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Paddy McGuinness announces stand-up tour - how to get tickets

The TV star is going back to his comedy roots with 40 dates announced for 2024 and 2025.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 16:  Paddy McGuinness attends the ITV Palooza! held at The Royal Festival Hall on October 16, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Jeff Spicer/WireImage)
Paddy McGuinness is heading back on tour. (WireImage)

Buy Paddy McGuiness tickets

Paddy McGuinness fans have waited eight long years for the chance to see the comedian perform a live stand-up tour - so it'll come as an early Christmas present to hear that he has announced 40 dates across the UK.

The Phoenix Nights star's tour, titled Nearly There, spans late 2024 and early 2025 with a huge range of venues to choose from.

Here's all you need to know about how to get tickets to see him live.

How to get Paddy McGuinness tour tickets

Keen McGuinness fans can sign up to a ticket pre-sale that goes live on Thursday, 7 December at 7am.

The pre-sale, hosted by Ticketmaster, closes for registration at 5pm on Wednesday, 6 December and pre-sale emails will begin dropping from 6pm.

If you miss the pre-sale, you can buy tickets to see McGuinness through the general sale which opens on Friday, 8 December.

Where is Paddy McGuinness going on tour?

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 10: Paddy McGuinness attends the
Paddy McGuinness will travel the length and breadth of the UK. (Getty Images for Paramount Pictures UK)

McGuinness announced the big news that he would be going on tour for the first time since 2016 on Monday.

Fans can see him in 2024 and 2025 as he takes on a 40-date UK tour, beginning in Blackburn on 24 October.

The tour will see him travel to venues across England and in Wales and Scotland, with a night at the London Palladium on 14 March, 2025.

Locations include Dundee, Aberdeen, Newcastle, Swansea, Cardiff and Torquay, with a final night at Blackpool Opera House on 29 March, 2025.

He also wrote on X: "We’re looking into more dates for the tour. Got to squeeze in another Manchester along with Ireland, Liverpool and of course… BOLTON!!! You’ll know when I know, what I know you’ll know, then we’ll all know. No?"

McGuinness said: "It’s been eight years since my last tour and there’s lots of things to laugh about. I’m looking forward to getting back in front of a live audience, along with running the gauntlet of cancel culture, click bait and fake news."

What has Paddy McGuinness been doing since his last tour?

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Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris hosted Top Gear. (BBC)

Although he started out in comedy, McGuinness has leaned more towards TV presenting work in recent years.

The star proved his hosting credentials back on ITV dating show Take Me Out, and has seen a steady stream of TV bookings since then.

In 2019, McGuinness, 50, landed a job as one of the new hosts of Top Gear, which was cancelled last month following a period of time off air after his co-star Freddie Flintoff's driving accident while filming.

McGuinness made a BBC documentary, Paddy and Christine McGuinness: Our Family and Autism in 2021, where he and his then wife spoke about their three children's autism diagnosis.

In 2022, the couple announced that they were splitting after 11 years of marriage.