Karen Koren: Discovering next Kevin Bridges

Patrick Keilty. Picture: BBC
Patrick Keilty. Picture: BBC
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I had a wonderful weekend in Inverness at the Happyness comedy festival. It started off brilliantly with Tommy Tiernan who I picked up at Edinburgh airport and we drove up there together.

Tommy has been doing stand up for over twenty years and has recently been touring Europe with his wholly improvised show, which he is a master of. Jason Byrne was also in Inverness with his new show that he’ll be bringing to Edinburgh this festival.

It was Patrick Keilty, however, that I was most impressed by as he is known more as a television broadcaster than a stand up. He brought wine onto the stage that he shared with the audience and had them in fits of laughter about his Northern Irish background.

There were smaller compilation shows with Jarred Christmas, Zoe Lyons, Scott Agnew, Rob Deering, Aisling Bea and Gordon Southern. The audiences were feisty thanks in part to student surgeons dressed in scrubs with their stag dressed as a nurse. Not really what one would want at a comedy show, but they were good humoured and had a great time.

Fred Macaulay was also in Inverness over the weekend and commentated at a funny footy match where the comedians played against Inverness Caledonian Thistles – to be honest though I think the pro footballers were not the real deal.

I was involved with judging class clowns which is a competition for teenagers trying their hand at stand up comedy. It helps with public speaking and confidence. There were eight contestants and the winner has brilliant potential and will be coming to the Gilded Balloon to attend the So You Think You’re Funny final.

His name is Ewan Statton, will he be the next Kevin Bridges? Watch this space!