IRT are very proud to present Patrick Monahan, Shappi Khorsandi, Joshua Robertson, and friends for a very special evening of comedy, all in aid of International Refugee Trust.
Please join us on Wednesday 20th October 2021 in the stunning ballroom at the Drayton Court in Ealing, for a special night of comedy with some amazing acts!
The ballroom only seats 200 so here’s your chance to see these incredible comics up close in a beautiful, yet intimate venue. Tickets will sell out fast so don’t delay, get your tickets today!
We are delighted to announce that one of special guests will be the hilarious:
‘Perfect game show host. Tiggerish energy that could power the national grid’.
London Evening Standard
‘Twinkle-toed, mischievous…Monahan raised the roof’.
‘Bright young talent…high energy and conviction, his material is great; he’s going to go far’.
‘This gifted livewire commands the stage with a mix of wit and force of personality’.
Evening Standard – Bruce Dessau
Patrick is an Irish-Iranian comedian, who won the television competition series Take the Mike in 2001 and Show Me the Funny in 2011. He has performed regularly at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Monahan also holds the world record for “Longest Hug” at a time of 25 hours and 25 minutes, alongside fellow comedian Bob Slayer. They set this record at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013.
Shaparak established herself as one of the country’s finest comedians in 2006 with her sell out Edinburgh show, Asylum Speaker.
This show lead to the publication of her childhood memoirs, “A Beginner’s Guide To Acting English“, her best selling literary debut.
In typical Shappi style, this show told the story of how her family were forced to flee Iran and gain asylum in the UK.
Her father’s popularity as a satirist attacking the regime has ensured they cannot return to Iran.
As Shaparak says, “obviously there’s free speech in Iran, but little freedom after you’ve spoken.”
Shaparak’s career has taken her to all corners of the globe, she has appeared on countless TV & Radio shows including; Mock The Week, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Have I Got News For You, QI, Just a Minute & other flagship radio 4 programmes.
She is proud of being a “spit & sawdust” standup & one of her favourite things is pulling on her wellies, trudging through muddy fields, and performing at every music festival which has a comedy tent – from Glastonbury to Secret Garden Party.
She has received an honorary doctorate from Winchester University for her contribution to the arts and recently received the prestigious James Joyce award from Dublin University.
She is also currently hoping to receive an apology from Ealing Council for consistently failing to remove her bins on time.
Shaparak has taken part in the iconic television & live show for Amnesty International, The Secret Policeman’s Ball, as well as several series of Live At The Apollo & Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow.
Her screenwriting debut was in the form of Sky’s Little Crackers & she has recently been commissioned to write a drama script for BBC Television.
She has yet to learn to drive.
Joshua is a stand-up comedian, writer and actor living in London.
Joshua had a severe motorbike crash when he was 11 years old. He spent 4 months in a coma and now lives with a physical disability. He started performing standup comedy at 19 and has since performed around the world and across the UK, including regular appearances at The London Comedy Store.
Joshua has performed 3 one hour shows in the Adelaide Fringe, Brighton Fringe and Camden Fringe, and has been a support act for Tom Stade and Shappi Khorsandi.
DAD JOKE, a comedy short which Joshua co-wrote and stars in, was commissioned by the BFI and Film London and premiered at the BFI London Film Festival. Loosely based on Joshua’s life, it sees a disabled comedian performing a make-or-break gig on the night his first child is born.
He was also selected for the Edinburgh Film Festival’s Talent Lab Connects to develop Dad Joke into a TV series.
Joshua is a father of two.