MAK­ING A RE­TURN Pro­moter Pa­trick up for a laugh

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Ian Bunt­ing

Pa­trick Rolink is team­ing up with some of Scot­land’s best- loved comics af­ter be­com­ing a pro­moter at one of the coun­try’s most es­tab­lished com­edy venues.

The Thrash­bush fun­ny­man has “trav­elled full cir­cle” by tak­ing on the im­por­tant role, on be­half of Cale­do­nia Com­edy, at The State Bar in Glasgow – where he ac­tu­ally re­ceived his first ever pay cheque for a gig.

Pa­trick is now pro­mot­ing a show in the in­ti­mate venue – the city’s long­est-run­ning com­edy club – ev­ery Satur­day night and is ready to meet the ex­cit­ing chal­lenge head-on.

He told the Ad­ver­tiser: “One of the most im­por­tant gigs that ev­ery co­me­dian has, and one that they all re­mem­ber with great af­fec­tion and fond­ness, is the one when, for the first time, a pro­moter ac­tu­ally pays you for your time on stage; for me it was at The State Bar, and the pro­moter was the one and only Billy Bonkers.

“I had no idea that the £20 I earned that night would be a cat­a­lyst to give com­edy a go as my full-time job, and trips to Ve­gas, New York, San Fran­cisco, Detroit and London would fol­low.

“I feel like I have trav­elled full cir­cle by be­com­ing the pro­moter of Cale­do­nia Com­edy at the venue, where the likes of Des McLean, Des Clarke, Kevin Bridges and Frankie Boyle all cut their teeth on the com­edy cir­cuit.

“Like them and many other co­me­di­ans, I owe so much to The State Bar; it was al­ways a stage for up-and-com­ing comics, and I in­tend to keep that ethos go­ing.

“This is the first time I have been in­volved with a gig that runs ev­ery Satur­day night, with­out fail, and it has been ex­cit­ing so see so many es­tab­lished acts be­ing booked in, as well as new acts get­ting some stage time.”

Pa­trick is also look­ing to add to the Mon­k­lands con­nec­tion at the venue, as he ex­plained: “I am hop­ing to get my fel­low Ad­ver­tiser colum­nist Ryan McGuigan on the stage some time soon as I think he has tremen­dous po­ten­tial.

“It would also be great to see Ad­ver­tiser read­ers pop along one Satur­day night to en­joy the com­edy, or even to give standup a try; de­tails can be found on Cale­do­nia Com­edy at The State Bar Face­book page.”

Pro­mot­ing Pa­trick Rolink

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