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Peter Kay: Live at the Top of the Tower [DVD]

Peter Kay , Dave Spikey , Marcus Mortimer    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Peter Kay, Dave Spikey, Archie Kelly, Paddy McGuinness, Steve Edge
  • Directors: Marcus Mortimer
  • Writers: Peter Kay, Dave Spikey, Jayne Bickerton
  • Producers: Helen Parker, Lucy Ansbro, Paul Roberts, Phil McIntyre
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: None
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Nov 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005R1JK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,136 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



For his first video Live at the Top of the Tower, Bolton comedian, actor and Channel 4 star Peter Kay returns to his roots--both as a stand up and by performing live in Blackpool, his childhood haunt. Bolstered by the acclaim heaped on his two television series (That Peter Kay Thing and Phoenix Nights), Kay is very much at the top of his game. Odd then that his live routine suffers from something of a false start, relying on characters from and references to his TV show and an awkward batch of jokes. Once settled though, Kay happily emerges as one of the funniest men in the country. His humour is fairly traditional in its sources but succeeds by its very universality. Much is made both of his family life and growing up in the 1980s, the reasons why he makes such a great guest on the rash of television shows dissecting the decade. His style will be very familiar to fans of Phoenix Nights (his words on the Northern club circuit: "tomorrow's acts at yesterday's prices, today"--are straight from his Brian Potter character) and his acting and writing have obviously been hugely influenced by his life as a stand up. He emerges from the video as a great visual comic, a brilliant mimic and an inspired observationalist--his piece on the perils of Teletext is one of the highlights. Those who have taken to the likes of Mark Park, Cheryl Avenue, Jerry Sinclair and Kay's countless other creations should not hesitate when it comes to Live at the Top of the Tower, nor should anyone else with a sense of humour. --Phil Udell

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top class northern culture. 25 Feb 2002
By A Customer
After the brilliance of 'Phoenix Nights', Peter Kay delights with his childhood memories of dodgy foreign holidays, day trips to Blackpool and his Bolton childhood. Brilliant observation and comic timing on idiosyncrasies from schooldays
( playground supervisors dresssed in pink tabards obsessed with rain), old people and the weather( I like it hot but not this hot !)and his father's dislike of foreign food(Garlic................and
Bread ).
Also has a well merited dig at the
appalling 'Stars in your eyes'and northern 'chicken in the basket style' entertainers.
Buy it and settle down for the evening with a six pack. The guy is class.
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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
I watched Peter Kay Live at the Top of the Tower on a cable channel and found it to be hilarious. I had seen Peter Kay before shows like 'That Peter Kay Thing', 'Phoenix Nights' and recently the 'John Smith's' adverts. After seeing this show I came onto Amazon to locate the Video and instead found this DVD. I ordered it and recieved it two days later. I played it straight away and was even more impressed then when I first watch the show. The DVD contains the full show, where as the version shown on TV was edited down, missing out some very good stories.
I watched it from start to finish several times, before I even looked at the extras. Yes I did say "Extras" on this DVD there is an Interview with Peter Kay and also a bonus footage section showing jokes from the show which didn't make the final cut, plus out-takes where he messed up and had to try again to get the joke right. The Las Vegas mess up was particularly funny as he made it clear to the audience they'd be there all night until he got is right so he didn't look daft on the DVD by not being able to speak or do his own act. Even better when during the re-takes he told audience to go quiet at points so they could edit it right for the final version so no one would suspect he messed up.
What makes Peter Kay so funny is how he picks up on things that happen in everyday life that are very funny when he points them out. For example when Peter Kay brings to our attention what children know for years, "Why do mums buy c**p pop?". Other things like getting Holidays off Teletext are funny, talking about his families Holiday's abroad where his dad would always find an English-Themed Pub on the first day to get some 'Proper Food' not that foreign muck like 'Garlic-Bread'.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST !!!!!!! 30 Jan 2005
By A Customer
Peter Kays jokes are mind-tickling and they bring back memories which almost make me pee myself !!!!! Everytime I hear the words "garlic bread " all i can think about is this amazing stand-up comedian !!! He truly is an asset to comedy !!!! I LOVE YOU PETER KAY !!!!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent sums it up... 24 April 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Peter Kay: Live from the Top of the Tower is possibly the greatest stand up show ever. Peter Kay's observational humour is so spot on that your sides will hurt from laughing. Everything from dinner ladies that can smell rain, thus preventing the children from playing out, to finding a holiday on teletext (368 pages to go through until your page comes back around). The stories usually focus around Kay's childhood, growing up in Bolton in the 1980's. His mother, who cleans the house BEFORE going on holiday to the father who won't touch foreign foods when abroad ('Garlic...And bread? Garlic bread?'). Peter Kay explains exactly why people talk with their hands, even the old woman who complains about the heat is there, 'I like it hot but not this hot'.
The characters are familiar to everyone and that's what makes the stand up show so special. We've all met the people Kay talks about. What Peter Kay has done here is present life as we know it, but in such a way that you'll no doubt be crying with laughter with the jokes and characters featured in the show. This show is absolutely spectactular that I would reccomend it to everyone. It is funny without being rude or offensive and that's something which isn't very common in the wacky world of MTV. And remember, as the dinner lady always says; 'It's the fine rain that gets you wet.'
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Garlic Bread 4 Feb 2004
By A Customer
this is definately worth the money if you want a laugh as it is hilarious. I found it just as funny as his follow up 'LIVE AT THE BOLTON ALBERT HALLS' (RECOMMENDED). this really isn't a waste of money and should be bought immediately by anyone with a sense of humour. The 'vd' is good as it does have some special features. What else is there to say apart from Peter Kay is a comic genius who can make you laugh and cry at the same time. BUY!!!!! BUY!!!!!!!! BUY!!!!!!!!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BETTERED ONLY BY HIS CURRENT TOUR !! 20 May 2003
By Dave R
I'd seen Peter Kay presents and always found them funny enough, but not so much that my sides ached. After watching Live at the Top of the Tower, however, my opinion of PK has changed. From start to finish, I had tears in my eyes. The humour is all observational or memories from Peter youth. It touches on many subjects which it seems anyone and everyone can relate to. In the vain of Monty Python and other classics, there are one-liners all over the place, that will be quoted for years to come
Unless you've seen it you can't appreciate how easy it is to laugh at his comedy genious, that stems from all our childhoods, PK just remembers it so vividly. It gets better the more times you see the show.
As my title suggests and hopefully my review commends - the only comedy to top this, was seeing him live in Sheffield in November on his sold-out tour. Front row seats - best in the house - I was crying and my sides were aching all the way through. Strange that on leaving, I could recall very little other than it was brilliant and I had seen nothing so funny before.
I sincerely hope we get a second helping of the new tour if it ever gets distributed. Based on how demand was for tickets, I'm confident it will hit the shops soon.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Peter Kay- Excellent
Worth watching, very funny -as only Peter Kay can be. Some really funny observations throughout the whole of the show
Published 1 day ago by Ms M. Atkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and easy to relate to
This is a funny DVD with memorable references to days of childhood that most of us can relate to like wanting the better brands and school break-times.
Published 5 months ago by Sarah Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars T'Man is a genius
For many years (10?) I had passed over Peter Kay's dvds in HMV, thinking he's probably just another average stand-up, so why bother. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Phillip Marlowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Peter Kay
This is one of PK's very early DVD's and comes across as such. Funny but its great to see PK to develop into the great man and comedian we know and love today. Recommended.
Published 8 months ago by Geoff Tomkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE
A great night in. If you are a Peter Kay fan, and why wouldn't you be, this DVD is a blast.
Published 9 months ago by greenfingers
5.0 out of 5 stars so funny
peter kay is my favorite comedian , he tells it like it is and you think yes my
uncle does that at weddings etc very funny
Published 9 months ago by sonia webb
5.0 out of 5 stars worth every penny!
Did not stop laughing Peter Kay talking about his family life hit's home too things you have done yourself over the years, its so funny, and he even mentions 'Garlic Bread' if you... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Julie Hughes
1.0 out of 5 stars same
all P K disc seem the same and the same material over and over again with only a few new ones
Published 13 months ago by robert cuthbert
5.0 out of 5 stars top of the tower
great delivery and price was really good had this but lost it so bought it again it plays realy well really made me laff thanks alot
Published 15 months ago by jillian mary neary
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny as ****
About sums it up, obviously the bloke is funny and it may be a few years old now but still worth it
Published 16 months ago by D. Clark
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