Michael "Atters" Attree

Michael "Atters" Attree

Michael "Atters" Attree
Born (1965-04-22) 22 April 1965
Colchester Military Hospital
Occupation Satirist, comedy writer, performer, comedian
Website http://www.atters.com

Michael "Atters" Attree (born 22 April 1965 in Colchester Military Hospital)[1] is a British humorist and performer.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Other interests 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Attree was born to British colonial parents who met in East Africa during the early 1950s.[2] He studied Fine Art & Film at Saint Martins School of Art.[3]


Attree writes as the editor at large for the satirical magazine The Chap. His feature interviews have included Leslie Phillips,[4] Sir Patrick Moore,[5] Brian Blessed,[6] Alan Moore[7] and Jilly Cooper,[8] while his ongoing column "The Pentagram of Atters" highlights the supernatural.[9] Attree is prominent campaigner and activist within the 'Chap movement'.[10] In his book London Calling: A Countercultural History of London since 1945, Barry Miles highlighted how Attree (along with two colleagues) climbed to the top of a Rachel Whiteread art installation as part of a "Tate Modern Protest".[11]

Attree has contributed to publications such as Time Out[12]and The Guardian[13] and erotic comedy for magazines such as Penthouse Forum,[14] Erotic Knave (as "The Knave")[15] and Erotic Review.[16] He was also Flux magazines Paranormal Investigations Editor[17] and contributes to magazines specific to the subject of the paranormal.[18][19]

In the late 80s, Janet Street-Porter (then head of BBC Youth and Entertainment Features) commissioned Attree to work as a producer/director for BBC TV.[20]He later worked as a documentaries producer for Channel Four.[21]

His theatre show Atters Attree’s Chap-orgasmic Terrors is a sci-fi/horror/conspiracy theory comedy spin off of his former Flux magazine series[22]and has been performed regularly as part of the Brighton Festival Fringe.[23][24][25]Le Figaro magazine states: "Anarcho-dandy, Michael Attree is a revolutionary cell in three-piece suit who cherishes the dream of overthrowing the Western consumer society."[3]

Other interests

Attree was chairman and host compère of the World Beard and Moustache Championships 2007, held at the Brighton Centre[26] and hosted the British Beard & Moustache Championships 2012 held at the Brighton Dome.[27][28] He is a committee member of London's Handlebar Club[29] and was the editor of the club's journal for a number of years.[30]He is also a Master of Ceremonies performer within the fields of Neo-burlesque.[20]

See also


  1. ^ The Argus Weekend (cover feature): A Bounder and a Cad. 25–26 August 2007.
  2. ^ Adams, Nathaniel & Callahan, Rose (2013). I am Dandy: The return of the Elegant gentleman. Gestalten (Berlin). ISBN 978-3-89955-484-7.
  3. ^ a b Le Figaro magazine: Les Extravagants-Michael "Atters" Attree. 8 August 2009
  4. ^ The Chap magazine, 2007. Iss. 35.
  5. ^ The Chap magazine, Feature Interview: Dec/Jan 2013. Issue 66.
  6. ^ The Chap magazine, Feature Interview: Apr/may 2012. Issue 68.
  7. ^ The Chap magazine, Feature Interview: Aug/Sep 2013. Issue 70.
  8. ^ The Chap magazine, Feature Interview: Oct/Nov 2013. Issue 71.
  9. ^ The Chap magazine,(P.70): Apr/May 2012. Issue 66 (onward).
  10. ^ : I say Chaps, should Abercrombie’s really be allowed into Savile Row? 24 April 2012 (Valentine Low)The Times
  11. ^ Miles, Barry (2010). London Calling: A Countercultural History of London Since 1945. Atlantic Books. ISBN 978-1-84354-613-9.
  12. ^ Timeout magazine: http://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/how-to-smoke-alfresco
  13. ^ The Guardian: Travel (weekend supplement), 31 March 2007
  14. ^ Penthouse Forum magazine, Volume 40: Number 12.
  15. ^ Erotic Knave magazine: Vol 41. Issue 3 (onwards)
  16. ^ Erotic Review magazine, "Atters". Issue NO 76+.
  17. ^ magazine. Issues 52–61.Flux
  18. ^ Fortean Times magazine, "The Occult Moustache" (feature). FT269 December 2010
  19. ^ Foreplay magazine: Ghost Sex Issue (No5). Sex on the Astral Plane (feature) by Michael "Atters" Attree p.96-101
  20. ^ a b Penthouse Forum magazine, Volume 43: NO.10
  21. ^ The Guardian Cathy Troupp: Strangers on a whilder shore. 20 November 1990
  22. ^ Fortean Times magazine: FT269 December 2010
  23. ^ The Independent: Brighton Festival Fringe supplement, 2 May 2009
  24. ^ The Guardian The Guide Saturday 1 September – Friday 7 September 2007
  25. ^ : Cult comedian Atters comes to the Festival Fringe. 15 April 2009The Argus
  26. ^ Temple, Gustav (2011). Am I a Chap? Beautiful Books Limited (London). ISBN 9781905636815.
  27. ^ 17th Sept, 2012. BBMCHuffington Post
  28. ^ : Contest is razor sharp at first British Beard and Moustache Championships (Adam Lusher) 16th Sept, 2012The Telegraph
  29. ^ : Feature Interview (November 2009)Source
  30. ^ The Handlebar Club

External links

  • magazine: Feature by AttersFortean Times
  • BBC TV The Bounder's Guide to Controlling Your Moustache
  • magazine: Atters FeatureLe Figaro
  • The Handlebar Club: Archive
  • BBC TV feature (via Vimeo)