Flanagan in 2010
|Birth name||Michael John Flanagan|
|Born||7 October 1962|
Whitechapel, London, England
|Medium||Television, radio, stand-up|
Michael John Flanagan (born 7 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, Was It Something I Said? and Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.
Early life and career
Flanagan was born in Whitechapel, East London, and grew up on a Bethnal Green council estate. His father, Jim Flanagan, worked as a welder and latterly as a fish porter. His father was involved in petty crime, and served a small amount of prison time.
Flanagan was a sensitive and thoughtful child, and keen to leave the East End of London. At the age of 13 he joined the Young Socialists. Flanagan was a bright student, but became disengaged with schoolwork, and began to skip classes. He left school at the age of 15 with no qualifications.
Through his father he got his first job as a fish porter at Billingsgate Fish Market. The work was well-paid, but Flanagan became disengaged with the job. In 1981 he spent the summer on Fire Island, New York, where he worked as a kitchen porter.
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.
Flanagan went on to train as a teacher by taking the Postgraduate Certificate in Education,[when?] 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".
His earliest comedy gigs were unpaid, so he worked as a painter and decorator during this time.
He mined his upbringing for early comic material.
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 was a team captain, alongside Frank Skinner on the BBC One comedy series I Love My Country, which is hosted by Gabby Logan. 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.
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.
|Live: The Out Out Tour||14 November 2011||Live at Southend's Cliffs Pavilion|
|Back in the Game Live||18 November 2013||Live at London's Hackney Empire|
|An' Another Fing Live||20 November 2017||Live at London's O2 Arena|
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