How did it feel when they asked you to take over as the host?
"Aye, it was great. Because it's a show where everyone is given a topic, I was stuck on football last year. You sort of realise after a while that not everyone is into football and people who are into football don't like you joking about it because they take it that seriously. I'm a football fan as well, so constantly when I was watching games I was having to think about gags. So I'd rather just do the hosting gig I think and talk about different topics and what's going on in the newspapers. Although having read the newspapers and stuff there doesn't appear to be much happening at the moment other than earthquakes and the Middle East is kicking off. I could do with some non-serious stuff happening!"
Are there any other tweaks to the show other than you taking over presenting duties?
"Aye, there's no chair. We had The Chair on the last time, but that was just giving airtime to Big Brother contestants, so we ditched that. It's just going to be pure stand-up this time, which I think is a good thing. It will be very much like Live At The Apollo, but we're going to make it more like a comedy club gig. We want to bring that vibe onto the TV."
The show has been described as 'no-holds barred'. Will the show be controversial?
"Sometimes that can put people off, the 'no-holds barred' tag. People will tune in and expect something edgy. They'll expect some Eminem, you know, 'I don't give a s**t man, I don't give a s**t if you don't like me'. That's not what the show is about really. It's just a show on Channel 4 after the watershed. If your jokes are edgy then say them, but don't go out of your way to be shocking. I think the show is pretty much top comics talking on a wide range of topics and you're free to say what you want without worrying about clearance from TV executives or complaints."
There is a bit of a culture of complaining about TV comedy these days. Does that worry you?
"Nah, it doesn't worry me. I've never done anything that I'm not happy with and that I don't fully agree with on TV. If it's me saying it then I can totally justify it right there on stage. If someone wants to complain then they can complain. I'm not really bothered if 20,000 complaints come in, it's just the producers who will have a difficult job replying to them all. But I don't really worry about that. It's just stand-up, it's free speech and you can say what you want really."
Many people were shocked by Frankie Boyle's Channel 4 show. What did you make of it?
"Well, that's what you get with Frankie. He does what he does. If you give him a TV show you are going to get Frankie Boyle. So fair play to him for sticking to his guns. I didn't really see much of the show, but I understand it was a bit full-on."
Do you think it's good that Channel 4 is encouraging comics at the fringes who push the boundaries?
"I think this comes back to my earlier point about edgy comedy. I don't think you should require someone's permission to be edgy. It should just be a rule and a given that you can be edgy if you want to be. But at the same time someone like Michael McIntyre who isn't by any means edgy, it doesn't make him less of a comic than someone like Richard Pryor or Frankie. There's room for everybody."
Is there a lot of rivalry between comedians about getting on TV?
"I don't think so anymore. I think with Michael McIntyre's Roadshow, I mean about 40 comics must have got a TV break on that, and all the panel shows, the breaks are definitely there these days."
There must be a few bitter people who can't get that first break, though.
"Well, if you want to get into comedy to just appear on TV, you'll be bitter and twisted in about a year anyway. You'll be wasting your time if you want your fame dreams fulfilled. I just got into comedy by giving it a go one night and it happened to go well. You've got to give it a whirl, hold the microphone and do some gigs first to see if it's what you want to do before worrying about TV."
Do you feel comfortable doing stand-up on TV now?
"Definitely, definitely. The more TV gigs you do, suddenly it becomes more like a club gig and your average show. The only difference is that you have a wee bit of make-up on and someone irons your suit, but that's it. And you do get a little bit of heckling on these TV shows, because people want to get on the telly. We'll be trying to make it as much like a comedy club as possible on Stand Up, so we'll be doing some speaking to the audience and things like that."
Is it right that you've played gigs in the Middle East?
"Aye, I've done gigs in Saudi Arabia, Dubai, the Middle East, Qatar, lots of places like that. It sounds more glamourous than it is when it says I've gigged in the Middle East and Far East. Basically it's a bunch of people dodging tax watching. A bunch of guys from Basingstoke that work in commodities, who are out there dodging tax. The Saudi Arabia gigs were with lots of people who were educated in Europe. Generally though I find that funny is funny no matter where you are in the world. Everyone is on Facebook, Twitter and MSN Messenger these days, so everyone knows what's going on around the world."
Could you imagine yourself going down the TV presenting route like Jason Manford?
"Being on TV doesn't excite me, but doing comedy on TV does. If you get what I mean. I get offered TV stuff lots and lots, ridiculous stuff, but I don't want to do it. I'd just become the annoying guy on the TV who nobody likes anymore. I'm actually doing lots of writing at the moment. Along with the stand-up that's where my focus is right now."
Are you writing for TV?
"Aye, I've been offered a few pilots by different channels. I don't know which one I'm going to go for yet, but I'm trying to write up something that isn't the usual stand-up and sketches... but I'll probably end up writing a load of stand-up and sketches! That's what it will probably be called, Kevin Bridges Stand-Up and Sketches. If you are going to do a TV show you have got to make it a good one otherwise you will start annoying people."
Stand Up For The Week starts on Saturday at 11.10pm on Channel 4.