Lee Mack

Lee Mack

Real name: Lee Gordon McKillop
Born in Blackburn and raised in Southport, Lee Mack started in comedy after a series of casual jobs, including stableboy and working in a bingo hall. His first taste of stand-up came as a Pontin's bluecoat.

His frist experience of the wider circuit came in 1994, when he did his first open mike slot while a student at Brunel University, West London. Within 18 months, he had won the So You Think You're Funny new act competition at the 1995 Edinburgh Fringe and become a full-time comedian.

In 1996, he returned to the festival as part of an ensemble show, Gagging For It, and the following year he performed the solo show Return Of The Mack. He had some level of fame by then, having hosted the Channel 4 stand-up show Gas, but found the experience of performing alone disheartening.

So in 1999, he teamed up with Catherine Tate and Dan Antopolski for the Fringe sketch show Lee Mack's Bits, and the 2000 follow-up was nominated for the Perrier. On the strength of that, Mack became one of the key players in ITV's The Sketch Show, which ran from 2001 to 2003. He was the only member of the UK cast to feature in the short-lived American remake, introduced by Kelsey Grammer, in 2004.

The following year he landed the job of host on BBC One sports quiz They Think It's All Over, taking over from Nick Hancock. But the programme was cancelled after one series with Mack in the chair.

He then moved to sitcom, premiering the traditional studio-based Not Going Out on BBC One in October 2006, at a time when that style was thought to be dead. The show returned for a second series in September 2007 and a third in January 2009. It has won Rose d'Or and Royal Television Society awards.

Mack is also a team captain on the BBC One panel show Would I Lie To You?

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Lee Mack: I've got nine radio channels playing in my head

Comic believes he has ADHD

comedyLee Mack has spoken out about his mental health issues, saying he  hears up to nine voices in his head at once.

‘To me, it is like eight or nine radio channels going off at once, he said. 'Most people can tune into one, but you tend to tune into nine.

‘The problem is you're not listening to any one of them enough - or you have mad obsessive concentration on one thing.’

The Not Going Out star said he has believes he has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, but joked that when he took the test, he couldn’t even concentrate on that.

‘I started joking around on it and I do get distracted easily. As an adult having it - and I do suspect I've got it having spoken to people about it - it has its positives and its negatives.

"The positives are in my job on panel games I can hear several people talking, whereas some people are just focusing on the one person talking. You can tune it to what suits - what you want to talk about.’

Speaking on The Times’s Walking The Dog podcast the 52-year-old comic added: ‘When I used to go to pubs I would go "That was all kicking off, wasn't it?" They [my friends] would go "What was?"

"I'd say "The conversation behind us where that row broke out", and they go "I didn't notice anything".

Last month, Mack revealed how he is so scared of of flying he won’t get on a plane with his family - and instead takes a car or train to their holiday destinations and meets them there.

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Published: 6 Feb 2021

The Chop chopped | Lee Mack's woodworking show cancelled over tattoo storm

The Chop chopped

Sky has permanently dropped its Lee Mack fronted woodwork…

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