I love Fife - people just want a laugh

Patrick Monahan
Patrick Monahan

“Carnegie Hall, is it anything like the one in America?”

A fair question from comedian Patrick Monahan as he scopes out the venue he’s set to play later this month.

But, erm, sorry Patrick it’s a little bit smaller.

The comedian, who is half Irish, half Iranian and was brought up in the north east of England, is heading to Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline on August 18.

Patrick is just one of five comedians gracing the stage that evening as The Ha Ha Club brings ‘The Best of the Fringe’ to Fife.

The one night only performance will give the funny men a chance to escape the madness of Edinburgh and share their shows with a different audience.

Patrick, who is not unfamiliar with the Kingdom having performed here on several occasions, is looking forward to the show.

He told the Press: “I love Fife, it’s beautiful.

“I’ve done Edinburgh probably about eight or nine times over the last eight years, since 2003 every year up to now, and in that space of time I’ve been over to Fife probably around half a dozen times.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been to Dunfermline, but I’ve done places like Kirkcaldy and Burntisland before.

“It’s places like these that if it wasn’t for Edinburgh I, and other comedians, would probably never go.

“Comedy is infectious.

“Edinburgh Fringe is great but everyone forgets there’s other places in Scotland where people enjoy comedy.

“It’s lovely [Edinburgh] and the festival is fantastic but it’s one of those things, it sounds great on paper - a festival, it’s exciting.

“Most festivals you go to last a weekend but Edinburgh is just constant.

“The first week or so you’re loving it and you forget there’s the rest of the world out there as you’re in a bit of a bubble.

“But when you get towards the middle and the end of the month it can be a bit too much.

“It’s nice to get out of Edinburgh for a little while.

“My first chance to get out of Edinburgh was to go to Burntisland or somewhere similar, one of these small towns, and it was great to be able to walk down a high street and not get bombarded with fliers.

“That’s the beauty of it, performing somewhere like Kirkcaldy, Burntisland or Dunfermline just recharges you.

“There are audiences there [Edinburgh] who are really comedy savvy but the great thing is 90 per cent of a Scottish audience just want to have a laugh.

“They will sit, laugh along and get involved - perfect.”

Patrick heads north of the border with a brand new show for the Fringe, and it’s a piece of this the Fife audience will get to see.

“Every year it’s my target, by Edinburgh I will have written a new show,” he says.

“I preview it in June and July and then in August I take it to Edinburgh, then come autumn I’ll tour it in the rest of the UK.

“Every year I try and come up with a feel good, stand up show.

“I’m an entertainer and comedian.

“I never shock people and I never try to do anything offensive, I never swear on stage.

“That’s not what I do.

“It’s always stand up and stories.

“Last year was ‘Hug me I feel good’, the year before was about doing good deeds.

“Without giving too much away this year it’s about spooning.

“It’s focusing on how to get the best night’s sleep and spooning your partner.

“The way things are going I dread to think what it’s going to be in a few years’ time.”

Although Partick is headlining the Carnegie

Hall comedy showcase, audiences will also be in for a great night of fun and laughter from four other comedians.

Steve Shanyaski combines as many elements as he can master as a charismatic and silly performer with a fertile imagination, a natural talent for spinning yarns and a skilled musical background.

Dan Nightingale is one of the country’s hidden gems who mixes brilliant observation and energetic characterisations with killer punch lines.

With his fantastic one-liners Danny Sutcliffe won the ‘Rick Radio Comedian of the Year’ award.

The show will be compered by Peter Otway, a resident MC with The Ha Ha Club.

There will also be another ‘The Best of the Fringe’ show at Rothes Halls, Glenrothes on August 10, that performance will feature Tony Law, Jim Smallman, Gordon Southern, Fern Brady and MC Ben Van Der Velde.