Peter Kay (1 star)

This article is from 2006.

The Sound of Laughter (Century)

COMEDY AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Since Peter Kay has built his career almost entirely upon a shared sense of nostalgia, it is only to be expected that his autobiography might contain a few ‘an’ then it were all back ‘ome for Manimal’ style anecdotes. But there’s no excuse for this appallingly lazy, sloppily written, self-satisfied heap of pulp, which is nothing more than a random pile of childhood reminiscences strung together by an endless parade of pop culture references.

Kay must surely have tossed this off in an afternoon. There’s no narrative or point to speak of, and it stops just before he becomes a professional comedian; i.e. when it might become interesting. Kay is a genuinely funny, intelligent chap, but frustratingly, he seems content to sell himself short with anodyne drivel like this. The sound of laughter, all the way to the bank.

Peter Kay

Peter Kay takes his massively popular brand of observational cheeriness on tour.

The O2 Arena, London SE10

Thu 6 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 0202

Fri 7 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 856 0202

Sat 8 Jun

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…and 6 more dates until 23 Jun

Sheffield Arena

Fri 31 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0114 256 5656

Sat 1 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 0114 256 5656

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