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Cheer up - Peter Kay's coming to town

More than 50,000 people will be rolling in the aisles when Peter Kay's comedy tour comes to Belfast.

Bolton comedian Peter Kay — whose work includes Phoenix Nights, That Peter Kay Thing, Max And Paddy’s Road To Nowhere and Britain’s Got The Pop Factor — will arrive in Belfast next month for a five-night run at the Odyssey Arena.

He will then return on February 8 next year for an additional show.

Tickets for his five December shows sold out within two hours when they went on sale last year, making him the fastest-selling multiple date act in the history of the venue.

Tickets for his February show are expected to sell out just as quickly when they go on sale tomorrow at 11am.

During his six-night stint in Belfast, Kay will play to over 50,000 people in the seated shows and by the time the UK-wide tour ends, he will have sold over one million tickets in more than 100 arenas, making it the biggest stand-up comedy tour in the world.

Profits from his Belfast shows alone are expected to top £2m.

The record-breaking ‘Tour That Doesn’t Tour Tour’ is all the more impressive as the comic had been away from the stand-up circuit for seven years.

“I was apprehensive about putting just four nights on sale, let alone venturing away from home,” he said, speaking about his |now-legendary 20-night run at the Manchester Evening News Arena.

The 36-year-old, whose mother Deirdre comes from Co Tyrone and whose many fictional characters include Northern Irish transsexual Geraldine, is now the UK’s most successful comic — the first to play 15 sold-out nights at the O2 in London and the holder of the biggest selling stand-up DVD of all-time.

Ask the multi-talented star what makes him so funny and he says: “I’ve always been able to make people laugh.

“I don’t know how and I don’t know why.”

Tickets to see Peter Kay |on February 8 go on sale |tomorrow at 11am and are priced at £38.

The wry wit of Peter Kay

  • I went to a restaurant that serves ‘breakfast at any time’. So I ordered French toast |during the Renaissance
  • If we aren’t supposed to eat animals, then why are they made out of meat?
  • I think animal testing is a terrible idea: they get all nervous and give the wrong answers
  • Nobody ever dares put |cup-a-soup in a bowl
  • Why does your gynaecologist leave the room when you’re getting undressed?
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What makes Northern Ireland's local personalities happy?

Presenter Zoe Salmon

“I’ve got some great friends and if I’ve had a bad day or need to get away from it all they are usually the first people round to see me. I love to talk to them and relax with maybe a couple of bottles of champagne, chocolate and having a good chat with my friends.”

Broadcaster Lynda Bryans

“For me it is the garden. I like to get out in the green house with my radio. You couldn’t annoy me when I am in the garden, I am at my most peaceful.”

Former boxing champ Barry McGuigan

“I train very hard, either rowing on the cross trainer or running. Not only do you feel tired afterwards but it relaxes you, it completely clears the head. But to sort things out I also like to walk.”

Chef Michael Deane

“I do think exercise is great but I do tend to thrive on stress. But I have to say a nice glass of Rioja and some good music is a great way to unwind.”

Alliance MP |Naomi Long

“There are two things I do, one is reading. If I’m into a good book I can shut everything off. I’m also a devotee of X Factor. It’s brainless television and I can switch off watching it.”

Presenter Pamela Ballantine

“Me time is very important. I’m lucky enough to have been given vouchers for spa treatments and even just an hour to get away from it all to unwind for a massage or pampering treatment is important. I also like just sitting on my backside and watching the telly.”

Belfast Lord Mayor Pat Convery

“I think just trying to travel and even just getting away for a day is the best way to unwind. Even if it is somewhere in the North or the Republic.”

First Minister Peter Robinson

“Cycling, that’s the only distraction I have from politics at this present time. And watching three football matches a week.”

Glyn Roberts NI Independent Retail

Trade Association|“The gym is the best natural de-stresser and way to recharge the batteries. But watching television as well gives me a way to switch off and get away from stress. I’m an avid reader and I also would |recommend a tipple on a Friday night at The John |Hewitt with a few mates.”

TV Presenter Jackie Fullerton

“Really it is about football and family for me. I’ve been lucky enough for the sport to have given me enjoyment and a living over the years but I love being around football people. And I feel blessed to be able to spend time with my grandchildren and all my family.”

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