Hug me I feel Good – Patrick Monahan
Gilded Balloon, Wine Bar. 8pm Daily. 3-29th August 2011 – 3.5/5
International award winning Irish-Iranian-Teeside comedian returns with a brand new show direct from sell-out tours of Australia, Estonia, Spain and the UK. Laugh and be hugged at the same time! ‘Omid Djalili meets Dave Allen’ (Daily Mail) ‘Raised the roof’ (Sun). ‘Funniest show in Edinburgh’ (Guardian). Text supplied by festival and/or promoter.
Review of 11th August 2011 show – 3.5/5
Edinburgh wouldn’t be Edinburgh without taking in a Patrick Monahan show. ‘Hug me I feel good’ is based on the premise of six good deeds Patrick has experienced over the past year. As usual there’s good audience banter and interaction, one of Patrick’s biggest strengths as he discovers what good deeds audience members have carried out. Topically and amusingly one young man said he’d taken impoverished young people away to a youth camp. All well and good, but when he said the youths were from Brixton Patrick questioned what he’d been teaching them … “to loot and nick TV’s and mobiles” amusingly topical in the week of the riots in Brixton and across the capital.
A show about good deeds doesn’t provide your typical comedy fare and at times the six good deeds Patrick sought to convey to the audience didn’t flow seamlessly and some were over stretched and lacked the killer punch line worthy of the build up.
However what worked extremely well was the audience involvement – dancing on stage, gently taking the Mickey of the various characters – a group of guys out for the night, big Thor from Norway and a 16-year-old Belgian lad.
Overall, as he does so well Patrick creates a warm, intimate, family friendly atmosphere that makes you feel part of a unique comedy evening tailored specifically to those present. He has a wonderful knack for creating spontaneous humour based upon this premise, which makes for a refreshingly and amusingly different to most shows where the performers are just going through the motions of delivering their routines irrespective of who’s present.
It’s no surprise that Patrick’s still a contender in ITV’s ‘Show me the funny’ and he certainly must be one of the busiest performers on the Fringe this year as he is writing material for and filming that show, performing ‘Hug me’, a children’s show he’s doing, plus guest spots on various late night shows on the Fringe.
Show me the funny can be watched on i-player. The next episode is on 22nd August with the Grand Final at Hammersmith Apollo on 25th August 2011. Tiemo have a pair of tickets to offer to anyone who can name 2 of the 5 contestants who still remain in the show. Reply on this blog or to Tiemo’s email.
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