Northern Irish comedian, actor, television and radio presenter and all round funny man Paddy Kielty is making his long awaited return both to stand up comedy but more importantly to Derry this coming weekend.
Mr. Kielty, who by his own modest admission is Dundrum’s greatest comedy export, is certainly working hard to lay claim to that title. “Well I’m doing a lot of press so hopefully by the end of the week everyone will be sick of hearing me, “ he laughed. The press interest is understandable, the actor, presenter and comedian has just returned to stand up comedy after a hiatus of six years. In that time he has toured Ireland and the UK with the one man play ‘Stones in His Pockets’ by Marie Jones presented several TV shows including ‘Total Wipeout’ and ‘Stand Up For The Week’ and acted as stand-in presenter for a number of BBC Radio 2 shows.
“Well BBC Radio 2 is just like an exclusive golf club you have to wait until someone dies before you can be fully accepted as a member, “ laughs Kielty.
“I’ve called the show ‘Home’ as I’m playing in the places I feel most comfortable, Derry and Belfast. It is the type of thing I’ve always wanted to do and if it goes well I might book some shows in England and call them ‘Away.’”
Kielty says part of the reason he hasn’t made it back on to stage was because: “I quite like travelling around the world and seeing how the rest of the world view us and how the rest of the world compares to our little island.
“No matter how good you are there is always someone in Ireland prepared to say ‘You’re not as good as you used to be’ but at least they do so to your face.”
For this reason that there is some trepidation in Kielty’s return to the comedy circuit.
“I can honestly say I wasn’t as nervous walking out on stage on BBCs Live at the Apollo as I will be walking out on stage at the Millennium Forum. “I’ve less to prove to those people. The English audience know me from the TV but Irish audiences know I was a stand up comedian first and foremost. It is the power and danger of nostalgia, ‘Is he as funny as we remember?’”
The audience at the Millennium Forum this Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7 will certainly hope so. Tickets are available from the Forum box office on 71 264455.