Peter Kay bursts into tears as the first live show of the comeback tour begins

Comedian Peter Kay broke down in tears after receiving a standing ovation at the start of his first tour in 12 years.

The 49-year-old comedian, who has been away from the spotlight in recent years, announced in November that he would be going on an arena tour from December to August 2023.

The crowd chanted his name as he took the stage at Manchester’s AO Arena in the first leg of the tour.

He needed to collect himself before telling fans, “Now how am I supposed to do comedy? I can’t believe you made me cry.”

It was the first of 110 arena appearances the Bolton star will play over the next two and a half years.

He was due to tour in 2017 but canceled due to “unforeseen family circumstances” before returning to the stage in August 2021 for two charity events to raise money for then 20-year-old Laura Nuttall with an aggressive type of brain tumor called glioblastoma multiforme.

Around 20,000 fans descended on Manchester on Friday to see the comedian, widely regarded as one of Britain’s best stand-up comedians.

Peter Kay hasn’t toured in almost 12 years

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When tickets went on sale last month, fans faced huge online queues trying to secure tickets.

Many reported seeing messages on the Ticketmaster website telling them that more than 200,000 people were in the virtual line ahead of them.

Channel 5 News presenter Dan Walker was among those in the queue and tweeted: “Trying to get Peter Kay tickets is like trying to get an appointment at the GP!

“‘Please wait…there are currently 170,000 people in line ahead of you’.”

Comic colleague Jason Manford joked: “Phew, lucky to get 2x Peter Kay tickets. For sale 2x Peter Kay tickets, £3500 each.”

Others likened the experience to the notoriously difficult task of securing tickets to the Glastonbury Festival.

Tickets were already popping up on resale sites within two hours, with a single ticket to a London show selling for up to £350 on Viagogo.

Mr. Kay also announced that he had added more shows to the tour and it would last until the end of 2024.

This included two new dates at the Utilita Arena Birmingham, four new dates at London’s O2 Arena and six new dates at the AO Arena Manchester.

The London dates will form part of his monthly residency at the venue after being announced as the first artist to secure one.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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