Family-friendly performer exploring our differences
This article is from 2009.
‘My mum’s Iranian, my dad’s Irish and I’m the only one in my house with a northern accent,’ says Teessider Patrick Monahan, explaining how he’s spent his whole life trying to ‘fit in’.
Even now, preparing for his eighth year at the Edinburgh Fringe, his non-drinking status differentiates him from other comedians; though his ardent love of talking more than fills this gap. Monahan’s 2009 affair, Cowboys and Iranians, aims to explore people’s differences and will be his most personal yet.
‘It’s related to my life, 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.’
Cowboys and Iranians will be Monahan’s fifth solo Fringe outing. With a children’s show enjoying a full run this year too, he’s fast cementing his position as one of the Festival’s most family-friendly performers. And, ever true to his fans, he claims he’d never think about taking a year off.
‘Edinburgh has such a good vibe,’ Monahan explains. ‘Last year, people would come up to me and say they’d seen all my Fringe shows; where else would people remember you like that? I think if audiences make the effort to go every year, you should as well.’
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 9–31 Aug (not 13, 17, 20), 9.15pm, £9.50–£12.50 (£8–£11). Previews 7 & 8 Aug, £5.