Michael "Atters" Attree

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Michael "Atters" Attree
Michael Attree.jpg
Michael "Atters" Attree sporting his famous handlebar moustache
Born (1965-04-22) 22 April 1965 (age 48)
Nationality British
Occupation British satirist, comedy writer, performer, comedian

Michael "Atters" Attree (born 22 April 1965, Colchester Military Hospital)[1] is a British satirist, comedy writer, performer and comedian.

Early life[edit]

Attree (or "Atters", as he is also known) was born to British colonial parents who met in East Africa during the early 1950s.[2] [3] He studied Fine Art & Film at Saint Martins School of Art.[4]


Attree is Editor at Large and "resident bounder" for the satirical magazine The Chap. His featured interviewees include Leslie Phillips,[5] Sir Patrick Moore,[6] Brian Blessed,[7] Alan Moore[8] and Jilly Cooper,[9] [10] while his ongoing column "The Pentagram of Atters" highlights the supernatural.[11] Attree is prominent campaigner and activist within the 'Chap movement'.[12] In his book London Calling: A Countercultural History of London since 1945, author Barry Miles highlighted how Attree (along with two colleagues) climbed to the top of a Rachel Whiteread art installation as part of their Tate Modern Protest. The author notes "At only ten feet from the peak, they were halted by the sound of a megaphone but a swift scramble took them to the summit where they planted a Union flag, drank a chilled martini and passed around a celebratory briar." [13]

Attree has contributed to publications such as Time Out and The Guardian[14] and erotic comedy for magazines such as Penthouse Forum,[15] Erotic Knave (as "The Knave")[16] and Erotic Review.[17] He was also Flux magazines Paranormal Investigations Editor[18] and contributes to magazines specific to the subject of the paranormal.[19]

In 2010 Attree was a special guest on The David Dickinson Show (ITV1).[20] In 2009 he appeared on Blighty with comedian Vic Reeves in My Brilliant Britain (a documentary about Tweed). In 2006 he featured in a Lonely Planet Six Degrees documentary where he delivered a historical account of the River Thames, Henry Mayhew and mudlarking.[21] In 2003 he was sponsored by Channel Four to attend Milan’s European Beard & Moustache Championships as part of the British team.[22]

In the late 80s, Janet Street-Porter (then head of BBC Youth and Entertainment Features) commissioned Attree to work as a producer/director for BBC TV.[23]He later worked as a documentaries producer for Channel Four.[24] Prior to his television work he was an independent 16mm filmmaker and active member of the LFMC.[25] The late film critic and director Lindsay Anderson once said of his work: "Menacing, disturbing, disturbed. Such is the ruthlessness and ironic-poetic spirit of Attree's probing camera".[15]

His theatre show Atters Attree’s Chap-orgasmic Terrors is a sci-fi/horror comedy spin off of his former Flux magazine series.[26] His act was first performed at the Komedia theatre, Brighton[27] and has been performed regularly as part of the Brighton Festival Fringe.[28] [29] [30] Attree later recounted how (while at performance in Dublin) his satirical portrayals of The Abominable Gayman and The Popes PayPal Stigmata were received with "boos" and a sheep heart thrown at him on stage.[31] He is also a Master of Ceremonies performer within the fields of Neo-burlesque.[23]

Other interests[edit]

Attree regularly quotes his serious interest in Out of Body experiences and paranormal research in general.[32] [33] [34] Through his work he has also highlighted numerous conspiracy theories and alleged negative dealings by various clandestine organizations and global corporations.[23] [4][35] [23] Le Figaro magazine states: "Anarcho-dandy, Michael Attree is a revolutionary cell in three-piece suit who cherishes the dream of overthrowing the Western consumer society."[4]

He is a committee member of London's Handlebar Club[36] and was the editor of the club's journal for a number of years.[37] He was Chairman and host compère of the World Beard and Moustache Championships 2007, held at the Brighton Centre[38] and also hosted the British Beard & Moustache Championships 2012 held at the Brighton Dome.[39] [40]

Attree has previously worked within the field of fine art and antiques as a dealer.[41] He is a Life Member of the Max Miller Appreciation Society.[42]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Argus (Brighton) Weekend (cover feature): A Bounder and a Cad. 25–26 August 2007.
  2. ^ The Chap magazine, The Bounder: Autumn 2006. Issue 31.
  3. ^ Adams, Nathaniel & Callahan, Rose (2013). I am Dandy: The return of the Elegant gentleman. Gestalten (Berlin). ISBN 978-3-89955-484-7.
  4. ^ a b c Le Figaro magazine: Les Extravagants-Michael "Atters" Attree. 8 August 2009
  5. ^ IMDB: Publicity Interviews for Leslie Philips.
  6. ^ The Chap magazine, Feature Interview: Dec/Jan 2013. Issue 66.
  7. ^ The Chap magazine, Feature Interview: Apr/may 2012. Issue 68.
  8. ^ The Chap magazine, Feature Interview: Aug/Sep 2013. Issue 70.
  9. ^ The Chap magazine, Feature Interview: Oct/Nov 2013. Issue 71.
  10. ^ Daily Mail, 27 Oct, 2013. (Rachel Johnson)
  11. ^ The Chap magazine,(P.70): Apr/May 2012. Issue 66 (onward).
  12. ^ The Times: I say Chaps, should Abercrombie’s really be allowed into Savile Row? April 24, 2012 (Valentine Low)
  13. ^ Miles, Barry (2010). London Calling: A Countercultural History of London Since 1945. Atlantic Books. ISBN 978-1-84354-613-9.
  14. ^ The Guardian: Travel (weekend supplement), 31 March 2007
  15. ^ a b Penthouse Forum magazine, Volume 40: Number 12.
  16. ^ Erotic Knave magazine: Vol 41. Issue 3 (onwards)
  17. ^ Erotic Review magazine, "Atters". Issue NO 76+.
  18. ^ Flux magazine. Issues 52-61.
  19. ^ Fortean Times magazine, "The Occult Moustache" (feature). FT269 December 2010
  20. ^ IMDB: The David Dickinson Show (ITV1).
  21. ^ IMDB: Lonely Planet Six Degrees.
  22. ^ Atters Interview (May 2007).
  23. ^ a b c d Penthouse Forum magazine, Volume 43: NO.10
  24. ^ The Guardian Cathy Troupp: Strangers on a whilder shore. 20 November 1990
  25. ^ LFMC Cinema Events Programme: April/May 1987
  26. ^ Fortean Times magazine: FT269 December 2010
  27. ^ Komedia Brighton Autumn Programme, 2007
  28. ^ The Independent: Brighton Festival Fringe supplement, 2 May 2009
  29. ^ The Guardian The Guide Saturday 1 September - Friday 7 September 2007
  30. ^ The Argus: Cult comedian Atters comes to the Festival Fringe. 15 April 2009
  31. ^ The Chap magazine, The Bounder: Feb-Mar. Issue NO 37.
  32. ^ The Argus Interview Feature: Michael "Atters" Attree (Ian Ray, 26 June 2010)
  33. ^ Festival Previews: 10 Questions: An Interview with "Atters" (question 8, answer 5)
  34. ^ Foreplay magazine: Ghost Sex Issue (No5). Sex on the Astral Plane (feature) by Michael "Atters" Attree p.96-101
  35. ^ Festival Previews: 10 Questions: An Interview with "Atters"(question 10)
  36. ^ Source: Feature Interview (November 2009)
  37. ^ The Handlebar Club
  38. ^ Temple, Gustav (2011). Am I a Chap? Beautiful Books Limited (London). ISBN 9781905636815.
  39. ^ Huffington Post 17th Sept, 2012. BBMC
  40. ^ The Telegraph: Contest is razor sharp at first British Beard and Moustache Championships (Adam Lusher) 16th Sept, 2012
  41. ^ The Chap magazine, The Bounder: April–May. NO. 38.
  42. ^ The Max Miller Appreciation Society (official magazine): No.45. Issue 3. Volume 12. (Autumn 2010).

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