"We have this weird thing in England where everyone is a ‘national treasure.’ Come off it. They are not a national treasure. I know that person personally and they're an asshole," Alan Carr explained about naming his 2023 tour Regional Trinket. "It is just a tongue in cheek middle finger. I'm not a national treasure, I'm just a little trinket. I came up with that name before I'd even written a single joke."
Carr spoke to GayCalgary.com from his home in England in advance of touring Western Canada for the first time in his career. The Regional Trinket tour features two shows nightly in Edmonton November 10th and Calgary November 11th. He’s excited to be performing for his first time in Western Canada.
"The only place I've performed is Montreal. I loved playing it. The people were just great. The audiences are off the wall, but I was itching just to get on a plane and explore a bit more of Canada. To be able to go to Vancouver, Calgary, you name it, Toronto, and everything, I just can't wait. I've performed in Lisbon, in the Arctic Circle, in Athens, Antwerp, you name it. So, if you don't laugh in Canada, it's your sense of humor, not my material." He said, adding that the challenge now lies in packing for a tour that starts in Canada and ends in California. "I do not know what to pack for Canada. You know when you see photos of Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian where they're at the airport and they have about 20 bags. That's going to be me. Should I bring a fleece, a thick coat, or a normal coat? I don't know."
Speaking to Carr is like speaking to a friend. He’s instantly engaging, fun, and down-to-earth. It’s not a surprise that he had a talk show in the UK Alan Carr: Chatty Man that ran from 2009 – 2017. He’s also an author, has appeared on numerous shows, and is a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.