Take a deep breath, this is going to hurt, warns Michael
AFTER a three-year absence from the live arena, Michael McIntyre returns to touring this autumn – and he just can't wait.
He says: "I am so excited about this tour. I want this to be the best show I've ever done!"
McIntyre, 36, plays six nights at Nottingham's Capital FM Arena in September and is a man for whom comedy comes as naturally as breathing. What he excels at is conjuring up an extraordinary comic universe from the ordinary facets of daily life.
McIntyre, 36, says: "At the beginning of this year, I said to myself, 'I just want to focus on what I do best, which is stand-up.
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"I thought I'd done enough TV recently. I have done three Royal Variety Performances, two series of Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, and a Christmas special, three episodes of Live at the Apollo and Britain's Got Talent."
You can add a forthcoming DVD entitled Michael McIntyre: Showtime! to that list. It is out on November 12.
McIntyre reflects that nothing is more difficult than creating the show. The gestation can be a long and winding road. Always ready with a self-deprecating joke, he admits that: "I pride myself on always creating entirely new material.
Understandably, he is reluctant to reveal all the subjects he will be touching on in his show. However, he is happy to give a few teasers. For instance, he will be discussing what a remarkable year this has been for Great Britain.
He muses: "It's an amazing time for this country. We don't usually have such massive events as the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics. I always like talking about things that everyone is involved in, like Christmas or the weather. That's why this year is such a good subject for comedy."
But it's not all been plain sailing for McIntyre. He recently suffered an unfortunate injury on stage. He recalls: "I did a warm-up gig in Cork a few weeks ago. The Euros were on, and I was impersonating the England football team who never knew where the ball was against Italy. Suddenly, something just pinged in my knee. I thought it was all over. I'd torn my calf muscle and collapsed on stage. At first, people thought it was part of the show."
"I ended up having to wear one of those Beckham orthopaedic boots, which was incredibly embarrassing.
He jokes: "The upside is that these injuries have just given me more material."
McIntyre is never content to rest on his laurels. He stresses: "You have to keep coming up with better stuff. I am so grateful that people have enjoyed my show in the past, but I don't want to test the water with a couple of dodgy shows now."
McIntyre takes such pleasure in his work that it is truly infectious. He says: "My comedy comes from a joyous place. I love making people laugh. In fact, the only time I'm really relaxed and comfortable is on stage – I struggle a bit with the rest of life!
"I don't think every comedian is like this, but I'd be very happy to be on stage all day long. Making people laugh is all I've ever wanted to do. The fact that I can now do it for a living is an incredible privilege.
"So I'm aiming as high as I can and hoping to give people the best night of their lives. You want them to go home, saying 'I had a fantastic night'. My intention is to make you laugh properly for two solid hours.
McIntyre concludes, unable to resist one last gag: "I must warn you, if I succeed, it's going to hurt your face!"
WHAT: Michael McIntyre
WHERE: Capital FM Arena Nottingham
WHEN: September 3-8
TICKETS: £35. Visit www.capitalfmarena.com