Peter Kay on new book, top TV gossip and secret friendship with Ronnie Barker

Fans of the comedian will be able to listen to his voice even if they missed out on ticket sales to his live tour as he has recorded his autobiography The Sound Of Laughter

Peter Kay does comedy skit on his family

Peter Kay has finally recorded an audio version of his autobiography – 15 years after it was published.

Fans will be able listen to the hugely successful comedian reading The Sound Of Laughter from September 16 on Audible.

His first autobiography The Sound Of Laughter still holds the record for the biggest selling British hardback autobiography of all time, selling over two million copies worldwide.

Kay, 48, said: “I recorded the first chapter and brought it out for charity but never got round to recording the rest of the book. I suppose life just got in the way.”

In a rare interview he also revealed he is writing a new book about his time in TV and will include rare letters with the late Ronnie Barker.

Peter Kay has opened up about his TV success and showbiz friendships


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Fans will this month be able to listen to him reading his own autobiography, The Sound of Laughter



He said: “Within the first few chapters of recording(the audiobook), I was inspired to start to write a third book.

“I had the idea about ten years ago. All about working in TV. From when I started doing bit parts in Coronation Street right up to Car Share. It’s been a real joy recalling the memories.

“There’s over twenty years of stories about filming series like Phoenix Nights and Max & Paddy’s Road To Nowhere. Appearing on chat shows like Parkinson, at the Queens Golden Jubilee and sharing letters from Ronnie Barker.

Peter has discussed his secret friendship with late comedian Ronnie Barker



“We wrote to each other for years as pen-pals until he passed away. I’ll no doubt be recording that book too before you know it. I just hope people enjoy it as much as this first one.”

Asked why he finally got round to doing the audiobook of his autobiography now, which he recorded at home, he joked: “I blame the pandemic. Mind you people are still blaming the pandemic for everything.

“You know I still can’t get Porridge at McDonald’s because of the pandemic. What’s all that about? It’s oats in a microwave! Or fish fingers with a Happy Meal.

“The truth is Audible approached me during the pandemic to ask if I’d like to record my first book, The Sound Of Laughter, in an effort to try and cheer people up a bit. So hopefully it’ll lift people’s spirits.

“We all need a laugh. Especially without McDonald’s doing porridge.”

He also admitted he was nervous about writing the first book, and felt initially out of his depth.

On holding the record for hardback sales, he said: “It is overwhelming. As I felt completely out of my depth when I wrote it.

Peter made a triumphant return to stage this year following years out of the spotlight



“I didn’t start writing until March 2006 and it had to be completed by the June. I remember sitting in my kitchen every day, blue skies outside and there I was typing away.

“I spent the first few weeks constantly clicking on the thesaurus, looking for better words. I was so self -conscious, I didn’t even have my English GCSE but then slowly I began to find my own voice, and everything began falling into place. It turned out I really enjoyed writing the book.

“I just wanted to make it as funny as possible. Something that people could chuckle at on the beach or on their journey to work.”

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