Popular comedian Peter Kay is planning a sensational comeback to the world of comedy after a low-key year. It has been revealed that he has been working on a top secret project with a fellow comedian that promises high quality humour.
This will be pleasing news for Peter Kay fans after he cancelled all his work projects this year including a £40 million, 109-gig sell-out UK tour “due to unforeseen family circumstances.”
Peter Kay apologies to fans for cancelling tour
Last year, the 45 year old comedian cancelled all of his work projects including his stand-up.
Speaking to fans on Twitter, Kay apologised for cancelling his upcoming projects and wrote:
My sincerest apologies. This decision has not been taken lightly and I’m sure you’ll understand my family must always come first.”
“I’ve always endeavoured to protect my family’s privacy from the media. I hope that the media and the public will continue to respect our privacy at this time. Once again I’m very sorry.”
The comic did not go into detail about what the “unforeseen family circumstances” were about. Off stage, he is known for being very private and protective of his family.
The Lancashire born funny man has not toured since 2012. His cancelled tour this year was to be his first for 6 years. His only TV appearances in the past three years have been in two series of Car Share.
Peter Kay is at the centre of cruel rumours
Adding to the stars troubles this year, he was the victim of cruel rumours that circulated on social media claiming that he had passed away.
After cancelling his tours earlier on in the year, fans speculated that comedian had deceased.
Some Twitter users incorrectly stated that his absence from the limelight was due to him no longer being with us, while others said that they had seen him out doing the “school run”.
One user commented that a source had claimed that Peter Kay had passed away due to an illness which was not yet known and that his funeral was imminent.
Footballer Peter Reid fuels deceased rumours
The rumours started just weeks after former Everton and England footballer Peter Reid wrongly posted that Peter Kay has passed away. He added the caption: “Oh no can’t believe this. RIP.”
The 61 year old footballer sparked a frenzy amongst his 139,000 followers after he shared a picture of Peter Kay’s Wikipedia page which stated that he had passed away on the 4th February 2018.
Fortunately, followers of the football pundit weren’t fooled by the strange hoax. One user responded: “Anybody can change that. Some sick individual though if not true.”
“Jesus Peter, don’t believe everything you read on Wiki! It’ll be a Hoax,” exclaimed another.
Peter Kay’s long reign as Comedy King is to continue
Well-loved comedian Peter Kay has been making us laugh for more than 20 years. In 2000, he co-wrote and starred in ‘That Peter Kay Thing’ for Channel 4 which resulted in the acclaimed spin-off series Phoenix Nights.
A year later, he recorded a promotional video recording Tony Christie’s hit “Is this the way to Amarillo,” which reached number one in the UK Singles Chart.
His recent work includes his own sitcom Car Share. The Bolton born comic has also authored 3 books.
Despite being of the radar for some time, it has been confirmed that the 45 year comedian is set to make a comeback.
Car Share was a big hit with viewers
The British sitcom Car Share is set around a supermarket assistant manager John Redmond (Peter Kay) and promotions rep Kayleigh Kitson (Sian Gibson) and their antics in a company car sharing scheme and is set in Manchester
The sitcom won Best Comedy at the 2016 and 2018 National Television Awards Kay announced that the second and final series would air in 2017.
The series came to an end in May 2018 when two special episodes broadcast on 7 and 28 May. The first of these, Peter Kay’s Car Share Unscripted, was in part improvised but did include prepared radio material and visual gags.
Fans are left devastated to hear Car Share won’t be returning
Viewed by 8.453 million viewers, the finale left fans distraught that they would see no more of Kay and Sian. Kayleigh, played by Sian, walked out on John, played by Peter, in a Car Share scene which triggered a petition signed by more than 10,000 fans for a new series finale.
Car Share returned earlier this year with a much happier ending.
Sian said: “That was the final, final one. I liked the conclusion because they got a happy ending.”
“I wouldn’t change a single bit of it. It was brilliant.”
BBC’s Shane Allen talks about Car Share in a Radio Times interview
Speaking to Radio Times earlier in the year Shane Allen discussed why the series made a return:
“It’s absolutely about giving the audience what they want,” says Allen. “He was blown away by the response to the series. He never ever takes anything for granted, feels very lucky to be doing what he’s doing and doesn’t ever count his chickens when it comes to the audience response.”
“He listened to the fans, and in many ways it was the hardest episode to write and make because of the weight of expectation on it, but I think it’s got the perfect blend of hilarity and heart.”
Although Allen admits that Kay is a perfectionist, he rejects suggestions that the comedian is difficult to work with.
Sian Gibson reveals that an exciting new project is on its way
Car Share co-star Sian Gibson has commented that she and Peter are currently working a top secret unnamed project together and added that working on the already scripted series with Peter was “really, really nice.”
She added: “Long may it continue, obviously I like to do my own stuff as well and hopefully the two can carry on.”
Sian did not divulge the name of the project or when it will be released.
New project set to cost a tidy sum
Accounts reveal that Peter Kay has enormous funds or around 30 million to fund his upcoming project which is near finished.
Kay’s company, Goodnight Vienna Productions, has £19.8m of assets in cash and his other production firm, Hussein Traders Limited, asserts £8m in cash.
A source close to the 45 year old comedian has commented that: “It’s a massive kitty to help kickstart a whole new era of Kay comedy.”