Micky Flanagan

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Micky Flanagan
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Flanagan in 2010
Birth nameMichael John Flanagan
Born (1962-10-07) 7 October 1962 (age 58) [1]
Whitechapel, London, England
MediumTelevision, radio, stand-up
Years active1997–present
Website mickyflanagan.com

Michael John Flanagan (born 7 October 1962 [2] ) is an English comedian. Flanagan has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and toured Britain with stand-up shows. He presented Micky Flanagan: What Chance Change? for Radio 4 and has appeared on various TV shows including Mock the Week , A League of Their Own , 8 Out of 10 Cats , Was It Something I Said? , Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow and I Love My Country .


Early life and career

Flanagan was born in Whitechapel, East London, and grew up on a Bethnal Green council estate.[ citation needed ] His father, Jim Flanagan, worked as a welder and latterly as a fish porter. [3] His father was involved in petty crime, and served a small amount of prison time. [3]

Flanagan was a sensitive and thoughtful child, and keen to leave the East End of London. [3] At the age of 13 he joined the Young Socialists. [3] Flanagan was a bright student, but became disengaged with schoolwork, and began to skip classes. [3] He left school at the age of 15 with no qualifications.[ citation needed ]

Through his father he got his first job as a fish porter at Billingsgate Fish Market. [3] The work was well-paid, but Flanagan became disengaged with the job. [3] In 1981 he spent the summer on Fire Island, New York, where he worked as a kitchen porter. [3]

Flanagan returned to London and worked as a furniture maker for several years. [4] [5] His business failed and he returned to Fire Island for another summer. [3]

Flanagan resumed education at the age of 25, beginning with a GCSE in English [6] and going on to a foundation course in arts and social sciences and a degree at City University, which he began aged 29. [4] [5]

Flanagan went on to train as a teacher by taking the Postgraduate Certificate in Education,[ when? ] [7] but decided not to pursue teaching as a career, later describing the experience as "the unhappiest year of my life ... everything that was wrong about the school system when I was young was still the same". [4]

Comedy career

Flanagan became a professional comedian in 1997 [8] after attending a comedy course at Jacksons Lane in 1996. [4]

His earliest comedy gigs were unpaid, so he worked as a painter and decorator during this time. [3]

He mined his upbringing for early comic material. [3]

In 2001 he performed in the Big Value Comedy Show at the Edinburgh Fringe as one of four headline acts, [9] and in 2003 co-headlined a show with Nina Conti. [10]

He performed his first full-length solo show, What Chance Change? in 2006, [4] and in 2007 was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards. [11] He toured Great Britain with The Out Out Tour in 2010/2011. [12] [13]

Flanagan was a regular performer on Out to Lunch on Radio 2 in 2008, [14] and appeared on Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow in 2009. [15] In 2010 he presented a four-part series for Radio 4 entitled Micky Flanagan: What Chance Change?, [16] and performed on Live at the Apollo , [17] Stand Up for the Week [18] and the Royal Variety Performance. [19] He appeared on Mock the Week in 2010 [20] and made further appearances in 2011. [21] [22] He was a panellist on the BBC1 game show Epic Win , which was broadcast in August and September 2011. [23]

In 2009, Flanagan's agent lodged a complaint with the Advertising Standards Authority claiming that a television commercial for directory enquiries service 118 118 was using his "out out" catchphrase and skit. [15] The skit, performed on Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, is based on the idea that people have different levels of going out, with "out out" referring to a big night out. The commercial featured an animated character using the phrase in a nightclub setting. The ASA acknowledged the similarity but said it was beyond its remit to take action. [15]

In 2011 Flanagan signed a deal with Ebury Publishing to write his autobiography. [24] He appeared in a celebrity version of The Chase , hosted by Bradley Walsh.

In 2012 he starred alongside Mark Watson and host Mark Dolan as a captain on the Channel 4 advertising-based comedy panel programme The Mad Bad Ad Show . [25] On 7 June 2013, he appeared on The Graham Norton Show alongside Dan Stevens, Hayden Panettiere, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams. He was a team captain, alongside Frank Skinner on the BBC One comedy series I Love My Country , which is hosted by Gabby Logan.[ citation needed ] Additionally, he was a team captain on Channel 4 comedy panel show Was It Something I Said?.

In 2015 he took a year off, citing pressure and a need to process. [3]

Micky's sell-out tour (and DVD) 'An Another Fing...' was the biggest comedy event of 2017 playing to over 600,000 people across the UK and Ireland, breaking box office records up and down the country.

The DVD was recorded live at The O2 and Micky updated fans on 'where he is at' following his 'gap year'.

The Evening Standard described it as 'Comedy Par Excellence' and The Guardian stated 'he's the country's most popular comic and, by some measure, its most popular entertainer full stop'.

The 'An another fing' tour included 11 sold out nights at the London O2.

Personal life

Flanagan and his wife, Cathy, have one son, Max. [26] They live in East Dulwich. [27]

Stand-up DVDs

Live: The Out Out Tour14 November 2011Live at Southend's Cliffs Pavilion
Back in the Game Live18 November 2013Live at London's Hackney Empire
An' Another Fing Live20 November 2017Live at London's O2 Arena

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