Maggy Whitehouse

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Maggy Whitehouse is a priest, comedian, author, TV and radio producer and presenter … and owns a chicken that says ‘**** off.’ Maggy started in comedy at the age of 56 because folk at church and workshops used to say, ‘you’re really funny. You should do stand-up’ and she foolishly decided to prove them wrong.

Within six weeks she was supporting Hal Cruttenden and has gone on to become a Funny Women finalist and runner up in Birmingham’s Roadhouse Comedy and Taunton’s Stand Up for Cider competitions. She’s very good at coming second, but then so was Susan Boyle...

Maggy would be the first to admit that she is a liability at dinner parties, having learnt to drive a steam engine by the age of nine, written 20 published books, out-faced a seven-foot barracuda at the Australian Barrier Reef, ridden on a Bengal Tiger, been widowed, divorced and ordained, emigrated to Montana and back and moderated the BBC’s Religion and Ethics message board during the second Iraq war. She is an expert in Judaeo-Christian mysticism and has her own Wikipedia page. ‘Terrifying,’ Alan Bookbinder, head of BBC Religion and Ethics 2001-6.

Maggy was the UK’s second-ever female breakfast presenter, for the now defunct Hereward Radio in Peterborough, moved on to breakfast at BBC Radio WM and became a producer for the fabled Pebble Mill at One. After writing the best-selling China By Rail in 1988, she wrote and presented Manchuria Express, for Channel 4’s Voyager series.

In 2017 she became BBC Radio Devon’s Sunday morning faith presenter. That went well, until she started interviewing shamans, witches, holistic therapists and Jedi knights… After more than 30 years’ experience in radio and television, as luck would have it, Maggy’s last working day as a full-time journalist was as assistant news editor for the BBC World Service on the night of 9/11. She’d only gone into work for the party… She is 2019 finalist in the Society of Editors’ Regional Journalist awards newspaper columnist section for her regular piece in The Moorlander, and writes regularly for The Independent, Daily Telegraph, Country Living, Devon Life, Bella etc.

Maggy specializes in extracting the Archangel Michael out of religion from inside the box. ‘A witty presence, acknowledging her unusual place in an atheist-dominated comedy circuit, with an excellent comeback to hecklers,’ Steve Bennett, Chortle, 2017.

Think Father Ted but in a slightly better cardigan.

Maggy has supported Adam Hills, Paul Tonkinson, Gary Delaney and Desiree Burch. She has done two full Edinburgh runs both with her own show and as part of White Collar Comedy with fellow comedy vicars Ravi Holy and Kate Bruce.

So far as a comedian, somewhat annoyingly, she is mostly on Radio 4 and in the Sunday Telegraph although she is often featured on Good Morning Sunday, Woman’s Hour, Broadcasting House and on the BBC’s Christmas ‘blooper’ tape.

Her latest venture is a weekly podcast, Wise Women: The Vicar and the Witch with Dartmoor Shamanic practitioner, Suzi Crockford.

Both Maggy’s mother and her Bishop think she should get a proper job. The chicken is called Meretisa Halliwell Bantam and she only swears at the cockerel, who deserves it.

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