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Sunday 18 February 2018

Comic's €250,000 donation is no joke

Ken Sweeney

DID you hear the one about the comedian who gave €250,000 to charity?

Peter Kay (37), who last night performed his sixth stand-up gig in a row at the O2 in Dublin, made the donation to Irish Autism Action (IAA).

Boyzone star Keith Duffy, who is a patron of IAA, said he was "flabbergasted" by the funnyman's donation.

"What a heart Peter Kay has. Words can't describe how generous it is of him to do this. Peter could have sold out three more nights at the 02 but he decided to add one more night so he could donate the money to charity.

"This is a phenomenal thing to do, especially as it's in a different country to his own," Duffy told the Irish Independent.

However, it is not the first time that Kay has lent his support to the Irish autism charity.

The last time the star of Channel 4 comedy 'Phoenix Nights' performed stand-up in Dublin was six years ago at a fundraiser for the IAA organised by Duffy in the Four Seasons Hotel.

"Peter was invited with his wife to attend. He wasn't even on the bill but got on-stage and did stand-up. He ended up doing half an hour and brought the house down," added Duffy whose daughter Mia was diagnosed with autism.

The UK comedian became friends with Duffy when they both appeared in 'Coronation Street' in 2002.

Peter Kay's current world tour has seen him sell over one million tickets in more than 100 arenas, making it the biggest stand-up comedy tour in the world at present.

Irish Independent

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