Laughter trackBy Paul Robins
October 15, 2008
Everyone's favourite doorman is back on the road again with a mission to explain why women are complicated and men are simple.
Armed with new material, Paddy McGuinness is hitting Reading Comedy Festival with his eagerly awaited brand new show.
And he’s not alone. The Lancastrian laughter-maker is hoping Reading folk will like his new support act – handpicked by the comic in X Factor fashion.
In an unusual twist, Paddy has auditioned amateur acts and selected an unknown to perform alongside him at The Hexagon tonight.
“I had the idea about a year ago when I wasn’t on tour,” he said.
“I thought about The X Factor and shows like that and thought it would be a good idea to do something similar to give someone a break.
“There’s some absolutely fantastic acts out there in the pubs and clubs that never get a chance.
“This gives them that chance to have a taste of playing to a ready made audience.”
The show, unsurprisingly entitled Paddy McGuinness Plus You, follows on from the success of his epic 2006 tour The Dark Side, which took in 115 sold-out dates.
And the star of Phoenix Nights and Max and Paddy promises to have audiences in stitches with tales of misfortune, ex-girlfriends and nights out with long-term pal Peter Kay.
“I suppose I would describe myself as a modern day Brucie without the wig,” he said.
“It will be an entertaining show where people can let their hair down. I don’t like this chin-stroking style of comedy, which I think is too ‘arty’.
“I have a big white board in my office which I use to note things down on when I think of them.
“By the time I came to write this tour it was full of nonsense.
“I believe it is the toughest job to do but I can imagine someone reading this who is surfacing a road will disagree with me.”
And he has plenty of experiences to draw on in a career which has included stints as an 18-30s rep, lifeguard, silver service waiter, warehouseman and fitness instructor.
Most recently he has become known as the pasty-loving spokesman for a certain High Street bakers and spent the past few months touring the country with Rory McGrath in search of strange sporting events and other things blokes of their age really shouldn’t be doing.
“Bog snorkelling had to be the worst,” he said. “It’s not Wimbledon, that’s for sure.
“I prefer doing stand-up and being on dry land myself.
“There is nothing better than standing on stage with the spotlight on you and hearing the audience clapping and laughing in front of you.”