Michael Pennington’s path to becoming a comic involved a lot of detours, many of which have fed into his embittered stage persona. Aged 11, he was set on joining the priesthood, but moved back home from seminary after four terms. He later studied pottery at Middlesex University, earning a third. After time tending bar and a few false starts at comedy, he finally found success in the guise of Johnny Vegas. By the early 2000s, Vegas was a regular on British screens, and Pennington continues act and write under the name today.