Shouldn't say this about a charity record, but I don't care for it.
Peter Kay however is a good stand up, very popular for sure.
However, as a comedy writer/performer, Kay is totally on top of his game, I'd rate Phoenix Nights as an all time classic, some say he goes for as wide a market as possible, avoiding anything controversial.
Well, Phoenix Nights has so many layers of jokes, verbal and visual, so many references, a disabled main character, to disprove this idea.
I remember seeing the 6 'That Peter Kay Thing' programmes in early 2000, I was impressed, low viewing figures, but awards and from the first one 'In The Club' came Phoenix Nights.
Late last year, the DVD release of this series became a top seller, following the two Phoenix Nights Series in previous years.
Before then, in 1998, Kay's spoof docu-soap one off, 'The Services' led to the series of one offs, Kay commented 'this was before The fuckin' Office', though in truth The Office was written at the same time but just took 3 years to get commissioned.
I like the fact Kay sticks close to his roots, this after all has allowed him to develop his acute ear for conversation and the way a lot of people in the UK really are, he is not so popular on the comedy circuit as they think he has not 'paid his dues'.
(Translation: He's got his TV
series, they haven't, most notably Daniel Kitson, good as 'Spencer' in Phoenix Nights, unremarkable as a stand up, is that why Kitson slagged off Phoenix Nights?).
Well he did 'pay his dues', but did not have to do it in London, but on the northern club circuit so well parodied in 'Phoenix Nights.
(And I don't mind his accent at all, it's how he speaks, makes a change from professional Cockneys, Yorkshiremen and worst of all, Scousers, does anyone ever really talk like Cilla Black?)