of an arena full of people with a nervous young lad desperate to fit in with schoolmates in Clydebank. But, as even the sleeve acknowledges, every cliche about using humour as a defence against bullies and to displace insecurities features in his early life. And as he grew up his hobbies tended towards the insular: video games or painstakingly recreating football matches with his Subbuteo set. His attempts to fit in at school by, for example, boasting of attending Celtic games, rarely ended in glory.
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Cancel anytime. Kevin Bridges: The Story Continues Recorded on a Saturday night in Glasgow, Kevin is in his element, as this home town gig shows off his no nonsense approach to comedy. He cuts through the niceties with his Glaswegian man in the street charm to the next chapter of his epic comedic journey. Billy Connolly may be a citizen of the world, but in his heart he's never been far from his homeland. Made in Scotland is Billy's unique and intimate portrait of his native Scotland, a love letter to the places and people that made him. It's an adventure inspired by a single incident: the moment Billy received his Knighthood and was asked, 'How does it feel to have achieved all this when you came from nothing?
It was Jerry Seinfeld who said that a good crowd will help you write and a bad crowd will help you edit; I totally agree. When an audience are in raptures at a part of the show, the fear of the next bit not being as funny or causing a dip will set in but you can navigate that. Experiment before something happens, something that needs to be reacted to in an instant. A glass will smash, a drunk will unleash a barrage of inane shite, a fight will break out, someone will get up to go to the toilet, a phone will ring. No one wants to see a self-conscious, nervous wreck, even if you may feel like one.
While it's virtually taken for granted that an arena comic will pen an autobiography sooner rather than later, Kevin Bridges appreciates that he's ridiculously young to be reminiscing about his life. Now 27, more than a third of this book passes with him still at primary school. Beyond mild flirtation with a gambling problem, petty criminality and disclosing that he was an introverted cry-baby for much of his pre-teens, there's no scandal in his memoir and little of note that isn't already in the public domain. Self-awareness and emotional honesty have always been a hallmark of the precocious Glaswegian's stand-up, so a portrait of the artist as a driven and focused young man ultimately emerges. Initial suspicion that he's retrospectively re-imagined a straightforward narrative — his transformation from anti-social loner to incorrigible school clown, betting everything on comedy — are dispelled with clear-eyed scrutiny of the talent, failings and desire that made him a success. As with the autobiography of his early inspiration, Frank Skinner , Bridges also delivers compelling insights into the comedian's mindset and what's required to make it.