Peter Kay. He used to be funny around 15 years ago when he brought Phoenix Nights to Channel 4, along with That Peter Kay Thing, beforehand.
However, Max and Paddy’s Road To Nowhere ran out of steam along the way, and any time this overblown ‘comedian’ has released a Live DVD, it includes rehash of jokes he’s told before.
And now, this one-trick pony has starred in an overlong dreadfully unfunny advert Warburtons advert, spoofing a number of dramas and Hollywood movies including Poldark, Ghost, and Pride and Prejudice – unimaginatively renamed as Pride and Breadjudice – oh, my aching sides, Peter…
Kay is such a charlatan. All those spoofs have been done before – most notably Ghost in Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear, so it was nothing new.
I liked Phoenix Nights, but it’s clear that the funny lines were written by Dave Spikey and Neil Fitzmaurice. After that, Kay took all the credit and alienated everyone he worked with. Later, I know most of them came back for the charity gig (not Daniel Kitson as series 1’s barman Spencer, but I can only imagine that was because it was for charity.
There was a terrible attempt at comic drama for Kay in Doctor Who‘s late series 2 episode, Love and Monsters, where his character turned into the Abzorbaloff. I know it was based on a character created by a child, but then nothing can hide the awfulness of Russell T Davies’ scripts. I enjoyed Turn Left, but every single other one was beyond awful. He couldn’t write sci-fi to save his life. I loved Queer as Folk and Bob & Rose, but… well, maybe if Who had been set in Manchester instead of everywhere else, it might’ve helped.
And don’t get me started on the godawful Car Share… since I’ve already moaned about that, previously.
Peter Kay had a better part in the final episode of the last series of Inside No.9… for reasons I won’t spoil in case you still haven’t seen it, although it’s no longer on iPlayer so you’ll have to buy it.
Anyway, I’m off for some Kingsmill…
If you want to see the Peter Kay advert… go somewhere else. Instead, below is a video of some paint drying. For 10 hours.
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