- Actors: Peter Kay, Sally Lindsay, Amer Nazir, Jennifer James
- Directors: Peter Kay
- Writers: Peter Kay
- Producers: Helen Parker, Lucy Ansbro, Phil McIntyre
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- 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.)
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Universal Pictures UK
- DVD Release Date: 10 Nov. 2003
- Run Time: 85 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00006RHVG
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,373 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Peter Kay - Live At The Bolton Albert Halls [DVD] 
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Creator of 'Phoenix Nights', stand-up comedian Peter Kay is caught performing live in front of his hometown audience (including his mum and nan).
Just a quick taxi ride from his mum's house, Peter Kay comes home to play Live at the Bolton Albert Halls. A packed and appreciative audience--sprinkled with Corrie stars for added glamour--relish the prodigal son's return. As his first stand-up show, Live at the Top of the Tower, demonstrated, Kay is a master of the mundane, finding hilarity in the previously unnoticed details of family life: here, Gran in her warden-protected flat, the funny way that dads run, and going to the supermarket with Mum are all mined for comic riches.
Kay is an inspired mimic and observer of social interactions: in a tour-de-force segment he takes us to a typical wedding reception where we meet incoherent DJs, bitchy female friends of the bride, uncles embarrassing themselves on the dancefloor and little boys sliding on their knees. References to "the big light", Mum's preferred "Rola Cola" and garlic bread are thematic strands from his earlier show, developed here in Dad's horrified discovery of "cheese cake".
Although Kay's observations play on his northern upbringing he generally avoids stereotypical north-south jokes; but here on home turf he can't resist mentioning the vexed issue of southern fish-and-chip shops with their lack of mushy peas, curry sauce and gravy ("have you got owt moist?"), and can even risk a little dig at Mancunians--which always goes down well with a Bolton crowd. Genial, nostalgic and unapologetically rooted in a Coronation Street worldview, Kay's comedy is both specific to time and place, and universal in its celebration of the everyday. --Mark Walker
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I haven’t laughed in quite a lot time as hard as I did when watching this stand-up show first time through.
His brilliant observation of life adds amazingly to the show, and how he had managed to find side-splittingly funny things that everybody does, such as asking the taxi driver, “been busy?”
I also love how he can turn a perfectly plain story about dipping biscuits into your tea, or a crime scene on CrimeWatch into the side-splittingly funny thing that it is.
I would highly recommend this DVD, since Peter Kay is truly a marvellous stand-up comedian, and just for laughter value this is definitely worth it. I have been singing it’s praises to friends and family ever since my first viewing
I brought his 1st DVD about a month ago having caught a glimpse of the end when it was on Channel 4 and was not disappointed, I was rewarded with a truely fantastic comedy performance, which I found myself watching over and over.
My girlfriend twisted my arm into buying his second (slightly more expensive DVD) and I was blown away. After a slightly slow start his comedy takes off, once more recounting childhood memories and making fun of actions and sayings we all use in everyday life. The expression he puts behind each persona he acts out truely makes it though, you find yourself ignoring that it is 'Peter Kay' on stage, and feeling that you really are watching 'Mrs.Kay' 'Dougie' 'Nana' et al. in a compelling and side-splitting comedy.
In all honesty I can't think of an occasion where I have better spent my hard earned money!
I have introduced a large portion of my family to Peter Kay through this DVD, including my grandparents who laughed themselves daft. They all asked to see "Top of the Tower" and all came away saying they preferred the Albert Halls.
This is Northern humour at it's absolute finest. Peter Kay is so funny because he discussed things that everyone can relate to. He has the ability to take trivial things in normal people's lives (such as the price of cinema Pic & Mix ) and make them seem unbelievably funny.
"The two things you ask a taxi driver. 1) Been busy? 2) What time you on till?"
How true is this?? His humour ranges from Old People to Family weddings, but as my grandparents pointed out to me, his jokes are adult without being overly offensive. Everyone in the family will love this, it's not something you would be embarrased watching in front of the kids or grandparents.
Hilarious from start to finish, especially the side-splitting encore in which he mimics a drunken dad at the end of family wedding.
Peter Kay is without a shadow of doubt Britain's funniest man today, and this is his finest hour. You must buy this DVD.
The funniest bit of this for me is the section about the family wedding. It is just so scarily true and you can just remember stuff like this at your own family's get togethers! The impression of his father drunkenly singing Danny Boy is hilarious, showing that Kay is a brilliant mimic too. His observations about his Gran are fantastic too. He obviously adores her and it comes across in his making fun of her and her warden protected flat. Anyone with an even vaguely batty Gran can relate to this!
Being a Northener myself I couldn' resist the section on the difference between Northern and Southern chip shops - its about time us Northerners got our own back and Kay is doing it for us with style! " 'as tha nowt moist has" become a family in joke for us! Even a seemingly dull family event like afternoon tea and biscuits is turned into a side splittingly funny tale.
Peter Kay is one of the funniest comedians about these days and is a national treasure - well at least for us from oop north anyway. If you don't laugh at this you need a sense of humour transplant.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A Class in every way. Old jokes but they really get the belly laughing too.
A must have for all Mr Kay fans