Bradley Walsh has said he’s glad he’s not starting out as a comic today – because it’s too tough.
The TV star is introducing some of the acts at the Royal Variety Performance, filmed at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday night.
Comics including Rhod Gilbert and Bill Bailey are among the line-up for the show, broadcast on ITV1 next month.
Speaking at rehearsals, the comic and former Corrie star said: “I wouldn’t want to be starting out now. It’s a tough, tough job. I’d hate it.
“It’s much tougher now. Years and years ago there used to be four or five working men’s clubs in every town.
“That’s where you started out, where you’d play to families. Now it’s Edinburgh (and the big comedy clubs). I’ve performed there and they’re great but they’re much more aggressive environments.
“If you want to be a family entertainer it’s tough. A lot of them are doing it and it’s great.”
The star, who played Danny Baldwin on Corrie, also suggested he wouldn’t return to the soap saying he was “too busy”.