Looking for a laugh that’s never really mean and almost always clean? Energetic British comedian Michael McIntyre is your man. He’s a Jumping Jack on stage when he does stand-up comedy, and he is hilarious when he catches celebs offguard in his variety programme Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, which launched into its latest season on BBC Brit (DStv 120) this June. Michael has sacrificed his celeb pals’ dignity to give us a chuckle, and watching them react to his challenges like a cat trying to open a pack of biscuits is the perfect antidote to that dreaded Sunday-evening slump.
Singing sensations Westlife, Camila Cabello, Ellie Goulding and Andrea Bocelli are some of the celebs who’ve been tricked into appearing in S5. Westlife are given a rude yet funny awakening in episode 3 of this 6-episode series when Michael targets them in The Midnight Gameshow segment, in which he wakes up celebs in the middle of the night to ask them inane questions. “I wake up the whole of Westlife,” says Michael. “One at a time, I might add, not all at once. They were on tour and staying on the same floor of a hotel.” Expect some grumpy faces as the boys lose out on their beauty rest. But their expressions have nothing on reality TV star Judge Rinder, who was flabbergasted in episode 2 to see not only Michael in his room at 01:30 in the morning, but along with him actor Lee MacDonald who played Zammo McGuire in Rinder’s favourite TV show Grange Hill.
Send all the clowns
Another comedy segment and fan favourite this season is Send To All, in which Michael takes possession of a celeb’s phone and sends messages to all his or her contacts.
“Among the brave celebrities handing me their phones this year are Emma Bunton, Harry Redknapp, Sharon Osbourne, Ian Wright and Bear Grylls,” says Michael. “As with all our celebrities who have played Send To All in the past, they are all great characters and are up for a laugh. The texts that have been sent are great fun and the replies back are simply brilliant!”
Michael’s Send To All text that he sprung on survival expert Bear Grylls in the first episode is a perfect illustration of what Sharon and co have to look forward to. Michael texted Bear’s contacts about “a new show” that Bear would be making – which would feature him parachuting naked into his friends’ backyards!
If you’re not famous when Michael calls on you out of the blue, you still might find yourself in the spotlight. A new feature that will make its debut in S5 is a silly game called See It Win It, in which members of the audience who wear glasses have to identify prizes on The London Palladium Theatre Stage (where the show is filmed) without their specs.
Speaking of the unforeseen and unexpected, The Unexpected Star segment returns this season as Michael and his team trick someone from the public into appearing on the show in some bizarre and creative way. “In the past we’ve built some amazing things to trick our Unexpected Stars into thinking they are somewhere else before they discover they are on the stage, says Michael. “This year we’ve got an Escape Room, a health and beauty spa, and even a go-karting track. I can’t wait for people to see them!”
Watch Michael McIntyre’s Big Show S5 Sundays on BBC Brit (DStv 120) at 19:00 in June and the beginning of July, or on Catch Up
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