It will perhaps be a bittersweet visit Bill Bailey pays to Blackpool next month.
The comedian and musician’s two dates at the Grand Theatre are the last two of a mammoth UK tour, and will herald both a big after-tour party as well as the beginning of the post-performances hangover.
Bailey has been touring, to rave reviews, since April and is looking forward to coming to Blackpool, a town he describes as being the “essence of Britishness”.
His tour, Qualmpeddlar, channels his feelings of unease about the modern world, especially politics, into a musical and comedic mix that Bailey hopes will encourage people to laugh at “the absurdity” of life.
Despite dozens of dates across the country he promises the show remains fresh thanks to the audiences and the neverending supply of that which to have qualms about.
“The show sort of evolves,” Bill says. “There’s the show with a structure and that works with the usual elements of films and animations and music, then we can roam around. Already there are new songs and I’m reacting to things in the news.”
He won’t react to the nuances of Blackpool life though, opting not to indulge in the tomfoolery of mocking a town that many comedians visiting the resort choose to do.
“With my kind of stuff, when making fun of things, unless it’s bankers or politicians, it tends to be done with affection,” he says.
“I’m not one to just have a go at things gratuitously. ”
Bailey is very concerned with the impact politicians have on the lives of ordinary working people and aims to help people laugh at life.
And he’s certainly au fait with making Blackpool laugh, having played club shows, stage shows and conferences in the resort. It’s a place he remembers fondly.
“We used to come to Blackpool all the time,” he said. And we’d hanging out, going up the Tower and on all the rides. It was great. It’s got a kind of very British thing about it, it engenders a bit of nostalgia in me, being there.”
Qualmpeddlar plays at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool, on November 1 and 2.
Tickets available from: www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk and the Box Office on: (01253) 290190 or visit: www.BillBailey.co.uk
All tickets are £26.50