Reviewer: Lauren Maughan
In his come-back stand up tour Patrick Kielty is asking us all for help. And his problem is, he’s happy. He’s a newlywed with the woman he met as a friend 10 years ago, with a baby on the way – it’s all fallen into place. But he’s worried “it’ll all go tits up”. And that’s where he needs the audience’s help.
We get a real insight into the wonderful world of Dundrum-born Paddy. He shares his dating stories, memories from his childhood and what it’s like falling in love with someone you’ve known for many years (Kielty is married to TV presenter Cat Deeley). Now living in Los Angeles it’s a bit of a change from the culture in Ireland. And not only has this helped him fall in love, it’s also provided him with some great comedic material.
His contrasts of fake LA, to the impressions of the people he met in his small town of Dundrum growing up are comedy genius. Like he says, Dundrum’s speciality is the four types of potato special – you wouldn’t catch anyone in Ireland ordering a bowl of superfood quinoa!
One thing Kielty needs no help with is his material and his comedic timing. He’s still got it and the audience is belly laughing with him right the way through his stand up. A lot of his stand up is focused on him being in a relationship, he tells of the filth window, and he wishes relationships are like a football team with the need for a loan day or a transfer window when we’ve had enough! Because of course, as Kielty reminds us, we’re living longer so til death do us part now could mean couples are stuck together for 100 years – not like in the 1500s when we were only expected to live into our late 30s.
Highlights include his take on the Oscar Pistorius trial and that of course he’s guilty “because men always shake their wives if they hear a burglar in the bathroom to go and take a look”, and the story of where as an Irish man, he’s now able to make it through airport security without being asked any questions!
Like many a performer before him, Kielty made the Salford mistake of saying ‘Hello Manchester’ but, he won it back. Playing a gig on a night where both Manchester United and Manchester City were playing at home gave Patrick some spontaneous extra material and jokes with the crowd.
The show is a tale of two halves. The first tells the tale of his happiness at finding the one. As Kielty tells us apparently, you have more chance of winning the lottery – so congratulates the audience if they’ve found the one. Although by the faces in the crown they might have preferred to win the lottery. He tells us how his life has fallen into place and he’s the happiest he’s ever been – but in the second half we turn to the what ifs? What if his marriage doesn’t last? What if he ends up divorced and alone like many other couples in the entertainment business?
And this is actually the part where he needs our help. When his friend gave him a book dating back to the 1900s about do nots for wives, he decided it was time to enlist the audience’s help for their dos for Paddy for a successful marriage. And the top suggestion makes it into the book. For Salford, who clearly didn’t think Paddy needed much help it was: “If you’re looking for sympathy you’ll find it between sh*t and syphilis in the dictionary.” One piece of advice he’ll be sure to treasure. Let’s hope he’s got the luck of the Irish on his side.
Reviewed on 28 November 2015