Frankie Boyle is a Scottish writer and comedian. He has numerous shows and appearances to his credit including Mock the Week in which he was a permanent panelist for four years between 2005 and 2009. Boyle has often come under a lot of criticism for his controversial sense of humor. Other shows he has been involved with include Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, Live at the Apollo, News Knight with Sir Trevor McDonald, Hurt Like You’ve Never Been Loved. His stand-up DVD streaming and audio releases include Frankie Boyle Live, The Last Days of Sodom and Prometheus, Vol. 1, Vol 2 and Vol. 3.
Frankie Boyle was born on August 16, 1972, in Pollokshaws, Glasgow, Scotland. His birth name is Francis Martin Patrick Boyle. Boyle was born to Irish Catholic parents who came from the County Donegal in Ulster. After graduating from Holyrood Secondary School Glasgow, he had a brief stint working as a library assistant before he was admitted to Aston University to study Urban Planning.
He was there only for a year and left to study for a bachelor’s degree in English Literature at the University of Sussex. Upon graduation, he proceeded to Edinburgh to study at a teacher training college. He soon had school placements and began performing stand-up comedy.
His career as a comedian really took off after a performance at The Stand Comedy Club at Edinburgh. The club is known to have aided the launch of other notable comedians’ careers including Peter Kay, Michael McIntyre, Stewart Lee, and Dara Ó Briain. Since then Boyle has appeared on or hosted numerous shows, these include Mock the Week, Frankie Boyle’s Tramadol Nights, Have I Got News for You, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, The Charlotte Church Show, Morons, I Can Heal You, Hurt Like You’ve Never Been Loved and Prometheus among others.
Between 2005 and 2009, Boyle appeared regularly on the panel of the BBC show Mock the Week which focused on commentaries centered around news events in the British Media. The show’s host, Dara Ó Briain once described Boyle as the dark heart of the show due to his rather morbid sense of humor which portrayed society, celebrities, and politicians in a negative light. He left the show in 2009 to pursue other projects. He would later criticize the producers of the show and the BBC for restricting his act. He also mentioned that the show did not sufficiently cover news events and stories.
Boyle launched a stand-up and sketch show on Channel 4 in 2009 known as Deal with This, Retards which was produced by the Comedy Unit. The show was ultimately renamed as Frankie Boyle’s Tramadol Nights because the initial name was offensive. The show sparked some amount of controversy. Boyle came under criticism in 2012 for posting jokes on social media about the Summer Paralympics.
In 2014, he starred in BBC Scotland’s short comedy film called Gasping about an alcoholic’s struggle as he attempts to recover from drinking habit. The same year he released Frankie Boyle’s Autopsy Series. The show was aimed at dissecting and analyzing topical issues such as the Scottish referendum, United States presidential election, guns, feminism, entertainment and more.
In 2017, he started the Frankie Boyle’s New World Order show on BBC Two which takes almost the same structure as the Frankie Boyle’s Autopsy Series.
Frankie Boyle has been in a relationship with Shereen Taylor, his girlfriend for many years. They have two children together; their daughter was born in 2004 and their son in 2007. Although they have been together for so long, they are yet to be officially married.
Boyle has had a stellar career by every definition and is one of the UK’s most sought-after comedians. He has an estimated net worth of $3.3 million.
Other Interesting Facts About Frankie Boyle
1. In 2011, Boyle sued the Daily Mirror for publishing an article portraying him as racist. The jury ruled in his favor and the Daily Mirror was ordered to pay him damages to the tune of £54,650. He promptly donated the funds to charity upon receipt.
2. Boyle was widely criticized for making an obscene joke about the Queen of England in 2008.
3. He appeared in a stand-up comedy routine in the video game, Grand Theft Auto in 2009 as himself.
4. Boyle has said Noam Chomsky greatly influenced his political views and has become even more left-wing than Chomsky.