You could forgive Des Clarke if he was getting fed up of life in pantomime.
The King’s Park comic suffered a large gash on his shin when he took part in last year’s show at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow.
And this year he’s found himself crocked again - after being run over by Captain Hook’s boat and ending up with a broken toe.
“Hook ran over my toe in his boat, which was painful and probably the only time I’ll ever be able to say I’ve been involved in a boating accident,” recalls Des.
“He was pulling the boat offstage, and I was still getting out the way of it, so now I’ve got a broken toe.
“But it’s panto, so the show must go on - I seem to get a panto injury every year.
“I’ll take it though, because I love doing it and it’s great fun.”
This is Des’s third year treading the boards at the King’s, and the cheerful comic and radio presenter is clearly delighted to be back,
This year the former Holyrood pupil plays Starkey, a bumbling henchman of Captain Hook, in the show.
“It’s my usual character in that he’s a daftie,” adds Des.
“I’m starting to think I’m getting typecast but at least it means there’s not much acting involved in it for me.
“I’m everyone’s pal, and I get the kids to sing along and join in with everything.”
It’s been a busy year for Des, who continues to perform standup regularly and presents the breakfast show on Capital Radio.
However his biggest assignment this year was hosting the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, watched by millions of TV viewers.
“That’s probably going to be the biggest highlight of my life,” he says.
“To be doing that with so many people watching, and for it to have such a great atmosphere, was unbelievable - it was trending worldwide on Twitter, which must be the first time I’ve ever been trendy, and I met Kylie afterwards, too.”
Getting back to panto is another honour though, especially as this year marks the 50th anniversary of panto at the King’s.
Being able to take part is something that Des appreciated, having gone to the King’s as a youngster.
“I grew up going to pantos at the King’s and there’s so many legendary names that have taken part in it, like Stanley Baxter, and Gerard Kelly.
“To be a part of it is a major honour, and something that really is a once in a lifetime opportunity, because there won’t be another 50th anniversary panto ever again.”
Des is joined this year by panto newcomer Greg McHugh, best known from TV’s Gary: Tank Commander.
He’s playing another of Hook’s crew, the pirate Smee, and the duo have won praise for their doubleact.
“Greg and I have known each other since we were doing stand up together years ago,” adds Des.
This is the first time doing panto for Greg whereas I’m like the Vietnam veteran who’s going back for one more tour, but he’s so good at doing character comedy that he’s slipped right in.
“I do feel more confident this year - it’s like every time you go back there’s less things to surprise you and you’re more used to it all.
“There’s such a lovely team at the King’s and that always helps.”
That’s not to say this year’s panto has been totally plain sailing.
The role of Captain Hook was originally supposed to be played by Still Game star Gavin Mitchell, who pulled out due to health reasons.
His replacement was Luther actor Warren Brown, who dropped out just days beforehand for personal reasons, leaving West End star Alex Bourne to step in with only a day’s notice.
“We’ve had three Hooks already, it’s like a fight on the streets of Glasgow,” says Des.
“Alex is tremendous though, he’s got an amazing CV.
“What’s funny is that he’s performed in the West End for years, and now he’s playing Hook who doesn’t actually sing at all. But he came in with about 24 hours notice, and already had most of the script down pat, and by day two he knew it all.
“It was a brilliantly bizarre couple of weeks, but Alex has really helped to save it.”
Des will be appearing in Peter Pan at the King’s from now through until January 11.
Tickets are on-sale now priced at £9 – £25 and are available by calling 0844 871 7648 or by visiting www. atgtickets.com/glasgow.
Getting His Groove On
Des dances in the panto
Panto-tastic the show
Des Clarke plays the pirate Starkey in