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Peter Kay: The Tour That Doesn't Tour Tour

27 Apr 2015
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27 April 2010 was a momentous night in the history of Manchester Arena as it was the first night of Peter Kay's record breaking 20 night residency. 

The Tour That Doesn't Tour Tour smashed box office records and over 200,000 people came to see Peter Kay's return to stand up comedy after a break of seven years. 

Although the Bolton born comedian admitted to being "incredibly nervous" before getting up on the Arena stage, he said it was “the happiest time of my working life”.

Peter also said that his return to stand-up after a seven year break couldn’t have started anywhere other than right here in Manchester.

He said: “It’s unbelievable, playing live at the M.E.N Arena after working as a steward is still very hard to comprehend. I was working there on the very first night with Torvill & Dean (although they weren’t stewarding). It was 1995 and I’d just started performing stand-up in and around Manchester, now to be playing there is surreal beyond words. But it’s also incredibly comfortable, like playing at home. The staff are all so nice and a lot of them friends, not to mention the people of the North West who have all made the whole experience so memorable”.

He then went on to perform 20 more nights of The Tour That Doesn’t Tour – The Farewell Tour in September and October 2011, raising money for both Comic Relief and The Christie Hosital in Manchester. 

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