Jonathan Ross has revealed the role he accidentally played in landing comedian Michael McIntyre on his big break

McIntyre is one of the most popular stand-up comics of its generation in the UK, and it turns out we have to thank chat show host Ross (kind of) for years of lols

Ross explained it all during Channel 5’s Michael McIntyre: In His Own Words, revealing that his agent used him as a lever to get the then-unknown performer a place in the 2006 Royal Variety Performance

He said that his late agent Addison Cresswell, who also represented McIntyre, told the show organizers that Ross would only host the show if she was “his favorite comedian.” Michael McIntyre “would add to the bill

Ross said, “I mean it was a nice thing to be asked of course – for me I was pretty high on the BBC at the time, but I share an agent with Michael

“Addison was a very brilliant man and he’s sadly dead now, but he was a super, super talented, brilliant agent

“As I understand it, he said to the BBC – he didn’t tell me – he said,” Jonathan will definitely host it for you, but only if you take his favorite comedian Michael McIntyre right now

“I liked Michael a lot. I didn’t know that and I think there was something in return

“I think Michael knew it was an important evening for him because he might be performing in front of a far larger home crowd than he had ever seen before.

Michael McIntyre: In His Own Words, he looks back at the comedian’s and TV star’s career and life to date, documenting his early struggles through to his hugely successful sold-out arena tours

McIntyre’s career took such a stratospheric rise in less than 10 years that he was named the world’s most successful stand-up comedian in 2012

In addition to his stand-up success, he also hosts the hugely popular Michael McIntyre Big Show on BBC One

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