Flanagan in 2010
|Birth name||Michael Flanagan|
|Born||October 1962 (age 51)
Whitechapel, London, England
|Medium||Television, radio, stand-up|
Michael "Micky" Flanagan (born October 1962) 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 and Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow. He released his debut DVD in November 2011.
Early life and career
Flanagan was born in Whitechapel, East London and grew up on a council estate in Bethnal Green. He left school at the age of 15 with no qualifications. His first job was as a fish porter at Billingsgate Fish Market, after which he lived in New York for a year where he worked as a dishwasher and chef. After returning to London he worked as a furniture maker for several years. On an episode of 8 Out of 10 Cats, he also revealed he was once a window cleaner.
Flanagan resumed education at the age of 25, beginning with a GCSE in English and going on to a foundation course in arts and social sciences and a degree at City University, which he began aged 29. He went on to train as a teacher by taking the Postgraduate Certificate in Education, 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".
Flanagan became a professional comedian in 1997 after attending a comedy course at Jacksons Lane in 1996. In 2001 he performed in the Big Value Comedy Show at the Edinburgh Fringe as one of four headline acts, and in 2003 co-headlined a show with Nina Conti.
He performed his first full-length solo show, What Chance Change? in 2006, and in 2007 was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards. He toured Great Britain with The Out Out Tour in 2010/2011.
Flanagan was a regular performer on Out to Lunch on Radio 2 in 2008, and appeared on Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow in 2009. In 2010 he presented a four-part series for Radio 4 entitled Micky Flanagan: What Chance Change?, and performed on Live at the Apollo, Stand Up for the Week and the Royal Variety Performance. He appeared on Mock the Week in 2010 and made further appearances in 2011. He was a panellist on the BBC1 game show Epic Win, which was broadcast in August and September 2011.
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. 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.
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. On 7 June 2013, he appeared on The Graham Norton Show alongside Dan Stevens, Hayden Panettiere, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams. He is a team captain, alongside Frank Skinner on the BBC One comedy series I Love My Country, which is hosted by Gabby Logan. Additionally, he is a team captain on Channel 4 comedy panel show Was It Something I Said?.
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