Peter Kay pictured arriving at first gig in three years as he receives standing ovation

Peter Kay reveals 'embarrassing' Mamma Mia anecdote

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Peter Kay, 48, returned to the stage at the O2 Apollo in Manchester for charity today. The Doing it for Laura gigs are to raise funds for 20-year-old Laura Nuttall who is suffering from a glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive form of brain cancer.

The Car Share actor was seen in a black cap with a black mask as he arrived at the venue earlier today.

He dressed casually in a black t-shirt and shorts for the British summer weather.

Peter hasn’t made a public professional appearance since a 2018 charity screening of Car Share, while his last tour in 2017 was cancelled due to “unforeseen family circumstances”

However, the Bolton-born comic received a standing ovation as he appeared on stage at the Apollo, Manchester, for the first of two live Q&As.

He said: “I’ve never in my life had a standing ovation when I came on.”

Peter joked: “I’m going to go away for four more years.”

Nuttall, who was in the audience, was initially given 12-18 months to live when she was diagnosed aged 18 but has received immunotherapy treatment in Germany thanks to fundraising.

Her sister Gracie introduced Peter and told the audience that the family was “eternally grateful” for them “potentially saving my sister’s life”.

As he started the matinee performance, Kay said: “I was a bit nervous this morning, when I got here.

“I was looking at all this and thinking, ‘Oh my God’ but it’s really nice to be doing this.

“It’s like getting in a hot bath,” he added.

Hundreds of fans queued outside in the rain for the comedian’s first gig in years on Saturday afternoon.

Those attending were asked to provide proof they had been fully vaccinated or had negative Covid tests before being allowed in.

Peter joked on stage about lateral flow tests and told fans: “People have been bringing them to the gate in bags.”

He answered questions from audience members which had been submitted beforehand and were selected from a tub of Roses.

Asked if the TV series Max and Paddy would return, Kay said: “I loved making Max and Paddy. It was one of the best times we ever had filming and we had such a good laugh. 

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