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Stand-up originated from the United States and gradually became a popular form of comedy.
|Figure 2. Mark Twain|
"Stand Up Comedians usually write, direct and perform their own material. In some cases, as they become more established, they may also work with another writer, or with a team of writers." (Creative Skillset, 2017)
Michael's material usually revolves around his personal life and the situations he goes through. He tells humorous stories about his family, friends, work colleges or just the general 'every day' people that he comes across.
|Figure 3 Michael McIntyre|
For example there is one point in the show called 'send to all' where he takes possession of a celebrit phone, writes out a funny message and sends it to all of their contacts. Later on in the show he checks the celebrity's phone, to see what the responses are. They are often humorous in their own right but with Michael McIntyre's sense of timing he ensures that the lines are delivered to maximum effect.
|Figure 4. Danny Dyer|
Michael entertains the audience in disguise whilst the person concerned is completely unaware of the scam. The next time they see Michael it is after the walls of a makeshift room have fallen down to reveal him and the theatre full of people. Michael reveals his true identity.
The person is usually in great shock when they see Micheal McIntyre and a huge audience in front of them. He then sends them off to train with a vocal coach before they perform later on in the show.
|Figure 5. Sanja Michael McIntyre|
Also another game that is very funny is the 'Midnight Gameshow.' McIntyre enters someones home (with permission of a family member) during the middle of the night and wakes them up by bursting into their bedroom with the camera crew too. He then starts to quiz the person, which results in them winning prizes. The person is often left startled and confused whilst the other family member is in fits of laughter.
|Figure 6. Lee and Michael McIntyre|
"Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, back on BBC1 for a third series, saw the Marmite stand-up continue his transformation into an all-round host/entertainer in the Bruce Forsyth mould." (Robson, 2017)
Not everyone will like Michael McIntyre's style of comedy. Comedy is rather like "marmite." I believe this is because comedy something that is personal to the viewer. How funny something is, can depend on our age, life experiences and culture. In my view, I think Michael McIntyre is excellent at creating stories that we can relate to. He is not crude in his approach but warm, positive and family friendly. It is funny to laugh at other people's misfortune and Michael McIntyre manages to combine this type of humour and laughter whilst maintaining the respect and integrity of his stooges.
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Creative Skillset (2017) Stand Up Comedian http://creativeskillset.org/job_roles/314_stand_up_comedian
Robson J (2017) Michael McIntyre's Big Show: A pleasantly silly Saturday night winner https://inews.co.uk/essentials/culture/television/michael-mcintyres-big-show-bbc1-review-pleasantly-silly-saturday-night-winner/
Zoglin R (2017) Stand Up Comedy https://www.britannica.com/art/stand-up-comedy