DVD Review: Kevin Bridges – The Story So Far…Live in Glasgow
Kevin Bridges is easily one of the breakout stars of comedy in 2010, and his first DVD, The Story So Far, goes a long way in justifying the hype surrounding the young comedian. The show was filmed in his home town of Glasgow at the SECC Arena, and, for a comic who is only 24 years old, Bridges controlled the ten thousand strong audience with apparent ease. The Story So Far is packed full of laughs from start to finish, and an impressive performance from the Glaswegian comedian.
Anyone who follows Kevin Bridges or mainstream television comedy will have seen some of this material before on McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Live at the Apollo, but given his inherently funny style of delivery this is never really an issue – the laughs are always forthcoming.
Bridges is a comic who could easily be categorized alongside Peter Kay, Lee Evans and Michael McIntyre – his subject matter is broad, and his delivery perfect. However what is truly refreshing about Bridges is how relevant his topics are, ranging from the perils of shopping in cheap clothes shops to a near perfect description of what it’s like for a young British person at a party. Indeed his routine on the contrast between American and British parties is one of the most relevant routines I’ve seen in a very long time and a great piece of social commentary. Bridges might be the latest in a long line of observational comedians, but he’s one of the best.
But what makes this performance so good, I feel, is how much fun Bridges has on stage. He is animated, in control of the large arena stage, and banters with the crowd as if he has met them all before – though since it was filmed in his home town, maybe he has!
The Story So Far is one of the must have DVDs at the moment, and left me, and no doubt others, with the feeling that I have just witnessed the start of something special. On watching this effortless performance from the Glaswegian, it is clear that Kevin Bridges is going to be one of the big names in mainstream comedy for many years to come, and rightly so.