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Tuesday 24 October 2017

'Cripple' role has led to US stand-up tour for Pat Shortt

Pat Shortt
Pat Shortt

HE appeared opposite Daniel Radcliffe in a hit Broadway play and now comedian Pat Shortt is set to tour the US.

The 47-year-old told the Herald that starring in The Cripple of Inismaan in New York has opened doors for him as a stand-up in America.

While Pat previously toured stateside with D'Unbelievables comrade Jon Kenny, it will be his first stint as a solo act.

"A lot of theatres want me to come over as well with my own show now, after seeing me," he said.

"I did it years ago in New York with D'Unbelievables, so I'm looking forward to going back.

"I really enjoyed doing theatre but I'd prefer to do my own stuff and maybe do more films as well."

The actor, who enjoyed success with RTE series Killinaskully, wants to follow in the footsteps of Brendan O'Carroll and Jason Byrne, who have paved the way for Irish comedians at the BBC.

"There are three things I'm working on, one of which is in London, but it's early stages so I can't say anything about it yet," he said.

Funnyman Pat was based in the Big Apple for four months while in Martin McDonagh's sold-out play and said he's excited to jet back and establish himself further overseas.

passion

The Cripple of Inismaan saw him take on his biggest theatre role to-date.

"It was a great run over there and good craic. I think we were the most nominated play on Broadway too so that added to the excitement," he said.

It pays to star opposite Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe and Pat said the gig ensured he is financially able to take time off to pursue passion projects.

"It does relieve the financial pressure, knowing I'm on stage and working for four months over there," he said. "I'm lucky and I can now take a few months off to write some of my own work.

"It's been great to have these blocks of work, it definitely allows me to focus on passion projects."

Pat also commended his Inismaan co-star Sarah Greene for her work and predicts she'll go a long way.

The Cork-born starlet was watched by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein on stage while the production was running in New York and has landed two projects being produced by the businessman.

The brunette has also just returned to Dublin to begin filming the second season of gothic drama Penny Dreadful, with Josh Hartnett and Eva Green.

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