Comedy is kid’s stuff

BRUCE Devlin is one of the few comedians who can say they’ve done it all - stand-up, television, radio, chat shows, been a roving reporter and, as of Sunday, ran a 10K for charity.

Not only that, but the sharp compere has another string to his bow - he’s great with kids.

That’s lucky, because this year he will be hosting two kids-only stand up events in Kirkcaldy designed to give youngsters a good dose of the giggles.

“I’ve done lots of kids comedy before so I’m very much looking forward to doing it again this year,” Bruce, who is returning to Kirkcaldy after doing the kids shows last year, told the Press.

Bruce works with kids comedy clubs in Edinburgh and Glasgow, so he’s more than used to “alteration of language and topic, but that’s the only real difference”.

Instant exchange

“Children are probably a more difficult audience,” Bruce continues.

“I do remember one gig where they told one of the comedians they thought he was a bit rubbish and he might like to get off now.

‘’That’s the thing about stand-up - it’s an instant exchange.”

Bruce puts his experiences as a devoted uncle down to his knack with kids, but it’s his quick wit and interest in others that has earned him a reputation as one of Scotland’s slickest comperes.

So while in Kirkcaldy, Bruce will be putting all his skills to the test and host Friday Night Live at Society too.

“I have compered longer than I have done anything else, so I think it’s a skill set I have had since I was a child.

“I’m genuinely interested in other people and I’m ultimately there to have a laugh.

“A lot of people see the compere as the second tier but it’s probably the hardest job of the evening - you don’t have a warm-up act.”

As a roving reporter on STV’s The Hour, and host of ‘Devlin after Dark’ - a chat show where he interviews guests live on stage - Bruce has been coined Scotland’s ‘Chat Show King’.

So with so much going on, why is it important to return to Kirkcaldy?

Own scene

“I cut my teeth at places like the Path Tavern. It’s important for people to have access to the arts in general, and it’s hugely important that places like Kirkcaldy have their own scene.

“It’s great to bring on talent from the local area too, because Scotland is definitely somewhere that wants to see its own do well.”

And as someone who has the chance to meet a lot of comedians, he has some tips for Kirkcaldy.

“For me the solo shows are fantastic.

‘‘But the ones I like are combination shows because there’s always choice. Those are where you discover emerging talent.”