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’. 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
Paddy hosted BBC1’s Stand Up For Live Comedy in Belfast in Spetember and is currently filming a 4 part series commissioned The Paddy Raff Show, out in 20/21