Your host for the 2018 IFR Awards ceremony is Kevin Bridges.

With a talent described by The Scotsman as ‘frightening,’ Kevin Bridges has a natural warmth, timing and easy manner which belies his youth and has seen him become one of the country’s top standups.

First appearing on the stage at the age of 15, Kevin had never even seen a live stand-up performance before. His interest is said to have been stoked by Frank Skinner’s autobiography and a couple of Peter Kay DVDs. His comedy career started to take off a couple of years later, where he reached the finals of the So You Think You’re Funny? talent contest at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Kevin returned to Edinburgh with his debut solo show at the age of just 20. In An Hour To Sing For Your Soul, Kevin entertained sell-out Fringe audiences with stories of poundshop brawls and unsuccessful graffiti artists. He rose to public prominence with an outstanding set to rave reviews on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow. Appearances on Mock the Week and 8 Out Of 10 Cats followed, alongside a headline slot on Live At The Apollo, with astute observations about his home town of Glasgow.

In a relatively short period Kevin has cemented his reputation as a comedy superstar with his massive live tour The Story So Far, which led to two BBC series, What’s the Story? and The Story Continues... His first huge sell-out UK tour saw him perform to 10,000 of his fellow Glaswegians at the SECC and his second sold 45,000 tickets in a single day and shifted over 300,000 copies on DVD.

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