Peter Kay is one of Britain’s best-loved comedians and with his sell-out stadium tours and hit TV show ‘Car Share’ gripping the nation, it’s not hard to see why he’s become a nationwide success.
Fans were gutted when Kay announced he would be cancelling every date of his new UK tour due to ‘unforeseen family circumstances’. Apologising to his fans on Twitter, he wrote: “This decision has not been taken lightly and I’m sure you’ll understand my family must always come first”.
The tour would have been Kay’s first in eight years and was set to run into 2019, however, fans in Blackpool were delighted to see the comedian make a return to the stage at the Opera House for a charity screening of Car Share. Talking to the audience, he said: “Thank you very much for supporting the Lily Foundation raising money for mitochondrial disease. Very kind of you. I appreciate it. Enjoy the last ever episode of Car Share. Don’t tell anyone the end. Or tell anyone about any hedgehogs.”
Many took to Twitter to praise the comedy legend:
“Absolutely loved it and the man himself stepping on stage abs blew us away,” one user wrote.
“It was fantastic to see @peterkay_co_uk last night at the finale screening of Peter Kay Car Share. @peterkay_co_uk & @Sianygibby you are comedy geniuses we laughed and cried as always, it certainly didn’t disappoint, can’t wait to see it again on the BBC in May, take care.” another added.
However, whilst seem fans are overjoyed to see the comedy star, Kay has allegedly cheesed-off a couple of fellow comedians during his career.
Prince Charles left ‘in shock’ by Kay’s dig…
It seems that Kay can’t even keep a lid on it when it comes to making quick-witted remarks in front of royalty, as his dry, northern humour landed him in a spot of bother with Prince Charles.
During a brief meeting at an aftershow party, Kay acknowledged the prince with a simple and casual ‘Hiya, ya’alright?’, as other attendees were left shaking their heads.
I had your sister for five hours last night.’ he quipped, before realising what he had said and aiming to back-peddle with ‘The Royal Variety Show, Sir, last night. I was the compere’.
Luckily, the Prince saw the funny side of things…
What have comedians said about Peter Kay?
Okay, so Kay’s quick-witted remark to Prince Charles was all in good humour, but on a serious note, the comedian has really upset a few of his fellow colleagues in the industry.
One of his co-stars for Neil Fitzmaurice who played the role of DJ Ray Von, co-wrote Phoenix Nights with Kay and Dave Spikey – however, he’s had a few negative words to say about his working experience with the Kay.
Fitzmaurice and Spikey were left fuming when Kay purposely left their names from the Pheonix Nights book when it came to be published.
Talking to The Sun, Fitzmaurice said: “I can only presume they took out all the bits Neil and I wrote.Peter Kay and I haven’t spoken since 2001 but about three years ago he rang me out of the blue and asked me not to speak about him.
“That’s Peter all over. The only way I can explain it is that people are affected by fame in different ways.It became very, very difficult for me and Dave Spikey to carry on writing with Peter in those circumstances.
“It was basically about a lack of respect, a lack of recognition for me and Dave. I wasn’t prepared to become an employee. It was never about that. It started out as three mates working together but Peter’s success took over.”
Fitzmaurice went onto add that Kay denied him the chance to co-write the third series of Pheonix Nights, which he is still deeply upset about.
“Unfortunately, it was destined to end in tears. But it’s sad that we never found out how far we could’ve gone.” he added. “There could have been a third series of Phoenix Nights and who knows what else.
“Peter made his decisions and he has been very successful. But I think he should have invested more time in people who cared about him.
Spikey on the other hand, had always been far more reserved in his opinions on Kay despite the ill-feeling between them, however, during an interview with Manchester Evening News, he revealed all and said:
“Anything you write, it just sounds like sour grapes.I chose not to comment at the time. But now I think that if it’s part of your life, you’ve got to comment on it.” he told the publication.
“He rang me and Neil Fitzmaurice, the other writer on Phoenix Nights, and said we’d been nominated for a Writers Guild Of Great Britain award.We thought it was fantastic, only for it to go away and for us to discover that actually we hadn’t been nominated, it was only Peter.
“And you think, ‘well, he’s probably not going to accept because of all the work we did’.
Spikey also revealed how Peter adapted some of the scenes with the intention of making his character Jerry St Clair coming across as foolish and dim-witted, which he also wasn’t too chuffed about.
Yorkshire comic Daniel Kitson was also part of the Pheonix Nights cast list and has had his own ‘beef’ with Kay. It seems he’s very popular in the industry according to other comedians, with Chris Addison labelling him as “the finest comedian of his generation” – now isn’t that a compliment?!
After appearing on the show, he hasn’t done much TV work, but has gone on to work on a number of other successful projects, which have included live theatre and shows.
Back in 2015, the cast reunited for possibly for the final time after a ten-year period, however, Kitson refused to be a part of the line-up after his slight disagreement with Kay. In fact, he’s made his feeling known and describes Kay as ‘comedically lazy and over-rated’.
Kitson once stated that Phoenix Nights was the ‘worst thing he had ever done’, which must have come as a bit of a blow, but Kay has also bit back, by calling Kitson the ‘B’ word at any moment that seems appropriate.
Who are Peter Kay’s close friends and what do they have to say on the matter?
It’s no secret that Peter Kay is extremely good pals with actor Steve Pemberton, who stood up for his friend after receiving backlash for cancelling his upcoming stand-up tour. Those who had booked tickets were fearful that due to the long-awaited comeback, he may never decide to go on tour again, as many complained on social media.
This may, in fact, be the case, as Kay admitted to Jonathon Ross that he felt age was now getting the better of him and is possibly too old to complete a full nationwide tour.
In an interview with The Sunday Mirror, Pemberton revealed that the decision made by Kay wouldn’t have been an easy one, as he has always put his fans first.
“It’s a big thing to cancel, he wouldn’t have wanted to do that at all. We’ve been sending him our love.” he said of his friend.
It’s also well-known that Kay is also extremely good mates with fellow comic and ‘Take Me Out’ presenter Paddy McGuiness.
The pair worked together on Phoenix Nights, however, back in 2014, it was reported that the duo may be working on something new in the future.
Talking on This Morning almost four years ago, Paddy told Holly and Phil: “…We are thinking about it, but there’s no plans at the moment…We have written something.”
In an interview with The Metro, Paddy joked about the number of fallings-out which occurred after Phoenix Nights and claimed that he also ‘doesn’t speak’ to Kay.
“We don’t speak in real life. We don’t get on. We’ve not spoken in six years. It’s true. We had an argument in a restaurant over a dessert. There was just one left and I wanted it and he wanted it and it snowballed from there.” – Of course, he was joking…we hope we didn’t scare you. Kay and McGuiness’ relationship is far too precious.