Kevin Bridges’ companies make over £3.2m in profit

Bridges, 28, started performing in Glasgow clubs as a teenager before moving on to sell-out tours and a string of television appearances. Picture: TSPL

Bridges, 28, started performing in Glasgow clubs as a teenager before moving on to sell-out tours and a string of television appearances. Picture: TSPL

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SCOTS comic Kevin Bridges’ companies made a profit of more than £3.2 million last year, new figures have revealed.

Newly published accounts from the firms the stand-up uses to channel his earnings show how his massive success has boosted his bank balance.

Bridges, 28, started performing in Glasgow clubs as a teenager before moving on to sell-out tours and a string of television appearances.

Accounts for last year for Bridges’ company Dip and Chip Limited show its has total assets of £3,262,836.

The company owes just £1,200 to unnamed creditors and made a profit of £2,261,635 for the 12 month period.

That firm, set up in 2012, is named after one of his most famous routines about American students eating dip and chip snacks at Chad Hogan’s party.

His second company El Tiburon - Spanish for ‘The Shark’ - had earlier published figures showing it made a profit of £949,871 last year.

Bridges, from Clydebank, is the sole director of the Glasgow-based companies and owns all the shares in them.

As well as touring, DVDs and TV shows, the comic has earned cash through selling his own-branded merchandise and also released his autobiography last year.

Last year, he had his name officially registered as a trademark to protect his money-spinning image rights.

He has just emarked on a huge UK tour which will see him perform 16 sell-out gigs at Glasgow’s Hydro arena.

Bridges has told how he has already splashed out with some of his earnings.

He recently bought a £1 million townhouse in the west end of Glasgow and a luxury boat which he uses for regular trips around Loch Lomond with friends.

However, he has insisted he is not comfortable with a wealthy lifestyle and told how he returned a designer jacket because it cost the same as his mum’s weekly wage.

He said: “I went into this designer shop and bought a jacket for, like, £280. Then I started to think, ‘My mum’s a home help and that’s a week’s wages.’ I went back into the shop and I was returning it.

“The guy looked at the receipt and it was only 17 minutes after I’d bought it.

“So I was going, ‘Oh aye, I tried it on again and it didn’t fit.’ I was starting to go a bit red. I just wanted to get the money back so I could go.

“You know you get R&B stars that make a bit of money and they’ll go and buy hunners of motors?

“I could never imagine being like that. As soon as I bought the jacket I thought, ‘What am I doing? I’m a comedian, I’m supposed to be the underdog, I shouldn’t be dressed like this’. Seventeen minutes it lasted. I had 17 minutes of glamour. A 17-minute celebrity.”

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