Michael McIntyre

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Michael McIntyre

McIntyre at the British Academy Television Awards 2009
BornMichael Hazen James McIntyre
(1976-02-21) 21 February 1976 (age 36)
Merton, London, England
Influenced by

Woody Allen, Billy Connolly[1]

I School = chigwell school
Spouse(s)Kitty McIntyre (m. 2003) «start: (2003)»"Marriage: Kitty McIntyre to Michael McIntyre" Location: (linkback://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_McIntyre)
ChildrenLucas and Oscar McIntyre
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Michael McIntyre

McIntyre at the British Academy Television Awards 2009
BornMichael Hazen James McIntyre
(1976-02-21) 21 February 1976 (age 36)
Merton, London, England
Influenced by

Woody Allen, Billy Connolly[1]

I School = chigwell school
Spouse(s)Kitty McIntyre (m. 2003) «start: (2003)»"Marriage: Kitty McIntyre to Michael McIntyre" Location: (linkback://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_McIntyre)
ChildrenLucas and Oscar McIntyre

Michael Hazen James McIntyre (born 21 February 1976) is an English stand-up comedian. As well as his stand-up, he has performed on programmes such as Live at the Apollo and has his own programme, Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.

McIntyre has released two stand-up DVDs; Live and Laughing in 2008 featured material from his first nationwide tour, while Michael McIntyre: Hello Wembley was released in November 2009 following a set at Wembley Arena. The former was the fastest selling debut stand-up DVD ever, and Hello Wembley is the fastest selling stand-up DVD in UK chart history, selling over a million copies.[2] In 2009 McIntyre performed live to half a million people and won Best Live Stand-up at the British Comedy Awards.

In 2010, McIntyre released his autobiography, Life and Laughing: My Story, and also became the youngest-ever host of the Royal Variety Performance.[3] He started as a judge on the fifth series of Britain's Got Talent in April 2011.[4] He is to embark on his second nationwide tour in 2012.[5]


Early life

McIntyre was born in Merton, southwest London, and raised in Hampstead.[6] McIntyre's parents were both in show business: his Canadian father, Ray Cameron (19 April 1938 – 27 December 1993), né Thomas Cameron McIntyre, was a writer on The Kenny Everett Television Show, and his British-Hungarian[7] mother, Kati, was a dancer. McIntyre has some Eastern European Jewish heritage on his mother's side.[8][9] McIntyre has a sister, Lucy, who is two years younger than him.[6] His parents divorced when he was seven; both his parents remarried and went on to have other children with their new spouses. Ray Cameron relocated to Los Feliz, Los Angeles, where he died of a heart attack in 1993, aged 53.


McIntyre went to Stepping Stones Primary School in Hampstead and Arnold House Prep School and then attended Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood for three years before transferring to local state school Woodhouse College for financial reasons.[10] McIntyre later attended Edinburgh University for one year before dropping out to pursue a career in script-writing.[11] He has said that he cannot remember whether it was biology or chemistry that he studied while there.[6][11]


Television and stage

McIntyre has appeared three times on BBC One's Live at the Apollo and also on the Royal Variety Performance, in 2006, 2008 and 2010. While performing on stage in Wolverhampton in 2008, as he was running back onto stage for his encore, McIntyre tripped, fell over and dislocated his shoulder. Many of the audience believed this to be part of his act and started to laugh; only after his manager came on stage to assist did they realise it was real.[12]

McIntyre's routine on We Are Most Amused, staged at the New Wimbledon Theatre on 12 November 2008 in aid of The Prince's Trust was televised. This comedy gala celebrated the 60th birthday of Prince Charles, and was performed in the presence of the Prince of Wales and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall.[citation needed]

Among McIntyre's many comedy panel show appearances are Chris Moyles' Quiz Night, Mock the Week, 8 out of 10 Cats, Have I Got News for You, The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, Would I Lie To You?, and The Apprentice: You're Fired!. On 13 February 2009, he was a guest on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross. On 21 February 2009, McIntyre appeared live as a guest judge alongside head judge Anton du Beke and fellow guest Emma Bunton in the first round of Let's Dance for Comic Relief. He appeared on the show again in the final on 14 March.

In 2009, McIntyre performed for an estimated total of 500,000 people on his first tour of the United Kingdom that included a record-breaking six nights at Wembley Arena and four at The O2 Arena. His second DVD, Hello Wembley, was another hit. 58 dates have been announced for his second tour in the autumn of 2012, at arenas in ten UK cities as well as Dublin.[5]

From 6 June 2009, McIntyre began hosting Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, aired on Saturday nights on BBC One. On 5 July 2009, McIntyre appeared on the BBC show Top Gear as the "star in a reasonably priced car", driving around the Top Gear test track in one minute and 48.7 seconds. During his lap of the track he almost rolled the car while going around the final corner.

In December 2009, McIntyre cancelled a stand-up show at short notice after discovering that he would be performing to debt collectors. He had revealed only weeks earlier how he had struggled with substantial debt only a few years before breaking through in to the mainstream. McIntyre stated that he would have gone against his principles by performing the show.[13]

On 31 March 2010, McIntyre took part in Channel 4's Comedy Gala, a benefit show held in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital, filmed live at London's O2 Arena. Also in 2010 he appeared on the year's edition of The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, partnered with Alan Carr. The other participants were Richard Ayoade, Noel Fielding, Jonathan Ross and Ruth Jones.

On 14 December 2010, it was announced that McIntyre would join the Britain's Got Talent judges' panel in 2011, alongside David Hasselhoff and Amanda Holden.[14]

On 18 March 2011, McIntyre was among the hosts of the BBC's Red Nose Day.

In September 2011, McIntyre quit his role as judge on Britain's Got Talent to focus on his 2012 Stand-up tour[15]

On Christmas Day 2011, McIntyre hosted a Christmas Special of his show, ‘’Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow’’, that featured Jack Dee, Sean Lock, Rhod Gilbert, David Mitchell, James Corden, Miranda Hart, Rob Brydon and had music from Pixie Lott and Kylie Minogue. The show was watched by 8.1 million viewers.[16]


McIntyre's radio appearances have included:

Personal life

McIntyre lives in Hampstead, London[18] with his aromatherapist wife Kitty, a daughter of actor Simon Ward. The couple married in 2003 and have two sons, Lucas (born 2005), and Oscar (born 2008).

He is a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur.[19]


2003Edinburgh Festival: Perrier AwardBest NewcomerNominated
2007Chortle AwardsBest HeadlinerNominated
2008Chortle AwardsBest HeadlinerWon
British Comedy AwardsBest Live Stand-upNominated
2009British Comedy AwardsBest Comedy Entertainment PersonalityNominated
British Comedy AwardsBest Stand-UpWon
GQ AwardBest ComedianWon
2010National Television AwardsBest Entertainment PresenterNominated
Chortle AwardsBest TourWon
RTS AwardsBest Entertainment PresenterNominated
BAFTA AwardsEntertainment PerformanceNominated
British Comedy AwardsBest Male TV ComicWon
2012National Television AwardsBest Entertainment Show (Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow)Won
BAFTA AwardsBest Entertainment Programme (Michael McIntyre's Christmas Comedy Roadshow)Nominated

Stand-up DVDs

Live & Laughing17 November 2008Live at London's HMV Hammersmith Apollo
Live 2009: Hello Wembley!16 November 2009Live at London's Wembley Arena
Showtime!12 November 2012Not yet available


  1. ^ "Life and Laughter Autobiography". Chortle. 16 October 2010. http://www.chortle.co.uk/books/2010/10/16/11946/life_and_laughter_by_michael_mcintyre. 
  2. ^ Pauley, Nigel (23 December 2009). "Comedian Michael McIntyre's DVD is magic". Daily Star. http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/view/113946/Comedian. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Michael McIntyre to host Royal Variety Performance . BBC (2010-04-06)
  4. ^ "Michael McIntyre joins Britain's Got Talent". BBC News. 14 December 2010. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-11992003. 
  5. ^ a b "Michael McIntyre announces biggest UK tour". The Daily Telegraph (London). 23 March 2011. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/comedy/8401618/Michael-McIntyre-announces-biggest-UK-tour.html. 
  6. ^ a b c Amanda Cable (14 November 2008). "Michael McIntyre: My other dad was Kenny Everett but I wish I'd spent more time with my real father". The Daily Mail (UK). http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1085686/Michael-McIntyre-My-dad-Kenny-Everett-I-wish-Id-spent-time-real-father.html. Retrieved 4 July 2009. 
  7. ^ http://www.dads-space.com/michael_mcintyre_standing_up_for_dads
  8. ^ The world of Paul Hayles – THREE KINGS OF COMEDY. LASTWINDmusic. Retrieved on 2012-05-23.
  9. ^ Walden, Celia (2 November 2010). "Interview with Michael McIntyre". The Daily Telegraph (London). http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/comedy/8105608/Interview-with-Michael-McIntyre.html. 
  10. ^ Gannon, Louise (27 March 2009). "'I spent my life trying to be cool and failing': Michael McIntyre on his change of fortune". The Daily Mail (UK). http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1163438/I-spent-life-trying-cool-failing-Michael-McIntyre-change-fortune.html. Retrieved 2009. 
  11. ^ a b "Laughing all the way to a television near you – Michael McIntyre – Scotsman.com Living". The Scotsman. UK. http://living.scotsman.com/features/Laughing-all-the-way-to.4356901.jp. Retrieved 4 July 2009. 
  12. ^ "Comic McIntyre injured at gig". Express & Star. 31 October 2008. http://www.expressandstar.com/2008/10/31/comic-mcintyre-injured-at-gig. Retrieved 4 July 2009. 
  13. ^ Michael McIntyre. "Michael McIntyre refuses to perform for debt collectors and loses 28k fee". Mirror.co.uk. http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/news/2009/12/06/comic-michael-mcintyre-refuses-to-perform-for-debt-collectors-and-loses-28k-fee-115875-21875927. Retrieved 28 September 2010. 
  14. ^ New BGT judges revealed! talent.itv.com (2010-12-14)
  15. ^ "Michael McIntyre stands up Britain’s Got Talent – Comic quits show to do 100-gig tour". The Sun. 20 September 2011. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/tv/3823883/Michael-McIntyre-stands-up-Britains-Got-Talent.html. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  16. ^ "Downton Abbey overtakes EastEnders in updated Xmas ratings". www. televisual.com. 04 January 2012. http://www.televisual.com/news-detail/Downton-Abbey-overtakes-EastEnders-in-updated-Xmas-ratings_nid-1019.html. Retrieved 04 January 2012. 
  17. ^ Desert Island Discs – Michael McIntyre 2011-07-22
  18. ^ Walden, Celia (2 November 2010). "Interview with Michael McIntyre". The Daily Telegraph (London). http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/comedy/8105608/Interview-with-Michael-McIntyre.html. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  19. ^ "Comedian issues Spurs rallying call". BBC. 23 February 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/player/sol/newsid_7260000/newsid_7260300/7260343.stm. Retrieved 20 July 2009. 

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