Middlesbrough labelled a ‘hotbed of great comedy’

FUNNYMAN: Patrick Monahan praises Middlesbrough ahead of hometown gig.

FUNNYMAN: Patrick Monahan praises Middlesbrough ahead of hometown gig.

MIDDLESBROUGH comedian Patrick Monahan has labelled his hometown as a nest of great comedy ahead of his Town Hall show this June.

Patrick, who shot to fame after winning ITV’s Show Me The Funny in 2011, says he can’t wait to be back where it all began.

Middlesbrough Town Hall will be host to the likes of Jimmy Carr, Alan Carr and Katherine Ryan as well as a homecoming show for the Teesside funny-man.

He said: “Middlesbrough has always been a hotbed of great comedy, mainly from the natural Teesside friendly banter.”

“Great comics will always come to Middlesbrough because the audience is always full of slightly drunk, but encouraging chatty Teessiders.

“The Town Hall has all the best bits of Middlesbrough inside it such as the old friendliness, funky corridors and a basement of treasures.”

The Irish-Iranian stand-up will be touring his ‘Adventures in Monahan Land’ tour across the UK from February with 46 dates lying ahead.

Having played over 300 shows as well as appearing on ITV’s Splash, Celebrity Squares and Fake Reaction in 2014, Patrick says he can’t wait to be back on stage.

“One of the main reasons for getting into stand-up comedy was so that I could go somewhere different every day.”

“Every night is a different audience and it gives you a different spin on your material and keeps you fresh and alive.”

As part of the new family show fans will see Patrick perform his traditional style of hugging people before, during and after show.

“I’m always up for doing anything that’s fun and that takes me on a challenge,” said Patrick, who attempted to break the longest hug record in 2013.

“There’s nothing as good as watching a live act, prancing, rocking, sweating and jumping about on stage.”

Despite travelling across the globe to perform in countries including Dubai there is no place like home for the comic.

“I love the warm weather of Dubai and swimming pools on top of every hotel, but nothing will ever beat a night out in Boro and a drink in Club Bongo International.”

Patrick also agrees with fellow Teessider and comedian Bob Mortimer in saying that the people of Middlesbrough are the funniest he has ever met.

He said: “Teessiders are always naturally funny because it comes from the honest and charm of Middlesbrough.

“As long as we have the A66, parmos and Teesside retail park, we’re rocking.”

Tickets for Patrick’s show at the Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt are available at middlesbroughtownhallonline.co.uk from £14.

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