Patrick Monahan, 39, has an Iranian mother, and Irish father, a northern accent and holds the world record for the longest hug.
He explains: “I talk about life, growing up and everyday stuff but it’s quite unique because not everyone grew up in Iran or has two parents from different places.
“I wake up at three o’clock in the morning sometimes with a good idea and have to write it down.
Then you’ve got all these scraps of paper that you have to turn into something.” I wondered if this is how he decided to go for the world record for the longest hug.
It was watching comedians such as Robin Williams, Richard Pryor and Dave Allen with his family that first sparked an interest in comedy for Patrick.
“I remember seeing them do stand-up and being blown away.
I could see the fun they were having and I wanted to do something I enjoyed so much. It feels like I go on a mini holiday every day.” Patrick hastens to add: “There’s a downside to that.
After a while I just want to sleep on a sofa for 36 hours.
“I remember turning up to Gatwick to head off to a show and they had cancelled the flight.
I’d come back the night before from a show and had to get up at 3am and the next flight wasn’t until the evening so I just walked around Gatwick for 12 hours.