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Peter Kay

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Peter Kay is a name of at least two artists: 1) An English comedian, comedy writer, producer, director and actor. 2) A New Jersey, USA composer / arranger / producer / remixer, best known as Epitone.

1) An English comedian, comedy writer, producer, director and actor. After leaving Mount St Joseph High School, Kay took several menial jobs, including working in a toilet roll factory, Netto supermarket, Cash and Carry, and a bingo hall, which later inspired episodes or sequences in That Peter Kay Thing. He attended the University of Salford where he studied a Higher National Diploma in Media Performance. This involved a stand-up course at which he excelled. His first stand-up was a competition in Manchester, hosted by later co-star and co-writer of Phoenix Nights, Dave Spikey. Peter was last on the bill and won the competition, beating fellow stand-up comedian Johnny Vegas.

Kay’s earliest TV appearance was an interview with Granada Television in which he listed the contents of his room, as well as detailing his experience meeting Jimmy Savile. This would later be used in That Peter Kay Thing, in the role of Leonard De-Thompkinson.

Kay’s experience working at the Manchester Evening News Arena inspired him to wear the official yellow jacket of the MEN Arena for the final performance of his Mum Wants a Bungalow tour. Kay has said that he sought a career in comedy.

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