Patrick Monahan

Patrick Monahan

He's quite good looking, you know, Patrick Monahan. Labelled 'A Geordie Marti Pellow' by London's Evening Standard (He probably won't like us for mentioning that), he's tall, dark, and handsome with an interesting accent. Yep, that Teeside twang does it for us too. In fact, Monahan is the proud owner of not one but three vastly different cultural influences. Born in his mother's home country of Iran, Patrick's dad is from Ireland (did you manage to guess that?). Our fella grew up in Teeside though, in the 1980s. Although the Daily Telegraph called him "A one man melting ethnic pot, a star ...

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He's quite good looking, you know, Patrick Monahan. Labelled 'A Geordie Marti Pellow' by London's Evening Standard (He probably won't like us for mentioning that), he's tall, dark, and handsome with an interesting accent.


Yep, that Teeside twang does it for us too.


In fact, Monahan is the proud owner of not one but three vastly different cultural influences. Born in his mother's home country of Iran, Patrick's dad is from Ireland (did you manage to guess that?). Our fella grew up in Teeside though, in the 1980s.


Although the Daily Telegraph called him "A one man melting ethnic pot, a star in the making", young Patrick didn't feel entirely at home.


Luckily, he had his dad's comedy collection to keep him company, and videos of Dave Allan, Lee Evans and Billy Connolly entertained, but made his feel like a career in comedy was somewhat out of reach "I didn't realise there was such a thing as a comedy circuit with jobbing comics" he said.


A stint as a DJ led to comedy writing as soon he was standing on stage himself. "I did ten minutes and died but I loved ". Patrick Monahan had found his dream job.


Comedy is reportedly in the blood of Irishmen everywhere, and judging by the number of Iranian funny folk on the circuit, Persians have a particular talent for it too.


Move over Djalili

Yep, Omid Djalili once joked he was the UK's only Iranian comic - but these days Monahan, Shappi Khorsandi and Jody Kamali are doing it too.


"Every Iranian you meet has the potential to be a comic," says Monahan. He explores other aspects of his mixed cultural heritage in his 2009 Edinburgh Festival show Cowboys and Iranians.


"It's related to my life," he says, "unlike my other shows which tended to be quite loose. There are personal observations, but at the same time there's general stuff about growing up."


Patrick Monahan knows the delights of the Festival fringe well. 2009 marks his ninth August north of the border, he shows no sign of slowing down, instead offering up not one but two shows to his artsy audiences.


His aimed-at-adults show, Cowboys and Iranians, runs from Aug 5th to Aug 31st at the Gilded Balloon Teviot.


The same venue also plays hosts to the kids' show, Patrick Monahan's Stories and Fables for Kids That Like to Sit At Tables! The children's extravaganza plays into an afternoon slot from August 7th.


Says Patrick, "In a children's show you can't rely on swearing, blue jokes, or innuendo. With adults it's about the wordplay, and you can sometimes get away with it if you are not on form. With kids, it's got to be bang bang all the time".


Busy Boy

It is, however, hard to imagine a night when Monahan is not on form. A regular panellist on TV and radio quiz shows, including That's So Last Week, and Suduko Street Challenge.

Talking of street challenges, he's even tried out his act on the streets of Britain, as part of BBC3's Malai Monologues.


Monahan's appeal is wide and varied. The non-smoking, non-drinking comedian relies on a clean-cut image and easygoing style to put his audiences at ease; his jokes are anecdotal and storytelling in style. Even his improv skills are nifty. What's not to like?


You don't have to be on-air all the time to make a name for yourself with the biggest TV channels.

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