Pat Shortt started in comedy when he left Art College. With Jon Kenny he created ‘D’Unbelievables’, Ireland’s most popular comedy duo. Together they performed their unique brand of comedy in theatres all over Ireland, Great Britain and the United States as well as various countries across Europe. They produced four critically acclaimed sell-out shows as well as writing and producing chart-topping DVDs. Pat’s first solo show began at the Cats Laughs Festival in Kilkenny, where it sold out before the festival even opened and was hailed as “comic genius” by the Irish Times. An actor of note, Pat has appeared with Druid Theatre Company in Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West. He played Johnny O’Dougal in the recent Michael Grandage Company’s production of The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh (with Daniel Radcliffe). His film work includes Angela Mooney Dies Again (with Mia Farrow), This Is My Father (with Brendan Gleeson, Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rae and James Caan), The Closer It Gets (with Ian Harte, Niamh Cusack and Sean McGinley), Man About Dog written by Belfast-born Pearse Eliot, Wheeler McCoy in Strength & Honour and Calvary (2014) by Michael John McDonagh.
Pat played the lead role of Josie in Garage, the second feature film from director Lenny Abrahamson and writer Mark O’Halloran. It picked up the CICAE Art and Essai Cinema Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and Pat also won awards from IFTA (Best Actor), Evening Standard (Best Actor) and the Monte Carlo TV Festival (Best Actor). Pat also featured in Soulboy, directed by Shimmy Marcus and Guard (with Brendan Gleeson), directed by John Martin McDonagh. Television credits include Tom the Character in Fr. Ted (Channel 4) and Bobby in The Fitz (BBC). Pat created the hit series Killinaskully for RTE which was nominated three times by IFTA for Best Entertainment programme and nominated in the Best Entertainment and Best Comedy Actor categories at the Monte Carlo Television Festival. His show Mattie was screened by RTE over the festive period in 2010 and two follow-up episodes entitled Sgt Mattie were screened over Christmas 2011