Peter Kay shed tears on the opening night of his first live comedy tour in 12 years.
His comedian received a standing ovation that lasted several minutes, with the audience chanting his name, as he took to the stage on Friday.
He appeared overwhelmed by the reaction, pausing to lean on a stool on the stage before standing up and wiping away tears.
“Oh my God look at me, I mean what is all that… how can I do a bloody comedy now?” he asked the audience, prompting the first laughs of the evening.
He is said to have added: “Lovely Manchester, you made me cry… where did it come from, all that emotion?”
The live tour marks Kay’s return to stand-up comedy after being largely absent from the public for the past four years.
Friday’s show at Manchester AO Arena is the first of a tour of the massive arena that runs from December to August 2023.
He will visit locations including Birmingham, Liverpool, Sheffield, Belfast, Newcastle, Glasgow and Dublin, with the run ending on 11 August 2023 at Sheffield Utilita Arena.
Following the announcement, Kay’s official website appeared to be down for a short time due to increased online traffic.
The live tour was the comedian’s first since 2010, when he set the Guinness World Record for biggest ticket sales of all time, performing to more than 1.2 million people.
Kay, from Bolton, has gone largely unnoticed in recent years.
He returned to the stage in August 2021 for two special charity events to raise money for Laura Nuttall, then 20 years old with a malignant brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme .
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There was also a brief comeback in January 2021 when he appeared on BBC Radio 2 to chat with Cat Deeley – who is taking over after Graham Norton left the station – about his love of music, Mamma Mia remixes and musicals.
He also made a surprise appearance at the charity screening for his series Car Share in 2018.
Kay canceled her last tour in December 2017, citing “unforeseen family circumstances”.
Over the past few years, Kay has delighted fans with the hit TV series Car Share and the Bafta award-winning indie routines.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/peter-kay-brought-to-tears-on-opening-night-of-first-live-tour-in-12-years-42192442.html Peter Kay burst into tears on the opening night of his first live tour in 12 years