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Peter Kay Live - The Tour That Didn't Tour Tour (Blu-ray + DVD)
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Peter Kay Live - The Tour That Didn't Tour Tour (Blu-ray + DVD)
Date: 07/12/11, updated on 08/12/11 (145 review reads)
Advantages: Funny from start to finish
The reason for this being that Peter Kay, although a very funny man, has had a habit of 'milking' his work somewhat over recent years. I loved his 'Phoenix Nights' series which I first saw on TV a number of years back and bought the series on VHS at the time. I then bought his first two stand-up tour dvds and thoroughly enjoyed them. However, the next dvd to appear was of Peter Kay live at Manchester Arena and I immediately bought a copy only to be disappointed and quite angry to find that this was basically the same as his previous 'Live at Bolton Albert Halls' dvd. I was fooled by the packaging which informed that it was the farewell performance of his 'Mum Wants a Bungalow' Tour and thought it was new material. Myself and many others were taken in by this and felt we had been cheated. Why release two dvd's from the same tour?
Peter Kay went down in my estimations after this and indeed I read many stories of him milking his merchandise via books and dvds that weren't offering anything new. Despite him being a very funny man, I wondered if he had no new ideas. Therefore I was curious to see what this new tour would contain a few years on and whether I would be making another mistake by buying this new dvd.
~~~The Tour That Didn't Tour~~~
Filmed at the O2 Arena, Peter plays to a sell-out crowd here and I sat down to watch it not knowing what to expect, but hoping it would show the Bolton funny man back to his best with some new material.
Peter arrives on stage and takes a camera from one of the camera men and begins filming the audience whilst indulging in some banter with them. It was amusing to watch, but something that would be a lot funnier if you were actually there I thought. He then goes on to crack a few jokes to warm up the audience, just as he did on the previous tours and it seems to work. The audience are relaxed and laughing and Peter then launches into his routine, a mixture of banter and observations on life today and also how it was years ago.
What makes Peter Kay funny, is that he tells of things we can all relate to. For example in his earlier tours he recalled taping the Top 40 from the charts on Radio 1 on a Sunday evening when he was younger and trying to end the recording of a song before the presenter began talking. This was something people of a certain age like myself can totally relate to and Peter successfully tapped into recounting how things were in his youth and making comparisons today in a very funny way. By including his family he portrayed scenarios that so many people can relate to and find humour in.
Here on this new dvd, Peter Kay once more entertains us with tales of himself and his family, whilst observing 'the way things used to be' and how it is today and once more I found myself crying with laughter as do the audience.
Speaking of the audience, there are a number of occasions where the camera turns to the audience who are often helpless with laughter or pointing to each other as Peter identifies and talks about something which rings true with many.
I have read that some people weren't happy with the inclusion of the audience shots, but I don't have a problem with this myself. Indeed it simply highlights how Peter Kay tells of things we all can relate to and see in each other.
There is a particularly funny discussion about using SKY+, which I won't spoil for you by revealing any of it, but it is something I could totally relate to and found hilarious.
There are references to his older material and he again touches upon his nan in her warden controlled flat, but it is new material. He does also mention garlic bread, cheescake and taxis again, which those of you who are familiar with his earlier stand-up routines will recall they featured there, but this isn't re-hashing the old stuff, it is just both a clever and amusing mention in part of a new tale.
From diets starting on a Monday, to Sunday night baths, there is plenty here to amuse and I had a smile on my face from start to finish, as well as a few bouts of helpless laughter.
I also enjoyed the ending featuring a shovel, which again I won't spoil but it had me laughing.
The show has been edited and the dvd runs for 1 hour and 22 minutes with no extras. I personally would have preferred to see the entire show and whilst I see the need for editing at times, I can never quite understand why segments of a performance are taken out.
I know that many have complained who went to see this tour, that one of the funniest parts of the performance is where Peter plays music on his Walkman and pauses to quote misheard song lyrics, has been omitted from this dvd.
As I didn't go to the tour this isn't something I am personally annoyed about as I have never seen it, but I can relate totally with how those who saw the show feel about this. There is nothing worse than going to a show which you know is being filmed for a dvd and then finding out that your favourite part of the show has been omitted from the dvd.
As I mentioned, there are no extras on this dvd and again I can't say this is something which personally bothers me, but again some may feel disappointed.
Overall, I have to rate Peter Kay The Tour That Didn't Tour dvd 5 stars, as it saw me helpless with laughter and therefore I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed watching it and am glad I bought it. The audience seem to have really enjoyed the show and it was nice to see Dawn French laughing along in the audience too.
This is a review of the dvd, it is also available on Blu-Ray.
It's good to see Peter Kay "back on nights" like he says at the start.
Summary: Good to see Peter back with some new material.
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