Patrick Kielty

Patrick Kielty

Date of birth: 31-01-1971

Born in Dundrum, County Down, Patrick Kielty was affected by the Troubles as a teenager when his father Jack, a businessman, was murdered by loyalist paramilitaries in the Ulster Freedom Fighters. Although he had no political ties, Jack was due to testify against Ulster Defence Association extortionist Jim Craig in a libel case.

Patrick got into stand-up while still a student at Queen's University, Belfast, and started a club at the city’s Empire club, which he compered. That spawned a one-off BBC television special The Empire Laughs Back, which won him a Royal Television Society award for best Regional presenter.

He later became the audience warm-up act for BBC Northern Ireland’s Anderson On The Box – and when this show was axed, he presented its replacement, PK Tonight, which ran for a year and brought him to the attention of London-based broadcasters.

Over the next 15 years he fronted a long list of TV porgrammes, including The Stand-up Show, Comic Relief, National Lottery Big Ticket, The Big Breakfast, Love Island and Fame Academy. In 2004, Kielty hosted pilot episodes of the American version of Deal or No Deal for ABC, but the network did not pick up the series, which ended up on NBC with Howie Mandel as host.

In 2006 Kielty returned to stand-up and released a DVD filmed at Belfast's Grand Opera House. The following year he appeared on BBC One’s Live At The Apollo to re-established his stand-up credentials.

In 2010, he landed the job of hosting the topical show Stand Up For The Week on Channel 4.

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Another BBC series for Patrick Kielty

Chat show based on guest's internet history

Patrick Kielty is to host a new chat show for  BBC Northern Ireland.
The broadcaster has ordered Delete Delete Delete, in which celebrity guests talk about the contents of their internet history: weird websites, most watched virals, odd blogs and questions out into search engines.

News of the commission comes the week after Kielty’s new series, Bad Language, launches in the province. Adapted from a radio show of the same name, this show challenges comics on who has the best grasp of their native tongue.

Susan Lovell, who commissioned Delete Delete Delete for the BBC, said: ‘BBC Northern Ireland has a strong history and continued commitment to nurturing local comedy talent and is always looking to develop new comedy formats.

‘We are delighted to welcome Patrick Kielty, who is undoubtedly one of our biggest successes, back to his comedy roots in Belfast for this exciting new chat show.’
Taped in Belfast, the format was co-created by Ali Crockett, David Scott and Roughcut Television, the production company behind the BBC Three sitcoms People Just Do Nothing and Cuckoo. 

The series producer is Matt White, and executive producers are Ash Atalla, Neil Calow and Justin Binding.

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Published: 29 Jan 2016

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DVD (2006)
Patrick Kielty Live

Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2015

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