English comedian Michael McIntyre is one of the world's top comedians, known for hosting his own series Michael McIntyre's Big Show on BBC One. He was reportedly the highest-grossing comedian in the world in 2012, thanks to his biggest-selling comedy tour Showtime, which accumulated a huge £184 million in ticket sales. As a standup, McIntyre has performed to crowds as large as 9,000 such as at the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg, as well as matching audience numbers as huge superstars like Rihanna. Showtime was performed before 640,000 during a ten-night-run at the O2 Arena in London, which was the same as the Disturbia singer's record in 2011. DVDs of his live shows have also been a hit, with sales hitting the seven figure mark of over five million copies sold in the UK.
McIntyre is also known for his appearances of Live at the Apollo, co-hosting Comic Relief, and his previous show Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow. He's no stranger to panel and chat shows either, being a judge on Britain's Got Talent and appearing on Top Gear, The Apprentice: You're Fired, Mock the Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats and The Big Dat Quiz of the Year. McIntyre was also the youngest host ever of the Royal Variety Performance, where he has also performed several times.
The comedian was born in Merton, London in 1976. He attended Edinburgh University, but dropped out to begin scriptwriting. Though admitting a difficult start to his career, McIntyre has since grown into one of the most recognisable names in the UK comedy circuit and worldwide. A standup, a writer and a presenter, McIntyre is known for his observational comedy stye, able to warm an icy room with his humour and branded smile. He's credited for his perfect timing and delivery, as well as having a huge personality that has no doubt lead to his huge success. Today, McIntyre is known for selling out tickets, as well as his string of awards. To date, he has won a British Comedy Award for Best Male TV Comic and Best Live Stand-Up, GQ Award for Best Comedian, Chortle Awards for Best Headliner and Best Tour, a National Television Award for Best Chat Show Host and a BAFTA for Best Entertainment Performance.
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