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Big Gay Following

EVERYONE’S FAVOURITE CHATTY MAN TALKS TO ATTITUDE ABOUT DIFFICULT SOFA GUESTS, HOMOPHOBIA WITHIN THE GAY COMMUNITY, AND SETTLING DOWN WITH HIS LONG-TERM PARTNER.

ALAN CARR

I joined Alan backstage at Chatty Man, as he prepares for a night on the sofa, hosting guests like Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller and Justin Bieber. He’s hungry, but lucky for him there’s a fruit basket on hand (and a bottle of champagne, if you don’t mind). We’re chatting in advance of a major live show in Manchester the following night, where he’ll bring his Yap, Yap, Yap! show back to the place where his comedy career began. They say comedians can be tough in real life, or worse – not very fun – but I’m pleased to report that from the moment I meet him, until the moment he sends me off with a selfie and a hug, Alan Carr is every inch the man that TV viewers up and down the country love to laugh with. And needless to say, he doesn’t half like to chat...

PHOTOS: LEE BAXTER

With this new show, Yap, Yap, Yap! it’s the first time you’ve been on the road for a few years, isn’t it?

It’s been four years, but I’ve been writing stuff since 2013, turning up at pubs and grotty bars trying it all out.

You still have to take it back to the grassroots to test stuff out?

Yeah, I still do that, but the thing is now everyone’s got phones, and they film it, and of course you die on your arse when you’re trying out new jokes. People just assume that you have two hours of material that’s funny just like that, but it’s only when you practice them and twiddle with them that you make them fine.

So, being famous doesn’t make it any easier as a comedian?

Oh, no! A joke still starts at the bottom and works its way up; there’s no fast track. What you find is the audience will laugh with you for the first five minutes because you’re off the telly, and then you have to deliver, you have to perform. You’re up against new up and coming comedians. These people are young and fit and I’m like Angela Lansbury.

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