Five things you might not know about… Micky Flanagan
- Brian Donaldson
- 16 April 2013
The Cockney comic has lived past lives as a fish monger, dish washer and teacher
1 His first full-time job was as a stand boy in Billingsgate fish market where he boiled and measured various types of shellfish, earning the fairly serious sum of £250 a week. He later washed dishes in New York and went into teacher training but was quickly disillusioned when he decided that what was wrong with the education system when he was a kid hadn't been properly addressed.
2 In the mid-90s, Flanagan took the first small step to selling out massive theatres by attending a comedy course at a London community centre. One of his earliest gigs was a bad one at the Comedy Store but fortunately that only hardened him for the fight ahead.
3 In 2007, at the age of 42, he became the oldest comic to be nominated for the Best Newcomer Award in Edinburgh. What Chance Change? featured many tales from his pre-comedy years including a story about his seduction techniques, with which he regaled us while dressed in a kimono.
4 Flanagan had a bit of a legal stooshie with the 118-118 guys when he claimed they had used some of his material, known as the 'out-out' routine. The Advertising Standards Authority concluded that the moustachioed runners were indeed in breach.
5 His mum once danced with the Kray Twins.
SECC, Glasgow, Sat 4 May.