Introducing the funniest Irish-Iranian comedian – from Middlesbrough – around, Patrick Monahan

Posted on December 15, 2011

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      By Martin Owens

 

Winning ITV’s X-Factor style comedy show, Show Me The Funny, Patrick Monahan took home £100,000. More importantly, however, he also won the chance to headline a 12-date UK wide tour and release his own DVD in time for Christmas.

Filmed at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre, Patrick Monahan: Live is Patrick’s first DVD recording. And you can tell. Early nerves are noticeable, with the odd joke petering out with no punch line, but his 10 years of warm-up gigs and years of Edinburgh Festival experience guide him through the nervy opening.

With a chatty and friendly story telling style, he seamlessly moves from discussing women in tracksuits on the Jeremy Kyle Show to the Middle East revolution. There’s the odd Jimmy Carr like one-liner thrown into the routine but Patrick earns his laughs with meandering stories. Butting in on strangers’ conversations to eating cherry bakewells while others take drugs.

A highlight of the performance is Patrick’s effortless audience interaction. While the size of venue helps (535 capacity), it’s Patrick’s easy charm that convinces audience members to compete in a dance-off on the stage and be taught a secret gangster handshake.

Your first comedy DVD, it is said, is your easiest. Years of material cherry-picked and put into what can almost be described as a best-of collection. While Patrick’s experiences of London and the cockney accent and sports days at school are tried and tested jokes, his material about the Middle East uprising, London riots and Olympics are quite obviously new and current.

Moving past the early nerves of his first DVD recording, Patrick Monahan: Live is a refreshingly friendly and engaging 60 minutes of stand-up. With his solid routine and personable charm, this won’t be Patrick’s last DVD.

Extras:

Behind-the-scenes at the Show Me The Funny final. A quick look behind the scenes with Patrick and show runners up Tiffany Stevenson and Dan Mitchell. Interviews with Show host Jason Manford and judges Alan Davies, Kate Copstick, Ross Noble, Johnny Vegas, and Bob Mortimer.

Behind-the-scenes pre-title sequence featurette. The making of the pre-title fight scene with Patrick, Tiffany and Dan.

Tiffany Stevenson and Dan Mitchell live tour sets. 10 minute sets from the shows runners up.

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