11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 4 August 2004
Think of your favourite sitcom, times it by ten and you're still not even close to matching the hilarity and brillaince of Peter Kay's critically acclaimed, award winning and cleverely observed masterpiece of a sitcom: PHOENIX NIGHTS!
The series revolves around ruthless club owner Brian Potter, a resident of Bolton who is strapped to a wheel chair. Brian's luck is consistantly bad, his club has already burnt down twice before and as we join him in the first episode we see him attempt to rise his club from the ashes.
So follow Brian and his band of merry men: bouncers Max and Paddy, star struck entertainer Jerry St. Claire, Kenny Senior and Kenny Jr, Holy Mary and of course, the resident bad guy cigar smoking Den Perry. Throughout this twelve flawless gems we see Brian's attempts at a Wild West Night (a disasterous recreation of the War of the Roses), a psychic night, a singles night where Brian finds true love (the things I'm gonna do to you), a stand up night, a robot wars night (Death by chocolate), Talent Trek, a family fun day with a hysterical inflatable (inflatable filth), a crimewatch construction, a quiz night, singles night and a carokee night (that wasn't in the hamper.) You'll never laugh so much. Unmistakable genius: a classic no doubt. Peter Kay is the king of modern day comedy.
39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on 9 April 2008
these series by peter kay are nothing short of comical genius! for anyone who has ever worked in social clubs you will have seen these characters 100's of times and for every one else they are just hilarious portrayals of characters he has met on his journey's. I have seen these dvd's too many times to count and they just get funnier every time the only bad thing is once you start watching them you can't stop and find hours passing by as you watch episode after episode!!! peter kay will go on to be a comedy legend especially for this genius show!!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2009
phoenix nights is the perfect dvd to put on if you've had a rubbish day cause it just cheers you up. every episode is brilliant and theres loads of little jokes that you might not get first time round. i like the way the writers kept it as just 12 episodes and a pilot just like fawlty towers and the office. i personally think phoenix is one of the funniest things i have seen so obviously i recommend the box set
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 4 May 2008
Well,what can I say,this is easily the funniest programme I have ever seen.
God Bless Peter Kay.
I really cannot decide which is the funnier out of the two series,they are both excellent.
Everything about this show is hilarious from Brain Potter getting stuck on his "Stannah" stairlift to the Max and Paddy pretending to be hitmen,you just could not make it up but Kay has and managed to do it without it seeming far fetched.
A mention should also go to the supporting cast,charactors such as Big Kenny the liar and young kenny,Les Alanos and of course Holy Mary.The likes of these make the show for me but the best is Keith Lard the fire inspector who first appeared in 'That Peter Kay Thing' in the episode'Eyes Down' about the bingo hall.
Good cameo apperances from Roy Walker,Jim Bowan,Tim Healey & Kate Robbins[I laugh out loud to myself every time i think of Holy Mary behind the bar at the Ann Summers style party with her love balls-sweet jesus!!!].
The bonus CD of tunes is a good laugh as well,I play it in the car to annoy the kids.
All in all a great laugh and its true what another poster has said,once you start watching you can't stop.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 14 December 2003
Peter Kay, along with the comic genius of Dave Spikey, has created one of the best TV comedys for some time.
Phoenix Nights follows the highs and lows of the world famous Phoenix Club as Brian Potter and his mismatch of staff provide laugh after laugh. The everyday, simple humour is brilliant and will make you laugh each and every time you watch it. From 'TVs very own Roy Walker' in episode one (episode 1 of series 1)to 'Oi, Mandy Dingle' in episode 12 (episode 6 of series 2) the laughs keep coming.
In the words of that great.....well good......well ok....ish singer Tina Turner, simply the best !!
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights has to be with out doubt one of the best comedy sitcoms of recent times combining side splitting laugh out loud moments with subtle one liners and offbeat quips that will offend some, and leave the majority in fits of laughter.
Most people won't get all the jokes first time around, and you'll probably find that the more you watch it, the more you get out of it, weather its one of Kenny's many colourful lies, or an off the cuff remark by Brian that once again sails very close to the wind.
The series itself contains a real mixture of weird and wonderful characters that make the show the watch again and again experience it is! There is of course Brian Potter, founder of the 'world famous' Phoenix Club and wannabe king of clubland. The show more or less revolves around him and his colleagues at the club and their various ups and downs in their effort to make the Phoenix Club a success. His arch nemesis Den Perry, owner of the Banana Grove Club also aspires to the title, king of clubland, and both men live to out do the other in relation to club business. There's also the hapless pawn and au pair of the Phoenix, Jerry 'the saint' Sinclair, Ray Von the DJ (amongst other things) Max and Paddy the doormen, the aforementioned Kenny Dalglish (senior) and many others.
The series one DVD contains six episodes, with the first acting as an introduction to the main characters. For extras there are also some deleted scenes, trailers and out takes.
The series two DVD also contains six episodes, the first dealing with the aftermath of a fire which guts the Phoenix Club. Here again in addition to the episodes there are out takes, deleted scenes, trailers, a director and cast commentary and a few other things to keep you busy.
If you're a fan of the series, then you'll know what I've been banging on about, and if you don't already own this box set I'd definitely recommend it. If you're new to Phoenix Nights but, you like comedies that are original, packed with laughs and very durable then this must be worth a look. It does have some regional humour, but that doesn't mean you wont 'get it' instead I would suggest it only adds to the whole experience.
Peter Kay is a great stand up comedian, and without doubt a classy comic writer and actor. Many of his talents are on display here, don't miss this show!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 May 2009
The characters in Phoenix Nights are all totally wacky. Whether we're talking about the indefatigable Brian Potter (Peter Kay) who believes that clubland will never die (however appalling the acts,) to the two doormen (one of whom is a tour de force also played by Peter Kay) or to Jerry St. Clair the singer.
If you've ever sat in a club in the north of England, you'll recognise the audience. It's a brilliant study of the sort of people who go there and enjoy a night of Bingo and music.
The stories are tightly written, well acted and total rib ticklers. My personal favourite is when Brian purchases a bucking bronco that doesn't really buck and one of the live acts is a real horse that goes AWOL on a beer-tasting session and confuses the bronco for a real mare...
28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 30 July 2005
This dvd is just one of the funniest things around. Peter kay is just a comic genius. Some of the characters he creates are amazing. Also the acting is brilliant and the timing for the jokes is perfect.
I think series 2 is better than the 1st series but they are both great.
Onto the extras. Well they are just as funny. The outtakes are some of the funniest i have ever seen because most of the actors are comedians. There are plenty of outtakes where the cast just cant stop giggling. The extras are worth the amount of the dvd alone.
Please buy this dvd and please say if this review has been helpful.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 30 July 2004
Phoenix Nights is one of those shows you don't necessarily "get" the first time you see an episode. From the start, you can see how well written it is, and how well observed, but my recollection of first seeing it is that I didn't think "This is really funny". Still, I was intrigued, and I watched another episode, and then a third, and I was hooked. Now, having watched both series right through five times I find it overwhelmingly funny. But that's the point: even if you love it immediately, it still grows on you to the extent that you wonder how you didn't ever think it was 100% genius. Some of the humour is pretty up-front: a bouncy castle with a snake attachment that's actually a ... well, you can guess; the running gags about Paddy's bald spot; the appalling acts that are "auditioned" at the end of each episode - like the escapologist who forgets to pack his keys. But there's much more subtle stuff, too, about friendships, or about the lies we tell ourselves. The idea of Peter Kay playing a disabled nightclub owner is one of those things you either find instantly hilarious or not very funny, but what makes Phoenix Nights is the amazing cast of minor characters - Ray Von the silver-tongued DJ with his inappropriate taste in music, Jerry St Clair and his terrible songs, Max and Paddy's doorman routine (they deserve their own series), Den Perry, who's like something out of a North-West Goodfellas, and the Chinese chefs with their amazingly improbable culinary skills. Having seen all this several times, I love every detail. The scripts are the kind of thing you want to quote endlessly, but there's also an indefinable quality - the way there is with all great comedy. Phoenix Nights is right up there with the likes of Blackadder and Fawlty Towers. The best British sit com (although those words don't do it justice) in over ten years.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 July 2010
I didn't get into Phoenix nights until I seen repeats of Series 2 on channel 4 which were hilarious and easy to get into and having seen this product advertised with series 1 which I hadn't seen I thought why not buy it and was not let down.
Series 1 I will say is slow to start off and you will need to get into it quick but of course its funny with a racist folk band singer about holy communion shoes(send the buggers back) the club being powered by a street lamp, a drunken horse, a German fruit machine, fire safety officer Keith Lard(who was rumoured to have got arrested for having sex with dogs!) and Max and Paddy dealing with drunken midgets on a stag do wearing Bolton football tops.
Series 2 I would say is the best of the 2 discs as the characters have developed more with a storyline after Phoenix is burnt down due to a stray lit cigar in a bin left by bitter rival Den Perry, Brian loses his liesence and his pride then decides to get the gang back together and reopen the club with a fun day that has a bouncy castle from Amsterdam have a giant penis on front which they disguise as a snake, Gypsies using real spray paint for face painting, reconstrucing the fire for a TV crime show and ending on a high running a stars in your eyes show as themselves!
Definitley worth getting with the funniest scene being Max and Paddy driving Asians to the mosque singing along to 'Armirallo' and encourging the moody Asians to join in aswell!
Also recomended is Max and Paddy's road to nowhere.