Peter Kay

Biography: After leaving school, Kay took several jobs, many of which inspired episodes or sequences in That Peter Kay Thing. Kay has said that he sought a career in comedy. After losing a job as a cinema usher, and being told by several people that he had comic talent, he decided to pursue comedy as a career, partly with the intention of clearing debts.
He entered and subsequently won Channel 4's So You Think You're Funny contest in 1997.
His first semi-professional stand-up appearances were at the 1998 Edinburgh Fringe festival, where he was nominated for the Perrier Award. During this time, he also appeared at various other clubs, such as The Comedy Store, and the Barracuda Club in Lincoln. Although these appearances led to a certain level of public recognition, it was only after his heavily promoted show Live at the Top of the Tower in 2000 that Kay attained widespread fame. In this period, Kay appeared on several chatshows, such as Parkinson and Friday night with Jonathan Ross.
After leaving school, Kay took several jobs, many of which inspired episodes or sequences in That Peter Kay Thing. Kay has said that he sought a career in comedy. After losing a job as a cinema usher, and being told by several people that he had comic talent, he decided to pursue comedy as a career, partly with the intention of clearing debts.
He entered and subsequently won Channel 4's So You Think You're Funny contest in 1997.

His first semi-professional stand-up appearances were at the 1998 Edinburgh Fringe festival, where he was nominated for the Perrier Award. During this time, he also appeared at various other clubs, such as The Comedy Store, and the Barracuda Club in Lincoln. Although these appearances led to a certain level of public recognition, it was only after his heavily promoted show Live at the Top of the Tower in 2000 that Kay attained widespread fame.
In this period, Kay appeared on several chatshows, such as Parkinson and Friday night with Jonathan Ross. Production also began on Phoenix Nights, which was to see him achieve critical acclaim as well as mainstream appreciation. Subsequent advertisements for John Smiths Bitter, which imitate the realistic style of Phoenix Nights, saw Kay develop his now much-repeated catchphrases "Ave 'it!" and "Two Lamb bhunas", both of which now appear on T-shirts as official merchandise.
In 2003, he was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest British comedians. In a 2005 poll of comedians and critics to find The Comedian's Comedian, he was voted amongst the top 50 greatest comedians of all time. In March 2005 he also came top in a survey sponsored by the Jongleurs comedy club to find Britain's favourite comedian.

Kay's first TV project was an episode of Channel 4's The Comedy Lab, The Services. The spoof documentary style of The Services was carried over into Kay's first series, That Peter Kay Thing, in which he played a range of different characters, usually in heavy make-up.
An episode of That Peter Kay Thing in turn inspired two series of Phoenix Nights. Kay plays multiple characters in Phoenix Nights - two of the principal parts, Brian Potter and Max the bouncer, as well as a wide range of supporting parts. He had a cameo role in Coronation Street in January 2004, co-writing his own scenes and appearing alongside real-life good friend Sally Lindsay, who plays Shelley Unwin. November 2004 saw the launch of the Phoenix Nights spin-off series Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere in which Kay reprised his role as Phoenix Nights' bouncer Max, along with his real-life best friend, Paddy "Eight Grand" McGuinness. Peter Kay was born, bred and still lives in his beloved Bolton. He left school with one GCSE in art and proceeded to drift from one dead end job to another, earning a living as a cinema usher, a steward at Manchester Arena, even a mobile disc jockey.
When Kay eventually tried his hand at stand up he found his 'wilderness years' had furnished him with an almost endless supply of characters and situations to draw on for material.
Within a year of launching himself onto stand up circuit, Kay won the 1997 Channel 4 'So You Think You're Funny?' competition. From there his rise to the top was rapid. Along the way there were Perrier nominations, the Big Breakfast, The Peter Kay Thing, sell out tours, British Comedy Awards and, his best work to date, Phoenix Nights.
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Peter Kay's Scores

  • Movies
Average career score: 87
Highest Metascore: 87 Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Lowest Metascore: 87 Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
1 movie review
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
87 Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Oct 5, 2005 PC Mackintosh 8.3