Labelled subversive from his early years in comedy, Canadian Glenn Wool, took great delight in living up to his bad boy image.

He would indulge in what he calls the politically sage and the gleefully silly, sprinkled with references to popular culture, until he came came to Britain.

"I came to the UK and met a girl,'' he said.

And now they have a new baby and everything in Glenn's world is on the cusp of change.

Teetering on the brink of his UK tour and returning to Canada for a year, he has produced a new show based on his biggest hits over the last 25 years called Wool's Gold 11 (The Iron Pirate).

"It is a retrospective of all my Edinburgh shows and stuff about relationships and how I got to now. At one time I was a wild party animal, but now I have changed - with a new baby. I couldn't even put the television on to keep up with the news, because my one-year-old had hidden the remote, popped it through the cat flap,'' he said.

So Glenn is steering away from current political satire.

"The problem with Brexit and Trump is you can't write about it because it is a joke in itself - once you have painted Donald Trump as orange,'' he said.

Glenn is a popular choice as guest on a number of TV shows including 8 Out of 10 Cats, Russell Howard's Good News,The John Bishop Show and Never Mind The Buzzcocks.

"I know a lot about music but I can't play a note,'' he said.

That doesn't stop him being asked to play a number of the big music festival such as Glastonbury and Reading Rock Festivals.

He says enjoying the gig often depends on who is on the main stage when you are performing in the comedy tent.

"At Reading one year it was really hot so we opened the tent flaps in the middle of my show and you could see Iggy Pop on the main stage. There he was a 75-year- old man still spinning it.''

Even Glenn was distracted!

The comedian says he cuts his comedy teeth at the Edinburgh Fringe and there are pictures of him in his early days up all night partying.

"I can't stay out late now. On the first day of the festival, I bought a bike intending to cycle every day to get healthy. There is a one-hour ride alongside the Falkirk Canal. I loved it and I was coming back when there were these lads and their two daughters cycling the other way. One little girl was not looking and cycled in front of me. I had no choice, if I was not to run over her. I crashed, fracturing my arm and ending up in a sling. Finally I got to ride again on the last day, but I was carrying an extra 10 pounds,'' said Glenn.

The comedian has won himself an international reputation, performing in Holland, Singapore, Dubai, Melbourne, Montreal, Los Angeles, New York Sydney and Cape Town.

He says that although all comedians learn to adapt to a crowd on their feet and rein in the spicy jokes if necessary, he believes that funny is funny where ever you are in the world and does not write different material for different countries.

Glenn was undoubtedly the joker at school.

"I had a reputation as a wild man. When I was 12 my parents took me to see a comedian and I fell in love with the medium - the comedian was Bill Cosby!,'' said Glenn.

He began in comedy at the age of 19. "I had a car and did gigs, it is the best way to learn,'' he said.

Glenn is bringing his new show to the Swindon Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Old Town on Friday, April 5 at 8pm. Tickets are £16.50 from 01793 524481 or visit - Flicky Harrison