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Paddy McGuinness reveals the main reason he got into comedy was seeing how much Peter Kay as paid

Paddy McGuinness has revealed the main driving force behind him getting into comedy was due to seeing how much his pal Peter Kay got paid.

The TV star, 48, made the revelation during an interview on Wednesday’s This Morning, where he was discussing his new autobiography My Lifey.

And when talking about the start of his career, Paddy told how seeing the wages that childhood friend Peter, 48, earned after a stand-up gig influenced him to follow in his footsteps as he noted: ‘It was purely a financial decision.’

Money talks: Paddy McGuinness has revealed the main driving force behind him getting into comedy was due to seeing how much his pal Peter Kay got paid

Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield in the studio, Paddy noted how Peter, who he’d known since school, influenced his future career after he accompanied him to one of his gigs.

He explained: ‘I wasn’t going to my lessons at college, I just happened to be skipping another class with some friends and I saw Peter. He had a camcorder and he was doing a course at college and I was like “oh hey, I’ve not seen you for ages!” 

‘We got chatting again and I said what you up to? And he says “I’m doing a bit of comedy, I do a few gigs”. I said to him “Oh I’ll come with you one night” and that’s how it came about.’

He continued: ‘We went into a club in Manchester, a famous comedy club called The Frog and Bucket and we went there together and I watched him and he did like 15 minutes on stage. And I’ve mentioned this before, that’s what piqued my interest, when he got his wages.’

Influence: when talking about the start of his career, Paddy told how seeing the wages that childhood friend Peter, 48, earned after a stand-up gig influenced him to follow in his footsteps as he noted: 'It was purely a financial decision' (pictured together in 2004)

Influence: when talking about the start of his career, Paddy told how seeing the wages that childhood friend Peter, 48, earned after a stand-up gig influenced him to follow in his footsteps as he noted: ‘It was purely a financial decision’ (pictured together in 2004)

At that time, Paddy was the main breadwinner in his single-parent family, working shifts to support his mother.

Recalling how it was Peter’s earnings that turned him to comedy, he went on: ‘I think he got £40 or something and at the time, I wasn’t earning that on the shift and when I lived at home I had to bring money in for my mum for bills and everything else.

‘I was like, well I’m not earning that on a shift what I was doing at the time, so I thought I’d give it a go.

‘So it was purely a financial decision to do it and that’s how I came about being back in with Peter and my mates again and then it just snowballed really.’

Chat: The TV star, 48, made the revelation during an interview on Wednesday's This Morning, where he was discussing his new autobiography My Lifey

Chat: The TV star, 48, made the revelation during an interview on Wednesday’s This Morning, where he was discussing his new autobiography My Lifey

Back in the day: Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield in the studio, Paddy noted how Peter, who he'd known since school, influenced his future career after he accompanied him to one of his gigs

Back in the day: Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield in the studio, Paddy noted how Peter, who he’d known since school, influenced his future career after he accompanied him to one of his gigs

Decision: Recalling how it was Peter's earnings that turned him to comedy, he went on: I think he got £40 or something and at the time, I wasn't earning that on the shift so I thought I'd give it a go' (pictured Peter on stage in 2006)

Decision: Recalling how it was Peter’s earnings that turned him to comedy, he went on: I think he got £40 or something and at the time, I wasn’t earning that on the shift so I thought I’d give it a go’ (pictured Peter on stage in 2006)

Thanks to that decision, the duo went on to appear together in an array of comedies including That Peter Kay Thing, Phoenix Nights and Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere.

While Paddy later had solo successes on TV shows including Take Me Out, Top Gear and more recently A Question Of Sport.

Meanwhile, Paddy also opened up on what it felt like writing about his late mother Pat, who died in 2003.

The father-of-three said to Holly and Phil: ‘I remember writing the book, I remember I said in the book I’m in tears writing this. 

Duo: Thanks to that decision, the duo went on to appear together in an array of comedies including That Peter Kay Thing, Phoenix Nights and Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere (pictured together on Phoenix Nights)

Duo: Thanks to that decision, the duo went on to appear together in an array of comedies including That Peter Kay Thing, Phoenix Nights and Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere (pictured together on Phoenix Nights)

‘It’s a bit like when I talk about being in the cars, sleeping in them and you forgot about all that… I think any kind of grief, unfortunately we’ve all got to go through it at some point. 

‘You’d never get over it but you kind of learn to cope with it and it gets easier over time. So when you go revisiting those memories, it is horrendous. But I wanted top put it in the book because it’s a part of my life and I’m glad.’

He continued: ‘and at the end of it then, even though you have a good cry, you then recall all the amazing things that used to happen and everything that happened in and around that, but it’s in there.’

This Morning continues weekdays from 10am on ITV.  

Tough to write: Meanwhile, Paddy also opened up on what it felt like writing about his late mother Pat, who died in 2003

Tough to write: Meanwhile, Paddy also opened up on what it felt like writing about his late mother Pat, who died in 2003


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