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Francis Martin Patrick "Frankie" Boyle was born 16 August 1972 and is a Scottish comedian and writer, well known for his pessimistic, often controversial dark humour. He was a permanent panellist on Mock the Week for seven series and has made guest appearances on several popular panel games including Have I Got News For You, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Would I Lie To You?, You Have Been Watching and Argumental, as well as writing for Jimmy Carr's show Distraction and Sean Lock's TV Heaven, Telly Hell.
Boyle was born in Glasgow and went to Saint Convals Primary School in Pollokshaws then Holyrood R.C. Secondary School on Dixon Road on Glasgow's South side. After leaving school, he attended Aston University for a year before leaving and starting a BA in English at the University of Sussex. Whilst doing a teacher-training course in Edinburgh at the age of 23, he began stand-up routines in October 1995 at university student unions, leaving his education course.
Boyle currently lives in Glasgow with his partner, Shereen Taylor, and has two children: a daughter (born 2004) and a son, (born October 2007). He admits that his career has caused him to neglect his family. He is a recovering alcoholic, having started drinking at the age of 15 and stopping at 26, and former drug user, who is now teetotal.
Boyle was a regular on the BBC panel show Mock The Week until October 2009, where the panel comment humorously on various news stories from the British media. He has been referred to as the 'dark heart of Mock the Week' by host Dara ï¿½" Briain. He is known for his morbid sense of humour, which plays on negative images of society (particularly his country of birth, Scotland), celebrities and politicians. On October 2, 2009 he announced he was leaving the show to concentrate on other projects. It was announced to the public via Facebook on the 'Mock the Week' fan page, and later confirmed by the BBC.
It was reported on 24 October 2008 that Boyle was to begin a weekly column in the Daily Record, a Scottish tabloid newspaper. On 26 June 2009, he reported via his MySpace profile that he had quit his newspaper column as "they refused to print any Michael Jackson jokes." This message was followed by the article he wanted to be printed, which contained dozens of Jackson-based jokes referring to the singer's health, childhood and paedophile charges.
In October 2007 Boyle embarked on a long stand-up tour of the UK, playing over 100 dates and enjoying a sold-out run that was extended through until December 2008. Boyle plans to quit stand-up before he turns 40, and has stated that he has written his final tour and plans to do more TV work after this. Boyle intends to perform his final tour between March and December 2010.
On 10 November 2008, his first DVD was released, featuring a stand-up performance given at London's Hackney Empire and some additional material.
On 1 October, 2009, Boyle's first autobiographical book titled My Shit Life So Far was released.
On 13 July, 2009 Boyle's first podcast was released. Titled Mock the Week Musings, the podcast is a recording of Boyle testing the material he has written for Mock the Week to a London audience. Boyle comments on his material throughout and can be heard saying "That's out" about jokes that fail to get a laugh. The podcast contains material that Boyle knows won't make the final edit of Mock the Week due to its shocking nature: thus the podcast carries an explicit content warning. The podcast has been top of the iTunes podcast chart since its release.
Boyle can be found performing parts of his recent tour in the comedy club in Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned.
On 25 August 2009, BBC News reported that a group called the Paisley Young Team had hacked the website of Tayside Police on 20 August and posted a photograph of Frankie Boyle alongside one of his jokes.