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Pat Shortt

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

"Pat Shortt started in comedy when he left Art College. With Jon Kenny he created 'D'Unbelievables', Ireland's most popular comedy duo. Together they performed their unique brand of comedy in theatres all over Ireland, Great Britain and The United States as well as various countries across Europe. They produced four critically acclaimed and sell-out shows as well as writing and producing chart-topping Videos.

As a solo artist Pat's first show was a sell-out. Called simply Pat Shortt Live it played more than 250 dates around Ireland. It began at the Cats Laughs Festival in Kilkenny, where it sold out before the festival even opened, the first act ever to achieve this landmark. The undoubted hit of the Festival, Pat's work was hailed as "comic genius" by the Irish Times.
His second show 'You Won't Get Away With That Here" has achieved equal success selling out shows all over the country.

An actor of note, Pat has appeared with Druid Theatre Company in their production of Martin McDonagh's The Lonesome West. Movie title's include Angela Mooney Dies Again (with Mia Farrow), This Is My Father (with Brendan Gleeson, Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rae and James Caan),The Closer It Gets (with Ian Harte, Niamh Cusack and Sean McGinley) and in Man About Dog written by Belfast-born Pearse Eliot. Most recently Pat played the role of Wheeler McCoy in the movie "Strength & Honour" aswell as the lead role of "Josie" in a movie called Garage. Garage is the second feature from director Lenny Abrahamson and writer Mark O'Halloran.

It picked up the CICAE Art and Essai Cinema Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. 'Garage' screened as part of the Directors' Fortnight sidebar at the prestigious French festival.

An accomplished musician Pat has recorded with many bands and toured extensively in the U.S. with the brass section of The Saw Doctors. In 2006, he scored the big hit in Ireland with the song "The Jumbo Breakfast Roll" under the guise of Showband singer Dicksie Walsh.

The song was a number one hit in Ireland for six weeks with sales going 4 times platinum.

Television credits include Tom the Character in Fr. Ted, (Channel 4) and Bobby in The Fitz (BBC). Killinaskully is a hit series created by Pat for RTE, and ran for five series, the last of which was screened on RTE during 2008." REF:-

Pat what are you up to at the moment?

I am doing an RTE show at the moment but its top secret. You'll have to wait and see.

I believe you are running a festival.

I have a festival running down in the pub and it brings me back to my own music roots. I will play a bit but I don't want to be embarrassed as there are professional musicians that will be there. There will be about 200 seats and John Spillane, De Dannon and a big ceili. It will be over the August bank holiday weekend.

The interesting thing about the pub as well was that in 1965 the Rolling Stones had a pint in it. It was in a documentary.

We do comedy sessions there as well.

Any plans to go back to the theatre?

I am also doing a play with Noel Pearson in The Gaiety - A Sebastian Barry play called Boss Grady Boys. Myself and Tom Hickey are doing that. It's the first straight role I played since 'Garage'. There is humour in it as well. It is an amazing play about loneliness and the monologues are fantastic.

I love playing comedy roles but it's great to have a varied career. It challenges you and makes you think what you are doing. It's such a great project to be involved with. It will run for a few weeks in September.

You also told me last January that you had a lot of meetings in London - how did they go?

I had meetings in London but I can't talk about it. You don't want to jinx yourself.

Sheana went fishing and we recorded a VT for the show - I believe you love to fish?

I love fishing. I live on the Shannon so I fish in Castleconnell. Great Salmon there. The biggest catch I got was when we thought we caught a pike and it was too big so I jumped in to catch it with a net. It was 16 ½ lb trout. It was the second biggest trout ever caught in the country at that time. Now it has moved down to third place.

I would only catch enough to cook.

Did you enjoy your stint as a DJ?

I loved working with Hector on 2fm. I dreaded it at the start as I had never done a full show on radio. You realise all the work that goes into it.

I know you were good friends with Gerry Ryan - you must have been shocked at the news?

Devastated. By coincidence I had a few drinks at the bar in the Shelbourne with him. I was with him from the start on Secrets and whenever myself and Jon had a show out he would help us promote it. We did Secrets and Ryantown with Gerry. He was good friends with Harry Crosbie and I have been playing at Harry's venues for years so we would all go out for drinks after the show.

We wouldn't have been personal friends but he was a lovely man and I would always sit down and have a few pints with him when I saw him. My heart goes out to the kids.