3rd Dec, 2016

'Daddy McGuinness' TV star returns to the stage

Shaun Reynolds 27th Oct, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

COMEDY fans are in for a treat when British funny guy Paddy McGuinness makes a flying visit to Birmingham’s Alexandra Theatre as part of his ‘Daddy McGuinness’ tour.

The 42-year-old has taken a four year break since his last full arena tour after becoming a father for the first time – and people can expect his new tour to feature plenty of fun-filled stories from his time away.

A popular presenter of the hit ITV programme Take Me Out, and also known for his work with Peter Kay, McGuinness will take to the stage this Thursday and Friday night (29/30).

Following 12 months of writing material, Paddy told Observer reporter Shaun Reynolds that this is by far his biggest gig with regards to content.

The TV star added: “The Midlands is one of the best crowds to play as it’s good for audience feedback.

“A place like London – where the public are spoilt for choice with what show they want to see – is hard to judge as people don’t appreciated a night at the theatre like people further north do.

“People talk about the difference in audiences from north to south but it’s actually London vs everywhere else in the land – I’m really excited to be visiting Birmingham as part of my tour.

“I’ve never used Twitter when on tour so it’s been nice to read some comments people have already said about the tour and how they’re excited to come and watch it.”

The former lifeguard, who only started his full time performing career 13 years ago, has used the first few years of parenthood to piece together two halfs to his show which are guaranteed to provide laughter.

“In the first half of the show I’ll be talking about becoming a Dad, however I’ve worded it so even non-parents will be able to relate,” added McGuinness.

“The second half is purely comedy, everything you do in life.”

One change to this year’s shows is that no DVD will be released after the conclusion of the mammoth five month tour – something Paddy was keen to do.

The father of two stated that you simply cannot beat a night at the theatre and joked that he still remembers his first time watching a pantomime – when he was 34.

McGuinness added: “I want to make this tour special, there’s something different about going to a live show.

“We live in a time where you can record any programme you want on TV and watch it when you please, but for me you just don’t get the same buzz.

“People have always been shouting for more so I’m confident the public will come out because it’s going to be great fun.”

For tickets to Paddy’s Alexandra Theatre appearance, visit www.ticketmaster.co.uk or call 0844 826 2826.