INTERVIEW: The daddy of comedy, Paddy McGuinness, returns to Buxton

Paddy McGuinness will appear at Buxton Opera House on October 28.
Paddy McGuinness will appear at Buxton Opera House on October 28.

He’s a comedian and TV presenter who’s equally at home on an arena stage, in front of a TV camera or treading the boards of a traditional theatre.

And later in the year, Paddy McGuinness will be bringing his warm, Northern musings to Buxton when he appears at the town’s opera house.

His new tour, entitled Daddy McGuinness, kicks off in September and promises a fun evening out for everyone, as long as they leave the kids behind!

So what can those who go along to Paddy’s Buxton date on October 28 expect?

“I’ve never toured as a parent,” he said, “so obviously there’s a wealth of material to talk about with having kids, but the tour isn’t solely about that.”

As we chat, Paddy is at home looking after his children, twins Leo and Penelope, no doubt picking up even more material for his forthcoming shows.

I think if you come to watch the show you’ll leave wanting to do one of two things - you’ll either leave thinking ‘I want kids’ or ‘I want a vasectomy’.

Paddy McGuinness

He explained: “One of the things when you have kids is that things happen to you, really extraordinary things that you think are one-offs and then when you speak to other people with kids they go ‘yeah that’s normal’, so it was those kind of things that I thought surely that can’t happen, surely no-one does this, that or the other, so I started writing these things down.

“I think if you come to watch the show you’ll leave wanting to do one of two things - you’ll either leave thinking ‘I want kids’ or ‘I want a vasectomy’.”

He joked: “Parents they do this thing, they trap you, they’ll go ‘have you got kids?’ and you’ll go ‘no’ and they’ll say its the best thing that’s ever happened to them, its fantastic and they just wanna draw you into having them so you can share in their misery.

“ So there’s a lot of things to talk about, a lot of things to get off my chest, therapy I call it.”

And on coming to Buxton, he said: “I think I’ve only done Buxton once but I always remember it was a lovely theatre and a really nice crowd there.

“I really like the acoustics of theatres, those old fashioned ones.

“There’s something about them. They’re really nice.

“You can do an arena show and have 14,000 people in front of you but you’ll never get that same buzz as you do from a theatre.”

As well as his previous comedy tours, and his work with Peter Kay on shows including Phoenix Nights, Paddy is also well-known as the presenter of the popular Saturday night dating show Take Me Out.

And having previously been a contestant himself on such a show before he rose to fame, Paddy knows all too well how the eager suitors are feeling when they come down the love lift: “When the lads say to me they’re nervous, I just say look, I’ve danced around on late night TV in a pair of black silk boxer shorts, don’t worry about it.”

The latest series has recently ended on ITV but its popularity shows no sign of waning.

“It’s great,” Paddy said. “It’s nice that it keeps coming back. We’ve just done series seven and I think it’s one of those shows that has become part of Saturday nights where people just expect it to be on. It does keep me on my toes.”