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Pat Shortt
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Born 12 December 1966 (1966-12-12) (age 43)
Thurles, County Tipperary, Ireland
Medium Television, stand-up
Nationality Irish

Pat Shortt (born December 12, 1966 in Thurles, County Tipperary, Ireland) is an actor, comedian and entertainer.[1]



Pat Shortt started in comedy when he left Art College. With Jon Kenny he created D'Unbelievables, Ireland's most popular comedy duo  . Together they performed their unique brand of comedy in theatres all over Ireland, Britain and The United States as well as various countries across Europe. They produced four critically acclaimed and sell-out shows as well as writing and producing chart-topping videos.

As a solo artist, Pat’s first show was a sell-out. Called simply “Pat Shortt Live”, it played more than 250 dates around Ireland. It began at the Cats Laughs Festival in Kilkenny, where it sold out before the festival even opened, the first act ever to achieve this landmark. The undoubted hit of the festival, Pat’s work was hailed as “comic genius” by the Irish Times.

An actor of note, Pat has appeared with Druid Theatre Company in their production of Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West.

Shortt also writes a satirical column on local politics in The Farmers Journal under the pen-name "Councillor (later Mayor) Maurice Hickey".

Film and television

Shortt starred in Man About Dog, written by Belfast-born Pearse Eliot.

Shortt has also appeared in various films including Angela Mooney Dies Again, This Is My Father (with Brendan Gleeson, Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea and James Caan) and The Closer You Get (with Ian Hart, Niamh Cusack and Sean McGinley).

In 2007 he starred in the film Garage directed by Lenny Abrahamson for which he won Best Actor at the 2008 IFTAs.

Garage Prize:
- Prix Art et Essai at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
- Best Film and Best Film International Competition: Prize of the City of Torino at the 2007 Torino International Festival of Young Cinema (Torino Film Festival).
- Best Film at the 2008 Irish Film and Television Awards.

In 2008, An Post issued a postage stamp featuring Pat Shortt, as Josie, in the film Garage.[2]

Television credits include psychopathic islander Tom in Father Ted, and Bobby in The Fitz. His own show Killinaskully, which is broadcast on RTÉ, was one of the most watched shows since it was first broadcast in 2003, despite much negative criticism.


An accomplished musician, Pat has recorded with many bands and toured extensively in the U.S. with the brass section of The Saw Doctors, and more recently recorded a track with Headgear.

In 2006, he scored a No.1 hit in Ireland with the song "The Jumbo Breakfast Roll" under the guise of Showband singer Dicksie Walsh.


  1. ^ "Shortt jointly wins Evening Standard gong". RTÉ. 2009-02-02. Retrieved 2009-03-19.  
  2. ^ Warren, Brian (Spring 2009). "That Was the Year That Was–2008 (part 1)". The Revealer (Seminole, FL: Éire Philatelic Association) 58 (No. 4): 63. ISSN 0484-6125.  

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