Essay on Phoenix Nights by Peter Kay

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Phoenix Nights by Peter Kay

“Phoenix Nights” is a renowned British comedy that has never failed to amuse audiences for the last 2 years. Some people may “Phoenix Nights” is “ an absolute phenomenon”, while others declare it is “ a unsuitable comedy with no great comedy values”. Whatever your opinion, there is no denying the tremendous success “Phoenix Nights” has had on the British Public. Peter Kay has used a variety of different comic conventions to target an assortment of different audiences, while accomplishing “Phoenix Nights” as a firm family favourite. Perhaps, Peter Kay’s success is due to the precise comedy techniques he applies throughout the comedy, or is it dependent on the age of the
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Irony is created, as “Ceasers Palace” is a lavishing, posh palace, while in contrast “Phoenix Nights” is a dilapidated, tacky working men’s club. The club is then shown using a long shot, comedy is produced from the contrast between what the audiences hears of the Phoenix and what they see. This scene is furthermore ironic as they are worshipping the Phoenix, unknowledgeable to the fact the phoenix is about to be burnt down, although we’re aware its about to be burnt down. Irony in “Phoenix Nights” is quite successful, its used to increase the sense of comic tension. Although it is more targeted on specific audiences. Such as older and knowledgeable audiences who are more aware of the irony being ascreated the irony is very subtle and not obvious enough for all audiences. Maybe, Peter Kay uses satire more successfully in “Phoenix Nights” for creating amusement.

Throughout, “Phoenix Nights” satire is used a source of amusement. An illustration of this is in Blackpool, a close up shot is used to show flowers with a card stating “ In memory of Alan” referring to the death of Alan in Coronation Street. This satirises the British public and the seriousness of soaps to them. This tells the audience Peter Kay is ridiculing the way people can show sympathy for characters in soaps yet can be unsympathetic to real people.for example when potter

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