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TAKING THE MICKY
Being Micky Zany by Michael Lander
In May 2005 Micky celebrated twenty-five years in show business and
thought it would be a good idea to put pen to paper and tell his story
so far. A tale about a quiet, unassuming, shy Suffolk lad who made a
career out of making people laugh. However, it seems to have taken forever
to write this forthcoming best seller as it is now early 2015!
He sees it as a sort of legacy for his children and grandchildren to
read to get some sort of insight into his life, his thinking, and his
time treading the boards. Mind you, a lot has happened over this last
ten years or more, so taking the time to complete this masterpiece has
been well worth the wait!
His early thoughts were how many people would be interested in reading
about his life and his thoughts on comedy. A lack of confidence was already
beginning to show. The book takes in his lifetime experiences to date,
unlike some, who have written their memoirs when barely out of nappies.
He has performed for over thirty-five years to hundreds and thousands
of people, millions in some cases when taking in his TV appearances.
He is optimistic that many people will enjoy reading about his life,
the first half a regular guy with no reference to bowel movements, and
the second half a successful ‘almost famous’ comedy entertainer.
Micky has a saying; ‘those that matter……matter’.
This might be a night out for you…..it’s
a career for me.
He has had an eventful life with lots of ups and
downs, and happily more ups than downs, but he never, ever thought
it possible that he could
become a professional comedian. In 1978 he realised this could happen
after the seed was sown two years earlier. Even today after all these
years as a funny guy there are some who are still very sceptical and
do not think of comedy as a profession. A comedian, a proper job…..don’t
make me laugh!
“When I told people I was going to be a comedian, they all laughed.
Well, they’re not laughing now!” (Thank you Mr Monkhouse)
There have been highs and lows along the way, but he has never looked
back and wished he was doing something else. Micky has no regrets about
Most people will tell you that a comic has the hardest job in show business.
If it is not the hardest, it can certainly be the loneliest.
He has always been a shy person; some might find that hard to believe
but he now realises that comedy is what he was born to do. His vocation
in life, his passion.
Some people might ask, is it an alter ego? He says it must be. Shyness
can be a form of arrogance, but a nice arrogance and with comedy there
can also be a dark side that sometimes needs to be addressed.
might be schizophrenic, I don’t know. I’m
in two minds!
What better way to overcome this shyness than
to stand in front of an audience and make them cry with laughter. There
must be something deep
rooted inside that makes him want to do this – masochism comes
Being funny, trying to compete with the very best and trying to reach
the top of this profession is a serious business. There has been and
always will be lots of competition which is essential in any walk of
life. Being naturally funny certainly helps and Micky couldn’t
have pursued a career in comedy if he didn’t feel funny!
Micky found out early on that to succeed in the comedy jungle you must
have your own unique flair and be able to revamp, re-cycle and freshen
up old material and ideas, or better still, write your own material!
Observation and true to life situations are the key in this funny world
we live in!
Comedy has changed so much over the years especially on TV. It is now
increasingly important to put together your own style and original content
to achieve a very high standard of performance and compete with the best.
In the eighties there were working men’s clubs, social clubs, cabaret
and night clubs, holiday camps, theatres, summer seasons, stag and hen
nights, pubs and so forth and they were rife with entertainment. As we
moved into the nineties and beyond, there has been a decline in these
venues. Hopefully today, we may begin to see a return to more variety
and live entertainment.
Nowadays, the more successful and busier comedians will be working the
likes of the private functions, corporate events, cruising and the Comedy
in order to achieve quality of work. Success on TV today will undoubtedly come
from those who have plied their trade in the comedy clubs and bars around the
country which in contrast has now become the mainstream. Comedy is more prevalent
today than ever, it is the new Rock ’n’ Roll with the Edinburgh
Fringe Festival being a major event in the annual comedy calendar.
With many comedy clubs scattered around the UK now and the original new programmes
on TV, comedy is well and truly more popular than ever with new generations.
Micky finds almost all comedians funny with their different styles and material,
including those from across the pond in the USA. He still loves what he does
even more than ever and it is fair to say that he would want to be a comic
if he had his time over again.
just joined the Reincarnation Society. It cost me five hundred
you only live once don’t ya!
It is not the air he breathes, it is not an addiction or obsession,
it is a drug. Adrenalin is a wonderful thing!
It is not a job, far from it. Micky sees it as a passion, an art form
and a craft. To go on to a stage and have an audience in the palm of
your hand and watch them laughing, sometimes uncontrollably, it is a
truly wonderful feeling. It can be very nerve racking and even today
he still gets incredibly nervous, the bigger the venue the worse it is,
or better, whichever way you look at it. It is good to get these nerves
but once he gets on stage Micky feels at home. Some people will say it’s
a gift and he has kept the receipt!
Micky feels blessed that he has been born with this gift.
Losing his parents was very traumatic for Micky,
especially his beloved mum. It took them a while to adjust to his new
career change (from civil
engineer to comedian) but they loved what he did and were so proud of ‘their
Micky has now been married and divorced three times but he has no regrets,
well not many! He still hopes to find love, romance, his soul mate and
everlasting happiness with that special one to grow old with. Since completing
this ‘work of art’ his personal life has made a significant
change for the better and fate has dealt him a winning hand. Read on
to find out more........
This book tells us how a shy boy from the back
waters of Suffolk had not the slightest inkling of being in show business
but fell into it
by pure chance, or it was just meant to be, as he likes to think. There
is no history of anyone in his family treading the boards but deep down
early on there must have been this burning desire to get on stage and
make a fool of himself. As already mentioned, he has performed to millions,
but he has not yet sustained enough high profile to be a household name
in the public eye. Whether he has not been in the right place at the
right time or been seen by the right people……..who knows?
Micky would love to taste the sweet smell of success that TV brings today
and therefore gain wider acknowledgment and respect.
It must be wonderful to get a standing ovation when you walk onto a stage
and it is a great feeling to get one when you walk off as well!
He is a somewhat nervous, insecure country boy, lacking in self-confidence
and striving constantly to improve his technique and craft. Micky is
constantly trying to find new ideas and material and, more importantly,
to be that little bit different from all the others. As a comedian he
feels that you have to be clever, do your homework and most importantly
This book is about the life of a comedian who came from a humble, but
very happy, background and an insight into what it has been like to make
people laugh professionally for all these years. It is an honest and
nostalgic look into the career of a well-respected funny boy, a working
comic who has yet to get that big break.
Micky wants this hard-hitting and gritty book to be made into a film!
You can you tell our boy’s a bit of a dreamer – but a funny
He still dreams on, not necessarily to find any hint of fame, but to
keep the passion and maintain the enthusiasm and inventiveness to write
his own material and enjoy doing what he does best.
not even a household name in my own home!
Micky will dream on. If we don't have dreams we have nothing. When you
are on stage you become exactly who you are meant to be. Your true potential
is only limited by your own imagination and determination. Therefore
there is no limit to what you can achieve!