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Whilst at university, Micky performed at an assortment of student comedy nights, usually to a handful of drunk fellow students. At the time there were no small comedy clubs in N. Ireland so the only way to really test material was to play the legendary Empire. He booked himself an open spot and on the 8th of April 2008 his debut stormed it—they loved him and he was hooked.
Micky was subsequently involved in the beginning of several clubs around the country, most notably Mason’s in Derry/Londonderry where he was resident MC for 2 years.
In 2009, aged 22, he took part in Find Me The Funny, a six-part BBC N.I. comedy competition. After nine weeks of “comedy challenges” the six winners performed two shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, with Micky closing, and performed in Belfast’s Ulster Hall to around 1000 people.
The following year, the BBC commissioned a sketch show called LOL with the brief to be the first time there would be no politics involved in a Northern Irish sketch comedy show. Micky wrote parts of the show and co-starred onscreen.
In early 2011 Micky was made a resident compere of Belfast’s Empire, alongside Colin Murphy, Jake O’Kane and Diarmuid Corr, becoming the youngest compere of the club, aged just 23. He supported Jake’s Tear Gas tour and in December was guest panellist alongside Colin, Jake and Neil Delamere on two episodes of The Blame Game on BBC Radio Ulster.
He appeared in several sketches in BBC’s Sketchy with Diarmuid Corr, and Micky’s studio warm-up for the show subsequently led to him being invited by leading production company Green Inc. to take part in a pilot for a new TV panel show Monumental. The show was commissioned for two series in 2012 and 2014, and Micky became one of the weekly regulars alongside Michael Smiley, Andrew Maxwell, Jimeoin, Jarred Christmas and Adam Hills.
In 2012 he supported Patrick Kielty in the star’s warm-up shows for his Home tour. Following this show, Micky was invited to support the rest of the tour, performing to sell-out crowds all over the country and finishing up in the 4,500 seat Odyssey arena. Patrick also asked Micky to be the studio warm-up for his recording of the Dave channel’s One Night Stand in Belfast’s Grand Opera House, extending an offer for Micky to become “the 4th comedian” for the show, filming exclusive online content, chat, sketches as well as a 10-minute set for the channel website.
Micky made a brief return to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2012 with fellow comedian Ruaidrhi Ward, their show Double Impact receiving a four-star review and packed audiences.
In spring of 2014, Micky embarked on an Irish tour and in August, he made his solo hour Fringe debut with I’m Not Even Sorry. That autumn he was booked to do the studio warm-up for the Jack Whitehall Backchat series, BBC NI’s Five Gold Rings end-of-year entertainment special hosted by Stephen Nolan, and the BBC’s Miranda Christmas special.
On 12 June 2015, Micky was asked to do the studio warm-up for the one off anniversary episode of TFI Friday, subsequently returning to work on the full live-to-air series when it returned in the autumn. (The very first band he introduced onstage was U2—not a bad start!)
In August 2015, he performed his second solo hour at the Edinburgh fringe with Narcissilly at the Just the Tonic Caves, and was signed up by Live Nation UK. Narcissilly was described as “Micky’s unabashed and hilarious observations of life, the world and the people in it, all served up from the comfort of his own bedroom…” and played to excellent houses.
2016 saw Micky performing a number of shows at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, including a blistering set on the Stand Up for MND gala at the Kings Theatre. He also did the studio warm-ups for the relaunched series of Top Gear as well as for Channel 4’s Prom Night Live with Alan Carr, played at the T in the Park Festival and Glastonbury, and his online clips of for BBC NI to go with Football’s Euros went viral.
In August 2016, Micky premiered his new show Blissfully Ignorant at the Gilded Balloon during the Edinburgh Fringe to great acclaim.
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– Arts Award Voice
An accomplished performance… an intelligent set… Bartlett is sometimes witty and sometimes crude… always intelligently done and it is always funny
– Broadway Baby
Bartlett is a stand-up natural with a great command of the audience and engaging everyman approach, full of verve… joyously spirited … A masterful way of delivering with punch and style… for a devastating … pay-off … Impressive!
Brilliant—Northern Ireland’s answer to Kevin Bridges
– Culture NI
Micky has everything it takes to be a huge star… in years to come, people will be talking about the time they first saw Micky Bartlett… One of the most consistently funny people I’ve ever worked with
– Adam Hills
A funny man
– Patrick Kielty
Micky opened for me during my Tear Gas tour and was a real asset to have on the bill. He’s one of the brightest new comedy talents to come through in many a year and I can only see a great future for him. Definitely get to see him before the ticket prices go through the roof. Five star act.
– Jake O’Kane