Justin Moorhouse brings his latest tour to Preston in November. Sarah Fielden caught up with the comic
“It’s ugly, but it’s unique and it’s special”.
That’s comic star Justin Moorhouse’s take on Preston’s iconic bus station.
The comedian will be in the city in November, and he told the Evening Post about his love for the brutalist structure - and his dislike of fatherhood.
“I love it, but I don’t have to look at it every day,” Justin says, referring to the recently-listed building.
He was fascinated by the debate surrounding the station, saying he thought it was “modernist brutalism at its best.”
He says: “I would be upset if they were going to take it down.
“It’s ugly in people’s eyes, but it’s unique and it’s special and I think there is something about it that’s incredible.
“We’ve got to remember it’s not what our tastes are today. You knock it down, it’s gone forever.”
Justin’s show, Justin Time, will come to 53 Degrees on November 7.
He says: “I’m not going to pretend there’s big meanings in it and it’s going to change the world. I’m going to talk about my own situation - I talk about being a dad and not how I find it difficult, but how I don’t really like it.
“If you’ve got kids you’ll understand - you don’t like them. They are time consuming and unproductive – like us.
“They are doing things you don’t like, but you’re seeing yourself in them - it’s not all John Lewis and Mumsnet.”
Justin has an eight-year-old daughter and a son who is 16.
He says: “Overall, weighing it all up, I would rather be a dad than not. But it’s hard - life is easier when you’ve not got kids.
“I remember the days when I would wake up on a Sunday morning, maybe a bit hungover, and think ‘What can I do today?’
“Now I wake up and think ‘Have we got custard?’ My life has gone from a free and easy life of a comedian to this wall-charted life I have but I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
Justin says he will also talk about his dog as part of the show.
He says: “She, on the other hand, is amazing. I say what it’s like to be a comedian.
“At the end of the show I tell a story, which is a true story, and it’s about the worst day of my life. It’s about cagoules and owls, and when they come to see the show they’ll get it.
“It’s just me and a microphone, there’s no tricks, it’s just me doing stand up.”
Audiences in Preston were “always great”, he said, and is looking forward to the gig.
He says: “It’s a big old place, and sometimes I think it misses out on the touring schedule. People are appreciative there and it’s always a great night.
“If I can give people a good night out and they go home and say ‘That was alright, that lad’ if a room full of people come and buy a ticket and I can put shoes on my kids’ feet and feed the dog - then it’s not a bad life.”