Posted by: Tony Tickle | November 2, 2010

Peter Kay Live @themet Bury

Last week a tweet from @themet resulted in me securing 4 ticket to see Peter Kay perform to an audience of 220 at The Met in Bury. The night started well securing third row tickets and mingling with the excited audience waiting for the man to take to the stage at 8.30. And Peter delivered in bucket loads.

No props, just a chair and a table with two bottles of water he took to the stage to rapturous applause and quite a few whoops (that he imitated). I shouted “welcome to the BIG time” his response was this was better than playing the O2 coz but was more frightening and he was “shitting Bangers”

15 minutes into the show a late arrival sat down and Peter bemoaned the fact that the lady had missed the first bit of the show… so he would start again. He went off stage and came back on to rapturous applause and quite a few whoops (that he imitated). I shouted “welcome to the BIG time” his response was this was better than playing the O2 coz but was more frightening and he was “shitting Bangers” and rushed through an abridged version of the first 15 minutes, making late comers get up and come back in, the audience prompting ensuring that everything was delivered in the correct sequence… and then the show continued.

Acute observations on life, reality TV, Sky+, family and stacks of new material (I saw him earlier this year)… It was easy to see that Peter was really happy playing @themet, this small venue close to where he lives affords him contact with the audience that he could never have at the O2 or Manchester Arena, Stand up comedy requires that contact, and he revels in it… the most enjoyable part of the show for me being Peter stopping the show sitting down and saying “OK now is your chance to ask me anything you like… go on… ask”… I shouted “who do you rate as the best comedians of all time… dead or alive”… “good question” (thanks Peter) Eric Morecambe came out top. The end of the show had Peter playing songs whose lyrics are not quite what you think… “after you do he’ll never bone you” being one.

It all happens again tonight for a lucky 220 @themet go see him play the big venue you won’t be disappointed, if he can make it there he’ll make it anywhere.

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