Michael Spicer: Before Next Door

Thursday 18 June

11.00pm-11.30pm

BBC RADIO 4

What happens when a socially awkward and neurotic part-time comedian becomes a global internet sensation?

Michael Spicer: Before Next Door charts Michael's real-life progress, sort of, as his Room Next Door videos amass tens of millions of views online and win him acclaim for his comedy, at last. But how will Michael cope? Will this married father of two ever be able to quit his day job as a copywriter for a kitchen worktop company? And why is the broadcaster Peter Curran in his house? And could hang-gliding with BBC Radio 5Live presenter, Emma Barnett, be a way to advance his career?

After 20 years of producing comedy under the radar, Michael is now on the cusp of leaving the office behind and - with the help of his wife Roberta - making a career out of being funny. However, the road to fame for an ordinary person like Michael is a frightening one with sharp corners and hairy bends, like the dual carriageway on the A90 between Stonehaven and Aberdeen, for example.

Performers: Michael Spicer with Ellie Taylor, Peter Curran, Joanna Neary and Emma Barnett
Writer: Michael Spicer

  • Producer: Matt Tiller
  • A Starstruck Production for BBC Radio 4

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