Arts Q&A: Pat Shortt on Martin McDonagh, Joseph Locke and playing in his dream band

Jenny Lee puts performers and artists on the spot about what really matters to them. This week, Irish comedian and actor Pat Shortt

Pat Shortt's new show Hey! delivers a peculiar take on modern life, with a rogue’s gallery of odd ball characters, bizarre situations and even a song or two

1. When did you think about a career in acting/comedy and what were your first steps into it?

It came about quite organically. I was playing music in different venues and started working with Co Limerick comedian Jon Kenny as a technical engineer and from there I started doing some stage work with Jon and that was the start of the D'Unbelievables with myself and Jon and my career in acting and comedy.

2. Best gigs you’ve been to?

Nile Rodgers and Chic – Live at the marquee in Cork in 2015; Bruce Springsteen at the SSE Arena about 2008 and Martin McDonagh's original production of The Cripple of Inishmaan in London's West End in 1994.

3. Fantasy wedding/birthday party band?

Steve Gadd on drums, Georgie Fame on keyboards, Mark King on bass, Dave Keary on lead guitar, Adele on vocals and myself on saxophone and tin whistle.

4. The record you’d take to a desert island?

Joeseph Locke's Greatest Hits. If I'm going to be stranded on a desert island miserable, I may as well be rightly miserable.

5. And the book?

Enid Blyton's Famous Five – Five go to the beach.

6. Top three films?

Garage, Man About Dog and The Guard.

7. Worst film you’ve seen?

Any Carry On films.

8. Favourite authors?

Donal Ryan, Kevin Barry, Pat McCabe.

9. Sport you most enjoy and top team?

Rugby and Munster.

10. Ideal holiday destination?

Thurles, my home.

11. Pet hate?

The road from Newport to Thurles.

12. What’s your favourite:

Dinner? Beef bourguignon.

Dessert? Jelly and ice cream.

Drink? Pint of Guinness.

13. Who is your best friend and how do you know each other? Neddy Ryan. We met through badminton.

14. Is there a god? That's personal.

:: Fresh from starring roles in the hit play A Skull In Connemara in Dublin's Olympia Theatre and the film The Belly of The Whale, Pat Shortt is back on the road with his latest quirky look at Irish life. Featuring all new material and sketches, he brings his new show, Hey! to Newtownabbey's Courtyard Theatre on November 8, Omagh's Silverbirch Hotel on November 9 and Donaghmore's Bardic Theatre on November 10. Full schedule and tickets from

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