“ 'Phoenix Nights' star Peter Kay is back on tour and bringing laughter to a whole host of cities across the UK and Ireland. If you've been to one of the shows on this tour, then please let us know what you thought! „
The past year and a half has seen the return of one of the countries favourite and most successful comedians, following up his simply awesome 'Mum wants a new Bungalow' tour. I was disappointed when he sold out every venue the first time round, so when new dates were added, I whipped the laptop open and snatched tickets for me and my friends as soon as I could.
We went to the o2, row 7, the friendship points I earned there were unbelievable. If you hadn't been as fortunate as we were then there were 3 massive screens capturing every move of the great man. I have been on the upper most tier of the arena before to see Russell Howard and still got a great show. As an added bonus, it was the DVD recording so Kay was on fine form!! (Few extra points earned!!)
After many years out of the touring game, he's no lost any of his charm, whit and sharp eye for a gag. Reminiscing of family events, school days, TV shows of old, garlic bread and mannerisms of the whole family. Everyone can related to a joke he tells and it's this ability to delve into the audiences mind and put a comical spin of every little happening that makes him at the top of his game.
There is a welcome return of his little tape recorder seen in the previous tour, this time looking at cutting angle at songs and mis-heard words such as "Just let me staple the vicar" in the famous song 'we are family'.
He also introduces his childhood guilty pleasure of using his dads spade and pretending it was an electric guitar in his room.
This leads to his traditional ending of the show of a sing along whilst 'strumming the spade'.
As an added bonus for the mum in the crowd, Peter had drafted in the help of Rick Astley in the form of a warm-up act, singing his number of timeless classics. (Having not grown up in the era of the Rick-roller, all the songs sounded the same to us!!)
In short, arguably the countries best performer has lost none of his class in his long absence, and the DVD is guaranteed to be a great buy, either for you or for others for Christmas.
Saw Peter Kay at the Sheffield Arena last Sunday night (30 Jan 2011). He was fantastic! We laughed for two hours non-stop! All new material with a couple of nostalgic refrences to running gags (garlic bread, R Julie etc).We paid £35 for the tickets (plus booking fee) and they were a bargain for the fabulous night we enjoyed! Would go and see this show again any time. My advice - if you can grab tickets, get them, you won't regret it! My only concern, although he was very energetic, Peter didn't look really well, a bit white faced and too over weight. Please take care of yourself, Peter - we love you bro!!
Peter Kay's back with his brand new tour that doesn't tour tour! Being big fans on his, me and my family were fortunate enough to snap up some tickets which were selling like hotcakes, and as a result we got to go see him live recently on Friday 26th November at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena.
The seats the four of us had were really good, the very top row of the upmost tier in the block right next to the stage, and although we were quite high up there were three big screens (two either side of the stage and one behind him) allowing us to see the many facial expressions Kay uses during his routine.
There was no support act prior to Peter's appearance - I had overheard others in the audience speculating about this, and names such as Rick Astley and Paddy McGuinness were mentioned, however it turned out that Peter had no support act for his Sheffield gigs, though I'm not sure what happens at different venues around the UK as I've read reports of Mr Astley being present at some of the London gigs.
Onto the act himself, Mr Peter Kay. After many years passing since his last tour, we wondered whether his return would live up to the standard of the Mum wants a bungalow phenomenon. However, it's safe to say that Peter is back and as good as, if not better than before.
There wasn't a minute that passed where we weren't laughing out loud, the gags are hilarious. Without giving too much away, topics he covered included his family (lots of histerical references to be had), television shows and memories of his school years to name a just a few.
Of course, there's mention of the old favourites too, such as the brilliant 'garlic bread' and 'cheesecake' gags. There's also the return of his little tape player, in which he gives us a side splitting take on the lyrics of some popular songs (the inspiration for my review title!).
Time flew by and before we knew it, it was nearly the end of the show. Peter's encore is fantastic, and will have you singing and swaying along while he rocks out on stage to one of Queen's greatest hits.
To conclude, it was a superb night, 1,000% funny and I'll be first in line to buy the DVD of the tour that doesn't tour tour when it goes on sale!
Just returned from Sheffield arena leg of the tour. I have to say that I am a massive fan. Read all his books, seen all his shows including the early stuff, and if he's ever on tv I always record it. I love him. Very heart warming comedy.
The first thing that got me about this show was how short the first half was. Less than 40 minutes. After a twenty minute interval his second half lasted just under an hour before a 10 minute encore.
Sadly, I would say this was money for old rope. I laughed out loud maybe 3 times, smiled quite a few but I think that as a huge fan I've heard almost all his 'new' stuff in his various appearances and interviews over the last 3/4 years.
Don't get me wrong, I wanted it to be side splittingly funny, and wasn't searching for a disappointment, it's just the guy has come up with some classics over the last 15 years and there were none that haven't been beaten to death by other comics such as Lee Mack, Jason Manford and the like, such as self service tills, sky+ and school reunions.
It's a safe bet that youll feel warm and cosy inside afterwards because he calls upon his nan and family memories from his last few tours to remind you why you liked him in the first place, but there's sadly nothing new.
The encore is good, but a bit of a cheap stunt. A bit like a restaurant where the starter is poor, and the main course is ok, and then the waitress brings out a huge dessert to make you think the whole things been great, the finale and encore make everyone stand to their feet. I felt a little conned, but overall I'd give it 6/10.
I've seen loads of comedians this year, and if he was doing this set in a greasy comedy club at the back of a pub, he'd die on his arse, but maybe that's it? Maybe he feels he has done the build ups and set the foundations that are oh so funny and now he's just developing on the theme. It works but hopefully next time he'll bring a totally new set of gags.
My tip? Go see him if you don't watch everything he does. If you've bought tickets and are a huge fan like me, then don't expect a whole new set of classic memories and nostalgia. I guess he only has so many memories to call upon. Just enjoy it and relax and wallow in the same old gauranteed quips that made you chuckle the first time.
I went to the second night of this tour, at the Manchester Evening News Arena and was surprised when Rick Astley turned up as the support act!
**Once in a lifetime for me!***
Peter Kay is a favourite of mine and I've read his books and watched his DVDs, but I never thought I'd get to see him play live.
Fortunately he did come up with some new material for the tour that doesn't tour (but it does actually!) and he raised a lot of laughs on the night. There were a few references to the good old jokes like R Julie etc. I was there with my whole family - husband, sister, BIL, Mum and Dad and there wasn't any cringey moments you sometimes get with comedy. What struck me though, was that it was very close to the early comedy nights he describes in his second book. Still really good though.
**The MEN Arena***
I did think some of the seats in the MEN Arena were too high up in the rafters but fortunately we were seated on the floor for the show. Great big screens helped you to catch every expression on Peter's face.
**Don't get there too early!!***
We had quite a long wait whilst Peter came on and as we're not the bar dwellers that a lot of people at these events seem to be, we stayed put and were entertained by loads of videos that were playing on the big screen. By the time Rick Astley came on we were more than ready for the night to begin!
**Made me laugh**
Rick Astley had a new song out for the tour and he had the words taped to the keyboard behind him. He had to keep checking them and when Peter came on and thanked him, he said "I can't believe Rick can't remember the words to his own song!" which was quite funny!
**Worth every penny**
We spent £37.50 each on the tickets and they were worth every penny. I wouldn't have wanted to be in of the seats in the rafters but was happy watching from the floor.
***A great night ***
I really can't and won't repeat the jokes Peter told as it's not fair on those who are booked on to the tour later this year, but suffice to say, we had a great night, laughed ourselves silly and enjoyed the whole experience.
***Park and Ride!***
A tip to anyone going along: we parked a few stops along the metro train line at one of the stations for free and travelled into the station where the Arena is situated. A quick train ride afterwards back to the car meant we didn't have to wait to get out of the car park afterwards.
At one point during our show, Peter leapt from a chair demonstrating something that happened during a holiday and ripped open the seam on the seat of his trousers. He never pointed it out but it was noticed!
PS> Dooyoo reward this review with 100 miles (10p) I would like to say that seems quite tight.... Thanks for reading.