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Peter Kay snub: Harsh jibe about Comedy Shuffle star's school years exposed

Comedian Peter Kay re-emerged into the public spotlight last week after taking a break from the world of comedy for nearly three years. He appeared on the BBC ‘Big Night In’ fundraiser, which aimed to tickle audiences stuck indoors during the coronavirus lockdown. The beloved Bolton-born funnyman’s talent was first recognised back in 1996 when he was crowned the ‘North West Comedian of the Year’. Since then, he’s shot to superstardom with shows including ‘Phoenix Nights’, ‘Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere’ and many more. Unearthed interviews reveal that Peter had been funny long before his appearance on the stand-up circuit and small screens. From a young age, he demonstrated “mischievous creativity” and was considered a class clown. Despite this, he also faced bullying and was thought of in an extremely cruel way by his peers.

Despite his gift for observational humour, Peter Kay never wanted to pursue comedy as he feared he would fail. 

It wasn’t until he received rapturous applause after a best man’s speech that he realised he could make money out of his funnyman act.

But even after his success in 1996, when he was crowned ‘North West Comedian of the Year’, he still remained cautious to commit everything to stand-up.

Even though he had made several TV appearances by this point, he kept his normal job at a local cinema to keep him grounded and for other endearing reasons. 

It was there that he met his future wife Susan Gargan, who married him in 2001, despite extreme bad luck on their first date.

Cruel comments about Peter Kay’s school days have emerged in unearthed interviews (Image: GETTY)

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Peter Kay appeared on TV after taking a break in 2017, which he cited as for family reasons (Image: GETTY)

Peter was inspired by his personal hero Ronnie Barker – who he would write to regularly and struck up an unusual friendship with the comedy giant.

Despite this influence, the star’s underlying talent was recognisable even during his school days at Mount St Joseph’s, according to teachers and fellow pupils.

While it was claimed that the comedian wasn’t “academically gifted” in a 2004 Gurdian article, he did showcase a flair for art.

He said: “He handed in work that had nothing to do with what had been set.

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“He used to love getting me off the point. All the time, he was developing his observational skills.”

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Like many children, the comedian was bullied during his school days – but later brushed off the memories as “not severe”.

Imogen Fox, who attended the same school as Peter but was two years below him, revealed more about what his peers thought of him.

She said: “We had a talent contest each year on St Joseph’s Day and Peter would always enter, telling jokes and doing sketches.”

Ms Fox explained that the decision to enter the competition was not a popular move and tainted how the star was viewed. 

She added: “It wasn’t cool to enter, but Peter always did. 

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The star briefly returned to screens as part of the BBC ‘Big Night In’ fundraiser during lockdown (Image: GETTY)

“I can’t remember if he won or not, but his humour was the same then as it is now. 

“He was the harmless fat kid who liked to perform, a really nice Catholic lad.”

Despite the comments, Mr Clough revealed that Peter was still as popular as would be imagined for a class clown. 

He recalled one early performance by the star in ‘The Wizard of Oz’, when his pupil was 15 years old.

In a bid to leave his stamp on the role, Peter comically improvised by “cocking his leg up against a tree, much to the chagrin of the nuns.”

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