“You will either leave the show wanting kids or wanting a vasectomy,” says catchphrase king Paddy McGuinness as he prepares to bring his stand-up show about fatherhood to Northampton.
The Take Me Out presenter has promised belly laughs aplenty when his first tour for four years, Daddy McGuinness, lands at the Royal and Derngate in October.
But the father-of-two, whose poster sees him staring at a dirty nappy, has issued a word of caution to would-be audience members considering parenthood.
He joked: “Before I had kids, people would say to me, it’s the best thing that will ever happen to you - they said it would change my life.
“But what they don’t say is it will change your life – for the worse.”
The show, McGuinness said, is about “talking to people about the experience of being a parent,” but he said there will be “a lot of other stuff in the show that has nothing to do with parenthood.”
But what they don’t say is it will change your life – for the worsePaddy McGuinness
The Daddy McGuiness tour, due to launch in Northampton on October 8, marks a change in venue size for the Saturday night television star, who rose to fame playing doorman Paddy O’Shea in the Peter Kay comedy Phoenix Nights.
But swapping enormous arenas such as for more intimate theatres such as Royal and Derngate and Leicester’s De Montfort Hall was a conscious choice, he said.
“It’s a lovely feeling being in an actual theatre again,” McGuinness added. “Arenas are nice, but sometimes you might want to ask somebody a question, or someone might do something funny, but in an arena you haven’t got a chance of noticing it.”
In recent years the funnyman has seen his Saturday matchmaking show Take Me Out becoming a ratings hit.
The programme sees a single man try to get a date with one of thirty single women.
Even those who have never seen the show could be familiar with McGuinness’s now famous line ‘no likey - no lighty’.
But the 41-year-old says he has not tired of people quoting the catchphrase back to him on the street.
“You’ve got to find that sort of thing flattering that people actually know it,” he said.
“When you walk down the street and no one bats an eyelid you’ve got to worry in my line of work.”
Daddy McGuiness is set for the Royal and Derngate on Thursday, October 8. Tickets are now available at the box office on call 01604 624811 or online via http://www.royalandderngate.co.uk.