Michael Hazen James McIntyre (born 21 February 1976) is an English comedian, actor and presenter. In 2012, he was reported to be the highest-grossing comedian in the world.
In addition to stand-up, McIntyre has hosted his own BBC One comedy programme Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, has featured in three episodes of Live at the Apollo and, in 2011, was a judge on Britain's Got Talent.
McIntyre resides in Hampstead, London with his aromatherapist wife, Kitty, who is a daughter of actor Simon Ward and sister of actress Sophie Ward. The couple have two sons.
McIntyre's father, Ray Cameron, was a Canadian comedian who wrote for Kenny Everett's television shows. In 1993, McIntyre's father died by committing suicide in Hollywood, something that was kept hidden from McIntyre for 17 years. His mother, Kati, is Hungarian. His mother's father was Jewish. He is a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur. McIntyre is also a keen cricket fan and has appeared on Test Match Special to discuss the sport.
McIntyre went to Stepping Stones Primary School, Hampstead and Arnold House School, St John's Wood and then attended Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood for three years before transferring to local state school Woodhouse College for financial reasons. McIntyre later attended the University of Edinburgh for one year before dropping out to pursue a career in script-writing.
McIntyre has appeared three times on BBC One's Live at the Apollo, in 2007, 2008 and 2009. He has released three DVDs, Live and Laughing, Hello Wembley and Showtime, that have sold a combined total of over three million copies in the UK
McIntyre's many comedy panel show and chat show appearances include Chris Moyles' Quiz Night, Mock the Week, 8 out of 10 Cats, Have I Got News for You, The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, Would I Lie To You?, The Apprentice: You're Fired!, Alan Carr: Chatty Man and Friday Night with Jonathan Ross.
From 6 June 2009, McIntyre began hosting Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, which aired Saturday nights on BBC One. On 5 July 2009, McIntyre appeared on the BBC show Top Gear as the "star in a reasonably priced car", driving around the Top Gear test track in one minute and 48.7 seconds. During his lap of the track he almost rolled the car while going around the final corner.
On 31 March 2010, McIntyre took part in Channel 4's Comedy Gala, a benefit show held in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital, filmed live at London's O2 Arena. He also appeared on the year's edition of The Big Fat Quiz of the Year on Channel 4, where he was partnered with Alan Carr.
On 14 December 2010, it was announced that McIntyre would join the ITV talent show Britain's Got Talent as a judge in 2011 with David Hasselhoff and Amanda Holden. McIntyre and Hasselhoff replaced Piers Morgan and Simon Cowell, although Cowell returned for the live shows. Following the series, McIntyre announced that he would be leaving the show after appearing for one series. However he discontinued this role in September 2011, to focus on his 2012 Stand-up tour
In 2010 and 2014, McIntyre hosted the Royal Variety Performance on ITV. He also previously performed on the show twice.
McIntyre co-hosted various segments of Comic Relief in 2011 and 2013 on BBC One.
On Christmas Day 2011, McIntyre hosted a Christmas Special edition of Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow. The show was watched by 8.1 million viewers.
Since 2014, McIntyre has fronted his own BBC One chat show The Michael McIntyre Chat Show. A Christmas special aired on Christmas Day in 2014.
On 5 April 2015, Michael presented Michael McIntyre Presents...Easter Night at the Coliseum, a one-off special for BBC One.
In November 2015, it was announced that McIntyre would return to BBC One for Michael McIntyre's Big Christmas Show. The show will be recorded in front of a live audience in the Theatre Royal in London before airing on Christmas Day.
McIntyre has performed three times on the Royal Variety Performance, including in 2010 when he became the youngest ever host.
In 2009, McIntyre performed for an estimated total of 500,000 people on his first tour of the United Kingdom that included a record-breaking six nights at Wembley Arena and four at The O2 Arena.
In December 2009, McIntyre cancelled a stand-up show with less than 30 minutes' notice after discovering that he would be performing to debt collectors. He had revealed only weeks earlier how he had struggled with substantial debt only a few years before breaking through in to the mainstream. McIntyre stated that he would have gone against his principles by performing the show.
In 2012, his UK tour included 71 arena dates, playing to over 700,000 people, including a record breaking 10 nights at the O2 Arena in London. According to ticket sales company Pollstar the tour helped make McIntyre the world's biggest selling comedian in 2012, bringing in around £21m.
On 20 April 2013 McIntyre played the biggest comedy gig in Africa to 9,000 fans at the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg.
In 2015, McIntyre is touring the UK and Ireland with his "Happy & Glorious" tour. In February 2016, he will take the tour to Norway for two dates.
McIntyre's radio appearances have included:Does the Team Think? (BBC Radio 2)Heresy, 4 Stands Up, Happy Mondays, The Unbelievable Truth (all on BBC Radio 4)The Jon Richardson Show (BBC 6 Music)The Jonathan Ross Show (BBC Radio 2)The Chris Moyles Show (BBC Radio 1)Desert Island Discs (BBC Radio 4)
In 2010, McIntyre released his autobiography, "Life and Laughing: My Story".8 Out of 10 Cats (2006, 2008) – PanellistMock the Week (2007, 2008) – PanellistHave I Got News For You (2007, 2008) – PanellistWould I Lie to You? (2008) – PanellistThe Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2008, 2011) – GuestRoyal Variety Performance (2008) – GuestWe Are Most Amused: Prince Charles 60th Birthday Celebrations (2008)Top Gear (2009) – Star in a Reasonably priced carAlan Carr: Chatty Man (2009, 2010, 2012) – GuestChris Moyles' Quiz Night (2009, 2010) – GuestThe Jonathan Ross Show (2012, 2015) – Guest