Micky Flanagan

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Micky Flanagan
Micky Flanagan.jpg
Flanagan in 2010
Birth name Michael Flanagan
Born October 1962 (age 53)[1]
Whitechapel, London, England
Medium Television, radio, stand-up
Years active 1997–present
Website mickyflanagan.com

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[edit]

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,[2] 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.[2][3] 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[4] and going on to a foundation course in arts and social sciences and a degree at City University, which he began aged 29.[2][3] He went on to train as a teacher by taking the Postgraduate Certificate in Education,[5] 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".[2]

Comedy career[edit]

Flanagan became a professional comedian in 1997[6] after attending a comedy course at Jacksons Lane in 1996.[2] In 2001 he performed in the Big Value Comedy Show at the Edinburgh Fringe as one of four headline acts,[7] and in 2003 co-headlined a show with Nina Conti.[8]

He performed his first full-length solo show, What Chance Change? in 2006,[2] and in 2007 was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards.[9] He toured Great Britain with The Out Out Tour in 2010/2011.[10][11]

Flanagan was a regular performer on Out to Lunch on Radio 2 in 2008,[12] and appeared on Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow in 2009.[13] In 2010 he presented a four-part series for Radio 4 entitled Micky Flanagan: What Chance Change?,[14] and performed on Live at the Apollo,[15] Stand Up for the Week[16] and the Royal Variety Performance.[17] He appeared on Mock the Week in 2010[18] and made further appearances in 2011.[19][20] He was a panellist on the BBC1 game show Epic Win, which was broadcast in August and September 2011.[21]

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.[13] 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.[13]

In 2011 Flanagan signed a deal with Ebury Publishing to write his autobiography.[22] 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.[23] 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 is a team captain on Channel 4 comedy panel show Was It Something I Said?.[24]

In 2014, Flanagan teamed up with Spice Girl Mel B on The Big Fat Quiz of the Year.[25] Flanagan also hosted and starred in comedy/travel series Detour De France [1] in 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Flanagan is married and has a son.[26] He lives in East Dulwich.[27]

Stand-up DVDs[edit]

  • Live: The Out Out Tour (14 November 2011)[4]
  • Back in the Game Live (18 November 2013)[28]


  1. ^ Dessau, Bruce (14 September 2013). "Micky Flanagan talks to Bruce Dessau about turning 50 and his latest show". Waltham Forest Guardian. Newsquest. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Hay, Malcolm (7 August 2006). "Micky Flanagan: Interview". Time Out. London. Retrieved 12 September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Holland, Jessica (9 April 2009). "Interview with comedian Micky Flanagan". The London Paper. Retrieved 12 September 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b Burrell, Ian (20 November 2011). "Micky Flanagan: The ragged-trousered controversialist". The Independent (London). Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Fleckney, Paul (15 February 2007). "Cockney charmer". Surrey Comet. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Micky Flanagan". Comedy Central (UK). Retrieved 14 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Big Value Comedy Show ... Early". Chortle. Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "Nina Conti and Micky Flanagan". Chortle. Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  9. ^ Smith, Alistair (22 August 2007). "Edinburgh's If.Comedy Awards shortlist announced". The Stage. Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  10. ^ Burgess, Marissa (28 January 2011). "Interview: Micky Flanagan". City Life. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Micky Flanagan: The Out Out Tour". Chortle. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  12. ^ "Programme Information". BBC Press Office. 31 May 2008. Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  13. ^ a b c Sweeney, Mark (12 November 2009). "118 118 lifted my catchphrase, says comedian Micky Flanagan". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  14. ^ "Micky Flanagan: What Chance Change?". BBC Online. Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  15. ^ "Live at the Apollo". BBC Online. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  16. ^ "Stand Up for the Week". Channel4.com. Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  17. ^ "The Royal Variety Performance". BBC Online. Retrieved 8 January 2011. 
  18. ^ "Mock the Week Series 9 Episode 3". BBC Online. Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  19. ^ "Mock the Week Series 10 Episode 4". BBC Online. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  20. ^ "Mock the Week Series 10 Episode 5". BBC Online. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  21. ^ "Epic Win". BBC Online. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  22. ^ Neill, Graeme (12 August 2011). "Ebury buys Micky Flanagan memoir". The Bookseller. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  23. ^ "The Mad Bad Ad Show, coming soon to Channel 4" (Press release). Channel 4 Press. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  24. ^ "Was It Something I Said? - 4oD". Channel 4. Retrieved 2014-08-16. 
  25. ^ http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2014-12-27/mel-bs-appearance-on-the-big-fat-quiz-of-the-year-the-twitter-reaction
  26. ^ Ruth Jones' Christmas Cracker, BBC Two, 21 December 2011
  27. ^ Miranda Sawyer (5 June 2010). "Breaking news; The Reith Lectures; Micky Flanagan: What Chance Change?". Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  28. ^ "Micky Flanagan Back In The Game Live (DVD)". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 

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