Peter Kay has announced that he will perform his new stand-up show as part of a one-year monthly residency at London’s O2 Arena. Here are five of his best comedic moments.
Kay’s UK tour in 2010-11 broke the Guinness World Record for best-selling stand-up tour, selling over 1.2 million tickets.
His misheard lyrics routine has had nearly 10 million views on YouTube. “I was singing Take That’s Back for Good, singing ‘wash your back’ instead of ‘I want you back,'” Kay says.
The words “declare for the record” in Sister Sledge’s We Are Family have been misinterpreted as “staple the vicar.”
The line regarding garlic bread, which Kay has also used on his stand-up shows, was first uttered by his character Brian Potter on the 2001 show Phoenix Nights, in which he says, ” Garlic bread ! It’s the future, I tasted it.
The joke became so infamous that when she appeared on a talk show in 2017, Kay said people were always shouting “garlic bread” at her on the street.
Knee brace at weddings
During one of her stand-up shows, Kay memorably demonstrated what each family member looked like at a wedding.
While acting out what ‘little boys’ do at weddings, Kay slipped on the floor on her knees.
A fine rain that soaks you
During a skit, Kay joked about how the school playground becomes carnage when it starts to rain, and how adults would notice it’s the light rain soaking you, while comparing their efforts to get school children into Saving Private Ryan.
“If it was raining, [the teachers] would have fits, they would all go hysterical. They could smell it, they could smell the rain,” he said.
Is this the way to Amarillo?
In 2005, Kay recorded a video in which he mimed Tony Christie’s 1971 pop song Is This the Way to Amarillo while wearing a striking purple suit.
Following the success of the video, the single was re-released to raise funds for Comic Relief, featuring Peter Kay featured on the track, and it went to number 1 in the UK.