Michael McIntyre: Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 2007
Best of the Fest 2007: Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, 2007
Live at The Lyric: Lyric Theatre, London, 2007
Michael McIntyre Live at The Pleasance: Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 2008
Michael McIntyre Live: Hammersmith Apollo, London, 2009
Live at The Apollo: (TV Recording) Hammersmith Apollo, London, 2009
Michael McIntyre (Work in Progress): Museum of Comedy, London, 2014
Michael McIntyre’s rise to fame has been swift, stratospheric and a joy to watch. I first saw him play Edinburgh at the Festival Fringe in 2007 in a room of no-more than fifty people. I could tell then that there was something special with the comedian’s act in the way that he told a story taking something from nothing and building it to comedy gold. His take on something mundane as having a haircut was particularly memorable that year.
I watched him over the next few years gradually play bigger theatres and he took command of the stage at his tour in 2009 when I saw him at the Hammersmith Apollo in London. His construction of a routine was genius as well as his everyday charm and immense likeability. What was amazing to see was the exactness of his comments and the unscrupulously faultless way in which he articulated them. The acknowledgment from the audience in realising that this was the way they acted in real life helped create roaring waves of continuous laughter.
In 2015, McIntyre paid tribute on screen to Barry Cryer at Cryer’s 80th Birthday Celebrations at The Palace Theatre in London that I Attended. McIntyre’s late father Ray Cameron co-wrote Kenny Everett’s television shows with Cryer. The tribute was warm, heartfelt, well thought-out and extremely funny.
McIntyre has deservedly become one of Britain’s most popular comedians and Saturday night television stars now regularly playing arenas to packed houses.