Peter Kay stages first standup tour for the first time in a decade

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Comedian Peter Kay has confirmed his comeback tour after more than a decade away from the stage.

A new advert which was shown in a break during the I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Here! revealed the funnyman is returning next month.

The 49-year-old will release tickets for his hotly-anticipated return on Saturday, five years after he cancelled a tour.

The performer had been due to go on a massive tour from April 2018 through to summer 2019, but it in December 2017 pulled out due to ‘unforeseen family circumstances’.

It will be his first live tour since 2010, when he scored the Guinness World Record for the biggest selling run of all time, playing to more than 1.2 million people.

The new tour will kick off in Manchester on December 2 this year and is scheduled to run until August 11.

Peter Kay stages first standup tour for the first time in a decade

Return of the comedy king! Peter Kay has confirmed his comeback tour

Return of the comedy king! Peter Kay has confirmed his comeback tour in an advert aired during I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of here

Thrilled: He stepped back from the public eye in 2017, when he cancelled a huge 14-month stand-up tour due to 'unforeseen family circumstances'

Thrilled: He stepped back from the public eye in 2017, when he cancelled a huge 14-month stand-up tour due to ‘unforeseen family circumstances’

The tickets for his new tour will be the same price, £35, as they were for his tour in 2010

The tickets for his new tour will be the same price, £35, as they were for his tour in 2010

The performer had been due to go on a massive tour from April 2018 through to summer 2019, but it in December 2017 pulled out due to 'unforeseen family circumstances'

The performer had been due to go on a massive tour from April 2018 through to summer 2019, but it in December 2017 pulled out due to ‘unforeseen family circumstances’

His new stand-up tour will begin in less than a month at the Manchester AO Arena

His new stand-up tour will begin in less than a month at the Manchester AO Arena

Peter Kay said: ‘It’s good to get back to what I love doing best, stand-up comedy, and if there’s ever a time people need a laugh it’s now.

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‘And with the cost of living at an all-time high, ticket prices are starting from £35 – the same price they were on my previous tour in 2010.’

He recently delighted audiences last month as he reportedly performed a ‘secret’ comedy gig for select audiences, but his public comedy performances have been few and far between in the past decade.

Peter appeared at a theatre in Salford in October and had ‘new material’ for the lucky fans who were invited to attend.

Paula, who is a fan of the comedian, took to Twitter to share her experience at the exciting ‘secret’ shows. 

She penned: ‘Omg just been to a secret gig with Peter Kay at The Lowry. Best night of my life ever, that guy is a legend. Phones in locked pounces, secret ticket collection, the lot. Still buzzing.’

Other Twitter users asked Paula to provide further details, but she kept things vague and responded: ‘It was the weirdest but best experience ever. He is just such a grounded fella. The gig was really raw and unpolished which was what made it so personal.’ 

Comeback: The comedian, 49, appeared at a theatre in Salford and had 'new material' for the lucky fans who were invited to attend

Comeback: The comedian, 49, appeared at a theatre in Salford and had ‘new material’ for the lucky fans who were invited to attend

Kay is famous for hit TV shows such as Car Share, Phoenix Nights and Max and Paddy

Kay is famous for hit TV shows such as Car Share, Phoenix Nights and Max and Paddy

Fans have been waiting years for Peter’s return to the stage, after he stepped away from the spotlight in 2017 due to ‘unforeseen family circumstances’.

The surprise announcement shocked the 1.7million people across Britain and Ireland who managed to get hold of tickets to see the comedian.

The father-of-two was expected to earn up to £40million from hosting 109 nights from April 2018 until March 2019 at cities including Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, London and Dublin.

He said at the time: ‘Due to unforeseen family circumstances, I deeply regret that I am having to cancel all of my upcoming work projects.

‘This unfortunately includes my upcoming stand-up tour, Dance for Life shows and any outstanding live work commitments.

‘My sincerest apologies. This decision has not been taken lightly and I’m sure you’ll understand my family must always come first.’

Fans have been waiting years for Peter's return to the stage, after he stepped away from the spotlight in 2017 due to 'unforeseen family circumstances'

Fans have been waiting years for Peter’s return to the stage, after he stepped away from the spotlight in 2017 due to ‘unforeseen family circumstances’

This week Peter Kay took a woman living with a terminal cancer diagnosis out for lunch before she resumed radiotherapy.

Laura Nuttall, 22, recently underwent her fourth major surgery but her mother said the tumour had grown back.

But in a startling surprise, Kay took the family out for lunch at a Michelin-starred restaurant near Burnley on Friday.

Laura’s mother Nicola called the lunch ‘a very special treat’ and described the comedian – who played his first gigs in four years in 2021 to raise funds for Laura’s treatment – as ‘the nicest, most thoughtful and naturally hilarious person’. She added: ‘We’re lucky to have him as a friend’.

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Laura was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme – the most aggressive form of brain cancer – in 2018.

She defied the initial prognosis that she had 12 months to live, ticking off various goals including graduating this summer, completing the Great North Run and hosting a BBC weather forecast.

Her mother also tweeted: ‘Laughter won’t cure glioblastoma but it’s definitely a blimmin’ good distraction for a couple of hours.’

Earlier this year he hosted his Dance For Life show seeing all the proceeds go to Cancer Research.

Peter kicked off in Manchester in April, one of his few appearances since his record-breaking The Tour That Doesn’t Tour Tour…Now On Tour, which wrapped in late 2011.

And fans were pleased with his performance as many shared their reaction on social media, with some even saying they were ’emotional’.

The event was billed as a ‘dance-a-thon party that will save lives – with Peter also taking to the DJ decks during the show.

He had previously been due to make a comeback with the series of Dance For Life shows to raise money for Cancer Research UK in April and May 2020.

But the events had to be postponed in March last year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tickets for Peter Kay’s nationwide tour go on sale on Saturday, November 12, at 10am via www.gigsandtours.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk. While for Belfast and Dublin, tickets will be available at www.ticketmaster.ie.

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