Patrick Short
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songs, vocals, piano, ukelele, machines & other stuff

The music stuff started with his family - piano lessons began at age 8, and folk/country jams at family gatherings, with brothers John (guitar and banjo), Mike (guitars +), sister Annie (autoharp) and bro-in-law Rene (guitars, mandolin, banjo), inspired a love of all music, great and small.

Born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, Patrick attended Lawrence University and received the MFA in Stage Direction from the University of Wisconsin. During grad school, he wrote music for about 15 productions, including his 1985 thesis show, Who Says?, a Welsh Children's Feminist Musical.

Following Grad School, Patrick worked briefly for the California Theatre Center, writing music for 4 shows including Amelia Earhart and Ancient Memories / Modern Dreams, before launching into a High Tech sales career.

Mr Short has also appeared onstage with Ian McKellan.

Patrick began work with ComedySportz, the celebrated improvisational comedy troupe, in San Jose in 1987. Patrick and his wife, Ruth Jenkins, moved to Portland, Oregon, to start ComedySportz there in 1993. They will reach the 1500 show mark in 2001.

His band history includes:

  • Joe Flash and His Amazing Rock and Roll Revue (1974)
  • Fred and the Hinklemeyers (1977)
  • Omnibus (1977)
  • Nasty (1980), a reasonably popular Madison, WI cover band
  • Joss (1981-84) an all-original pop/rock group that garnered some local radio play. Opened for Pat McDonald (Timbuk 3) a couple of times.

Solo Work - several songs played on WORT-Madison in 1983-86; "Feel Like I'm Haunted" made a Top Songs of 1985 List of DJ Chris Kammer.

Patrick continued writing and recording cassette albums from 1987-1996. In 1999, a set of lyrics from ComedySportz player Joslin Larson inspired a set of 7 songs, 4 of which became the center of Midwinter Jicker.

Patrick continues as Owner/GM/player for ComedySportz-Portland, and stay at home papa for his kids, Cowan and Fiona Jenkins.

Without his wife Ruth's love and support, none of this would be possible.