Comedian donates gig proceeds to NI charity

Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges
Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges

Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges has donated the proceeds of one of his recent shows in Londonderry to Ulster-based charity Children In Crossfire.

The star announced his decision at his show on Monday night at the Millennium Forum after an incident at the first of five sell-out shows.

On Friday past Kevin became victim to a “sustained” verbal attack by a woman who had attended the show.

Yesterday a spokeswoman for Kevin confirmed the verbal abuse began around 15 minutes into the 70-minute show and continued for most of the night.

She added that the woman who was heckling Kevin “appeared to be drunk” and “just kept interrupting” him throughout the event.

As a result Kevin was forced to leave the stage while staff members at the Millennium Forum removed the woman from the auditorium.

The spokeswoman said he “returned and finished off the set”. She did confirm, however, that as a result of the woman’s behaviour the show was a “little shorter” than the other Londonderry shows but explained that “in the world of comedy shows a little fluctuation in time is normal, but Friday night was a one off”.

As a gesture of goodwill the comedian decided to donate all proceeds from Friday’s gig to the local charity Children In Crossfire.

While it’s unknown as yet how much that is likely to be, founder and director of Children in Crossfire Richard Moore said he was overwhelmed by the news.

He added: “This is a wonderful gesture by Kevin Bridges and everyone associated with Children in Crossfire are extremely grateful.

“These funds will go towards improving the lives of some of the most vulnerable children who suffer from not having access to food, proper medicine or clean water in Tanzania and Ethiopia.

“When David Mc Laughlin from the Millennium Forum contacted me last night to inform me of the news, I couldn’t believe it.

“It was such a wonderful gesture and will give a great boost to our work and an enormous sense of encouragement to our partners overseas”.

David McLaughlin, Chief Executive of the Millennium Forum thanked the star for his generous donation and said the Forum was “delighted to be involved in helping such a worthy cause.”

Speaking of the incident he said: “The Millennium Forum welcomes top comedian, Kevin Bridges, to our venue for five sold out nights.

“We appreciate patrons’ respect for each other and the artist on stage and it was disappointing that one member of the audience did not extend this courtesy on Friday evening.

“We take all feedback on board and work hard to ensure all our patrons and performers enjoy their experience at our venue.”

Fan Christy McColgan cosaid he believed the Millennium Forum should have acted more quickly.

He added: “A heckler in the Forum ruined Christy Moore a few years back too. It was left to the crowd to deal with it. The Forum need a clear policy on alcohol.”