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Well not if Peter Kay keeps treating us to this little lovely. Phoenix Nights is one of those rare comedies. Rare as in its actually funny (see Ed Stone is dead'. Which is so unfunny its basically the Anti-Phoenix').
Anyone who has grown up in the north will instantly recognise virtually everything that happens in the Phoenix. The theme nights, the cheesy compere, the ugly regulars who sit there all day on a pint of mild. Its all there. Which is one of peter kays strengths. Brilliant observation in all of his work.
The writing is incredibly strong and the performances are first rate. The comedy set pieces in each episode will have you in tears (The Stannah Stairlift Seduction' and the Erotic Bouncy castle' are standouts).
Season 1 and 2 are, in my opinion, equally as good as each other. And, although it isn't really fair to judge the two together, I actually prefer the Phoenix to The Office. Judged purely on laugh out loud moments Peter Kays superb series just edges it for me.
I didn't think it could get any funnier. Then I watched the DVD with the directors commentary .
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