Patrick Kielty as you can see from his various television shows is a true ‘RED’. Patrick or known by his fellow Irish as just “Paddy”was born a few miles outside Downpatrick, in a picturesque village in the shadows of the Mountains of Mourne, called Dundrum. Paddy attended the Sacred Heart Primary School in the village before attending St. Patrick’s High School, Downpatrick where he showed promise as a comedian performing annually at the school holiday concert, impersonating local politicians, media personalities and sportsmen.
Paddy went on to Queens University in Belfast and along with a few mates soon set up a comedy night in the Students Union. He became well known locally for his stand-up comedy routines at The Empire pub comedy nights –“The Empire Laughs Back”. One of his regular routines involved donning a balaclava and making spoof paramilitary pronouncements.
In the early 1990s Paddy won the Guinness Entertainer of the Year in INF Warrenpoint, an event fronted by Sean Mallon who is said to have given a young and nervous Paddy the courage to go on stage for the first time ever.
In 1993 Paddy presented the show SUS on UTV. He later became the warm-up act for a BBC Northern Ireland programme “Anderson on the Box” presented by local personality Gerry Anderson. When this show was axed, he presented its replacement,”PK Tonight”. He earned huge acclaim in Northern Ireland, hosting this show, which attracted a60% audience share on BBC NI and won him an RTS Award for Best Regional Presenter.
Although this ran for only a year and was only shown in Northern Ireland, it did attract the attention of London-based broadcasters and he graduated to presenting programmes such as “Last Chance Lottery” from which he went on to present BBC1’s The National Lottery Big Ticket with Anthea Turner.
In 1999, BBC executives spotted Patrick’s talent and he was given his own network-prime time chat show on BBC1, “Patrick Kielty Almost Live”; made by his production company Green Inc. The show proved a ratings success and established his relationship with the BBC, leading to a further five series. Paddy also presented a series of “After the Break”
Paddy continues to appear on national television, although he has left much of his political comedy background behind, tending to favour light-entertainment shows such as the BBC’s Fame Academy, Comic Relief does Fame Academy and Love Island for ITV in both 2005 and 2006, and he recorded “ Deal or no Deal” for ABC in the USA.
Paddy also hosted a segment on ITV’s coverage of The Prince’s Trust 30th Birthday LIVE alongside Kate Thornton.
In 2006 Paddy returned to the stand-up scene with a brand new UK tour. A DVD, filmed at Belfast’s Grand Opera House, was later released.
In 2007 Paddy began work on the UK production of “A Night in November”, a comedy play written by Marie Jones, author of “Stones in His Pockets”.
Paddy sat in for Alan Carr on his BBC Radio 2 show on 15 August 2009 alongside Gaby Roslin.The same year he also was a guest on the BBC’s third series of Live at the Apollo.
Over the many years Paddy has been a very active honorary member with Downpatrick MUSC and on several occasions he has literally brought the house down with laughter at the annual dinner. His support for the branch is widely appreciated by all the members, and we all look forward to an exciting and laughter filled future with Paddy in the years to come.