One of the country’s best-loved comedians, Paddy McGuinness, will be returning to his performing roots, with his first stand-up comedy tour since 2011.
Daddy McGuinness will be taken to nearly 50 venues across the UK this autumn including a gig at Hammersmith's Eventim Apollo on February 27 next year.
The star of ITV’s Take Me Out and Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights, Paddy chatted to us about getting back on the live theatre stage.
He said: “I have never been far away from telling people jokes.
“It has been a while doing stand-up, I am excited but I am also nervous.
“I think the day you don’t get nervous, is the time to give it up.”
In 2005 and 2006, Paddy toured the UK, performing 108 shows with his first solo stand-up tour, Paddy McGuinness: The Dark Side Tour.
In 2008 he took Paddy McGuinness Plus You! Live on the road and in 2011 he went on his third stand-up tour, Paddy McGuinness: Saturday Night Live Tour.
“I am looking forward to the new tour, it’s therapeutic doing stand-up," he said. “I am touring as a parent for the first time, there are things I want to get off my chest.
“I say to people ‘you wouldn’t believe what happened to me last night’ but I’ve realised I am not on my own.
“Being a father is the most wonderful amazing to happen to you, but equally the most stressful thing.”
But the show is not just aimed at parents, a good dose of Take Me Out comedy will be thrown in for good measure.
Now in its seventh series, Take Me Out arrived on our TV screens in January 2010 and has become a Saturday night phenomena.
Talking about the dating game show, Paddy said: “When you are involved in a new TV show, if it doesn’t get millions of views straight away it gets shelved.
“For Take Me Out I was thinking about the language of the show and how people would remember the name of the show when they talk about what was on TV at the weekend.
“That’s when I came up ‘let the.. see the...’ hoping people would remember that.
“I have got every catchphrase I’ve said on my computer so that I don’t repeat any.”
Paddy said recording Take Me Out was "hard work".
“We do one show a day, we start first thing in the morning and do not finish until 11pm at night,” he said. “There is so much rehearsing and it is hard work for me personally.
“My wife always says I work too much but if I just sat about I would go mad.”
Paddy McGuinness will be at the Eventim Apollo, in Hammersmith, on February 27 2016. The show starts at 7pm. Tickets are available online.
Originally published on Get Surrey.