Peter Kay hailed as ‘comedy genius’ over Car Share finale | Culture
Fans of Peter Kay have hailed him as a “comedy genius” after a special public screening of the final episodes of his sitcom Car Share.
Kay recently announced there would be three charity screenings of his popular BBC comedy show at the Blackpool Opera House, each one airing a special finale to the series, as well as an entirely improvised episode.
The second series of the Bafta-winning show ended on an emotional cliffhanger last year as Kay’s character, John, failed to reciprocate the advances of his car share colleague, Kayleigh, played by Sian Gibson.
Car Share viewers were left in dismay when Kay said he wanted to “quit while you’re ahead”. More than 100,000 fans signed an online petition demanding a conclusion to the series.
But the comedian later announced a special finale to reveal what happens next for the pair, along with an improvised episode, Car Share: Unscripted.
He had said at the time: “We were completely overwhelmed by the response and even though we’ve no plans to write a third series we knew we couldn’t end the story there.”
Kay later broke his silence for the first time since he had cancelled his UK tour in December due to “unforeseen family circumstances”, to announce the special screenings, which sold out in minutes.
A matinee show in Blackpool was later added due to “exceptional demand”.
Kay was praised on social media following the first screening on Friday night, which raised money for The Lily Foundation, a charity working to improve the lives of children with mitochondrial disease.
One fan described the finale as a “perfect final episode” and hailed Kay as a “comedy genius” on Twitter.
“Watching Car Share at Blackpool Opera House tonight – never in my life laughed so much and so honoured to watch the perfect final ending to Car Share,” another said.
The BBC will broadcast the new Care Share episodes next month.