Francis Martin Patrick "Frankie" Boyle (born 1972) is a Scottish comedian and writer known predominantly for his cynical and very dark material
. The Glaswegian's uncomprimising humour has gained him many loyal fans and the constant fury of the Moral Guardians
. It goes without saying that if you're easily offended, and aren't aware of who Frankie Boyle is, it's best to move on and forget this page ever existed.
Whilst he got his first big break at The Stand Comedy Club in Edinburgh, Boyle reached a mainstream audience due to his appearance as a regular on Mock the Week
. Described as the "dark heart of Mock the Week"
by host Dara Ó Briain, he quickly became the most popular member of the panel show. However, his risque jokes soon caused friction with the production team and the BBC
Trust. Eventually, Boyle decided he had enough and left the show permanently toward the end of 2009, claiming that the higher-ups were too scared of "frightening the horses".
In November 2010, Channel Four
released his new sketch show, Frankie Boyle's Tramadol Nights
in which a joke involving Katie Price's disabled son Harvey caused an extreme wave of controversy and arguably almost put an end to his TV career, despite it being recycled from his 2010 stand up tour/DVD
. Whilst Boyle isn't withdrawing from public life completely, he has said his latest stand-up tour The last days of Sodom is going to be his last as he wants to spend more time with his family and is tired of touring
. Although his previous tour ''I would happily punch every one of you in the face''
(Released on DVD as ''If I could reach out through your TV and strangle you, I would''
) was also stated to be his last, so you never know
Boyle made a return to television in August 2012 to host a special for Channel Four entitled The Boyle Variety Show
, which was a mixture of Frankie doing stand up and several other acts including comedians and musical performances in the style of a Royal Variety Show. While it was generally well received, Boyle managed to stir up more controversy with a series of jokes about the 2012 Paralympics (Which Channel Four has exclusive broadcasting rights to) on his Twitter account. It is currently unknown if Channel Four
will be working with Frankie again in the future.
- Badass Beard: Grew one in his late career. It's awesome.◊
- Pitch-Black-To-The-Point-Of-No-Return-On-An-Infinite-Journey-Into-Hell Comedy
- Berserk Button: Though this is what set him off on stage once, and had him taking a pause in between touring because he was close to a breakdown. Being a comedian is a job too, and you can get overworked it seems.
- Boomerang Bigot: Played for Laughs. A great deal of his material is based around how violent/greedy/horrible Scots are.
- Death Seeker: Where his TV career is concerned, at least. Given how much he manages to severely cause outrage amongst the tabloids and the moral guardians (As well as landing the TV companies themselves in hot water) one has to wonder about why he would repeatedly put himself in such a position of hatred. It's also arguably what led to his departure from Mock the Week, the cancellation of Tramadol Nights and most recently his Twitter jokes about the Paralympics which seem have put his relationship with Channel Four in serious jeopardy.. Some believe Frankie's desire to retire sooner rather than later has led to him trying to make sure that nobody will bother him to come back. He even referred to his recent Boyle Variety Show as his "Career suicide note" in an interview for a TV Guide included in British tabloid The Sun (For whom he is also a weekly columnist).
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: When asked by his daughter, "Daddy, what's the best thing in the world?" he didn't have to think twice before answering "You are, sweetheart. You're the best thing in the world."
- Executive Meddling: The reason why Frankie left Mock the Week and the reason why Tramadol Nights didn't keep its original title, Deal With This, Retards.
- Freudian Excuse: He said at the end of one of his stand-up DVDs that the reason he is "like what he's like" is because his grandad made him have sex with a "mermaid" as a child while he watched, when "the old bastard" was dead, he went back to the attic to where the mermaid was kept and found that it was a dead monkey with its legs sewn together.
You remind me of that monkey
- Humans Are Bastards: His work holds a very cynical outlook on people and society as a whole. A frequent source of his material is the latest horror someone has inflicted on the world.
- Insult Backfire: When someone mentioned his likeness to one of the Proclaimers.
Frankie Boyle: "Someone told me I look like one of the Proclaimers. One of them?! They’re twins, you daft bastard!"
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The "jerk" part doesn't need explaining considering what pretty much everything on this page says about him (to drive the point further home, the names of his live shows include "I Would Happily Punch Every One Of You In The Face" and "Morons, I Can Heal You"). However, to quote Wikipedia, he "said that the situation in Palestine "seems to be, in essence, apartheid", concluding that he had reached this position after watching a documentary about life in Palestine that had made him cry". There's also the below quote.
- Playing Against Type: In surprising moment that even takes back Dara, Frankie (momentarily) takes the moral high ground.
Dara: "I can't believe you're taking the moral high ground."
Frankie: "It's been a while. God, it looks strange up here."
- He had a similar reaction when a fellow comic made a crack about Susan Boyle's homely appearance.
- The Quisling: Invoked in the Mock the Week Christmas Special, where Dara showed a picture drawn by an 11-year-old, depicting the studio being invaded by Daleks... and Frankie as their leader!
- Refuge in Audacity: Summed up with this from Dara
Dara Ó Briain: "There's a line in the sand, right, and you can't even see the line in the sand. You're actually out of sand into, like, tropical tundra regions."
- Self-Deprecation: He's about as kind to himself as he is to his other targets. A fact that's often forgotten by his critics.
- The Teetotaler: Regularly describes himself as a teetotal alcoholic.
- Token Evil Team Mate: The comedy equivalent on Mock the Week, and any other panel show he appears on.
- Too Soon: His answer to "Lines you wouldn't hear in a superhero movie", just after The Dark Knight was released.
- From the very same segment (and yes, it still was):
Frankie: "Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Whatever it is, it's heading straight for the World Trade Center!"
- When He Smiles: He has quite a charming smile for someone so cynical.