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Sep 30, Play­house, Ed­in­burgh; then tour­ing

Kevin Bridges may be de­pend­ably en­ter­tain­ing but he’s never dull, com­pla­cent or even easy. Like­able and re­lat­able, he’s got the ob­ser­va­tional smarts to be win­ning on prime time TV, but his side­ways per­spec­tives on ev­ery­thing from male friend­ship to pol­i­tics means he stays fresh and rel­e­vant.

Re­turn­ing to the cir­cuit af­ter his third, 180-date tour left him down and spent, there is a part of Bridges which nev­er­the­less thrives on the nerves and ex­cite­ment of the live ex­pe­ri­ence. He might ap­pear ca­sual, he may seem at ease, but don’t doubt that he’s still a per­former with bags of am­bi­tion and a vera­cious need to be al­ways craft­ing and im­prov­ing his work.

Tak­ing this fresh show Brand New on tour af­ter per­form­ing ear­lier this year for Barack Obama – an­other with good comic tim­ing – Bridges play Ed­in­burgh’s Play­house tonight be­fore kick­ing off his run of 19 dates at the SSE Hy­dro in Glas­gow on Oc­to­ber 4. Af­ter dates in Ire­land, Eng­land and Wales, he re­turns to Scot­land for four shows at Aberdeen’s BHGE Arena in mid De­cem­ber.

There are still a few tick­ets for De­cem­ber 17 and 18 if you are look­ing for an early Christ­mas present for one of the few peo­ple in Scot­land yet to see him live.

Glas­gow comic Kevin Bridges re­turns with Brand New, his big­gest tour to date which in­cludes 19 nights at the 13,000-ca­pac­ity Hy­dro in Glas­gow

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