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Patrick Monahan wins Show Me The Funny

Jason Manford and Patrick Monahan
Image caption Comic Jason Manford hosted the live final at London's Hammersmith Apollo

Teesside stand-up Patrick Monahan has won ITV1 comedy competition Show Me The Funny.

The Irish-Iranian comic beat former undertaker Dan Mitchell and Tiffany Stevenson to the title, which was voted for by the public.

After being named the winner, Monahan said he was "genuinely shocked", adding he thought he would be eliminated from the competition in the first week.

The comic's prize includes £100,000, a nationwide tour and a DVD deal.

Monahan, 35, said he wanted to give his prize money to his family to thank them for their support.

The live final at London's Hammersmith Apollo saw each of the three finalists deliver five minutes of new stand-up material to a live audience, including judges Alan Davies and Kate Copstick.

Monahan's winning routine included material about his family, including the joke: "My dad's Irish and my mum's Iranian - so we spent most of our family holidays in customs."

Comedian Johnny Vegas, who mentored Monahan during the show, said: "I'm made up about it. It's showed him that others had more faith in him than he had in himself."

Monahan will now headline a 12-date tour, supported by the two runners up, beginning on 17 September at Stevenage Concert Hall.

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