Having been a call centre trainer for 6 years since leaving college, then a full-time wedding musician for 10 years as well as a carer, Paddy tried stand-up comedy for the first time at an open-mic night in March 2018.
He quickly became a local sensation both on the stand-up circuit and further afield online creating countless viral observational and character-based sketches on his PaddyRaffComedy social media platforms, racking up millions of views and gaining 150,000 followers across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & YouTube.
His unprecedented level of success on the local stand-up scene saw him become the biggest selling comedian in Northern Ireland within 2 years of taking to the stage selling out dozens of shows in some of NI’s most prestigious venues including the Ulster Hall. Paddy’s latest stand-up show has sold out 5 nights at the SSE Arena, Belfast. He performed the first of these shows on 7th March, exactly 1 week shy of the 2-year anniversary of his first open-mic performance.
Paddy’s viral content during the pandemic saw his reputation spread further to the rest of the UK and beyond, leading to wider UK & Ireland media attention such as an Irish Times article calling him the ‘Comedy star of the Coronavirus lockdown’. Paddy hosted BBC1’s Stand Up For Live Comedy in Belfast in September.
BBC Northern Ireland commissioned him to create a 30-minute pilot sketch show during lockdown and ‘The Paddy Raff Show’ was broadcast on BBC One NI in July 2020, which nominated for a RTS Award, BBC1NI commissioned a Christmas Special in 2020 and full series aired in February 2021.
Paddy Raff: Raff Out Loud is at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 16-20 TICKETS
- I just wanted to send Paddy our major thanks for the awards last Thursday. Paddy was an absolutely brilliant host, we’ve had fantastic feedback from guests and I think it’s fair to say everyone is now a major fan. Lots of people saying they would book and see his show next time, which shows how well it all went. Please convey our appreciation to Paddy, we really can’t thank him enough.NI Contact Centre Awards 2022
- Paddy is great - love working with him. He's really chilled and is a complete pro. He'd be the first name I would suggest to any clients looking a comedian at the moment!Matthew, Lanyon Group
- "I can safely say that it was our best Awards ever and Paddy was central to its success. Nothing was too much trouble for him and his performance on the night was fantastic, and I think he really enjoyed the event himself. I was wondering if he may be interested in hosting again next year." NI Travel