In recent times British mainstream comedy shows have been nothing less then appalling, bad scripts, acting, etc. But if you look just off the mainstream you'll find gems like The Office, Black Books and this beauty Phoenix Nights. Peter Kay the main man responsible for Phoenix Nights, is arguably one of the best comedy minds and actors in Britain if not the world today. Everything is brilliantly observed and done with great affection for the people and places involved in the club scene in England, now and in the past. I think one of the reasons it's so funny is that we all have seen these places and have experienced the 50 something guy down the road in the 20 year old suit and fake tan singing standards to the people in the audience who turn up every night simply for the company. This is sort of a tribute to a time and tradition slowly disappearing from our landscape, sort of like the British sitcom, (that is until this came along).