Patrick Monahan (comedian)

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Patrick Monahan
Born (1976-06-23) 23 June 1976 (age 39)
Ahvaz, Iran
Medium Stand-up
Nationality Irish/Iranian
Years active 2001—Present
Subject(s) Ethnicity
Universal Issues
Influences Dave Allen
Website Official website

Winner of Take the Mike in 2001
Winner of Show Me the Funny in 2011

Patrick Monahan (born 1976) is an Irish-Iranian stand-up comedian best known for performing ten times at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, including five solo shows. He won the television competition series Take the Mike in 2001 and Show Me the Funny in 2011.

Patrick is also a patron of Zoe's Place Baby Hospice in Middlesbrough after active fundraising for the charity. Monahan runs The London Marathon, The Great North Run and Middlesbrough 10k annually in aid of Zoe's Place.

Monahan also holds the World record for "Longest Hug" at a time of 25 hours and 25 minutes alongside fellow comedian Bob Slayer. They set this record at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013.


Live performances[edit]

Patrick is a comedy festival regular and has performed solo shows in a number of cities including Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester, and also at most major venues throughout the UK, year round. He has also performed across the globe in counties including Dubai, Luxembourg and Germany.

During the Edinburgh Festival Fringe he performs at the Gilded Balloon, to which he will return in August 2015.[1] He will also be debuting a play he has written at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015,[2] which he is also performing in.

Monahan's humour relies heavily on audience interaction and an animated story-telling style that draws on his own experiences. He is known within comedy circles to "ignore the light", meaning he will eat into other comic's time or cause overall delays to the program.


In August 2011, he won the ITV stand-up comedy contest Show Me the Funny.

In 2011, shortly after winning Show Me the Funny, Patrick performed on the The Comedy Annual, a one-off programme celebrating the year in comedy.

On 10 March 2012, he participated in the BBC One programme Let's Dance for Sport Relief. He danced to "Only Girl (In the World)" by Rihanna, but was eliminated by the public vote and did not go on to perform in the final the following week.

In January 2014, Monahan participated in the second series of the ITV celebrity diving show Splash!. His first appearance on the show was in the third heat, which aired live on 18 January 2014. Despite coming 2nd out of 5 contestants, he was the first celebrity diver to be eliminated in Heat 3.

Stand-Up DVDs[edit]

Patrick Monahan Live was his Show Me the Funny winner's DVD, which was released on 28 November 2011 by 2 Entertain and produced by Big Talk Productions.

Other work[edit]

On 13 January 2011, Monahan hosted the Incisive Media Awards at Arsenal F.C.'s Emirates Stadium.

On 15 March 2013, Patrick visited Stokesley School where he helped raise over £1,000 for Comic Relief. He did this by getting the entire school to do the Harlem shake.


  1. ^ "Patrick Monahan – The Disco Years". Retrieved 2015-07-06. 
  2. ^ "Double Life of Malcolm Drinkwater". Retrieved 2015-07-06. 

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