Peter Kay delighted fans on Saturday by making a rare public appearance – joining Cat Deeley on the radio.
The much-loved comic all but dropped out of the public eye when he cancelled his tour and all work commitments due to “unforeseen family circumstances” back in 2017.
After greeting Cat as Catherine, Kay joked he was “sick to death” of people wishing him a Happy New Year.
Cat laughed as he told her: “You know when you get overwhelmed by texts, and you reply with copy and paste.”
Peter talked about the time he watched the stage production of Mamma Mia!, mocking Cat’s midlands pronunciation of mama.
He said: “I went to see it and I loved it and I knew the stage manager and saw the girl who plays the lead character and said, ‘Congratulations on getting married!’ I thought it was real!’
Getting along like the old friends they are, the pair listened to reworked versions of popular classic tracks and chatted about mixtapes.
Peter created a playlist of “bad” songs and invited Cat to give the name of the “song, not the artist” in a subtle nod to Phoenix Nights.
Peter also talked about how he landed Cat as presenter of his 2008 comedy show Britain’s Got The Pop Factor… And Possibly A New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly On Ice.
The 47-year-old recalled: “I have very eclectic taste. I rang you to give you the big sell. You were in LA and I was trying to say I’d love you to do it and trying to talk you into it.”
Fans were delighted to hear Peter back on the radio – flocking to Twitter to express their appreciation.
“Peter Kay on Radio 2 is the best start to 2021. So good to hear his voice,” tweeted one.
Another wrote: “Stroke of luck putting the radio on. Peter Kay is on Radio 2, brilliant as always.”
Cat was in Graham Norton’s former Saturday morning slot on BBC Radio 2, with Peter joining her just after 11am.
Claudia Winkleman will be taking over the slot later this month.
It was Peter’s first broadcast appearance in more than eight months – after he previously recorded a special version of his ever-popular Amarillo video for the BBC’s Big Night In, back in April 2020.
Before that he was last seen in 2018 when he appeared in two special episodes of Car Share.
Following his three year hiatus, in February Peter announced plans for a comeback, saying he would host six Dance For Life shows in London, Liverpool and Manchester for Cancer Research UK.
The dates were later postponed due to the coronavirus crisis.