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It’s been a great 18 months for Micky Flanagan.

The former Billingsgate Market fish packer and window cleaner from Bethnal Green appeared on The Royal Variety Performance, Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Have I Got News For You, Celebrity Mastermind and Mock The Week, all on BBC One.

His Radio 4 series, What Chance Change?, was a hit with listeners and critics alike. 

Drawing on his East End background, he ruthlessly deconstructs the Cockney myth with razor-sharp observational wit.

• See him on Thursday at Southampton Guildhall. Tickets cost £17.25 from (023) 8063 2601.