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SPEXY Beast Alan Carr is looking forward to two chatty nights at next month’s Grin Up North comedy festival in Sheffield – where it all began for him almost 10 years ago, writes Graham Walker.

The 35-year-old star of TV’s Chatty Man has revealed festival organiser Toby Foster gave him one of his first big breaks in the city.

Spexy Beast: Alan Carr returns to stand-up at Motorpoint Arena.

Spexy Beast: Alan Carr returns to stand-up at Motorpoint Arena.

Now Carr is returning, with his Spexy Beast live show at the Motorpoint Arena on Friday and Saturday, October 14 and 15.

It’s part of this year’s month-long comedy festival – from October 1 to 31.

And we have 10 tickets to be won to see Alan Carr.

VIDEO: Press the button to watch Nik Brear’s video chat with Alan Carr.

FREE DOWNLOAD:Get your 2011 Grin Up North programme, for full details about all the great acts appearing at this year’s festival- click here.

In an exclusive chat with The Star, Carr told us: “Toby Foster gave me my very first headline slot here almost a decade ago.

“I performed everywhere in Sheffield back then. I especially loved the Lescar. I have such fond memories of this city.

“But if somebody had told me I was going to be on stage at Sheffield Arena... I mean, I saw Tina Turner there! Obviously, I won’t be going ‘Rolling, Rolling’. Well, I might do if I don’t get a laugh.

“It’s ridiculous. I know you lose a lot of your intimacy, but it’s good to get that buzz. I might not be as popular in a few years’ time and be able to fill arenas, so I’ve got to do it now.”

He added: “I’ve thought about stringing a line of washing across the stage, putting curlers in my hair and having a good ol’ chinwag.”

Stand-up comedian, best-selling author and chat show supremo, Carr became a huge star and a family favourite on the back of his TV hits including Friday and Sunday Night Project, co-hosted with Justin Lee Collins, and current chat show, Chatty Man.

But Spexy Beast comes with a warning of swearing and humour, with access only for those aged 15 and over.

Guarantee tickets at £30 each, which may be subject to a booking fee. Buy in person, call 0114 2565656, or book online at motorpointarena.co.uk or arenaticketshop.co.uk

* We have five pairs of tickets up for grabs. For your chance to win a pair enter by text or online, by deadline on Friday, September 30, 2011, at 10am.

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