WHEN the Solihull News speaks to Brian Conley about his latest tour, the London funnyman sounds in a chirpy mood.
By his own admission, the new show is a trip down memory lane and revives some of the entertainer’s most famous characters - including Dangerous Brian and Nick Frisbee.
“It’s a variety show and I think it’s going to be a great show for all the family.” explained the comic. “Perhaps not for little kids - I don’t really want to see women in the audience breast feeding - but anyone over the age of 12 should really enjoy it.
“ It’s cheeky, but it’s never rude - people who have seen me in panto will know what to expect. Not many shows are family orientated, so that’s a little niche which I think a lot of people are ignoring.”
It’s thanks to panto that Brian knows Birmingham quite well. And he thinks the audiences have a better time if they’re north of the Watford gap.
“I think it’s because they are in a warm theatre,” he joked. “Seriously, I don’t know why it is. Maybe Londoners think they know it all, they’re a bit stuffier. We knock them down in the end, but it takes a little bit longer.”
While many will know him for his TV shows, Brian began in theatre and really loves live performance.
“It’s not clinical and it’s not dull. It’s where you know if something is good or not.
“A studio crowd will laugh at something if it’s a bit lame, that’s not true in theatre - you have to work hard.
“People have put their hand in their pocket and come to see you and it’s a great responsibility to make sure they have a good time - it’s not something I take lightly.”
The Best of Brian Conley is touring now - for a full list of dates go to www.brianconley.com.