Interview: Steve Coogan

Blackpool Citizen: FULL OF CHARACTER:  Steve Coogan who is appearing at the Blackpool Opera House later this month FULL OF CHARACTER: Steve Coogan who is appearing at the Blackpool Opera House later this month

Steve Coogan, the creator of some of the most memorable comedy characters in the past 20 years returns to Blackpool Opera House for two shows later this month.

He’s just finished a run in the television series Sunshine in which he played a gambling addict and has worked with Hollywood stars on numerous films.

But he’s returned to his comic roots for his first live stage tour in 10 years and the audience has the chance to be re-aquainted with his creations, Speaking to the Citizen, Steve revealed his motivations for reviving characters such as Alan Partridge and returning to the stage.

The BAFTA winning comedian, said: “I felt it was time to go back to doing stage shows.

“It had been a long time and I wanted to get back to that gag-based type of humour and the pure experience that performing in front of a live audience gives.

“Inhabiting the characters after such a gap was a little strange, but in a way they are with me all the time and become like family members.”

Steve, 43, also said that some of his creations are much harder to play.

“Pauline Calf always opens the show because the costume is so uncomfortable,” he said.

“To play her I'm trussed up like a turkey and to play a female, especially one who dresses like that, is very demanding.

“Whereas with Paul Calf I can completely relax and do that part of the show more naturally.”

Other characters making an appearance are more recent creation Tommy Saxondale and his first ever character, Duncan Thickett, while the whole second act is devoted to Steve's most well-known alter-ego, Alan Partridge.

Steve also revealed fond childhood memories of visiting Blackpool.

“On more than one occasion I chose a trip to the Illuminations for my birthday treat.

“Me and my brothers would be packed into the steamed-up car crawling down the Prom and would eat fish and chips.

“I think every Mancunian family does the same thing!”

Steve Coogan plays the Blackpool Opera House on Wednesday, November 26 and Thursday, November 27 at 7.30pm.

Tickets priced £30, are available from 0844 8561111.

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