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.

Personal life

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, Lucas and Oscar.

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 four DVDs, Live and Laughing, Hello Wembley, Showtime and Happy and Glorious, that have sold a combined total of over five 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 was recorded in front of a live audience in the Theatre Royal in London before airing on Christmas Day.

Beginning on 16 April 2016, McIntyre presented Michael McIntyre's Big Show, a Saturday night entertainment series for BBC One.


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 and to Australia for four dates in October 2016.


McIntyre's radio appearances have included:


In 2010, McIntyre released his autobiography, "Life and Laughing: My Story".


2007–2009Live at the ApolloComic3 episodes
2009–2011Michael McIntyre's Comedy RoadshowPresenter2 series
2010, 2014Royal Variety PerformancePresenterOn two occasions
2011Britain's Got TalentJudgeSeries 5
2011, 2013Comic ReliefPresenterMain telethons
2014The Michael McIntyre Chat ShowPresenter1 series and Christmas special
2015Michael McIntyre Presents...Easter Night at the ColiseumPresenterOne-off entertainment show
Michael McIntyre's Big Christmas ShowPresenterOne-off entertainment show
2016—Michael McIntyre's Big ShowPresenter1 series (Series 2 confirmed)

Guest appearances


2003Edinburgh Festival: Perrier AwardBest NewcomerNominated
2007Chortle AwardsBest HeadlinerNominated
2008Chortle AwardsBest HeadlinerWon
British Comedy AwardsBest Live Stand-upNominated
2009British Comedy AwardsBest Comedy Entertainment PersonalityNominated
British Comedy AwardsBest Stand-UpWon
GQ AwardBest ComedianWon
2010National Television AwardsBest Entertainment PresenterNominated
Chortle AwardsBest TourWon
RTS AwardsBest Entertainment PresenterNominated
BAFTA AwardsEntertainment PerformanceNominated
British Comedy AwardsBest Male TV ComicWon
2012National Television AwardsBest Entertainment Show (Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow)Won
BAFTA AwardsBest Entertainment Programme (Michael McIntyre's Christmas Comedy Roadshow)Nominated
2014National Television AwardsBest Chat Show Host (The Michael McIntyre Chat Show)Nominated

Stand-up DVDs

Live & Laughing17 November 2008Live at London's HMV Hammersmith Apollo
Live 2009: Hello Wembley!16 November 2009Live at London's Wembley Arena
Showtime!12 November 2012Live at London's O2 Arena
Happy & Glorious16 November 2015Live at London's O2 Arena