Peter Kay Live, Channel 4

by | Apr 17, 2006 | All, Reviews

What to say of you liked it:

A unique comedy genius flourishing in a friendly, fertile environment.

What to say if you didn’t like it:

A parochial performer of questionable quality pandering to a partisan audience.

What was good about it?

• The routine on answering machines and cordless phones.

• The Slimming World sketch where Carol broke a nail and consequently broke her confidence and ultimately her strict diet.

• The way Kay frequently rescued a directionless ramble with a hilarious observation. (“HobNobs are the Steven Segal” of biscuit tea dunking; the way little boys do aeroplane impressions on the dancefloor at wedding receptions, and the dads’ favourite of the “walking to the dancefloor dance”.)

• Kay’s evocative paean to Bullseye. (“There’s Leanne in her stonewashed jeans with “Love” and “Hat” tattooed on her knuckles. She lost a finger.”; and the uselessness of a speedboat to a couple from Tamworth.)

What was bad about it?

• The way the cameras focused on the audience laughter that gave it the sporadic ambience of one of ITV1’s dreadful An Audience With shows.

• A few indulgent catchphrases. (“Garlic bread?”)

• Finishing on a song. It didn’t work for Monty Python, Red Dwarf, Smack The Pony and countless others. Only Father Ted and The Two Ronnies have managed to master

that most difficult art.

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles


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