Michael McIntyre

Michael McIntyre

Date of birth: 21-02-1976
The son of comedy scriptwriter Ray Cameron - who co-wrote Kenny Everett's TV shows with Barry Cryer, Michael McIntyre's first stand-up success came at the 2003 Edinburgh Festival, where he was nominated for the Perrier best newcomer award. He returned to the festival in 2004, 2006 and 2007.

In 2006, he made his debut at the Kilkenny comedy festival, returning the following year when he also added Montreal's Just For Laughs festival to his CV. In 2007 he was nominated for the Chortle Award for best headliner – a title he won in 2008.

He is a regular face on panel shows and on stand-up shows on both TV and radio, including the Comedy Store and The World Stands Up on Paramount and 4 Stands Up on Radio 4 in 2007/8, which he hosted.

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BBC probe after viewer complains about Michael McIntyre's 'willy' joke

The BBC has rejected a complaint that Michael McIntyre making a joke about a ‘willy’ was offensive.

A viewer complained that a gag on the comedian’s Christmas Eve show was ‘pornographic’ for suggesting that the  Welsh place name

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwilliantysiliogogogoch could be tattooed on that part of guest Aled Jones’s anatomy.

And they even suggested the gag ‘could lead to dangerous imitation by children and the vulnerable (specifically self-harm cutters)’.

The complaint was escalated up to the BBC Trust after the viewer wasn’t happy with the response they received to their first correspondents.

It prompted BBC executives to make sober-sounding proclamations on the nature of the gag  such  as ‘the word does not make any explicit reference to the nature or dimension of the male member’, ‘it is an unreasonable interpretation… to assert that Michael McIntyre was in some way referring to an erect penis’ and ‘it would be unlikely that anyone watching would be likely to self-harm, or self-tattoo, because of it’.

The  corporation’s head of editorial standards has today ruled it won’t be investigated further,  officially noting that the word ‘willy’ is not considered unacceptable before the 9pm watershed.

Mcintryre’s joke went out just after 8pm on Christmas Eve. The section in question concerned the ‘text to all’ feature, in which the comic took Jones’s phone and asked his entire address book for suggestions for a tattoo.

In response, TV medic Dr Hilary Jones texted what McIntryre called ‘that Welsh word that goes on forever.

‘Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwilliantysiliogogogoch,’ Jones said.

’On your willy,’ McIntyre added: ‘There’s more. "I could do this for you under local anaesthetic in red ink. Dr H." That is a great text. Hilary Jones how dare you. Oh that is brilliant.'

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Published: 22 Mar 2017

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