ONE of the UK’s leading comedians is preparing for his first show in a local theatre later this summer.

Jack Whitehall will be taking the stage at Halifax’s Victoria Theatre on August 18 for his latest tour "Settle Down" and hopes to leave the audience thinking "why has it taken him so long to get to Halifax?"

The comedian has gigged towns and cities across Yorkshire but is excited to tick the minster and market town off his list.

He said when speaking to the Telegraph & Argus: “I’ve really enjoyed my shows in Yorkshire and I’m excited to visit the Victoria Theatre, it’s an amazing building and it’s good to reach a new crowd.

“I love theatre shows, there’s so much more intimacy and you get to build a connection with the audience.

“I’m really excited to perform in Halifax for the first time.”

The Settle Down tour is a "reflection" of where Whitehall is in his life as he prepares to become a dad and "change his ways a bit".

True to his fashion, the show is littered with anecdotes of his drunken antics, but he touches on more serious notes that the audience will relate to.

Whitehall said: “My audience has grown up with me and will relate to the things I’m talking about and will be thinking about these things in the next couple of years.

“There are previous stints of the crazy drinker antics but it’s the last time doing material like that.

“I’m slowly moving away from that melty behaviour.

“It’s going to be quite tragic quite quickly if I keep doing that.”

He described this tour as "closing a chapter" as he "struggles to become a full-fledged adult".

When asked on his favourite thing about Yorkshire, his "bougie answer" was typical of Whitehall, replying "Grantley Hall" but he went on to add he travels around with Yorkshire Tea.

Whitehall said: “While Dwayne, The Rock, Johnson gets a gym constructed wherever he goes, I get Yorkshire Tea.”

A whole itinerary has been prepared for his visit to Halifax, where locals can go Whitehall spotting.

He’s "excited to see The Piece Hall in the flesh" and hopes to tick off the Halifax Minster.

Whitehall said: “If I can I’m going to book on to a Happy Valley Tour.

“I’ve been told I need to get some content for Instagram so, who needs to be able to go to Rome or Florence when we have Halifax on our doorstep.”

Tickets are still available to purchase for the Halifax dates.