FORMER Phoenix Nights star Justin Moorhouse makes a welcome return to Memorial Hall on Wednesday with his new touring show Can I Stay At Your House?
With over a decade of stand-up under his belt as well as radio shows, writing and acting, the Manchester comic has a startling admission when asked what his greatest weakness is.
“I find these questions very difficult to answer,” he says.
“You are expected to come up with a very funny or a very honest answer. No-one wants to tell the truth but, in truth, my greatest weakness is a lack of confidence.”
In person you would never know it. Justin is naturally funny and charming and his act is free-flowing. But it wasn’t always that way.
“When I was five I was going to be a vicar, at seven it was a footballer, at 11 I wanted to be a chef. At 16 I just wanted money to go out with so I took a YTS job in an office.
“To be honest I didn’t grow up until I was 29 and that’s when I decided I wanted to be a comedian. I hated every other job I ever had. I wasn’t very good at them and the fear I was going to get sacked every day compounded my misery.
“Being a comedian gives me job satisfaction for the first time in my life. In 11 years or so of being a full time comedian I haven’t had a day when I didn’t want to ‘go to work’.
“I’m a stand-up comedian who gets chances to do other things. But if someone told me I had to do stand-up only in the future I wouldn’t mind. Stand-up comedy for me is where I feel the most alive.”