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Peter Kay's early TV blunder unearthed: 'I spent hours doing that!'


The Bolton-born star hit the headlines last week after his earnings were reported online, which claimed he was the UK’s richest comedian. The 47-year-old, who has been on a three-year stand-up hiatus, was reported to have made £3,000-an-hour last year and worth a whopping £32.4million. Kay’s career skyrocketed after he was named North West Comedian of the Year in 1996, during his second ever stand-up comedy performance. From there, he landed small parts on the BBC and other shows, before his mockumentary series That Peter Kay Thing was aired on Channel 4. From there he went onto develop a number of award-winning shows – with some of biggest hits including Car Share, Phoenix Nights and Max And Paddy’s Road To Nowhere. 

Shortly after his first award for stand-up comedy, where he beat favourite Johnny Vegas and other more veterans to the accolade, the star was interviewed for a series about Britain’s upcoming talent in 1997. 

The fresh-faced star, then around 24 years old, was questioned as he sat in the alleyway outside of his Bolton home with excitable children racing around him. 

After a number of disruptions from the youngsters’ playful games and gawking neighbours, Kay decided to continue the interview inside.

There he would reveal an extensive vinyl collection including recordings from Idi Amin, multiple German artists whose work he describes as “bloody porn” and Tony Christie.

During his search for the record of one of his comedic inspirations, Danny Kaye, he was the victim of an amusing TV gaffe. 

Kay professed his love for the US-born star, who he claimed did “a really strange thing” to engage his audience and it “went down a storm”. 

He explained: “He sat on the edge of the stage, drinking tea and talking to the audience and people were like, ‘My god what is he doing?’ 

“But it kind of broke that boundary between the audience and him and it’s something that I’ve always really thought was incredible, just trying that in like 1957 or 1958.

“It was just a strange thing, to just sit there, calm everything down, stop all the music and just sit there with a cup of tea and say, ‘So where are you from?’ and just have a chat with them.”

Kay compared himself to “Gene Hackman in the [1978] Superman movie” as he ascended a step ladder to search for the Danny Kaye vinyl among his three shelves of records.

After the star finally found it, interviewer Iain Coyle suggested that it “would be quite nice” to continue to question him as he sat on the creaky ladder.

Kay shuffled around as he perched on top the ladder, Mr Coyle asked the future star about the type of material he performed and commented: “It’s what they all want to know really.”

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As Kay pondered his answer, he slowly lifted his two legs onto the step but suddenly appeared to lose his balance and quickly had to grab onto the wall and shelves to stabilise himself.

Clearly taken aback from his near-fall, the comedy star, whose eyes had flashed wide with fear seconds earlier, exclaimed:  “Well, oh! Oh!”

Quick to make a joke out of his blunder, he stated: “Oh look at that, eh? Good job I kept my receipt.” 

Kay went on to add that he “spent hours doing that, you know getting it right”, as he jokingly rolled around on top of the ladder while Mr Coyle laughed. 

The TV star continued: “I’m not a prude… [but] I don’t tend to really dwell on drugs or sex because I think it’s harder to be funny and get a laugh. 

“I like what’s funny [and] what’s old… I’m very much into comedy, I’ve always studied and watched a lot of it. 

“As long as people keep laughing, as long as people keep booking me, I’ll keep doing it and I’ll work at it – I don’t just get up and improvise, I structure what I’m going to do.”

Peter Kay: The Early Years aired on Paramount 2 in 2005.



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