Frankie Boyle

Frankie Boyle

Infobox Comedian
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birth_name = Francis Martin Patrick Boyle
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birth_place = Glasgow, Scotland
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medium = Stand-up, television
nationality = Scottish/British
active = 1995-present
genre = Black comedy, Observational comedy
subject = Scottish culture, Current events
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notable_work = Mock The Week

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Francis Martin Patrick "Frankie" Boyle (born 16 August 1972 in Glasgow) is a Scottish comedian, who has appeared on TV shows "Mock the Week", "Have I Got News For You", "8 Out of 10 Cats" and "Would I Lie To You?", as well as writing for Jimmy Carr's show "Distraction".


Early life

Frankie went to Holyrood R.C. Secondary School on "Dixon Road" in Glasgow's southside. After leaving school, he attended Aston University for a year before leaving and starting a BA (Hons) in English at the University of Sussex. Whilst doing a teacher-training course in Edinburgh at the age of 23, he began stand-up routines in October 1995 at university student unions, leaving his Education course. [ [ EXCLUSIVE: BOYLE-ING POINT!] By Rick Fulton (Mar 3 2006)]

Personal life

Boyle lives with his two children in Pollokshaws, Glasgow, but has recently purchased a house in London for easier commuting. He is a single parent to a young boy and a baby girl.

Once an alcoholic, Boyle ceased drinking in the late 1990s. [ [ A conversation with Frankie Boyle]] He is also allergic to copper. [cite web|url=|title=Frankie Boyle|publisher=TripAtlas.Com|accessdate=2008-09-12]


Early career

Boyle started out on "The Stand Up Show" in 1995, and spent most of the time between this and 2002 performing at various festivals around the country. In 1996 he won the Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award.

Rise to Fame

In 2002 he appeared on "The Live Floor Show" and much of this material was used to write jokes for Jimmy Carr on "Distraction", which started out in 2003. In 2003 and 2004 he made several radio pilots for BBC Radio Scotland.

Frankie Boyle performed his stand up show, "The Voice of Black America", at the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

In 2007 he appeared on T4 musical festival in Edinburgh. He appeared in "Rush Hour", a comedy show on BBC Three in early 2007, playing the AA man (who gives unwanted relationship advice) and a police officer. Boyle appeared in the third series of "Live at the Apollo", recording his set on 4 October 2007.

Boyle is currently appearing on the show "When Were We Funniest?" a show on UKTV Gold, where five celebrities each represent a decade from the 1960s - 2000s, and they choose some TV comedy clips from their decade and persuade the viewers to vote for their decade as the funniest. The celebrities choose their clips and show them on a 2 hour show dedicated to their decade. Boyle represents the 2000s and his show first aired on 18 September 2008.


Boyle is known for his dark sense of humour which plays on negative views of society, celebrities and politicians. The BBC panel show "Mock The Week" has proved a good vehicle for his below the belt quirky humour as the panel are required to comment humorously on various news stories from the British media. Boyle is a regular on the show and prolific in terms of his contribution to each episode, particularly when his native Scotland is discussed. He finds a way to deride Kerry Katona in almost every show in the recent series.

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TV Appearances


External links

* [ Upcoming gigs]

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