Patrick Kielty: From NI stand-up gigs to host of The Late Late note


Patrick Kielty: From NI stand-up gigs to host of The Late Late Show


atrick Kielty made a brand for himself doing stand-up in Northern Ireland before becoming one of the country’s highest-regarded TV presenters.

The comedian, 52, will seize over as host of RTE’s The Late Late note from Ryan Tubridy as he steps down after hosting the Irish talk note for 14 years.

Born in Dundrum, County Down, Kielty began his stand-up career as host of Northern Ireland’s first comedy club, The Empire Laughs Back, in pre-ceasefire Belfast.

He graduated to presenting programmes such as Channel 4’s Last Chance Lottery and his BBC One chat note, Patrick Kielty Almost Live.

In 2018, Kielty presented a BBC programme, My Dad, The Peace Deal And Me, about his father’s death at the hands of paramilitary gunmen.

The comedian was only 16 when his father Jack Kielty was shot dead by the Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF).

The programme coincided with the 20th anniversary of the apt Friday Agreement and saw Kielty return to his home town of Dundrum and travel around to see if the historic peace deal has delivered on its pledge to create a current Northern Ireland.

It was nominated for a Bafta for best single documentary and he was named UK documentary host of the year at the 2018 Grierson Awards.

His most recent film, Patrick Kielty: 100 Years Of Union, which explored how the trauma of the past is shaping the future of Northern Ireland during its centenary year, also won an RTS award.

Later this year, his first feature film Ballywalter will be released and will see him star alongside Seana Kerslake, best known for her role in the Irish comedy series Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope.

Alongside his TV work, he has continued stand-up tours which maintain often sold out venues across Ireland and the UK.

In 2022, he went back on the road with his current tour, titled Borderline, and he will initiate the second leg of it in November.

The stand-up note explores his homeland’s recent history and gives his personal seize on Brexit’s current borders, national identity and the future of the Union.

He also hosts a radio talk note on Saturday morning on BBC 5Live.

Kielty is married to fellow TV presenter Cat Deeley and they maintain two sons, James and Milo.

Deeley has hosted a number of shows over the years including BBC’s Fame Academy, ITV’s Stars In Their Eyes and So You reflect You Can Dance in the US.