Michael Spicer - Before Next Door

Office bod by day, Room Next Door Man by night. His road to fame is paved with anxiety.

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20200618What 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? 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 making 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 living out of being funny. But will an ordinary person like Michael be able to successfully navigate the unpredictable road to fame? Well, probably not, no.

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

Writer: Michael Spicer
Producer: Matt Tiller

TalkRadio interview with Boris Johnson from TalkRadio / News Licensing.

A Starstruck production for BBC Radio 4

Office bod by day, Room Next Door Man by night. His road to fame is paved with anxiety.

Office bod by day, Room Next Door Man by night. His road to fame is paved with anxiety.