Kay, Peter - Saturday Night Peter - Every time I ever perform stand-up I get a bizarre out-of-body experience
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Peter Kay - Saturday Night Peter
I walked on stage to the sound of applause and left my 'other me' in the wings. Now when I say 'other me' please let me explain: I don’t suffer from schizophrenia but every time I ever perform stand-up I get a bizarre out-of-body experience. Part of me takes to the stage yet I always leave another part of me in the wings, watching.
The only thing I can compare it to is that advert they used to show on TV for Lockets, you know the throat lozenge that helps aid the symptoms of colds and flu? It featured a farmer sat on bales of hay, who magically splits into two. One half of him says, 'Sore throat?', while his other half nods sympathetically adding, 'Runny nose.'
'Try Lockets!' says the patronising voiceover offering hope. And Hey Presto! They both pop a honey Locket into each of their mouths and before you can say 'Swine flu' they’re back out fighting 'blue tongue' or whatever else is top of the 'crops' that week.
Whilst I may not suck a lozenge on stage, I’ve found this out-of-body experience has remained with me throughout the years and as much as I truly admire the part of me that can perform stand-up, the other part of me finds it completely terrifying. The question is which one of them is real? Ooooooh, that’s a bit deep for Chapter One.