Peter Kay returned on Saturday for two sold-out shows and fans are hoping that marks the return of a “true comedic genius.”
People shared their memories of the Bolton comic that emerged on the stand-up scene in the late ’90s and rose to fame with the sitcom Phoenix Nights in the early 2000s.
The Bolton comedian, who had been away from the stage for almost four years, performed two Q&A to help Laura Nuttall, 21, of Pendle in Lancashire, who is battling glioblastoma, a grade brain cancer four.
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Profits from her two shows “Doing It For Laura” – a morning and evening performance – will go to Laura who was in the audience with her family.
As he began the morning performance, Peter admitted he was nervous, but said stepping back on stage was “like stepping into a hot tub” and fans greeted him with open arms.
Comedian Toby Foster, who appeared on Channel Four’s Phoenix Nights as Les Campbell – half of the club’s backing group Les Alanos – tweeted :.
“He used to shake up comedy clubs when he was performing, he was amazing live. After all this time, he always answers the phone when I need him. Go ahead, boy.”
Toby’s tweet prompted others to share their memories of seeing Peter live.
“I remember seeing him in a pub in Barnsley with you around 1997/8,” one said.
And another said: “Probably The Fealty and Firkin, I think @tobyfoster had a comedy club there, might be wrong.
“I met Peter there in 1998, maybe the same gig you think of.
“It turns out that her mother and mine are from the same town in Northern Ireland.”
Another said to Toby: ‘Always remember you brought him to Barnsley. Comedy night at Fealty and Firkin.
“Such a good night. Peter Kay a week and Charlie Chuck a week or two after. I’ve never laughed so much.”
Others have explained why Car Share star Peter is so special.
“We have never needed more comfort than now,” tweeted one fan.
“Professional smile spreaders like you and Peter are what we count on to help us get through 2021! Keep laughing! (and thank you !) “
“I love it,” said another fan.
“His stand up shows are the best I’ve seen.”
Another wrote: “We need more like him: caring, decent and funny. “
“He seems like a true friend and his comedy will live on forever,” tweeted another fan.
And another said of his Apollo shows: “It’s so great to see him back on stage. Hopefully this is the start of his comeback as a true comic book genius.”
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Peter gave fans of Max and Paddy’s Road To Nowhere and Car Share hope they could get back to Q&A.
He said Car Share, about the blossoming romance of assistant supermarket manager John Redmond and promotions rep Kayleigh Kitson, could return for a Christmas special.
Six million people listened to the show’s finale in 2018 and viewers have been asking for more since.
Peter, 48, said: “Of all the things I’ve done this is my favorite. I love being with Sian [Gibson] and we had a good laugh.
And he said he wrote two episodes of Max and Paddy that he could choose to do now.
He recounted how much he enjoyed filming the Phoenix Nights spin-off, adding, “It was one of the best moments.”