This week we talk to comedian Shane Todd (32), whose new BBC One NI show, Previously With Shane Todd, launches next week. Shane lives in Holywood, Co Down, with his wife Stacey and their young son - and he loves a joke, as we find out.Q. Tell us about your childhood.
A. Where do you start? I had very much an outdoors childhood - it seems like nobody does that any more. I was always out playing football, maybe getting into a little trouble, and playing a lot of sports. I had a good childhood growing up in Holywood and I had a lot of fun.
My mum Susan worked in a bank and my dad Dennis was a mechanic - I'm close to my parents. I have a brother and sister who are 18 and 16 now, so I grew up as an only child until they came along when I was about 16.
My childhood was going out with friends first thing in the morning in the summer and staying out until I was called in for dinner.
During the summer we would have cycled to Bangor and gone swimming or played football.
You look at kids nowadays and the things we thought were wild - staying out five minutes past the time you were supposed to come in - actually don't seem as wild in comparison.Q. What are you most proud of?
A. I think I am most proud of growing my hair. I work hard at it. I am delighted that at the age of 32 I still have it.
I'm also proud of my TV show, Previously with Shane Todd - it's an archive TV show that looks back at really old footage from the BBC, and has a little bit of a laugh about the way we were.
As a people, we love looking back at old family photographs, old footage, old camcorder footage, and this has news reports from the Sixties right through to the Eighties and Nineties.
When we did this before, we did it live and it was almost a comedy club environment, but this time it was literally me and the cameraman in the BBC studio.
So it was a lot different this time but weirdly in that environment it was still a lot of fun to do. I'm not the star of the show - the stars are the characters in all this old footage.Q. The one regret you wish you could amend?
A. It was probably on the last day of P7 at Strandtown Primary School and I regret getting so carried away.
We had a lollipop man called Walter and every day we would give him a high five to his lollipop.
But on the last day of school I got carried away - I'd had two cans of cola - and I jumped up and did a football-type header to Walter's lollipop stick, which I regret because there were metal screws in it.
I regret walking out the gate on the last day of primary school bleeding from the head - my dad was horrified when he came to pick me up.Q. What about phobias. Do you have any?
A. My main phobia is standing at the bottom of the bed - my phobia is that someone is going to grab my ankles if I stand too long at the end of the bed.
So at the age of 32 I still run and jump into the bed.
I think there is definitely somebody or something under the bed - a person or a monster, but definitely one of the two, and I'm not willing to find out which it is.Q. The temptation you cannot resist?
A. I definitely cannot resist a slip and slide.
Whenever the weather gets good, someone's uncle brings out the bit of blue tarp, the hose and the Fairy Liquid, and I will always have a go on it.
I'll get involved, I'll definitely get involved.Q. Your number one prized possession?
A. A Kelly Show mug. I'm a big fan of the Kelly Show - when I was growing up, I always watched it with my granny and grandpa on Friday nights.
Then, about five years ago I was doing an online video to promote the radio show on the BBC and I got to play the Mug's Game with Gerry Kelly, and in the end he gave me one of the real mugs.
It reminded me of those good memories from my childhood.Q. The book that's most impacted your life?
A. Probably Katie Price's book, Being Jordan. That is the book I will read extracts from on a daily basis.
She's just a bit of a hero of mine, having that Pricey attitude.
I see a lot of similarities in our careers as well. Katie Price is an inspiration of mine.Q. If you had the power or authority, what would you do?
A. I would bring custodial prison sentences in for anybody who parks over two spaces in a car park - and we're not talking a short sentence.
It would be life and there would really be very little possibility of being released. Also, if you don't bring your trolley back to Tesco and instead leave it in a parking space, before the night is out you will be in Maghaberry.Q. What makes your blood boil every time without fail?
A. It's maybe a silly wee thing but in Northern Ireland a lot of people can't pronounce the word 'penguin'. They pronounce it 'Peng weeng'.
I thought it was only one or two of my friends when I was a kid, but I've found there are a lot more than that who can't pronounce penguin.
Also, when they say 'biscetti' instead of 'spaghetti'. When someone says biscetti bolognese' I want to jump out of the nearest window.Q. Who has most influenced you in life?
A. Mr Motivator from GMTV. I think we could all do with a dose of Mr Motivator every once in a while.
Whenever I was growing up, I enjoyed his attitude, I enjoyed his Spandex and I enjoyed his smile.
If I am struggling to write or if I have a bad gig, I just picture Mr Motivator in my head doing star jumps. And of course I was glad to see him having a comeback on Good Morning Britain lately.Q. Your top three dinner party guests, dead or alive, and why?
A. I will go with Julian Simmons because I'd like to get to know him more and find out what makes him tick.
Katie Price, because I think she would have some great stories to tell.
And Mr Motivator because I imagine we would eat a lot of food and would have to work it off.
That's going to be an enjoyable dinner.Q. The best piece of advice you've ever received?
A. It's probably from my dad, who said 'always keep a spare pair of socks in the boot of your car'.
You don't hear that so much from people - they say make sure you have a spare coat, or a spare pair of shoes, but you never think of a having a pair of socks in there.Q. The unlikely interest or hobby that you love?
A. Pottery. I did it for the first time about four years ago when I was in Donegal - it was a group activity thing and I really, really enjoyed it.
I thought it was very therapeutic although I made a pretty rubbish bowl at the end of it.
I've done it about 10 times since, because my granny used to be really into pottery as well. I could see myself in the future investing in a wheel.Q. The poem that touches your heart?
A. I wouldn't describe myself as being cultured enough to know any poems.
The only poem I know is The Owl and the Pussycat.
I wouldn't say it touched my heart but it's the only poem I know.Q. The happiest moment of your life?
A. Obviously we just had a baby, so the answer to that would be scoring a world-class goal at Seaview in a charity football game against goalkeeper Alan Blayney who used to play in the Premier League and for Northern Ireland.
I lobbed him from about 30 yards in front of a pretty full Seaview stadium, so that was the happiest moment of my life.Q. And the saddest?
A. At half-time in that game when David Jeffrey, the legendary Irish League manager who was with the other team, told me he thought I'd meant it as a cross.Q. The one event that made a difference in your life?
A. I think it was the first time I ever played the Ulster Hall around four or five years ago.
I just felt that it justified my decision to stick to stand-up comedy as a proper career choice. I knew if that was as good as it got, I was still going to be very happy.Q. What's the ambition that keeps driving you forward?
A. It literally is just to keep getting better. I don't really set goals or targets as such, but every year I stay in this industry, in the comedy world, I want to make sure I am getting better at what I do.
I would also like Holywood to grant me the freedom of the town. I think that is long overdue.
It wouldn't give me the right to herd sheep in Holywood - it would probably be a peacock or something.Q. What's the philosophy that you live by?
A. Live, laugh, love. I actually have a Live Laugh Love tattoo at the bottom of my back, so that is my mantra basically.Q. How do you want to be remembered?
A. Just as cute. Nothing else. If people say "he's got a nice head of hair, he's got a nice smile", that would do me. I don't care if they thought I was good or not.Previously With Shane Todd begins on Friday, October 23, on BBC One Northern Ireland at 10.45pm. The first of three programmes sees Shane examining the hobbies of our past from street games to chatlines to breeding tigers