Paul McCaffrey: 'I wouldn't say that I'm growing old disgracefully, but there's certainly an arrested development there'
- Brian Donaldson
- 22 March 2019
Acclaimed stand-up heads off on his first national tour
Some might say that Paul McCaffrey has earned his stripes and deserves a proper shot in the comedy limelight. Having supported the likes of Sean Lock and Kevin Bridges in recent times, the popular Oasis-loving stand-up is launching into his own first proper national tour in which he's expecting much of his audience to be in a little bit of denial.
'A lot of my recent stuff has been around the difficulty of adapting to my 40s which will resonate with a lot of audiences,' he says. 'I wouldn't say that I'm growing old disgracefully, but there's certainly an arrested development there which is quite common with my peer group. People who were around during rave and Britpop are perhaps doing adulthood in a slightly different way to how it was previously been done by other generations. It feels as though there's this desire to continue having a good time even if the body might not be up for that.'
With I Thought I Would Have Grown Out of This By Now, he'll be delivering a compilation of his best bits to date merged with a version of his acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe show, Pills, Thrills And Bellylaughs. That set centred on the story of him going to a music festival with some friends, 20 years after their last visit to such an event. 'I definitely used to look a lot younger than my age. Up to my mid-30s, every time I'd tell someone how old I was, they'd never believe me, but more recently that stopped happening. I used to be quite good at sleeping, but all that has stopped. That's not comedy, it's just facts.'
The Stand, Edinburgh, Tue 26 Mar; The Glee Club, Glasgow, Wed 27 Mar.