Nic Wright

Patrick Kielty to make Fringe debut

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Patrick Kielty is to return to his stand-up roots later this year with his new show, Help.

Kielty will make his debut run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, performing seven shows in Studio Three at the Assembly George Square, before taking the show on tour this autumn.

A former psychology graduate, and star of BBC 1’s Live at the Apollo, Dave’s One Night Stand and host of Radio 2’s BBC New Comedy Awards, the show will see Kielty attempt to write a modern rulebook for love, life and happiness.

Kielty said: “I’m really looking forward to getting out there on tour with my new show, Help. My first Edinburgh Festival run is of course going to be a highlight. And the fact that the audience gets involved every night means no two shows will be the same. Though what help they actually give me remains to be seen!”

The Irish comic first rose to fame in 1995 after appearing on Comic Relief’s St Patrick’s Day Stand Up Special, alongside comic heavy-weights Ben Elton and Jo Brand, having earned a reputation in Ireland for his fearless satirical routines.

Following his TV debut, Kielty went on to host Channel 4 comedy series Last Chance Lottery, and hit BBC series show Fame Academy shortly afterward. His chat show Patrick Kielty Almost Live hit screens in 2002 and ran for six seasons on BBC1.

More recently he has been a regular voice on BBC Radio 2, also making appearances on Channel 4’s Comedy Roasts and hosting the channel’s popular show Stand Up For The Week.

Full tour dates:

24 – 30 – Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

2 – Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury
3 – The Point, Eastleigh
6 – The Stand Comedy, Newcastle
7 – The Maltings Theatre, Berwick Upon Tweed
8 – City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds
9 – The Epstein Theatre, Liverpool
10 – Guildhall, Derby
11 – Drill Hall (Comedy Festival), Lincoln
15 – Komedia (Comedy Festival), Brighton
16 – Mill Arts Centre, Banbury
17 – The Y, Leicester
18 – Cornerstone, Didcot
22 – The Glee Club, Nottingham
23 – Comedy Box, Bristol
24 – Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
25 – The Glee Club, Birmingham
28 – The Lowry, Salford Quays
29 – The Dukes, Lancaster
30 -Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton
31 – Arts Centre, Pocklington

4 – Komedia, Bath
5 – Junction, Cambridge
7 – Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester
8 – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmonds

  • Patrick Kielty: Help, 24 – 30 August, Assembly George Square, Edinburgh. Tickets £12.50 – £14.00, available online or on 0131 623 3030.
  • Patrick Kielty: Help, Autumn Tour. Tickets £16.00, available online or on 0844 826 2826.