Patrick Monahan eyes TV sitcom
'Show Me The Funny' winner Patrick Monahan is writing a TV sitcom, but the Irish funnyman admits he is unlikely to be starring in the show himself
Patrick Monahan is writing a TV sitcom.
The Irish comedian - who won 'Show Me The Funny' earlier this year - has already filmed a festive comedy special for ITV1, and is hopeful his self-penned sitcom with hit screens in 2012.
However, the 35-year-old funnyman admitted he could only star in the show himself if his alter-ego was an extension of his own character.
He exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "I filmed a show for ITV, which is a stand up show that goes out on December 20, and is like a comedy annual of the year. Then I'm just working on a couple of other things for my YouTube channel, and also hopefully working on a sitcom. There's a load of projects going on!
"But the thing is with stand-ups, we're not necessarily good actors. If I went into acting, it would have to be a role that would be more like an extension of my character. I couldn't go off and do a bit of Shakespeare next month, it just wouldn't be believable - imagine trying to cry on stage! "
Despite being crowned champion of 'Show Me The Funny' in August, Patrick confessed he hates telling people he's a comedian as they automatically expect him to be funny.
He explained: "The problem is, say when you're at a friend's party and you're getting introduced to someone as a comedian, they instantly think everything you say is funny.
"You'll say, 'I'm just going to get a drink', and they say, 'Oh that's quite funny - you getting drinks are ya?' It also puts pressure on them, they think, 'Oh god, is this a joke now? Is he using me as material?' So I always tell them I'm a plumber or something and make up random stuff."
'Patrick Monahan Live' is out now on DVD and digital download.