Patrick Monahan started off on the glamorous Irish/Iranian/Geordie stand-up circuit where he developed his warm, friendly, lively story telling style.
He is a comedy festival regular and has performed his solo shows in cities such as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leicester and Manchester and also at most major venues throughout the UK, year round.
He’s always performed shows across the globe from the West of Ireland to the Middle-East, Qatar, Dubai, as well as across most of Europe, including Luxembourg, Germany, Brussels, France, Greece and Monaco.
He has appeared on numerous Television shows from BBC1, 2, 3 to ITV1 and 2, C4, Channel 5, Sky 1 and UKTV, as a presenter, guest interviewee, panel member and performer. Currently much sought after as a regular TV & studio warm up – on shows such as: BBC 1’s Bafta award winning ‘Friday Night Jonathan Ross’, “The Catherine Tate Show”, and “The Kumars at No.42”.
Monahan’s humour travels well. He not only engages the audience with charming banter about local affairs and universal issues, but also combines animated story telling style that draws on his own experiences of growing up in Teesside, (North East of England) of Irish and Iranian Parentage! A comedian with truly global appeal or as the Daily Telegraph puts it, “a one man ethnic melting pot, a star in the making”
National Television Appearances
BBC 1 – Judge on Kids talent show ‘search for a star’ on CBBC & Endemol.
BBC 1 – Newsround – interviewed as part of news package for performing
comedy shows for kids during the Edinburgh festival 2006
BBC 2 – ‘Mega Malai – Cream Of Comedy’ Live Asian Stand-up Show
BBC 2 – News-Night – Discussing the government’s new religious hatred bill.
BBC3 – “The most annoying celebrities of 2006” talking heads show.
BBC3 – ‘Destination Unknown’ – a guest appearance and on air live interview/chat for a St Patrick night special.
BBC3 – ‘Malai Monologues’ a six part comedy series, taking comics to a range of locations to perform live to street audiences across the UK.
BBC 7 – ‘Spanking New’ Stand up show on BBC7.
ITV – (Tyne Tees & Yorkshire TV) ‘Playing Away’ presenting a 5-part Travel Show.
ITV – ‘Take The Mike Live ‘Stand-up Show’
ITV – The London Comedy Festival filmed by LWT.
CHANNEL 5 – “Britain’s Funniest Comedy Characters” – talking head on the show.
CHANNEL 5 – ‘That’s So Last Week’ a regular talking pundit on the show discussing current topical showbiz celebrity news and events.
SKY 1 – Early morning TV show ‘Whatever’ – for kids & teenagers during the summer holidays.
SKY 1 – Talking head on “Footballs Hardest Away Days”.
SKY 1 – ‘Rum TV’ perform several pieces on the comedy sketch show
UKTV – ‘Street Cred Sudoku’ celebrity game show panel member.
TROUBLE TV – ‘Britain’s Most Embarrassing Parents’ 11 part kids TV show, Narration on the show (FTN cable channel).
TV Studio Warm-Up’s
Apollo Theatre, Hammersmith – Warm up for ‘Little Britain Comic Relief Special’
BBC White City – Bafta Award Winning “Friday Night with Jonathan Ross”
BBC White City – The Big Fat Quiz of the year 2006 (C4)
BBC White City – Comedy Shuffle (BBC3)
BBC White City – The Catherine Tate Show
BBC London Studios – The Kumar’s at No.42
BBC London – The Lenny Henry Show
BBC Birmingham – Network East & Mali Presents
BBC White City – Chat Show ‘Davina’
BBC White City – Dara O’Brien Talks funny (pilot)
BBC White City – Sitcom ‘Sssh’ (pilot)
BBC White City – Sitcom ‘Great News’ (pilot)
CHANNEL 4, London Teddington Television Studio’s – Sitcom ‘The IT Crowd”
CHANNEL 4, London Teddington Studio’s – Entertainment show “Whatever”
CHANNEL 4, London South Bank Studio’s – Charlotte Church Show (Pilot)
ITV, Teddington Studios – ‘Extinct’ The Final
ITV, Brighter Pictures – Take the Mike
SKY 1, Riverside Studios – Carol Voderman’s Big Brain Challenge
CHANNEL 5, Thames TV – Open House With Gloria Hunniford
MTV Camden – Game show ‘Street Cred Sudoku’ (UKTV)
MTV Camden – Dating show ‘Battle of The Ex’s’
MTV Camden – Les Dennis TV’s Now and Then
Various one off and regular appearances on the following stations:
BBC Radio 4
BBC Asian Network
BBC Sheffield Guest on Toby Foster Show
BBC London GLR
BBC Ulster Radio
BBC Radio Cleveland
XFM Manchester & BBC Manchester on Michelle Mullane’s Comedy show
Capital Radio Pod-cast
Forth One Scotland
Live performances – Stand-up & Solo Shows
“Do the Right Thing” – Four week run.
One-hour show at The Smirnoff Under-Belly at 9.15pm every night in August.
Comedy for kids show in the afternoon – regular compere. Including many late night stand up shows such as, Talk of the fest, Late n Live, spank, etc.
“Patrick Monahan’s – The Road Map to Peace”. Four week run.
One-hour show at The Smirnoff Under-Belly at 9.25pm every night in August.
Also live appearances in Edinburgh at;
Late n Live & Best Of So You Think Your Funny (Gilded Balloon),
The Nicholas Parson’s Show,
BBC Stand Up Show & Fringe showcase (Pleasance),
Fringe Sunday (Meadows),
Political Animal & Lunchbox Showcase (Underbelly)
Midnight Velvet (The Tron),
Late Night Laughter Lounge (Southside),
Late Night Cabaret (C-Electric),
Laughing Horse (Canon Gates)
Free Beer Show (The Caves).
“Patrick Monahan’s – Game on”. Four week run.
A one hour stand up solo show at The Metro Gilded Balloon Teviot, Balcony Room every night in August at 9.30pm.
Edinburgh Live appearances: Various late night shows Including ‘The BBC Stand Up Show’, ‘Late n Live’ & The Tron Velvet midnight show.
“Shazia Mirza & Patrick Monahan Live”. One hour stand up show at the Metro Gilded Balloon Teviot, every night at 10.15pm. Four week run.
Performing a stand up set in the “Big Value” (early show), Café Royal, every night at 7.30pm. Four week run.
Other shows included appearances at ‘Late n Live’, Mervin Stutters Pick of the Fringe, Midnight comedy Velvet Underground show at The Tron, The mirth control Midnight shows at the Caves and the late night Laughter lounge at ‘C venues’.
‘The Comedy Clone’ live stand up show, at The Pleasance Cavern, Pleasance Courtyard, every night at 11.05pm. Four week run.
Other gigs in Edinburgh included, ‘Late n Live’, at the Gilded Balloon, Mervin Stutters Pick Of the Fringe at the Teviot.
The Establishment, the C Venue and ‘The Amused Moose Comedy’s Hot Starlets’ at the Underbelly.
Other Comedy Festivals
Glasgow Comedy Festival 2002 & 2003 & 2004 & 2005 & 2006
Leicester Comedy Festival 2005 & 2006
Kinsale Comedy Festival, Ireland 2004
Guildford Comedy Festival 2001 & 2002 &2004 & 2006
Bath Comedy Festival 2006
Respect Comedy Festival, Greenwich Millennium Dome 2003
Rise & Respect Festival, Burgess Park London 2005
Ludlow Comedy Festival 2004 & 2005 & 2006
Truck Festival (Oxford) 2005
Manchester Comedy Festival 2004 & 2005
Sheffield Comedy Festival 2005
Leeds V-Festival 2005
A regular at most of the comedy clubs on the national circuit, either
performing a comedy set or as compere: The following lists only a few of the many:
The Comedy Store (London & Manchester)
Jongleurs (Nation wide)
The Glee Club (Birmingham & Cardiff)
Hyena Café (Newcastle)
Frog & Bucket (Manchester)
Up The Creek (Greenwich, Croydon & Maidstone)
The Chuckle Club, the Bearcat, ED Cabaret, Riverside studio’s, Jackson’s
Lane Theatre, The Hackney Empire, & Downstairs at the Kings Head (London)
Various corporate and private events, including:
. Hosting ‘SEB’ (Swedish bank)150 year anniversary show in Luxembourg
. Hosting ‘KPMG’ end of year event 2006 in Luxembourg
. Hosting ‘Capital One’s’ (credit card) Lunch time road shows
. Hosting the 2006 Roses Advertising Awards
. JJB Sports Christmas conference at the JJB Stadium
. 3G Mobile Phones in Reading & Slough Head offices
. ‘Amnesty International’ show in Leicester
. Medical Conference in Bournemouth
Various established children & family shows across London & the UK
including; James Campbell’s comedy for kids & ‘The Truck Fest’, Oxfordshire festival.
Full length Feature Film “The Limelight”, Cannes film festival 2006
Various short films produced at Ealing Film School, Ravenesbourne & London
Various plays at Network Theatre, Waterloo London, including:
‘Much Ado about Nothing’
Winner of ‘Take the Mike’ (Series 1 – ITV) 2001
Winner of the Guildford New Talent Comedy Festival 2001
Runner-up Hackney Empire New Act Of The Year 2002
Finalist (Commendation) ‘Gagging For It’ Lewisham 2002
Finalist in the Avalon – Daily Telegraph Open Mike Award 2001
Finalist in the Leicester Mercury Comedian Of The Year 2001
Finalist in the Hackney All-stars & London Comedy Festival 2001
Semi-finalist (Commendation) in BBC Comedy Awards 2001
Runner up in the Peterborough Comedy Festival 2001
National Press Quotes
“Monahan’s tightrope walk between laughter and embarrassment, singles him out as a Star-In-the-making” Daily Telegraph (2001)
“One to watch (for the future)” Time Out (2001)
“All energy and bustle, Monahan has it in him to become a perfect circuit comedian and compere” Time Out (Malcolm Hay – 2002)
“An upbringing infused with culture clashes and his unconventional mind, Monahan is a hybrid calamity with a comic pedigree that’s all his own.” The List (Maureen Ellis – 2002)
“He has all the charm of Ed Byrne, the energy of Adam Bloom and wild leaps of imagination that are resonant of Ross Noble” The List (Maureen Ellis – 2002)
“Manic physical comic” The Guardian (William Cook – 2002)
“This gifted livewire commands the stage with a mix of wit and force of personality” (Bruce Dessau) Evening Standard 2003
“Engaging & genuinely enlightening” The Scotsman 2003
“Bright young talent” The Sunday Times 2003
“Lovable Stuff” The Independent 2003
“Monahan brightens any night he plays, he exudes warmth & charisma, an irrepressibly friendly & ebullient personality” Marissa Burgess, Manchester City Life 2005
“Thoughtful Comedy” Guardian 2005
“He is charming with a crowd with a fearless streak. He moves around the stage like a boxer working a ring, covering all angles and staying light on his feet. He is a walking advert for world harmony. Hearts will be broken, socks will be laughed off.” The Scottish Herald 2005
“High energy & conviction, his material is great; he’s going (to go) far” The Sunday Times 2005
“Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. Audience interaction skills are perfectly pitched. Deserves every award going.” Edinburgh Guide
“Perfect game show host. Tiggerish energy that could power the national grid” London Evening Standard
“Choice one-liners, charming banter, thought provoking but still extremely cheering stuff” The List
“Comic masterpiece” Chortle
“Quick fire wit and entertaining persona. Will have you falling off your seat” 3 weeks
“Is simply the nicest person ever born. He could make you grin while punching your mother, which he would never do.” Time Out London
“Rib cracking material, wry banter, brilliant and clever observations, had the audience roar with laughter” Luxembourg Press
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