Peter Kay was forced to tears in a live comeback as the tour kicks off in Manchester

With a standing ovation at the beginning of his first tour in 12 years, comedian Peter Kay was brought to tears.

As he entered the AO venue in Manchester, the audience began to shout his name.

He had to gather himself before addressing the crowd: “How should I perform comedy now? You’ll break my heart… You made me cry, and I can’t believe it.”

The Bolton star’s 110 arena performances over the following 2.5 years began with this one.

In 2017, he was scheduled to go on tour, but he postponed it due to “unforeseen family problems.”

On Friday, he performed for over 20,000 admirers in Manchester, proving that he was still the master of making us laugh at seemingly mundane things that we can all remember and recognize while also highlighting the absurdities of everyday life.

“Although he makes things look so ludicrous, people may still relate to it. It’s hilarious “Calum Burns, a 23-year-old native of Manchester who was seeing Kay in person for the first time, said.

The 23-year-old Olivia Matthews added, “There’s nothing too catastrophic. Everything is humorous. We appreciate that about him.

We were 10 or 11 years old during his previous tour, so we will be a new audience. Growing up, I have known and liked him my entire life. We must view his work, but not in person.

From the heart

Regarding Kay’s appeal, Jill Fraser, 36, of Edinburgh, stated: “He has a witty, non-offensive comic style that is just nice and simple. It’s everything you want from a Friday night comedy show, and he’s got a lot of energy.”

He was a little bit intimidated when he first walked out, but he was wonderful, said Paul Stokes, 63, of Wigan.

He’s real, said Manchester resident Deborah Evitt, 56. “He is a sincere individual. You could see that everything he did on stage was genuine. That’s why I found it enjoyable.”

Bingo, baked beans, and more garlic bread

The following contains minor Peter Kay show spoilers.

His common subjects and affable stand-up manner haven’t altered.

There were references to bingo, baked beans, and childhood TV theme songs as well as more of his favorite misheard pop lyrics. There was also a routine that altered his “garlic bread” catchphrase.

He has always had access to rich material due to the advancement of technology and the confusion it generates in the minds of the older generation.

While Kay continues to make fun of his perplexed parents and grandparents, he is also attempting to understand the behaviors of his children, who are heavily reliant on technology and online shopping.

He felt most alive when making fun of himself and modern life, whether that meant pointing out the difficulties of ordering food from Just Eat or the dangers of sending intimate images to a doctor.

He became the most well-liked stand-up comedian in Britain by managing to strike the right balance between being offensive and controversial without alienating audiences.

Even while he made a point of saying he intended to stay away from the cancel culture zone, there were times this time when he came dangerously close to being politically incorrect.

Given the festive atmosphere of the evening, we never expected or really wanted him to give an explanation for why he withdrew from the spotlight. Simply put, everyone was happy to see him again.

His love of nostalgia and hilarity reached new audience-pleasing heights in his final performance, which was stunning and lavish (by stand-up standards).

Another record-breaking tour?

Since cancelling his last tour, Kay has made sporadic live appearances, but for the majority of his fans, this run of dates marks his first live performance in more than ten years.

The largest arena in the UK, in Manchester, will host the 49-year-old musician 41 more times, with his final performance there slated for July 25, 2025.

Between now and February 2025, he will perform at London’s O2 arena once each month for a total of 27 performances.

He will also travel to Belfast, Sheffield, Birmingham, and Leeds. The 110 nights he has performed so far fall just short of the 113 dates he did in 2010–2011, when he set a new record for the most successful comedy tour in history by selling more over 1.1 million tickets.

When the sale of tickets for this trip began last month, there was a considerable demand. He claimed that the cost-of-living crisis led him to decide to maintain the lowest tickets at £35 – the same price as they were on his previous tour.