Michael McIntyre seems to have come from nowhere to suddenly being everywhere, and thank God he is!
He’s without doubt one of the funniest men I’ve ever watched and his addition to the Saturday night line up on TV is very welcome because, let’s face it, Saturday night viewing is inordinately light on laughs. For instance, last night we had hideous alternative offerings such as Britain Does The Funniest things to compare this show to, and by comparison to Michael’s roadshow, Britain in general doesn’t do anything remotely amusing…
However, after watching this show, it appears Manchester and its residents do in fact do the funniest things, as McIntyre pointed out during his show from the city last night. Appearing alongside him were Jason Manford, John Bishop, Mick Ferry and Sarah Millican, all of course brilliant comedians from the North West.
Michael began last night’s roadshow with a very funny tale about passing a hospital in Manchester called Hope and what that name conveys in terms of faith in the place and how, due to the apparently large scale crime of hotel goods thefts, the dressing gown in his hotel was fitted with an anti-theft device.
He and his guests made this an extremely funny 45 minutes last night – which you can see here if you missed it – so, let’s take a look at just exactly who Michael is and how he got to be an A List comedian…
Michael’s father, Ray Cameron, was a producer for The Kenny Everett Television Show before his death from a heart attack when Michael was just 17. Perhaps then comedy is in his blood because anyone who worked on Kenny Everett’s shows must’ve had a brilliant sense of humour.
Michael’s childhood in Hampstead was a privileged one during which he attended a renowned private school, but his subsequent university career was short; he dropped out after just one year, choosing instead to follow his career dream of being a professional comedian. He says he can’t even remember what he studied there, chemistry or biology.
So, in a bid to get paid for being funny, he began doing the rounds of the comedy circuit and in 2003 and 2004, his newcomer appearances at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival were to launch him into the realms of TV, radio and further live stage performances. He’s been on innumerable show such as 8 Out of 10 Cats, Have I Got News For You, Mock The Week and has made appearances on Big Brother’s Little Brother as well as hosting Big Brother’s Big Mouth.
He’s become hot property in the world of comedy and when you watch his shows, it’s easy to see why. His rather posh voice and large personality – as well as his ability to be self-deprecating – make him all the more watchable and he’s one of those people who’s very funny without trying to be, but when he’s trying, he’s something special.
In an interview with the BBC, Michael described why he thinks his comedic routines work…
“I don’t really do jokes” he said, adding, “I just talk about things that I find funny. I tend to laugh at them myself as well because I find them funny. I don’t do gags, just observational comedy.
“I just collect all these stories and try them out and if people laugh, I do them again and make them better.”
And that, I think, is a great summary of just exactly what it is that makes him as funny as other comedians of his ilk such as Peter Kay; they simply comment on real life but from the viewpoint of the truly funny narrator/orator.
Here he is on an appearance on Jonathan Ross’s Friday night show in which his comedic ability far outshined the host’s…
I’m hoping we’ll get to see a lot more of Michael on our screens and that he’ll continue to appear – especially on Saturdays – for a long time yet! His ability to be extraordinarly funny without being inordinately ‘blue’ – although when he is, he’s still very funny – and without targetting in a negative way any group of people is at the heart of what makes him so watchable… in my humble opinion anyway 🙂