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Micky gets set to make ’em laugh

PUBLISHED: 17:46 12 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:21 05 October 2010

Stand-up comic Micky at the Water Poet tonight (Fri)

Stand-up comic Micky at the Water Poet tonight (Fri)

FORMER Billingsgate fish porter-turned-furniture maker Micky Flanagan dissects his East End upbringing in a stand-up comedy set at the Water Poet in Spitalfields tonight (Thurs, June 12). Comic Micky charts his career from pulling buckets of fish up a hill to cracking up crowds at the Edinburgh Fringe festival in his act

By Victoria Huntley

FORMER Billingsgate fish porter-turned-furniture maker Micky Flanagan dissects his East End upbringing in a stand-up comedy set at the Water Poet in Spitalfields tonight (Thurs, June 12).

Comic Micky, who was raised in Bethnal Green, charts his career from pulling buckets of fish up a hill to cracking up crowds at the Edinburgh Fringe festival in his act.

He is headlining a night of stand-up comedy at the pub.

His story begins when he left school at 15, with no qualifications, to work at Billingsgate and includes working as a furniture maker in Shoreditch before going back to college to study GCSEs and finally graduating at City University.

"It's not a rags to riches tale, though," says Micky who left his native East End for leafy East Dulwich a few years ago.

"It's not about me getting out of the ghetto. I love the East End. My parents still live in the Roman Road and I go back there all the time."

Before he tried stand-up comedy, the 45-year-old's journey also took him to teacher training college.

"That wasn't for me," he tells you. "I found everything that was wrong about the school system when I was young was still the same and I could see disaffected kids leaving with no qualifications, just like I did."

Micky, who was born in the London Hospital Whitechapel, says the most important thing is for everyone to do something that makes them happy.

"I come from a typical East End working class background where money makes the world go round," he confides.

"I've taken some risks in my life and done things that have scared me.

"But now I'm happy doing something I love.

"One of the most frightening times in my life was the first time I asked a question in a lecture at City University.

"I was sitting in a room with all these middle class kids who must have been thinking, 'Crikey, the window cleaner's keen'."

Micky Flanagan is at the Water Poet in Folgate Street, off Commercial Street, Spitalfields, alongside Joe Bor and John T Eyres at 8pm tonight (Thursday).

Tickets: £8 from 020-8552 6383, or online:

www.eastmeetsjest-comedy.co.uk

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