Popular comedian Micky Flanagan tells Ed Power why he made a detour from the stage to the outdoors
Flanagan was born in 1962 and grew up in a council estate in rough and ready Bethnal Green in East London. Upon leaving school, he worked a variety of jobs, including dishwashing, window-cleaning and furniture making.
At the relatively advanced age of 35, he got it into his head that he might like to become a comedian and signed up for a stand-up course. In 2007, he was named ‘best newcomer’ at Edinburgh and suddenly was off to the races.
For all the bonhomie it is clear he regards being funny as a serious business. “What people don’t see when they come to one of those big shows is all the hard work that went on beforehand,” he says.
“Touring on a big scale is the tip of a massive iceberg. It took me 15 years to get to the stage where I could do these major tours. Every weekend for the past decade and a half, except for holidays, I’ve been putting on a show. When it ends, you think ‘OK, I really am entitled to a break here — for everyone’s sake, for my sanity, for my wife’s sanity, so that my little daughter can know who I am’.”
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