Peter Kay has formally kicked off his first tour in 12 years, and on the primary night time of it, he was moved to tears with a standing ovation.
Kay’s tour started yesterday (December 2) in Manchester, the place the legendary comic carried out to some 21,000 followers on the AO Area. Based on the BBC, followers ecstatically chanted Kay’s identify earlier than he walked out onstage – and when he did, he was overwhelmed with emotion. After tearing up, he reportedly informed the group: “How am I presupposed to do comedy now? You’ll have me in bits… I can’t imagine you made me cry.”
Kay will carry out in Manchester once more tonight (December), earlier than taking his comeback tour to London. He’ll return to the AO Area subsequent September, although, performing at the least two exhibits each month till January of 2025 (after which an additional 5 exhibits into that July). Altogether, Kay will carry out 41 exhibits in Manchester – and in keeping with Ticketmaster, tickets for all of them are near promoting out.
Elsewhere on the 111-date tour, Kay will carry out 27 exhibits in London, 16 in Birmingham, 12 in Sheffield, 5 in Leeds, 4 in Belfast, and two every in Cardiff, Glasgow, Newcastle, Nottingham and Liverpool. Tickets for all the exhibits could be discovered right here.
Kay’s return to the stage was introduced final month, resulting in overwhelming demand for tickets: the primary run of exhibits have been offered out inside minutes of occurring sale, and the O2 Precedence web site crashed with the “highest demand” it had seen in 15 years. Responding to the quantity of publicity he’d obtained over his comeback, Kay joked in an interview: “I ought to solely be on the information if I’m useless!”
Kay’s final full tour went down in 2010. He was on account of make a comeback in 2017, however cancelled a UK tour and stepped again from public appearances on account of “unexpected household circumstances”. His return to TV got here in 2020, when he took half within the BBC’s Huge Evening In.
In saying his present tour, Kay stated in a press release: “It’s good to get again to what I really like doing greatest, stand-up comedy, and if there’s ever a time individuals want fun it’s now. With the price of dwelling at an all-time excessive, ticket costs are ranging from £35. The identical value they have been on my earlier tour in 2010.”