MAKING A RETURN Promoter Patrick up for a laugh
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